Our Roster of Featured Baseball Presenters
What makes our Inside Baseball Coaches Clinic different? Our featured coaches and trainers, baseball industry experts like Baseball America and other college coaches, are referred to as some of the brightest minds in the game.
They are speakers in their 30s and 40s, who breathe baseball every day, every hour, every chance. We ensure each Inside Coaches Baseball Clinic is a home run by recruiting enough expert coaches with enough engaging sessions to hit every possible angle you could want. You simply won’t find a better collection of presenters. See our featured guest speakers for the upcoming 2020 clinic below!
Rick Heller has turned the University of Iowa baseball program into a perennial Big Ten Conference and NCAA contender in his first five seasons as the Hawkeyes' head coach. Heller has injected new life into the Iowa program, leading the Hawkeyes to the 173 victories -- an average of 34.6 wins per season -- advancing to two NCAA Regionals, and claiming the first Big Ten Tournament title in program history. The 2017 title was Iowa's first since winning the regular season crown in 1990. Under Heller's watch, Iowa has advanced to the postseason in five consecutive years for the first time in program history.
The Eldon, Iowa, native became the 20th head coach in program history in 2013 -- his fourth stop as a collegiate head coach. He has enjoyed stints at Iowa (2014-present), Indiana State (2009-13), Northern Iowa (1999-2009), and Upper Iowa (1987-99), leading all four schools to NCAA postseason play. He is one of nine coaches all-time and one of five active coaches to lead three different Division I programs to NCAA Regional play.
As a player at Upper Iowa from 1982-86, he was a four-year starter at shortstop and he also lettered in football and basketball. He is a member of the Upper Iowa Athletic Hall of Fame. Heller is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and serves on the ABCA All-American Committee. He is also a member of the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Associations. In 2008, he was inducted into the IHSBCA Hall of Fame, and in 2017, he received the Harold "Pinky" Primrose Award.
Heller has three daughters -- Tara, Alyssa, and Vivienne. His wife's name is Rachelle.
After four seasons as associate head coach and six total years on the Davidson staff, Rucker Taylor took the reins as head coach of the program in July, 2018. It was a promotion that quickly garnered some national attention, as Baseball America listed Taylor in its list of Top 10 Coaches Under 40. Taylor has made an impact at every stop. His instruction helped lead Samford to its first NCAA Regional in 2012, then Davidson to its first Regional and Super Regional in 2017. As a player at Vanderbilt, he was a member of the Commodores’ first Super Regional team.
With Taylor filling a key role on staff, Davidson has posted at least 28 wins in each of the past five seasons and reached the Atlantic 10 Tournament all four years since joining the league, including making back-to-back championship game appearances in 2016 and 2017. The Wildcats have ranked in the top of the league in multiple offensive categories since Taylor’s tenure began and have earned national rankings in slugging and on-base percentages, home runs, and walks.
Taylor spent six seasons on the Samford coaching staff, serving as the outfield coach while assisting with hitting and infielders. While there, he helped lead the Bulldogs to a program-best 41 wins in 2012 as they claimed the SoCon crown and advanced to the NCAAs. The 2011 team won a then-school record 37 games, and the 2010 squad set school records for runs, hits, doubles, home runs, slugging percentage and RBI.
A 2006 graduate of Vanderbilt University, Taylor was a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and spent time as a middle infielder and designated hitter for the Commodores..
Taylor hails from Montrose, Ala., and had a stellar career at Bayside Academy where he still holds numerous single-season and career records. Taylor earned his M.B.A. from Samford in 2008.
Tom Griffin will enter his 14th season as head baseball coach at Carson-Newman in 2019. In his 13 years at Mossy Creek, the New Jersey-native head coach has compiled an overall record of 376-295 with over 560 wins in 21 seasons as a college baseball coach. Griffin had been an assistant with the Eagles on two different occasions, serving from 1998-2001, and then again from 2003-2005.
In his first stint, Griffin worked with the catchers, infielders and outfielders and was an assistant coach on the 1999 team that won the SAC title and advanced to the NCAA Division II World Series. At Carson-Newman, he has coached and recruited 58 All-SAC players, five SAC Player of the Years, 25 All-South Region selections, and six NCAA Division II All-Americans. He has also coached 20 players who have gone on to play professional baseball.
Griffin has also authored an instructional catching baseball video, "Catch It, Block It, Throw It." A regular instructional speaker at various coaching clinics and camps, he has been the featured speaker at the American Baseball Coaches Association convention.
Prior to his arrival at Carson-Newman, Griffin was the head coach at Tusculum College for eight years. In 2002, Griffin took over the reins of the Morristown East High School baseball program.
A native of Roxbury, New Jersey, Griffin was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Tennessee Wesleyan, in 1989. Griffin was a four-year starting catcher for the TWC Bulldogs. In October 2012, Griffin was named to the Tennessee Wesleyan Sports Hall of Fame. He earned a B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education from TWC in 1988 and completed his M.S. degree in Education from Tusculum in 2005. Griffin, 51, and his wife Christy are the parents of three girls, twins Carlin and Cori and Delaney.
Rob Vaughn is entering his second season as Maryland's head coach after being named to the post in June of 2017. Vaughn, the eighth head coach in school history, is in his seventh season overall at Maryland after five years as an assistant, most recently as associate head coach. After serving as assistant head coach for two seasons, Vaughn was promoted to associate head coach in July of 2016.
As the head of Maryland's recruiting efforts, Vaughn helped orchestrate the highest ranked class in Maryland history in 2015. D1Baseball.com gave the Terps their best rating in history (17), while Baseball America (22) and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (27) also gave the class stellar marks.
The native of Humble, Texas, believes in an aggressive offensive approach built around speed and applying pressure to opposing defenses. Before coming to Maryland, Vaughn spent the 2011-2012 seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Kansas State, where he coached the catchers, hitters and was in charge of base-running instruction.
A native of Humble, Texas, Vaughn began his coaching career in 2010 after spending two seasons in the Chicago White Sox organization. Vaughn served as student assistant coach before being elevated to a volunteer assistant coach prior to the 2011 season. In that capacity, Vaughn worked with the catchers, served as the first base coach, assisted with hitting and pitching instruction, and oversaw all on-campus recruiting activities.
Vaughn is no stranger to building tradition as he helped Kansas State reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history in 2009 as a player, then saw it reach the post season for the third straight year in 2011 as a coach. Vaughn was drafted in the 30th round in the 2009 MLB Draft with the White Sox organization with Bristol (Rookie), Great Falls (Rookie) and Kannapolis (Low A).
Vaughn utilizes the offense identity that he refers to as "The Pack." Every single hitter in “The Pack” has a role. Some run, some drive in runs, some are masters of execution and some do all three, but they all know their role. They function together as a unit and all play with the three Pillars of the Pack: Approach, Toughness and Intensity.
Craig Driver joined the Phillies staff as bullpen catcher/receiving coach for 2018, his first season coaching professional baseball. He spent the 2016-17 college season as Yale's catchers coach where he propelled Yale to the 2017 Ivy League Championship, 2017 Red Rolfe Division Championship, a trip to the 2017 Corvallis Regional Final and a program-record 34 wins. Craig Driver spent the 2014-15 and 2015-16 collegiate seasons with the University of Puget Sound as the athletic recruitment coordinator and head assistant coach. He was also an assistant coach at Central Washington University in 2013-14. Prior to that, he joined the University of Puget Sound for the 2012-13 season as the catching coach and first base coach.
Craig is a former catcher who played collegiately for three seasons at the University of Puget Sound after spending one season at Columbia Basin College.
Craig Driver is 2011 graduate of the University of Puget Sound (WA) with a degree in business and a minor in mathematics. He completed his master's degree in athletic administration at Central Washington University in 2014.
Mark A. Campbell shares his unique blend of holistic education, application and experience with audiences all over the country. He is nationally known for his work in the field of performance psychology, specifically with different types of adversity. His diverse background affords him the ability to help audiences see the world through many lenses.
Mark has worked with elite athletes at every level of competition, in both sports medicine and performance psychology capacities. He has participated in Think Tanks with organizations such as NCAA and MLB. He extends his expertise beyond sport, working with top performers from all fields. He served as the performance consultant with Nashville’s Fringe Magazine, helping musicians/artists master the mental skills necessary to be at their best.
He is a sought after speaker, presenting at large national venues including Paralympic Leadership Conferences, Association of Applied Sport Psychology Conferences, and TEDx at Florida State University. He is also a popular guest lecturer and consultant at universities around the country.
Richard Jackson joined Tennessee's staff as a student assistant pitching coach in the fall of 2019 after spending time as a relief pitcher for the Volunteers from 2015-19.
Under the guidance of pitching coach Frank Anderson, Jackson completely changed his delivery prior to the 2019 season and had a breakout campaign in which he helped lead the Big Orange to the NCAA Regionals for the first time since 2005.
The Atlanta, Georgia native went 1-0 and posted careers bests in ERA (1.40), appearances (21), innings pitched (19.1) and strikeouts (21) while holding opponents to a .119 batting average.
In his new role, Jackson will assist Anderson in coaching Tennessee's pitching staff that ranked among the nation's best in numerous categories in 2019.
Austin Hill returns to Rock Hill for his second season with the Winthrop Baseball program and first as full-time pitching coach.
Hill completed his first season at Winthrop in 2018 as a volunteer assistant coach, and replaces Clint Chrysler, who is now the pitching coach at North Carolina State after seven seasons with Winthrop.
Hill’s pitching staff will welcome back a host of returners, including junior right-hander Nate Pawelczyk, who earned All-Big South Second Team honors in 2018, as well as sophomore pitcher Zach Peek, who was named Honorable Mention All-Conference. In addition to the returners, Hill well help lead five new pitchers as part of the 2018 recruiting class.
Prior to joining the Winthrop staff, Hill spent the 2017 season as assistant baseball coach at USC Lancaster. Before joining the Lancers, Hill played collegiately at UNC Pembroke.
On August 23, 2018, WKU Baseball head coach John Pawlowski announced the hiring of assistant coach Ben Wolgamot to the Hilltopper staff. Wolgamot comes to The Hill from Valparaiso University, where he had been an assistant coach since 2013. At Valpo, Wolgamot was the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator for the Crusaders. In his five years, he helped the program grow into a top-hitting club in the Horizon League, then helped in the team’s transition to the Missouri Valley Conference last season with a .971 fielding percentage in 2017 followed by a .973 mark in 2018, Valpo set a program record in back-to-back seasons.
Before his hiring at Valpo, Wolgamot was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Eastern Illinois University for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Wolgamot’s first coaching stint was in 2011 at Wabash College, where he helped lead the Little Giants to an NCAC Championship and the first NJCAA Regional berth in school history. Wolgamot earned a bachelor’s degree in Health and Fitness from Purdue University in 2010 after starring for the Boilermakers as a junior college transfer from Danville Area Community College.
In his junior season of 2008, Wolgamot earned a spot on the All-Big Ten First Team. Originally from Danville, Ill., Wolgamot graduated from Danville High School in 2005 and went to play at DACC for two seasons. . At second base, he posted a .984 fielding percentage in 185 chances, earning Easton Defensive Player of the Year honors and a Rawlings Gold Glove. Ben and his wife, Maggie, have a two-year-old daughter, Beckett. Maggie ran track and cross country at Purdue.
Roberts is in his third season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Carson-Newman after an illustrious career at Mossy Creek that led to a stint with the Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League.
The Davie, Fla. Native, a four starter for the Eagles, was named a second-team all-region selection by the American Baseball Coaches' Association (ABCA), the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and the Division II Collegiate Commissioners Association (D2CCA) on top of being a first team All-South Atlantic Conference pick and Gold Glove winner during his senior season. Roberts works with the Eagles hitters and infielders. He has helped the Eagles to be one of the top defensive teams in the South Atlantic Conference.
Coach Maxwell has been the Head Baseball Coach at Ensworth High School for fourteen years. Before coming to Ensworth, Coach Maxwell attended Middle Tennessee State University where he was an all-Conference player for the Blue Raiders baseball team in 1992 & 1993.
The Chicago Cubs drafted Coach Maxwell in 1993. He went on to play professionally for 12 years, reaching the major leagues with the Cubs and the Minnesota Twins. In addition to coaching at Ensworth, Coach Maxwell has served on the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association (TBCA) and the American Baseball Coaches Association Diversity in Baseball Committee, and as a coach for the TBCA Showcase Classic and USA Baseball teams.
As Assistant Coach for 2016 USA 15U National Team, the team won Bronze Medal in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championships in Japan.
As Manager for 2018 USA Baseball 15U National Team, his squad won a Gold Medal and the WBSC World Championship in Panama. As a result of this achievement, he was named 2018 USA Baseball Developmental Coach of the Year.
Karsten Whitson was named as the Volunteer Assistant of the USF baseball program in July of 2019. Whitson spent the previous two years as an assistant coach at Pensacola State College, where he managed and developed the pitching staff. Whitson served as a stripes pitching coach with the USA Baseball U18 National Development Program in 2018. He has been an associate scout with the Minnesota Twins since January of this year and was a pitching coach with the Bismarck Larks of the Northwoods League in 2017. The former first-round MLB Draft selection of the San Diego Padres in 2010 was a member of the USA National U18 team in 2009. He went on to play at the University of Florida from 2010-14 and was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 11th round of the 2014 MLB Draft. He played in the Red Sox organization until 2016. Whitson was part of two SEC Championship teams and two College World Series teams during his time at Florida. He was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team and was a two-time collegiate All-American. He was also named the Perfect Game Pitcher of the Year and was a gold medal recipient at the COPABE “AAA” Pan American Championships during his playing career. The Florida native was named the USOC and USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year in 2018. He was also an Assistant Coach of the Year nominee in 2017 for the Larks. Whitson graduated from Florida in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in family, youth and community sciences.
Brian Johnson is a former 8-year Major League catcher and current Major League Scout of 10 years with the San Francisco Giants. He earned 3 World Series Rings with the Giants (2010, 2012 & 2014) while helping to provide the advance scouting reports for the Giants in each of those October Classics.
Brian graduated in four years from Stanford University with a Political Science degree while playing both baseball and football. At Stanford, he had the best winning percentage of any starting quarterback in the previous 14 years, still owns the record for the longest touchdown pass in Big Game History (82 yards), and was a part of "Back-to-Back" College World Series Championship teams - the only National Championship teams in Stanford's storied baseball history.
Brian was a 3 sport star at Skyline High School in Oakland, California where he was a part of 2 state championship teams (baseball & football), was a 2 time All-American (baseball) and 3 time California Athlete of the Year (baseball, football, basketball; Cal-Hi Sports Magazine).
Brian currently resides in Southfield, Michigan with his wife, 2 children and 2 dogs. He has coached baseball and basketball (boys and girls) for 7 years at both the middle and high school levels at Southfield Christian School. Brian's book, "Creating Space", How To Call A Game and Teach Winning Strategy For Pitcher's & Catcher's" is due out by January 1st, 2020.
Nunzio Signore (BA, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS) Nunzio is the owner of RPP. He has been one of the most in-demand coaches/trainers in the Northeast Corridor for the past 10 years. Nunzio is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He is also certified in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). Nunzio has done extensive mentorship programs with Mike Boyle (Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey, Boston Red Sox), as well as baseball mentorships with Eric Cressey of Cressey Performance.
Robert Farrell, a 2001 Rutgers graduate, enters his seventh season with the men’s track and field team and third as the program’s associate head coach in 2018-19, having earned the promotion at the conclusion of the 2016 campaign. The 2015 Mid-Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year is directly in charge of all jumps, throws and multi-event athletes. In his seven years "On the Banks," his athletes have captured nine All-America honors, 11 individual conference titles and 30 NCAA Regional qualifications. Before arriving at Rutgers, Farrell oversaw all sprints, hurdles and jumps at Lafayette College. While there, Farrell guided student-athletes to 12 Patriot League Championships, including the fastest men's 100m and 4x100m performances in Patriot League history. Under his tutelage, the Leopards placed in the top-six individually at the Patriot League Championships 52 times.. In 2012, he coached the Patriot League Indoor and Outdoor Female Field Athlete of the Meet as well as the Outdoor Male Track Athlete of the Meet. Farrell came to Lafayette after spending a year at Central Connecticut State, where he acted as the assistant women's track and field coach in charge of the sprints, hurdles, jumps and throws. Prior to his arrival at CCSU, Farrell worked at Wagner College as an assistant coach for the men's and women's track and field teams. The New Jersey native graduated from Rutgers with a BA in English, where he was a multiple BIG EAST Scorer, IC4A qualifier and Academic All-BIG EAST selection. He earned a Masters in Sports Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He currently holds a USATF Level II certification in Jumps and a USTFCCCA Academy Special Certification in Sprints, Hurdles and Relays. Farrell resides in Toms River, New Jersey, with his wife Jessica and their sons, Tristan and Caden.
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