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 I 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 than FSU. 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 Sacramento City College, where he amassed an 831-208 record (0.800) while winning two state titles and a national championship. He left Sacramento 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 numerous minor league teams for Milwaukee, Montreal, Chicago and Colorado. Dubbed “baseball’s greatest scientific coach” by Collegiate Baseball in 2017, Weinstin has nearly 40,000 followers on Twitter (@JWonCATCHING) where he’s known for providing detailed analysis 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
Jake Boss, Jr. was hired as the head baseball coach at Michigan State University in 2009 and has become one of the most successful coaches in the team’s history. His 313 wins during his first decade at MSU are the most over a ten-year span in the 130-year existence of the program. Five of the ten all-time winningest seasons in Spartan baseball have come under his leadership, he boasts 30-win seasons in seven of the last eight years and he led his squad to the Big Ten Championship in 2011. During Boss’s tenure, MSU has had 31 selections in the MLB Draft. Prior to his time with the Spartans, Boss was the head coach at Eastern Michigan (2008) where he made MAC history by becomming just the 2nd coach to win the conference tournament and advance to the NCAA tournament in his first season. Boss also served as an assistant at Michigan (2005-2007) where he helpled guide the Wolverines to three 40-plus win seasons and three NCAA Regional appearances. An accomplished writer and clinician, Boss authored the book Dare to Hit 0.400 and has presented at numerous coaches conventions including the ABCA in 2017.
Jake Boss Jr.’s 2020 Topics:
Official Topics To Be Announced Soon
DAVE THERNEAU – Stetson University
At the 2018 ABCA convention, Therneau was honored as Collegiate Baseball’s National Pitching Coach of the Year. The 16th recipient of the award, Therneau was unanimously chosen by the selection committee, which consists of all of the award’s previous winners. The unanimous vote was well deserved, as the 2018 Stetson pitching staff remarkably led the NCAA in shutouts, strikeouts, saves, ERA, hits per nine innings, WHIP, opponent batting average and extra-base hits allowed. Five Hatter pitchers were drafted following the incredible season, including first-rounder Logan Gilbert (Seattle Mariners). Gilbert and fellow draft picks Jack Perkins and Mitchell Senger became just the 2nd trio of pitchers from one team in NCAA history to each record 100 strikeouts in back-to-back seasons (Rice 2002-2003). For his efforts, Therneau was promoted to associate head coach entering the 2019 season. Prior to his arrival at Stetson, Therneau enjoyed a highly successful eight-year stint as the pitching coach at Embry-Riddle, as the Eagles made seven trips to the NAIA World Series and led the nation in ERA seven times. Therneau is the fifth Collegiate Baseball National Pitching Coach of the Year to present at the PA Coaches Clinic joining Phil Cundari, Shaun Cole, Derek Johnson and Jerry Weinstein.
Dave Therneau’s 2020 Topics:
Official Topics To Be Announced Soon
ANDRE BUTLER – Penn State University
After having a profound impact on the Nittany Lion baseball program while serving as a volunteer assistant, head coach Rob Cooper promoted Butler to a full time assistant coach prior to the 2017 season. Butler now works as the team’s primary hitting instructor and also continues to oversee all aspects of outfield play. Under his direction, the Penn State outfield has developed a unique culture and has become known as “The Graveyard” to emphasize that it is “the place where the hopes of base hits are laid to rest.” A young and rising star in the coaching community, Butler impressed the crowd at the 2019 ABCA convention with his Graveyard Mentality presentation. Prior to joining the PSU staff, Butler served as an assistant coach at Desales University (2015), The University of Pennsylvania (2013-2014) and Swarthmore College (2012). In his college playing days, Butler concluded his career at Eastern University (PA) as one of the program’s all-time greats, ranking second all-time in career batting average and fourth all-time in career hits. Active in his hometown near Philadelphia, Butler started his own tee ball league called the “Jackie Robinson West Philly League” to give young boys and girls in the community an opportunity to learn and play baseball.
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
Hezel joined the Driveline Baseball staff in May of 2018 and was recently promoted to the Manager of Mechanical Analysis for the Pitching Staff at the company. Before his time at Driveline, he was the pitching coach at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA. Hezel went to DeSales after serving as the Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Northampton Community College for five years. Northampton enjoyed tremendous success while Hezel was on staff recording multiple 25+ win seasons and region final four appearances. In addition to recruiting, his primary role was Pitching Coach in which he helped tutor multiple All-Conference and All-Region selections. In his final season with the team (2016) the staff finished the season ranked in the NJCAA DIII top eight in strikeouts, ERA, shutouts and batting average against. They also finished the year leading the NJCAA DIII in strikeouts per nine. Hezel also served as the Pitching Coach for the Quakertown Blazers of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. The ACBL is a charter member of the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball (NACSB) and is partially funded by Major League Baseball. In his playing days, Hezel competed two years for Lehigh University where he would win a Patriot League Championship prior to transferring and finishing his collegiate career at East Stroudsburg University.
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
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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
Designed to help individuals and teams reach their full potential in sports, school and life, Winning Mindset was developed by former nationally ranked, All-Ivy League wrestlers, Gene Zannetti and his brother Jeff. After studying the best athletes, coaches, teams and experts in the world to learn the secrets of performance success, the Zannetti’s originally launched their venture as “Wrestling Mindset.” The company has since expanded their systematic mindset training into all sports, business and weight loss. Winning Mindset coaches have worked with thousands of athletes, teams, professionals & coaches at all levels including the Men’s & Women’s USA Olympic Team, UFC fighters, high school state champions, and collegiate national champions. Zannetti graduated with a Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has two masters degrees; one in Sport Psychology and the other in Clinical Psychology. He is a certified School Psychologist, Personal Trainer and Nutritionist. Zannetti’s masters degree thesis (Perfectionism & Anxiety) has been published in the International Journal of Wrestling Sciences.
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
Additional Topics To Be Announced Soon