Ahead Of The Curve with Jonathan Gelnar

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December 20, 2018  

77: Robert Woodard- Pitching Coach, University of North Carolina

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Summary:

I welcome Robert Woodard, pitching coach for the University of North Carolina. Robert walks us through what the training program at UNC looks like while sharing some of his best practices and he also shares what they look for on the recruiting trail.

Show Notes:

 

  • Guest: Robert Woodard, Professional Player turned Coach
  • Robert reveals how he develops his players and what a typical week looks like for his team
  • How Robert shuts-down pitching players
  • The analytics Robert is using to measure players against one another as well as themselves
  • Why the culture is important in a program and how you can build the leadership, team, and culture to be in alignment
  • How Robert recruits players to play in college
    • Important factors for a player to have: Time management, Responsibility of themselves, and Knowing how to fail.
  • Why Robert ¨messes with timing¨ with his pitching players
  • How Robert structures his recovery program
  • The importance of conditioning and how you need to structure it around your season
  • The best ways to develop ball command
  • Changes that are being incorporated into Robert´s program
  • Fun practices incorporated into each practice for the players

 

3 Key Points:

  1.   Robert´s experience with professional baseball and later coaching enables him to share baseball best practice with us.
  2.  When recruiting players for college, the soft skill like time management, being able to failure, and responsibility are just as important as skill.
  3.   It is always important to implement change into a program and reinvigorate players with new ideas and methodologies.

 

Tweetable Quotes:

  • ¨I don't really draw any hard lines. I keep an open mind and communicate with each pitcher. We need to communicate with each pitcher in terms of what his vision for his personal processes are.” – Robert (11:00)

-       “We trust our players. We give them a lot of leeway in terms of policing themselves, and maintaining our team standards, and maintaining that culture.¨ – Robert (20:40)

-      “The most successful players are the ones that look at failure as an opportunity to grow. They look at challenges as another opportunity to grow and they are open to trying new things as opposed to just getting somewhere and being stuck.

- Every player is going to fail or be challenged at some point in their career and you have to you have to be equipped to to handle it and embrace it.¨–Robert (24:14)

-    “[Messing with pitching timing] It's just another weapon that guys can use to get hitters out.¨–Robert (29:06)

-       “(On bullpens) It's not necessarily scripted, but it is it is ironed out. Whether it's establishing the fastball or their primary off speed pitch. Then we’ll finish with simulating counts.¨– Robert (36:50)

-    Command is a daily mindset. Every single throwing session our guys have they to throw targets, or to the glove, or it's checkpoints on the body.¨–Robert (44:18)

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December 16, 2018  

76: Head Coaches (HS)- Tony Szymendera- St. Christophers, Randy Tomlin- Liberty Christian, Sean Ryan- Benedictine, Jeff Petty-EVO Shield Canes / Fredericksburg Christian, Phil Forbes- Menchville (VA)

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We start with St. Christophers head coach Tony Szymendera, then we have Randy Tomlin, Former MLB player and now head coach at Liberty Christian, from there we move to Benedictine Head Coach Sean Ryan, Newly named Fredericksburg Christian head coach Jeff Petty who is also the president of the EVO Shield canes, and we end with Menchville head coach Phil Forbes.

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December 15, 2018  

75: Randolph-Macon Head Coach Ray Hedrick, Jeremy Sheetinger and the Paul D. Camp CC Staff

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In this episode, I get the opportunity to introduce several college baseball coaches, and the man behind behind the mic at the ABCA Jeremy Sheetinger. We start with Randolph Macon head coach Ray Hedrick, then move to Jeremy Sheetinger and we end with the entire staff at Paul D Camp which include head coach David Mitchell, hitting coach Brandon Matthews, and pitching coach Pat Stafford!

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December 14, 2018  

74: Tom Walter- Head Baseball Coach, Wake Forest University

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Summary:

If you are not a fan of analytics, launch angle, exit velocity and spin rate, this episode may not be for you. Tom and I discuss how he is using these to provide individual player development plans for all of his players, and he gives us a ton of practical advice on HOW he does it.

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December 13, 2018  

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

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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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