2018 Speaker Bios – Baseball
The Pennsylvania Baseball & Softball Coaches Clinic takes tremendous pride in the quality of speakers that present to our attendees each year. We conduct extensive research and recruit individuals that come highly recommended as clinicians. We strive to to make our roster of speakers a blend of successful veteran coaches along with some young “rising stars” of the coaching profession. As we celebrate our 32nd annual clinic, we thank all of our loyal attendees and we look forward to providing the coaching community with an excellent clinic for many years to come.
BOB BOONE - Former MLB Catcher & Manager
Preceded at the Major League level by father Ray Boone and succeeded by sons Aaron and Bret Boone, Bob Boone’s career as a catcher is characterized by his defensive prowess and longevity. Over a 19-year career, Boone won a World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980, was named an All-Star four times and earned seven Golf Gloves behind the plate. When he retired in 1990, Boone was the all-time leader in games caught with 2,225, a record that would stand for three seasons until broken by Carlton Fisk. The Stanford University product spent his first 10 seasons with the Phillies before being traded to the California Angels in 1982, catching Mike Witt’s perfect game a few short years later in 1984. Boone would spend a season with the Kansas City Royals before retiring. After his playing days came to an end, Boone managed the Royals from 1995 to 1998. He went on to manage the Cincinnati Reds from 2001 to 2003 before transitioning to the front office, where he has remained, currently serving as the Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Development for the Washington Nationals.
Bob Boone’s 2018 Topic:
- TALK'N BASEBALL with Special Guest Bob Boone
DENNY MCLAIN – Former MLB Pitcher
Denny McLain, a flame-throwing fastball pitcher, collated an impressive list of accomplishments throughout his 11-year career. Originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 1962, McLain made his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers a year later, shortly after his nineteenth birthday. His success took off during the 1965 season as he compiled a 16-6 record and struck out 192 batters, the third highest total in the American League. He recorded 20 wins and was honored with the All-Star Game starting pitching role for the American League in 1966, and in 1968, he became Major League Baseball’s first 30-game winner since 1934- an impressive record which he still holds today. Not only did his outstanding season lead him to his second All-Star Game, a Cy Young Award, and an American League Most Valuable Player Award, it also helped lift the Tigers to the World Series, where they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals and claimed their World Champion title. McLain would appear in his third All-Star Game and win another Cy Young Award with the Tigers in 1969 before being traded to the Washington Senators. He went on to spend time with the Oakland Athletics and Atlanta Braves before retiring from the game in 1972. Although McLain’s post-retirement one was not one of ease, dotted with run-ins with the law, a rocky business, and a stint in prison, he has come out on the other side. Since his release, he has written an autobiography titled, I Told You I Wasn’t Perfect, and started his own radio show in the Detroit area, where he currently resides.
Denny McLain’s 2018 Topic:
- TUNE UP with Special Guest Denny McClain
RACHEL BALKOVIC– Houston Astros
Balkovic made national headlines in 2013 when the St. Louis Cardinals hired her to become the first female strength & conditioning coach in MLB history. Now serving as the Latin American Strength & Conditioning Coordinator for the Houston Astros, she works with the team's Gulf Coast League affiliate and supervises the strength coaches at the team's academy in the Dominican Republic. By sharing her unique experiences with groups all over the world as an international speaker, Balkovic's mission is to empower others to live courageously. Prior to entering the MLB ranks, Balkovic was a catcher at the University of New Mexico and received her master's degree in sports administration from LSU. Learn more about Rachel by visiting her website at www.rachelbalkovec.com.
Rachel Balkovic’s 2018 Topics:
- Culture Counts: How to Develop a System for Fostering the Correct Mindset
- Arm Careless: Taking a Closer Look at Arm Injuries
- DRILLS SESSION: Base Running Efficiency Drills
BILL MOSIELLO – TCU
Since joining the TCU staff in 2013 as the associate head coach, Mosiello has been instrumental in guiding the Horned Frogs to four straight appearances in the College World Series. One of the most respected offensive minds in the game, Mosiello has molded TCU into one of the most prolific offensive teams in the nation. The Horned Frogs led the Big 12 in batting average in each of the last two seasons and rank seventh nationally with 416 stolen bases over the last four campaigns. Mosiello's impressive resume includes 383 career victories as a minor league manager with the Yankees and Angels, and stints as an assistant coach with USC, Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Cal St. Fullerton and Arizona State. Highly regarded for his relentless energy and selfless attitude, Mosiello was humbled to be named an assistant for the 2017 USA Baseball 18U team.
Bill Mosiello's 2018 Topics:
- Playing Offense to Win
- Developing Winning Players
- It's Your Team
- DRILLS: TCU's Favorite Hitting Drills
TANNER SWANSON– Santa Clara University
After spending the last five seasons handling the catchers at the University of Washington, Swanson will join the Santa Clara staff as an assistant coach for the 2018 campaign. While with the Huskies, he played a pivotal part in two Husky catchers being selected in the top three rounds of the MLB Draft (Austin Rei, Boston Red Sox, 2015; Joey Morgan, Detroit Tigers, 2017). One of the top rising catching coaches in the country, Swanson has impressed audiences with his presentations at CatcherCON (2015,2016) and at the ABCA convention (2017). His twitter site, @D1catching, is one of the most popular stops for information on developing catchers with nearly 13,000 followers.
Tanner Swanson's 2018 Topics:
- Caught Stealing: Catcher Throwing Patterns & Middle Infield Tags
- High Level Blocking: Winning the Battle of 90 Feet
- A Comprehensive Approach to Catcher Skill Development
- DRILLS SESSION: Drill Progressions for Perceptual-Motor Growth
MATT TALARICO – Wright State University
Recognized as one of the top baserunning coaches in the nation, Talarico has profoundly impacted the Wright State offense since joining the staff in 2016. In the four years prior to his arrival, the Raider's averaged 53 steals per year at a 71% success rate. In Talarico's first season, the team stole 101 bases (12th in the nation) at a 78% success rate. Talarico produced similar results as an assistant at the University of Dayton (2011-2015). In the four years prior to his arrival, the Flyers averaged 54 steals per year at a 69% success rate. Under Talarico, the team averaged 102 steals per year at a 75% success rate. In their 2012 championship season, Dayton led the nation with an incredible 164 steals at an 82% success rate. Talarico shares insights into his unique baserunning system via twitter (@StealBasesCom) and on his website at www.stealbases.com.
Matt Talarico's 2018 Topics:
- Maximize Base stealing Productivity by Creating Individualized Roles for Your Players
- The Art of Stealing 2nd Base
- The Art of Stealing 3rd Base
- DRILLS SESSION: Drills to Build Base Stealers
- DRILLS SESSION: Drills to Build Momentum at 2nd Base
MARC RARDIN – Iowa Western Community College
Rardin's Iowa Western Reivers shocked the college baseball world in 2010 by becoming the first Iowa junior college and the first Northern District team to win the NCJAA World Series. Demonstrating that the 2010 season was no fluke, the Reivers made national headlines by accomplishing the feat again in 2012 and 2014. During Rardin's 14-year tenure at the helm, Iowa Western has averaged 47 wins per season and has won a record-setting 86% of its conference games. His success led him to accept an invitation to serve as the head coach of the USA Junior College Team in the summer of 2014. Recognized by his peers for his amazing accomplishments, Rardin became the quickest coach (only 13 years of head coaching experience) to be enshrined in the National Junior College Hall of Fame in 2015. A highly sought after clinician, Rardin spoke at the ABCA convention in 2015 and has presented at numerous state conventions throughout the country.
Marc Rardin’s 2018 Topics:
- Developing a Championship Culture
- Competitive Team Practice Drills
- Special Teams of Baseball - Baserunning
- DRILLS SESSION: Daily Infield Drills
JOSH NEWMAN- Penn State University
After four very successful seasons serving as Marshall University's pitching coach, Newman was hired as an assistant coach at Penn State University in June of 2017. Named a "top, up and coming" Division 1 assistant coach by d1baseball.com, Newman helped guide the Thundering Herd to a program record 34 wins in 2016 and saw three of his pitchers from that season selected in the MLB draft. No stranger to the Big Ten, Newman was a four-year letterman at Ohio State (2001-2004), where he ranks third all-time in career wins (32), innings pitched (369.0) and strikeouts (291). Newman was chosen in the 19th round of the 2004 MLB draft by the Colorado Rockies. He made his MLB debut in September of 2007, and made the Rockies World Series roster that season.
Josh Newman's 2018 Topics:
- Controlling the Running Game
- Developing the Elite Pitcher: A Weekly Routine
- Pitching Principles Over Mechanics
- DRILLS SESSION: PSU's PFP Drill Package
- DRILLS SESSION: Developing the Changeup
MARC MARIZZALDI – Seton Hill University
Marizzaldi has been the head coach of the Griffins since their inception in 2004. He has single-handedly built the program from the ground up, transitioning it from a little-known NAIA team to a nationally ranked NCAA Division II powerhouse. Seton Hill was the only DII squad in the country to win 40 games each season from 2011 to 2016. With 13 consecutive winning seasons and eight straight appearances in the NCAA Regionals, the Griffins are poised to return to the College World Series in 2018. Prior to accepting his current position with Seton Hill, Marizzaldi was the top assistant at Duquesne University where he managed all defensive responsibilities for the program. A veteran PA Coaches Clinic speaker (2009, 2012), Marizzaldi's informative presentations consistently receive rave reviews and leave attendees feeling empowered.
Marc Marizzaldi’s 2018 Topics:
- Blending hitting approaches & efficient swings
- How & Why the Freebie War wins championships
- DRILLS SESSION: Make outfielders great again
- DRILLS SESSION: Best use of indoor space for skill development
- DRILLS SESSION: Hitting Drills - Game simulation vs. Mechanics development
DAN KELLER – The Dugout Captain
Dan Keller is President and owner of Dugout Captain Sports, based in Huntington Beach, California. A lifelong student of the game of baseball, Keller started Dugout Captain in 2015 in an effort to broaden his reach to the youth baseball community. Dugout Captain provides coaching tools, instructional content, and a proprietary virtual practice planning tool that is revolutionizing the volunteer coach role in an effort to make baseball fun again! Prior to Dugout Captain, Keller built, ran, and sold Lifeletics Baseball. Lifeletics provides world-class fundamental baseball training with an important emphasis on positive character development and the life lessons learned through athletics. A native of Orange County, California, Keller was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles but chose to attend and play baseball at UCLA. While injuries ended his playing career, he has since earned his Master’s Degree from Azusa Pacific University and has been active in the coaching community for nearly 20 years at all levels ranging from youth league to college. An accomplished author, Keller penned two baseball books: Survival Guide to Coaching Youth Baseball and Coaching the Beginning Pitcher.
Dan Keller's 2018 Topics:
- Practice Planning: Philosophy, Tips & Tricks
- Infield Play: Fundamental Overview & Training Plan
- Pitching: Fundamental Overview & Training Plan
- Hitting: Fundamental Overview & Training Plan
- DRILLS SESSION: Team Drills on the Field
- DRILLS SESSION: Skill-Based Individual Drills