2020 Speaker Bios – Baseball
The Pennsylvania Baseball & Softball Coaches Clinic, presented by the Art of Coaching, 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 34th 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.
MIKE MARTIN - Florida State University
After leading the Seminoles for 40 years, Martin retired at the end of the 2019 season as the only NCAA coach in any sport to reach the incredible 2000 win mark. He became the NCAA's all-time winningest coach in May 2018, when he notched his 1,976th win to pass the late Augie Garrido. Martin entered the 2019 season as the winningest active division 1 coach (0.736) with FSU winning 40+ games for 41 consecutive seasons (longest active streak in the nation). A member of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame (2005), the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (2018) and the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2007), Martin has led the Seminoles to the NCAA tournament in all 40 of his seasons at the helm. Since the start of the 2000 season, Florida State has won more games (908) than any other program. Since 1990, no Division I school has more top 10 finishes, 50-plus win seasons or participated in more NCAA Regionals. Over the course of his career, Martin has produced 214 Major League Baseball draft picks (most notably J.D. Drew and Buster Posey), eight National Players of the Year and four Golden Spikes Award winners.
Mike Martin’s 2020 Topics:
Talk’n Baseball with Mike Martin (Friday Night Feature)
Building a Championship Program
Lessons in Leadership
JERRY WEINSTEIN – Colorado Rockies
Perhaps the most sought after clinician in the nation, Weinstein was recently honored as the 2018 Tony Gwynn Award winner by Baseball America. Reserved for individuals that have made profound lasting contributions to the game, Weinstein is the 4th person to receive the award, joining Cal Ripken Jr., Auggie Garrido, and Tom Kotchman. Weinstein made his initial mark in the coaching world during his 23-year tenure at Sacremento City College, where he amassed an 831-208 record (0.800) while winning two state titles and a national championship. He left Sacremento City in 1999 to pursue a coaching career at the MLB level, joining the Los Angeles Dodgers organization as their catching coordinator. Now in his seventh season with the Colorado Rockies, he is currently serving as the club’s Offensive Coordinator. Weinstein’s decorated career includes coaching assignments as an assistant with the U.S. Olympic team (1992, 1996), the manager of Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic (2017) and the skipper of numorous minor league teams for Milwaukee, Montreal, Chicaco and Colorado. Dubbed “baseball’s greatest scientific coach” by Collegiate Baseball in 2017, Weinstin has 36,000 followers on Twitter (@JWonCATCHING) where he’s known for providing detailed anaylsis on everything from technique to baseball theory. A Pennsylvania Coaches Clinic veteran, Weinstein last presented at the 2015 event.
Jerry Weinstein’s 2020 Topics:
Holding Runners On
New Age Hitting
DRILLS SESSION: Hitting Drills
DRILLS SESSION: Receiving Drills
JAKE BOSS JR. – Michigan State University
Entering his 16th season with Virginia and 12th as associate head coach, McMullan is highly regarded as one of the best recruiters and developers of players in the country. Twice voted as the top assistant coach in the NCAA (2012, 2017) in Baseball America's annual coaches poll, McMullan serves as Virginia’s recruiting coordinator and hitting coach and works defensively with the Cavaliers’ infielders and catchers. Since his arrival in 2004, Virginia owns the highest fielding percentage in the ACC (.974) and has averaged over 45 wins per season. Under McMullan's leadership, Virginia has led the ACC in batting over the last nine years combined (.306 average.) McMullan and Virginia reached the pinnacle of college baseball in 2015 as the Cavaliers earned their first NCAA national championship. Prior to joining the Virginia staff, McMullan spent time with the Atlanta Braves, East Carolina University, St. John's University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The 2009 National Assistant Coach of the Year, McMullan last spoke at the PA Coaches Clinic in 2010.
Jake Boss Jr.’s 2020 Topics:
DAVE THERNEAU – Stetson University
Brian Cain Peak Performance is widely regarded as the nation’s foremost authority on peak mental performance. The company has produced over 800 draft picks (MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL), over 50 NCAA championship teams, 8 UFC champions and hundreds of high school state winners. Sorensen has worked with Brian Cain Peak Performance since 2014 as a Mental Conditioning Coach specializing in the application of The 12 Pillars of Peak Performance for baseball. He currently works in the Texas Rangers Peak Performance Department helping professional athletes create an elite mindset through the mental game. A highly sought after speaker and coach, Sorensen will emphasize how to compete one pitch at a time and how to give athletes the best chance for success. Sorensen was an All-American and Academic All-American at Wichita State and was a 2nd round pick of the Cleveland Indians in the 1998 MLB Draft. He made his MLB Debut with the Indians on June 3, 2003 and went on to play for both the Indians and the Anaheim Angels.
Dave Therneau’s 2020 Topics:
ANDRE BUTLER – Penn State University
Kruzel became the ninth manager in State College Spikes history in January 2017 and is in his third season with the Cardinal's affiliate club. Kruzel arrived in State College after spending the previous three seasons as the skipper for the Single-A Peoria Chiefs, where he became the winningest manager in club history. He guided the Chiefs to the Midwest League playoffs in each of his last two seasons and while guiding the club to a first-half division title in 2016. Kruzel also managed the Rookie-level Johnson City Cardinals in 2013. He joined the professional ranks in 2006 after coaching at the University of Toledo for nearly two decades, the last 11 seasons as head coach. Kruzel captured a Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year Award at his alma mater and currently ranks second on the university's all-time wins list.
Andre Butler’s 2020 Topics:
Graveyard Mentality: Outfield Play
Hitting on a Two-Way Street
DRILLS SESSION: Connection & Coaching Millenials
DRILLS SESSION: Baserunning with Purpose
DRILLS SESSION: The Importance of Culture
WILLIAM HEZEL – Driveline Baseball
Cavalea spent 12 years with the New York Yankees organization, serving primarily in the role of Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance Enhancement. In 2009, the Bronx Bombers won the World Series and Cavelea was honored as the recipient of the MLB Nolan Ryan Award. This award is given to MLB's top strength coach as voted by his peers. During his career, Cavalea had the opportunity to train greats such as Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Justin Verlander and many more. Currently he is a high performance speaker and consultant to pro athletes, entrepreneurs, business executives, workforces and universities on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life balance, and most importantly improve daily performance/outcomes. Cavalea has formulated plans and strategies to improve sleep, reduce pain, lower stress, improve body composition, improve speed, strength and power, and maximize performance through mental training. Visit danacavalea.com to learn more.
William Hezel’s 2020 Topics:
Assessing & Programming Pitchers Part 1: Throwing Assessment
Assessing & Programming Pitchers Part 2: Strength/Mobility Integration
Assessing & Programming Pitchers Part 3: Programming & Pitch Design Primer
DRILLS SESSION: How to Implement Weighted Balls with a College or High School Team
MAXWELL GARRETT - Driveline Baseball
With 21 seasons and 576 victories to his credit, Griffin is a veteran in the coaching community that prides himself in sharing knowledge with others to help them improve their programs. Highly sought after and very engaging as a clinician, Griffin has presented at dozens of conventions across the nation including the ABCA (2007, 2012) and the PA Coaches Clinic (2012). The author of an instructional video on catching titled "Catch it, Block it, Throw it," he has coached 20 players who have gone on to play professional baseball, including current Chicago Cubs nine-year veteran reliever Steve Cishek. Prior to his arrival at Carson-Newman, Griffin was the head coach at Tusculum College where he recorded nearly 200 wins. In his playing days, Griffin was a four-year starting catcher for the Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs, where he was team MVP his junior and senior seasons. He was inducted into the Tennessee Wesleyan Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
Maxwell Garrett’s 2020 Topics:
Assessing & Programming Hitters Part 1: Hitting Assessment/Swing Design
Assessing & Programming Hitters Part 2: Strength/Mobility Integration
Assessing & Programming Hitters Part 3: Practice Implementation
DRILLS SESSION: Hitting Drills to Develop Barrel Control & Proper Attack Angle
GENE ZANNETTI – Winning Mindset
In 2012, Prachniak took over a West Chester club that was barely above .500 and did not make the playoffs. He remarkably molded that group into an NCAA Division II national champion in his first season as skipper. The national title was the first baseball championship in school history and the first by any school located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at any level of the NCAA. Prachniak's inaugural campaign was no fluke. In his seven seasons at the helm he has guided the Golden Rams to an impressive overall record of 236-109-1 (0.684). In 2017, at 35 years old, Prachniak became the youngest coach in Division II history to win two national titles when he led his squad to the crown with a 5-2 victory over UC San Diego. Prior to his time at West Chester, Prachniak served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for six seasons at William & Mary.
Gene Zannetti’s 2020 Topics:
Building the Predator Mindset on the Field
DRILLS SESSION: Five Questions Every Coach Needs to Ask
DRILLS SESSION: Two Great Exercises to Overcome Inconsistency
MIKE BELL & Coaching Staff – University of Pittsburgh
Bell was hired by Pitt in July of 2018, becoming the fifth head coach in program history. With 14 years of Division I coaching experience, he joins Pitt after a seven-year stint as the associate head coach and pitching coach at ACC powerhouse Florida State. While working under the legendary Mike Martin at FSU, Bell helped lead the Seminoles to a 314-136-0 record, reaching the Super Regionals on three occasions and advancing to the College World Series twice. Florida State captured three ACC titles in Bell's time in Tallahassee, taking home conference tournament titles in 2015, 2017 and 2018. Bell has coached nearly 50 MLB draft picks during his impressive career, which includes stops at Tennessee and Oklahoma. A standout left-handed pitcher at FSU, Bell was selected in the 20th round of the 1995 draft by the Montreal Expos and spent six years in the minors before joining the coaching ranks in 2002.
Mike Bell and the PITT Baseball Staff’s 2020 Thursday Night Tune Up Topics:
Top Five Absolutes of Building a Championship Program
DRILLS SESSION #1A TBD
DRILLS SESSION #1B TBD
DRILLS SESSION #2A TBD
DRILLS SESSION #2B TBD