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!
Billy Mohl joined the USF baseball coaching staff in June 2014 and was named the program’s seventh head coach on June 30, 2017. Mohl served as the team’s assistant coach from 2015-17, when his main responsibilities were working with the pitching staff.
In Mohl’s third season as the architect of the pitching staff, the arms reaped the benefits of his leadership and had one of the best seasons in program history. The staff posted a program record 620 strikeouts, as it was the third-consecutive season of at least 500 strikeouts and the first time the Bulls have ever matched 500+ strikeouts over a three-year span. The team’s 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings led the nation and set a program record.
Mohl came to USF after five seasons under head coach Mark Kingston at Illinois State, where the pitching staff saw dramatic improvements under his tutelage. He was a recipient of the 2013 Tom Walter College Baseball Inspiration Award, which recognizes examples of inspiration in college baseball and is presented annually by CollegeBaseballInsider.com.
Prior to arriving in Normal, Mohl spent three seasons at his alma mater, assisting Tulane to 107 wins over that period. During his standout four-year career with the Green Wave, Mohl set the school single-season and career record for fewest walks-per-nine-inning average with marks of 1.27 (in 2003) and 1.67, respectively. The right-hander went 9-0 as a senior, becoming just the second regular starter in Tulane history to go undefeated.
Born in Wheatridge, Co., Mohl completed his bachelor’s degree at Tulane University in May 2007. He resides in Tampa with his wife, Krista, sons Hunter and Brock and stepsons Mason and Grant.
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.
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.
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.
Matt Hobbs was announced as the new Razorback pitching coach in December 2018. Hobbs comes from Wake Forest where he spent the last four seasons. The 2018 Deacon pitching staff set a new program record for strikeouts per nine innings, fanning more than one batter per inning.
Before coming to Wake Forest, Hobbs spent four years as the pitching coach at Missouri, which is also his alma mater. Hobbs spent the 2010 season as the pitching coach at the University of San Francisco. Before USF, Hobbs spent three years as the associate head coach, pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at UC-San Diego.
Prior to his stint at UC-San Diego, Hobbs spent two seasons as the pitching coach at Santa Barbara City College. During the summers, Hobbs was the pitching coach for Foresters Baseball, which won the National Baseball Congress World Series in 2006. Hobbs also served one season as an assistant coach at Chapman University, where he worked with the pitchers and catchers. In Hobbs’ coaching career, 33 student-athletes have either been drafted or signed pro contracts, including 29 who were undrafted heading into college.
Hobbs pitched at Missouri from 1999-2002, and he was drafted twice, first by the San Diego Padres in 2001 and then by the Kansas City Royals in 2002.
Hobbs and his wife, Marta, have two daughters, Addison and Taylor, and a son, Will.
Frank Anderson joined the Tennessee coaching staff in June of 2017 after spending the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at Houston, where he helped lead the Cougars to three NCAA Tournaments, including an NCAA Super Regional in 2014.
Considered one of the premier pitching coaches in the country, Anderson brings a wealth of experience as both an assistant and a head coach at the NCAA Division I level. Prior to his successful stint as pitching coach at Houston, Anderson served as head coach for Oklahoma State for nine seasons (2004-12), leading the Cowboys to six NCAA Regional appearances.
Other stops for Anderson included 10 years as an assistant at Texas Tech (1990-99), three seasons at Howard College (1987-89) and three years as an assistant at his alma mater, Emporia State (1983-85). In all, Anderson’s teams have advanced to 16 NCAA Tournaments, five NCAA Super Regionals and have made three trips to the College World Series.
In total, 15 pitchers were selected in the MLB Draft during Anderson’s tenure at Houston. He also had 27 pitchers drafted during his time at Oklahoma State, 15 selected while he was at Texas and 21 picked during his 10 seasons with Texas Tech, giving him a grand total of 78 pitchers drafted throughout his storied coaching career.
Anderson is a native of Grant, Nebraska, and earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Emporia State in 1983 before going on to attain his master’s degree from the school in 1985. Prior to attending ESU, Anderson played two seasons at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and was a junior college All-American at Mid-Plains Junior College in North Platte, Nebraska.
7Anderson and his wife, Sandra, have two children: a son, Brett, who has spent 10 seasons as a pitcher in the Majors primarily with the Oakland Athletics, and a daughter, Katelyn.
Drew Dickinson is in his eighth season as Illinois’ pitching coach in 2019, after serving two stints as a volunteer assistant coach in 2009 and 2011. Dickinson oversees the development of Illinois’ record-setting pitching staff and is instrumental in recruiting for the Fighting Illini. He has been an integral part of Illinois’ first Super Regional appearance in 2015 and three NCAA Regional berths (2011, 2013, 2015).
Under Dickinson, Illinois’ pitching staff has been one of the best in the Big Ten. The Fighting Illini have produced 13 drafted pitchers, including two first-rounders. The success on the mound has helped Illinois win 61.9 percent of its games over the last five years (166-102-1), one of the Illini’s best five-year runs ever.
In 2010, he served as the pitching coach for the Schaumburg Flyers of the independent Northern League. Dickinson was Illinois’ volunteer assistant coach in 2009 while he finished his degree after a seven-year professional playing career.
Following Dickinson’s professional career, he served as Illinois’ volunteer assistant coach in 2009, and later returned to Illinois as a volunteer assistant in 2011.. He then served as pitching coach for the Northern League’s Schaumburg Flyers in 2010.
A 2009 graduate of Illinois, Dickinson holds a B.S. in communication. He was selected in the 28th round by the Oakland Athletics in the 2002 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Dickinson is one of the best pitchers in Illinois history, earning third-team All-America honors by Collegiate Baseball and Big Ten Pitcher of the Year honors in 2001, and third-team Collegiate Baseball All-American laurels again in 2002. He shares the school records for career wins and wins in a Big Ten season, and holds the UI record for innings pitched in a Big Ten season.
Dickinson was a two-time All-Big Ten first-team selection and reached the double-A level with the Oakland A’s. He was a 2003 Midwest League all-star and was named a Top 25 Prospect in the A’s system in 2004.
Dickinson married his wife Michelle in November 2015.
Norberto Lopez serves as an assistant coach in charge of catching, and also assists with the Hurricanes hitters. 2016 was Lopez' first year as a member of the Hurricanes coaching staff, where he quickly made an impact. Prior to that, Lopez served on the UTPA Broncs coaching staff from 2009-2015. He was promoted to the position of Broncs associate head coach prior to the 2015 season.
Lopez was an assistant coach for FAU where he helped the Owls compile a .341 batting average with 93 homeruns in 2007, and a .321 batting average with 99 homeruns in 2008. Prior to his time at FAU, Lopez spent two years at Broward Community College from 2004 through 2006 where he led the team to a third place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series, serving as the hitting and catching coach.
Lopez got his start playing baseball at Monsignor Pace High School in Hialeah, Fla., before moving on to Broward College and Nova Southeastern. After being drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 1999, he spent three years in the organization. Lopez advanced to AAA and made an appearance in the Angels’ major league camp.
Lopez graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1999. In 2006, he earned a master’s in exceptional student education from Nova Southeastern.
Lopez and his wife Cheryl have two sons, Niko and Mason.
Blake Beck begins his first season as volunteer assistant coach for the Troy baseball program. Beck was hired on January 7, 2016. Beck returns to Troy after serving two years as the video coordinator at Mississippi State, where he completed all of the player analysis and assisted pitching coach Butch Thompson, who is now the head coach at Auburn, with the day-to-day operations of the Bulldog program. Additionally, Beck aided with on-campus recruiting as well as baseball camp operations and instruction.
“I am very pleased that Blake is returning to Troy,” Smartt said. “He is highly competitive and extremely passionate about the game of baseball. His previous experience with our program allows him to understand our championship expectations. Blake displays the type of characteristics required to be a great baseball coach, and he will make an immediate impact on our players and the overall program.”
The Hamilton, Ala., native was a starting pitcher for two years at Shelton State Community College, where he had a career 2.67 ERA for the Buccaneers before becoming the video coordinator at Troy University in 2012. Beck spent two years assisting and participating in team practice, supervised team managers and led field maintenance operations. He also worked with the 2013 Troy team that went 42-20, won a Sun Belt championship and earned a spot in the NCAA Regionals.
Beck played four years at Hamilton High School under head coach Norman Ballard. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in sport pedagogy at Mississippi State and is expected to graduate this spring. Beck received his bachelor’s degree in sport and fitness management from Troy University in 2014.
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.
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.
Zach Day was drafted by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 1996 draft and pitched for three MLB teams from 2002 to 2006. He had stints with the Expos, Nationals, and Rockies, compiling a 21-27 record with a 4.66 ERA. Zach has been with TrackMan Baseball since 2008 and has played a critical role in introducing the technology to pitching coaches, scouts, and on-field personnel.
At Trackman Baseball, Zach leads business development efforts and manages accounts in Asian Markets. In addition, he educates and supports professional, collegiate, and amateur player development staff, coaches and players by providing insights and analysis for player development and scouting.
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.
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