I-70 Baseball Coaches Clinic- Past Speakers

December, 2003 Clinic

Gordie Gillespie.

Coach Gillespie retired after 59 seasons from competitive coaching in 2011. He finished his career at 1,893-952; the most wins ever by a collegiate baseball coach. He coached numerous sports during his career. In fact, he coached 108 different seasons and his teams had only 10 total losing seasons. Five of those seasons they finished one game under the .500 mark.

His Lewis University and St. Francis teams qualified for the NAIA World Series 18 times, winning four. As the head coach at NCAA Division III Ripon College his teams qualified for the NCAA Tourney 6 of his last 7 years.

In football, his Joliet Catholic squads won 222 games in 27 years. They won 5 IHSA state titles, despite Illinois beginning a state series in his 16th season as the JCA coach. He began the College of St. Francis football program and led them to 6 winning seasons and one NAIA playoff berth.

He was also the men’s basketball coach at Lewis University for 15 years and the women’s basketball coach for one year at St. Francis.

Dave Altopp

Career look: Retired in 2005, ABCA Hall of Fame, Tennessee Baseball Coaches HOF, Lee University HOF & Greenville University HOF. Also was Executive Director of Baseball for FCA.

Itch Jones

2019 season: Was named to the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame.

Career look: Retired in 2005, Amassed a career record of  1,240-752-6 at SIUC  & Illinois. ABCA Hall of Fame in 1999. New field at SIU-Carbondale is named after him.

Brian Shoop

2020 season: HC UAB (14th season)

2019 season: 27-29 record.

Career look: 1,054-685-11 in 29 seasons as a head coach. In 2017 claimed win #1,000 14-9 at La. Tech. Previously HC at Birmingham Southern, won three Big South titles. Won the 2001 NAIA National title at BSC. Has two trips to NCAA D1 Tournament. Recipient of Jerry Kindall Character in Coaching award from the FCA. Has won conference coach of the year honors 9 times.

Bryan Eversgerd

2020 season: Bullpen coach St. Louis Cardinals (2nd season)

2019 season: Bullpen coach St. Louis Cardinals

Career look: Pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers and Montreal Expos. Has been a pitching coach in the Cardinals organization for Potomac, Peoria, Palm Beach, Quad Cities, and Springfield before working at Memphis. He pitched two seasons at Kaskaskia College.

December, 2004 Clinic

John Cohen

2020 season: Athletic Director at Mississippi State

Career look: 605-399-1 mark in 18 years as a head baseball coach at Mississippi State, Kentucky and Northwestern (La.) State.

Keith Guttin

2020 season: HC Missouri State (38th season)

2019 details: 20-36 overall

Career look: 2015-2018, MO State in most successful 4-year run in school history. 170-70, two NCAA Regional titles, two MVC conf titles, and three -MVC regular season crowns. Has collected 1,279 wins during his tenure at MO State.

Sam Riggleman

2020 season: Pitching coach at Grand Valley State

2019 season: Came out of retirement to be the Pitching coach at Grand Valley State.

Career Look: Riggleman finished his career with over 1,000 wins. He has led many teams to the NAIA World Series. and also to the NCCAA World Series. He is in the ABCA and the NAIA Halls of Fame and  earned the 2011 ABCA Ethics Award. Riggleman coached at John Wesley, Mt. Vernon Nazarene, SIU-Carbondale, Bethel, Dallas Baptist, and Spring Arbor.

Bob Warn

Career Look: Retired head coach at Indiana State University. ABCA Hall of Fame member.Warn recorded a record of 1,079-745-9 in his career. Warn still works with the ABCA and has aligned the organization with The Wounded Warriors project. He also plays the guitar at various establishments around the Terre Haute, Indiana area. Those proceeds go to the Wounded Warriors project as well.

Fred Blumberg

Career Look: Had a career record of 501-305 in 24 years as a head baseball coach. Enshrined to the IHSBCA Hall of Fame. Upon retirement he gave tours of Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Spent many seasons as HC of Freeburg boys basketball, then girls basketball. Also was girls golf coach at FCHS.

November, 2005 Clinic

Arnie Beyeler

2019 season: 1st base coach Baltimore Orioles.

Career Look: Was first base coach for the Boston Red Sox for 3 seasons including 2013 World Series winners. Has managed in the minors for New Orleans, Pawtucket, Portland, Augusta, Lowell, and Stockton. He coached for Columbus and Norwich. Beyeler has managed in  the Venezuelan and Hawaiian Winter Leagues.

 

Daron Schoenrock

2019 season: HC University of Memphis (16th season)

2019 details: 27-28 record. Has won 30+ games in 6 of the last 9 years.

Career Look: Has won 350+ games as the HC of the Tigers. Spent 17 years as an assistant including stops at Mississippi State, Georgia, Kentucky, and Birmingham Southern.

Ed Servais

2019 season: HC Creighton (17th season)

201 details: 41-13 record. Won Big East regular season and tourney. Lost to Michigan in Regional championship.

Career Look: Has over 600 wins in 22 years as an HC at Creighton, St. Mary’s (MN) and Viterbo.

Jay Thompson

2020 season: HC Harrisburg HS (32nd season).

2019 season: 30-9 record. Lost to Teutopolis 7-5 in Class 2A Super-Sectional

Career Look: Had a 743-223 record in 31 seasons at Harrisburg (IL) High School. His teams won a large school state title and collected trophies 3x in the small school division. They’ve won 22 regionals and 9 sectionals. He is a member of the IHSBCA & the Southern Illinois coaches Hall of Fame.

January, 2006 Seminar

Gordie Gillespie. See above.

Tony LaRussa

2020 season: Special Advisor to GM Los Angeles Angels

2019 season: Special Assistant to GM Boston Red Sox

Career Look: Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in  Cooperstown, NY in 2014. His teams appeared in six World Series and they won three of them. Retired as the 3rd winningest manager in MLB history in stints with Cardinals, A’s and White Sox. Also served as Director of Baseball Operations for Arizona Diamondbacks. Member Today’s Game committee for Baseball Hall of Fame. Won World Series as Red Sox Special Assistant to the GM.

November, 2006 Clinic

Keith Madison

2020 season: Director of SCORE International

Career Look: Retired HC at the University of  Kentucky for 25 years with over 700 wins. He directs SCORE International Baseball taking an annual trip to the Dominican Republic to teach baseball. He is in 3 halls of fame including the Kentucky HS Baseball Coaches, the University of Kentucky, and the ABCA.

Mike Anderson

Career Look: Hitting coach Oklahoma University. Was head coach at the University of Nebraska for 9 seasons. Went 333-187 with 2 Big XII regular season crowns, one Big XII tourney title and 5 NCAA Tourney appearances. Spent 5 seasons as hitting coach at Oklahoma.

Lindsay Meggs

2020 season: HC University of Washington (11th season)

2019 season: 28-24

Career look: In stops at Washington, Indiana State, Chico State, and Long Beach City College has amassed a 908-570-5 record over 25 seasons as an HC at 4-year institutions. At Chico, his teams won two National titles.

Bruce Brown

2020: Remains with Proactive Coaching, LLC

Career Look: Currently represents Proactive Coaching LLC as Director and nationwide speaker. Previously he toured the country speaking on behalf of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative. He has spoken four times at the ABCA national clinic, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY and for IBM among others.

Chris Hawkins

2020 season: HC Normal (West) High School (IL) (21st season)

2019 season: 30-7 Big 12 Conference champs, Class 4A regional champs.

Career Look: Has a 518-214 career record at West. IHSBCA Hall of Fame member. 10 regional titles, 8 conference crowns & 5 Sweet 16 appearances.

December, 2007 Clinic

Scott Terry

2020 season: Head of Baseball Operations for St. Louis Cardinals Legends Baseball Camp.& Instructor All-Star Performance Camps. Member 2020 Cardinals winter caravan.

2019 season: Head of Baseball Operations for St. Louis Cardinals Legends Baseball Camp.& Instructor All-Star Performance Camps

Career Look: 17 years of pro baseball experience. Pitched for St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds. 

Dan McDonnell

2020 season: HC University of Louisville (14th season); Head Coach USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

2019 season: National Semifinals at CWS. 51-18 8th straight 40 win season, 12th in 13 seasons.

Career Look: 605-240 career record, 2x national coach of the year and 3x ACC coach of the year. Louisville has been to 5 CWS under McDonnell with 4 ACC division titles.

Butch Thompson

2019 season: HC Auburn University (5th season)

2019 season: 38-28; Advanced to the College World Series.

Career Look: Has coached in the SEC since 2002. Was named 2014 Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year. Has worked at Georgia, Auburn, Mississippi St., Birmingham Southern & Jeff State.

Perry Roth

2020 season: Hitting coach at UAB (14th season)

2019 season: Hitting coach at UAB

Career Look: Has spent 20 years in Division I including stops at Illinois St., Birmingham Southern, Bradley, & UAB. Began coaching at Greenville College. Was HC at Springfield IL (Calvary) High & an assistant at Gridley (IL) High.

Tim Funkhouser

2020 season: HC Edwardsville High School (22st season). Will enter St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in April.

2019 details: 37-5 record, Class 4A state champions.

Career Look: 700-195 record with 14 regional and 9 sectional titles, qualifying for state 6 times in stints at Edwardsville and St. Jacob (Triad). IHSBCA Hall of Fame coach. St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame member. Also 2016-17 IHSA Coach of the Year.

December, 2008 Clinic

Lynn Carlson

2020 season: HC Greenville University (24th season)

2019 details: 23-17 record.

Career Look: In January, 2018 accepted the Jerry Kindall Character in Coaching Award from the FCA. Has 498 wins in his GC/GU career. His teams have made 2 of the past 5 NCAA Tourneys.

Dennis Conley

2020 season: HC Olney Central College (40th season)

2019 details: 35-17 record. Snapped Wabash Valley’s 49-game winning streak to for elimination game for Region XXIV championship.

Career Look: 1,405-686 mark with OCC. Has a streak of 36 consecutive winning seasons. The Blue Knights have won 40 or more games in a season 17 times under Conley.

Andy Haines

2020 season: Hitting coach Milwaukee Brewers (2nd season)

2019 season: Hitting coach Milwaukee Brewers

Career Look: Was Assistant Hitting coach for Chicago Cubs. Also was Minor League hitting coordinator for Chicago Cubs for two years. Spent four seasons as minor league manager at the AAA and A levels for the Miami Marlins. Has also managed for the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League.

Mark Kingston

2020 season: HC University of South Carolina (3rd season).

2019 season: 28-28 HC University of South Carolina (2nd season); Assistant coach USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

Career Look: Has recorded 310 wins as an HC in stops at Illinois St., and South Florida. Has been an assistant at Purdue, Miami (FL), Tulane, and Illinois St.

Bob Morgan

Career Look: Spent 2017 as HC Vermont Mountaineers New England Collegiate Summer Baseball League. Retired  2005 with 1,070 victories at Indiana University, Kent State and The College of Wooster. After retiring he was the HC for the IU club baseball team amassing a 125-25 mark.

January, 2009 Seminar

Tony LaRussa. See above.

Mike Matheny

2020 season: Manager of Kansas City Royals (1st season).

2019 season: Special adviser for player development Kansas City Royals.

Career Look: 591-474 career mark as manager of the Cardinals with a winning season each year including the 2018 season. STL appeared in 1 World Series, 3 NLCS and 4 playoffs with him as manager.

John Mabry

2020 season: Minor League coach Kansas City Royals

Career Look: Has served as hitting coach and assistant hitting coach with STL. Played for eight MLB clubs over a 14 year career.

January, 2010 Clinic

Ron Polk

2020 season: Volunteer assistant UAB (12th season)

2019 season: Volunteer assistant UAB.

Career Look: He is an ABCA Hall of Famer HC stints at Mississippi State, Georgia and Georgia Southern. He finished his HC career with a 1,373-700-2 mark. His teams made eight trips to the CWS.

Derek Johnson

2020 season: Pitching coach Cincinnati Reds (2nd season)

2019 season: Pitching coach Cincinnati Reds

Career Look: Spent 3 seasons as pitching coach for Milwaukee Brewers. 3 seasons as minor league pitching coordinator for the Chicago Cubs. Was pitching coach at Vanderbilt for 11 years. Was national pitching coach and asst coach of the year at VU.

Jason Selk

2018: Released a new book called Organize Your Team Today: The Mental Toughness Needed to Lead Highly Successful Teams.

Career Look: Has served as Director of Mental Training for the St. Louis Cardinals and is a best selling author.

Joel Hawkins

2020 season: HC Highland High School (28th season)

2019 season: HC Highland High School

Career Look:  HC Highland High School. Won his 600th game in 2018 with a 7-6 10 inning win over Mt. Vernon. Has won 2 state titles with HHS & owns a 581-321 career mark. They have won 8 regionals & 3 sectionals. Was an assistant football coach & the HC for club hockey at Highland. In fact, has returned to the job of HC for Highland hockey.

Dr. David Neighbors

2020 season: Assistant coach Trenton (Wesclin) (24th season)

2019 season: Assistant coach Trenton (Wesclin)

Career Look: Continues his practice as Medical Director of HSHS Athletics Advantage Sports Medicine, Breese, IL.  Has been on 7 missions trips with SCORE International to teach baseball in the Dominican Republic.

January, 2011 Clinic

Bill Findley

2019 season: Head groundskeeper St. Louis Cardinals (21st season).

Mark Johnson

Career Look: ABCA Hall of Fame coach. Served as the HC for Texas A&M and Sam Houston St. and finished with over 1,000 career wins. His teams went to two CWS while he was at the helm.

Fred Corral

2020 season: Pitching coach University of Missouri (3rd season)

2019 season: Pitching coach University of Missouri

Career Look: Has been a pitching coach previously at Georgia, Memphis, Oklahoma, & Tennessee. Has also been an instructor for the Los Angeles Dodgers & Montreal Expos organizations.

Mike Pinto

2020 season: Manager Southern Illinois Miners, Frontier League (14th season)

2019 season: Manager Southern Illinois Miners, Frontier League

Career Look: His Miners have 7 playoff appearances with, 4 division titles and 1 league title. He is the all-time leader in FL

Justin Fleener

2020 season: HC Teutopolis High School (20th season)

2019 season: HC Teutopolis High School 28-8-1; Class 2A state champions

Career Look: Has a 517-119-4 career mark. Has four state titles, a runner-up and three 3rd place finished at state. His Wooden Shoes teams have been to the Elite Eight 10\1 of  last 12 years. He has won Decatur Area coach of the year 7 times. Additionally, his fall record is 368-44. His fall teams have lost 7 times in past 6 seasons.

January, 2012 Clinic

Andy Haines. See above.

Tim Jamieson

2020 season: Pitching coach at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (1st season).

2019 season: Television analyst for ESPN +.

Career Look: Spent 28 seasons at the University of Missouri including the last 22 as the HC. His teams won 698 games with him in charge. They appeared in 8 NCAA Tournaments.

Perry Hill

2020 season: 1st base coach & IF coach Seattle Mariners (2nd season)

2019 season: 1st base coach & IF coach Seattle Mariners

Career Look: This will be his 34th year in professional baseball & his 24th as an MLB coach. Has also worked for the Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, & Montreal Expos.

Justin Dehmer

Career Look: Now runs One Pitch Warrior. Former head coach at Martensdale-St. Mary’s (IA). His teams set a national record for consecutive victories by a high school at 88 games. They won state titles in 2010-2011-2012 & amassed a 203-48 record during his tenures. www.1pitchwarrior.com

January, 2013 Clinic

Brad Mills

2020 season:Bench & Outfield Coach Cleveland Indians (7th season)

2019 season: Bench & Outfield Coach Cleveland Indians

Career Look: 8th season in some role with the Tribe and his 42nd in pro baseball and 22nd in the majors as a manager or a coach. Managed the Houston Astros for 3 seasons. Has been with the Phillies, Red Sox, Expos, Dodgers, Cubs, and Rockies in his career.

John Cohen. See above.

Darin Hendrickson

2020 season: HC Saint Louis University (13th season)

2019 season: HC Saint Louis University 25-30

Career Look: 877-462 career mark in 24 years as a college head coach. He has stops at Fontbonne, Forest Park, Central Missouri, and SLU. They have earned 12 national tourney berths. SLU has won 5 A-10 regular season titles & 4 A-10 tourney titles under his direction. He is the all-time wins leader at SLU. His teams have only experienced 3 losing seasons.

Scott Bird

2020 season: Strength & Conditioning coach, overseeing Olympic Sports University of Houston (2nd year)

2019 season: Strength & Conditioning coach, overseeing Olympic Sports University of Houston

Career Look: He worked directly with the football and baseball teams at Missouri from 2012-2018. In 2010, he earned the title of Master Strength and Conditioning coach. He has also worked with Kansas St. baseball & Oklahoma & Ohio St. football.

Jake Wells

2020 season: Hitting coach Louisiana-Lafayette (2nd season)

2019 season: Hitting coach Louisiana-Lafayette

Career Look: 2020 will be his 11th year in coaching including stops at Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, Alabama, and Campbell.

January, 2014 Clinic

Pat Murphy

2020 season:  Bench coach Milwaukee Brewers (5th season)

2019 season: Bench coach Milwaukee Brewers

Career Look: Former manager of the San Diego Padres. Was a college HC at Arizona St. and Notre Dame with a 947-400-2 record. His teams were in 16 NCAA Tourneys & made 4 CWS appearances.

Gary Henderson

2020 season: Associate Head Coach University of Utah (1st season)

2018 season: Interim HC Mississippi State; 39-23 College World Series; NCBWA National Coach of the Year.

Career Look: Former HC at Kentucky. His HC mark with three schools is 319-257 mark and 3 NCAA Tourneys. Has been an assistant coach at 9 schools including D1 Cal State-Fullerton, Oregon St., Florida, Mississippi State, & Pepperdine.

Rick Carpenter

2019 season: HC Prosper (TX) High 32-8; won District 9-6A title.

Career Look: Retired after the 2019 season. Had a 883-311-8 mark and five state titles in his nearly 40 years as an HC. Carpenter was named NFHS National Coach of the year in 2014.

Itch Jones. See above.

January, 2015 Clinic

Turtle Thomas

2020 season: Minor league coach Texas Rangers (3rd season)

2019 season: Minor league coach Texas Rangers

Career Look: Has spent 40+ years coaching baseball. Spent 9 years as the HC at Florida International University. Was a long time assistant at Miami (FL), LSU, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Arizona State. He assisted on 14 teams that went to the CWS. Spent time as a minor league assistant at Hickory.

Kevin Wheeler

2020 season: Works part-time for Sirius XM MLB Network Radio. Continues to work with St. Louis Gamers.

2019 season: Hosted the Kevin Wheeler Show on ESPN Radio 101.1 in St. Louis.

Career Look: Has spent time at KMOX in St. Louis and The Sporting News Radio. Helps coach the St. Louis Gamers & is a talent evaluator for USA Baseball. Played collegiately as a catcher at the University of Miami (Fla.).

 

Gary Henderson & Mike Pinto. See above.

January, 2016 Clinic

Leo Mazzone

Career Look: Former Pitching Coach of the Atlanta Braves. Mazzone was a professional coach for 32 years including 17 seasons at the MLB level. His pitching staffs anchored 14 division winners in Atlanta over 15 seasons. He is number one in total MLB postseason games as a pitching coach.

Jack Leggett

2018 season: Was HC for Team USA 18-under baseball team that won COPABE U18 title on December 2, 2018.

Career Look: Spent 22 seasons as the HC at Clemson University making the NCAA Tourney 21 times & made 6 trips to the CWS. He was also the HC at Western Carolina & Vermont & has 1,332 career wins. Member of the ABCA Hall of Fame.

Pat McMahon

2019 season: New York Yankees Minor League Coordinator of Instruction (1st season)

Career Look: Currently in his 7th year with the New York Yankees in various roles including International Player Development Coordinator, outfield and baserunning coordinator. McMahon is the 2015 Lefty Gomez Award winner from the ABCA. He owns a career head coaching record of 584-317-1 in stints at Mississippi State, Florida and Old Dominion. ABCA Hall of Famer.

Rick Eckstein

2020 season: Hitting coach Pittsburgh Pirates (2nd season)

2019 season: Hitting coach Pittsburgh Pirates

Career Look: Was with the Minnesota Twins organization for two years after spending the spring of 2016 as the hitting coach for the University of Kentucky. In 2014 he was the Player Information coach, assistant hitting coach, and an advanced scout for the Los Angeles Angels. Prior to that he spent five seasons as the hitting coach for the Washington Nationals. 

January, 2017 Clinic

Skip Bertman

Career Look: Was a collegiate baseball coach for 26 years with an 870-330-3 record as an HC. He led LSU to 5 CWS titles, 11 CWS appearances, 16 NCAA Tourneys and 7 SEC titles. He was the HC for the 1996 U.S. Olympic baseball team and is in the ABCA and College Baseball Halls of Fame.

Anthony Iapoce

2020 season: Hitting coach Chicago Cubs (2nd season)

2019 season: Hitting coach Chicago Cubs

Career Look: Served three seasons as hitting coach for the Texas Rangers. He has 13 years coaching & 11 seasons playing professional baseball. Has coached in the Marlins, Blue Jays and Cubs organizations.

Steve Bieser

2020 season:  HC University of Missouri (3rd season)

2019 season: HC University of Missouri 34-22-1 record.

Career Look: Has won 70 games in his first two years at Mizzou. Went 138-97 in 4 seasons as the HC at Southeast Missouri State. Played 13 seasons of pro baseball including time in MLB with the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Butch Thompson. See above.

January, 2018 Clinic

Chris Burke

2019 season: ESPN College Baseball Analyst

Career Look: Played six seasons in MLB with the Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres. Hit series ending walk-off home run for Houston in 2006 in the 18th inning during Game 4 of the 2005 NLDS.

Was a three time All-American at the University of Tennessee. Was also named to the College World Series all-tournament team and in 2001 SEC Player of the Year.

Jerry Weinstein

2019 season: Scouting and Development Colorado Rockies organization.

Career Look: Began coaching in 1966 at UCLA. Was on Ron Fraser’s staff at Miami for a CWS crown in 1984. Led the legendary Sacramento City College program for the next 23 seasons. Was a minor league manager for 9 seasons. Assisted Team USA at two different Olympics including under Skip Bertman. After spending years between MLB, the minors and coaching stops at the college level, he led Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Runs weinsteinbaseball.com. Won 2018 Tony Gwynn Award for lifetime achievement by Baseball America.

Fred Corral & Pat Murphy See above

January, 2019 Clinic

Mike Shildt

2020 season: Manager St. Louis Cardinals (3rd year)

2019 season: Manager St. Louis Cardinals 91-71 NL Central champs, Won NLDS vs. Atlanta Braves. Manager of the Year.

Career Look: 132-99 record as manager of STL. Spent eight seasons ass a minor league manager for the Cardinals organization compiling a 471-432 mark, winning three league titles.

Mike Martin

2019 season: 42-23 Reached CWS in Omaha.

Career Look: Martin finished as the all-time winningest baseball coach in NCAA Division I history after the 2019 season. Martin, a 2007 ABCA Hall of Famer, has taken 16 teams to Omaha for the College World Series and took an amazing 42 straight Seminole teams into the postseason.

Derek Johnson

2020 season: Pitching coach Cincinnati Reds (2nd season)

2019 season: Pitching coach Cincinnati Reds

Career Look:  Was pitching coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores from 2002-2012. Was Minor league pitching coordinator for the Chicago Cubs. Prior to the 2016 season, the Milwaukee Brewers hired Johnson to be their pitching coach.

Kai Correa

2020 season: Bench coach/ infield & baserunning instructor San Francisco Giants

2019 season: Minor league instructor Cleveland Indians

Career Look: Worked collegiately as an assistant coach at the University of Puget Sound and Northern Colorado.

Jason Ochart

2020 season: Minor League hitting instructor Philadelphia Phillies (2nd season). Continues to be Director of Hitting at Driveline baseball.

2019 season: Minor League hitting instructor Philadelphia Phillies

Career Look: Has worked at Driveline since 2016. Has coached at Menlo College.