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

9 innings with Troy Silva

silvaTroy Silva is an instructor at Rijo Athletics and author of the book 9 Innings of Hitting. He played his prep ball at Atascadero (CA) High School and Cuesta College before moving on to Lewis-Clark State College, where he would help lead the Warriors to 1996 national title and a 99-21-1 record over his two years in Lewiston, ID. Silva was named the MVP of the 1996 NAIA World Series. Following his collegiate career, Silva signed with the Cleveland Indians and played minor league baseball for six seasons. Inside Pitch recently chatted with Silva to talk coaching, being an author, social media, making baseball fun again and more: 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

Top Coach Podcast preview: Mike Rooney- the voice of college baseball

topcoachA former player at Notre Dame and coach at the NCAA Division I (Arizona State), NJCAA (Phoenix College) and high school (Malvern Prep) levels, Mike Rooney is now one of the foremost college baseball analysts the game has to offer. In addition to being one of the more entertaining Twitter follows (@Mike_Rooney) out there, “Roons” is as tuned in with the college game as anyone. He recently sat down with Top Coach Podcast and our friend Jack Warren. Here’s a sneak preview of the interview: Continue reading

Interview with Tom Roy, UPI

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Tom Roy is the president and founder of UPI. He played minor league baseball in the Giants organization and has coached at the high school and college level. He has also been a team chaplain for the Chicago White Sox and has conducted baseball camps and clinics internationally. He is a baseball “lifer,” having been involved in the game as a player, coach, chaplain, clinician, radio personality and author for over fifty years.  I recently caught up with Tom at the NCCAA Baseball Tournament in Mason, Ohio and asked him the following questions: Continue reading