Ahead Of The Curve with Jonathan Gelnar

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December 13, 2018  

73: Shawn Stiffler- Head Baseball Coach, Virginia Commonwealth University

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Summary:

In this episode, I of speak with Virginia Commonwealth  head baseball coach, Shawn Stiffler. I did not know much about Coach Stiffler before we got the opportunity to chat, and I was completely blown away by his attention to detail, the culture he has built, and what he is doing to make his players better on and off the field. His presentation was over “finding your difference” and you will love this episode.
 
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December 12, 2018  

72: Billy Wagner- Former Major League All Star and current Head Baseball Coach at The Miller School (VA)

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In this episode, I speak with former major league all star and current high school head coach Billy Wagner. Billy gives some great insight on what he learned in his career that he brought back to The Miller School.
 
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December 11, 2018  

71: Brian O’Connor- Head Baseball Coach, University of Virginia

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In this episode, I of speak with the University of Virginia Head Coach, Brian O’ Connor. In short, Coach O’Connor and I discuss what championship culture vs regular culture looks like from every aspect of the program.

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December 10, 2018  

70: Paul Mainieri- Head Baseball Coach, LSU

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In this episode, I get the privilege of speaking with LSU head baseball coach, Paul Mainieri. We hit on what he’s learned in his almost 40 years of head coaching experience. We talk about the value of relationships with our players and our coaches. And we get into his best advice for assistant coaches who would like to be head coaches someday.

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December 9, 2018  

69: 10 (stolen) Ideas you can take to practice tomorrow- Jonathan Gelnar

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In this episode, I will be going solo! This was a talk I gave at the Virginia Baseball Coaches Association on Nov 30. I hope you can take 1-2 things away from this, just like I usually take 1-2 things away from all of you! Here is the accompanying powerpoint.

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December 6, 2018  

68: Troy Cameron- Head Baseball Coach, St. Thomas Aquinas HS (FL)

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In this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I talk with Troy Cameron, past professional baseball player in the Atlanta Braves farm system. Today, Troy gives back to the community as Head Coach St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Troy shares his tips on how he develops a killer training program for his team on and off the field

 

Show Notes:

  • Guest: Troy Cameron, professional baseball player who is now sharing his passion and helping others as a Coach
  • What coaching looks like for a team of 100 kids
  • How Troy develops a conditioning program for his kids
  • Why Florida's new regulations are not hindering the teams practice during the fall
  • Why fall training focuses on baseball fundamentals and building fitness
  • Troy has 14-15 coaches during baseball season

    • Coach- player ratio of 1:4
  • Why Troy relies on the power of his coaching team and network
  • What a typical spring practice looks like for Troy´s team 

    • We do situations a lot
  • Why Troy focuses on bat control during BP
  • Why Troy focuses on bunting even when he doesn't believe in it
  • How Troy structures his team tryouts
  • What Troy wish he would have known before becoming a coach
  • How Troy handles parent communication with his athletes
  • How Troy prepares assistant coaches to be head coaches
  • What changes Troy makes in his program from year to year

 

3 Key Points:

  • In the offseason, it is important to encourage overall health. Troy does this through a conditioning program and focusing on fundamentals.
  •     Having an integrated support team which includes coaches and teachers allows Troys team to succeed in baseball and academics.
  •   Beyond technical training and fitness, communication is key for having a successful team.

 

Tweetable Quotes:

-       “If you create the right culture, and that culture can kind of grow in a direction that you see it and wanted to be in every year, you have your chance to put your stamp on it.” – Troy.

-       “You gotta have your top guy that everybody looks up to on your team as the man, this guy is the guy. If he's too good to sweep the sheds, or he's too good to pick up the helmet back, then you're in trouble.” – Troy.

-       “We try to find as many things we can off the field to get these guys together. And that challenge is certainly one of the things I look forward to every year.¨–Troy

-       “Our situations are what we really focus in on.¨–Troy

-       “Play to your strengths and and you'll be able to play the game as long as you're meant to play it.¨–Troy

-       “One of the core strengths was the communication.¨–Troy

-     ¨I don't want them to feel like they're forced to have to play for me because I'm their coach. I want to know they want to play for me¨–Troy

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November 29, 2018  

67: Ryan Chapman- Owner/ Director Of Player Development, Chapman Baseball Compound (CA)

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In this episode, I talk with Ryan Chapman, professional baseball player turned Coach. Ryan focuses on helping players reach their full baseball potential at the Chapman Baseball Compound. He observes, supports, and trains baseball players while imparting his professional expertise.

Show Notes:

  • Guest: Ryan Chapman, professional baseball player who is now sharing his passion and helping others as a Coach
  • How Ryan became a baseball coach
  • When Ryan got drafted and his experience in pro-ball
  • Why the pro-ball journey was more important than the destination for Ryan
  • Why Ryan quit pro-ball to pursue helping others
  • How the Chapman baseball compound is different from other training centers
  • Why Ryan spends the first day of his training observing and learning about the players
  • How Ryan structures his hitting and pitching programs
  • How coaches can fix common and technical players in problems
  • Why consistency over the season is important
  • Why issues are not with hitting and pitching but rather movement
  • How mobility tests can be a good tool for players
  • How are offseason and season training are different
  • How training in the weight room changes from off-season to season playing
  • How technology can make a difference in a players game
  • Why one metric isn't more important than another
  • Techniques that build a better pitcher
  • Why it is important to expose players to varying situations
  • Dynamic vision training is on the horizon

3 Key Points:

  •     Ryan played professional baseball but now he is leveraging what he knows to help others as a coach.
  •    Movement and mobility are important pieces of improving hitting and pitching, more-so than specific techniques.
  •   It is important to practice on-field techniques more-so than sprints and weight training. Though holistically, they are important. It is more important to be able to hit the ball.

Tweetable Quotes:

-       “So in my opinion, a lot of movement issues aren't so much swing issues or pitching issues, they are overall just movement issues.” – Ryan.

-       “There is no true offseason.” – Ryan.

-       “We're definitely striving to make sure that we're we're challenging them and making it a fun environment at the same time.¨–Ryan

-       “So, you know, we only know what we know. And it's up to us to be able to better ourselves.¨–Ryan

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November 22, 2018  

66: Blaine Kinsley- University of Arkansas Strength and Conditioning for Baseball

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Quotes
  • If you’re not sleeping, recovering and taking nutrition seriously, you won’t peak at your highest performance.
  • Im a true believer of lifting in season. Most of our guys were stronger at the super regional than at the beginning of the season.
  • If you’re not competitive you’re not going to be very successful
  • Our rules in the weight room. Always bring enthusiasm and hard work unknown to mankind.
  • Our pitchers do speed work. They may not run the bases but making them more athletic and help them on the mound by understanding his body
  • If you want to be fast then you have to run fast
  • The longest period of time we have to train our players in the weight room is in season.
  • We train in the offseason for the in season and we train in the in season for the post season
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November 15, 2018  

65: Jack Leggett- Former Head Coach, Clemson University, Current 18U Team USA Head Coach

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Quotes
  • Surround yourself with people, treat them right. Work as hard as you want them to work. Care as much as you wan them to care and you've got a chance to have a really good program
  • Sloppiness and lack of discipline turns into losing.
  • If I'm asking my players to be disciplined, then i better be disciplined. I cant ask my players to do something I'm not doing myself.
  • If you cant hustle, I cant play you. 
  • Being able to communicate with your players is one of the best assets of being a good coach
  • Even though times have changed and kids have changed a little bit, they’re still the same. If have high expectations for them, you’re gonna get it.
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November 8, 2018  

64: Ron Polk- Former Head Coach at Mississippi State & Georgia, Current Volunteer Assistant at UAB

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Quotes
  • You’ve got to surround yourself with really good people. Thats one of the biggest reasons I’ve had success.
  • Every coach has to coach to their own personality.
  • Number one- Our players need to understand we’re there for them.
  • We need to do things in practice that will prepare our players for the game so when they’re in a game they will tell themselves that they’ve been there before over and over again. 
  • Practice preparation is the most important thing a coach can learn
  • We need to spend most of our time in practice doing stuff that actually happens in the game. 
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