The Dirtbag brand

Troy Buckley (Long Beach State Athletics/John Fajardo)

After winning 38 games at Long Beach State- the most wins for the program since 2008- Troy Buckley has the ‘Dirtbags’ back on the map Continue reading

Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina

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Gary Gilmore led his Coastal Carolina Chanticleers through a gauntlet of challenges to the 2016 national title. Down to its last strike in the Raleigh Regional, the Chants dug down deep to upend North Carolina State. The following weekend, CCU traveled to Alex Box Stadium and upset the perennial powerhouse LSU Tigers. Their award for advancing to the College World Series was a first round matchup with the Florida Gators, the nation’s top seed.

A 1980 Coastal Carolina alum himself, Gilmore has been a head coach for 27 years at the college level, 21 with the Chanticleers. His 1,100th win as a head coach was one that claimed the 2016 national championship trophy. We chatted with “Gilly” recently about the “stepping stones” that his program took on the way to the top (including living in a camper just beyond the outfield fence during his first year at CCU), his family life, and how his team “monkeyed around” in the dugout this past year… all the way to a national championship. Continue reading

Brian O’Connor on culture and competing

summer16The head coach at the University of Virginia since 2004, Brian O’Connor is a five-time ACC Coach of the Year and three-time national coach of the year. In addition to bringing the 2015 NCAA title to Charlottesville, O’Connor boasts the third-highest winning percentage of all current head coaches in Division I baseball and the 14th-best mark all-time. O’Connor is the second fastest ACC coach to reach 500 career wins and has ushered a boatload of talent into professional baseball, including the likes of Ryan Zimmerman, Mark Reynolds, Sean Doolittle, and several others.

He came to Virginia after nine years at Notre Dame (1995-2003) under current LSU coach Paul Mainieri, where he was named the 2001 National Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Baseball America and was AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2003.

Inside Pitch recently visited with the Cavaliers’ head coach to talk about how he manages his clubs, his staff, and the winning culture he has developed at UVA. Continue reading

Flying the flag in Germany

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Aaron Woodall was born at Travis Air Force Base in California and has spent his entire life as a military brat. He is currently stationed at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany with his wife Crystal and four children- Amelia, Carson, Camden and Charlie.

He joined the U.S. Army as an Active Duty Combat Medic. After a yearlong deployment from Fort Stewart (Ga.) to Afghanistan, he came back to reenlist for orders to Germany, where he served in the Same Day Surgery, the Post Anesthesia Care Unit and eventually the Infection Prevention and Control Program.

In addition to his military career, Woodall also has an impressive baseball career, which includes leading his Landstuhl Falcons- a team made up of American military men stationed in Germany- to be the first such team accepted into of one its foremost baseball leagues. Continue reading

Interview with Augie Garrido, college baseball’s all-time winningest coach

spring16Inside Pitch recently caught up with University of Texas head coach Augie Garrido, NCAA Division I’s all-time winningest coach. The only coach in baseball history to tally 1,900 or more career wins is currently in his 20th season at Texas and 48th season as a head coach overall, with previous stops at Illinois and Cal State Fullerton. He has led the Longhorns to a combined 12 Big 12 titles (regular season and tournament), eight College World Series, two national titles and two second-place finishes. Garrido was the first coach to lead two different schools to national crowns (Fullerton & Texas), guide his teams to National Championships in four different decades, and is one of only three coaches in history to win five or more NCAA titles (1979, 1984, 1995, 2002, 2005).

IP caught up with the recent ABCA Hall of Fame inductee to talk about learning, recruiting, pressure, expectations and more: Continue reading

Travel baseball- a flawed system?

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In my opinion –

By Larry Owens – Head Baseball Coach – Bellarmine University

It starts early.

Travel Baseball picked up steam about 20 years ago. As I look back today, it is much easier to see its transformation over the years. As a young college baseball coach in the mid 90’s, you could see the summer baseball weekend tournament format begin to trickle down to the younger age groups. In my opinion, “travel baseball” has spiraled out of control in several areas. Continue reading

The anatomy of a mission trip

Dominican Youth ClinicSCORE International was thrilled to host the University of Louisville Baseball team on a recent short-term mission/baseball experience in the Dominican Republic. Dan McDonnell, his staff, players and several parents provided food to sugar cane villages, supported and befriended over 50 girls at Pasitos de Jesus (our girls orphanage) and played some very competitive baseball. Congrats to Dan and his team for getting out of their comfort zone for a few days to give back. For coaches or players interested in a once-in-a-lifetime baseball experience similar to this, please check out our website, CoachKeithMadison.com, or contact me directly at keith@scorebaseball.com.

-Coach

Inside Pitch: First things first- what are some of the logistics involved with organizing a mission trip for your entire program?

Dan McDonnell: “The first step is raising the money. As coaches at the end of last season, it was ‘make or break’ whether we were ready to take this thing on. The more we got into it, the more comfortable we felt, and I actually started to enjoy the process of raising the money for something you know will be life-changing for these kids.” Continue reading