Ahead Of The Curve with Jonathan Gelnar

Host Jonathan Gelnar and an array of guests from differing backgrounds discuss how to develop the complete baseball player. This will be your source for the most up to date coaching strategies for baseball player and coach development.

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Thursday Apr 14, 2022

The 2022 season will be Tim Held’s 15th as the Varsity Head Baseball Coach and his 26th year at Moeller. In Coach Held’s first fourteen seasons, the Crusaders made seven trips to the state final four including the 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2015 State Championships.Coach Held is an eight-time GCL Coach of the Year; three time City Coach of the Year, the 2009 Bob Sumerel Greater Cincinnati Coach of the Year, the 2010 State Coach of the Year, 5 time Defiance College Alumni Coach of the Year, the 2013 Cincinnati Reds/MSA Sport Coach of the Year, and the 2015 NFHS Coach of the Year for the state of Ohio. Coach Held was also selected as the Head Coach for the East team in the 2015 Perfect Game All-American game and an assistant coach for the East team in the 2017 game in San Diego, CA. Prior to being the head coach, Tim spent six seasons as an assistant with the varsity baseball team under Mike Cameron. He was part of three GCL championships, five sectional championships, four district championships, one regional championship, two city poll championships, one state poll championship, and the 2004 state championship. In addition, three of these teams ended the season nationally ranked. 
On the show we discuss the tradition and culture at Moeller which includes Hall of Famers Barry Larkin and Ken Griffey Jr. and we take a ton of time on how to conduct in season, basically everything which includes video, in dugout conversations, practices and much more. Here is Tim Held!
Time Stamps
01:00- Moeller Tradition
02:00- Transitioning from assistant to head coach
06:00- First 100 days on the job
08:30- Fall Program
12:00- Pre-Season
15:00- In season practices
20:00- in Game Video
25:00- In game coaching
29:00- Baserunning
33:00- Preparing for a post season run
38:00- Developing coaches
40:00- What is a Moeller baseball player?
44:00- Behavior change
50:00- Quick Hitters
Ohio State Baseball Clinics
108 Performance 
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Thursday Apr 07, 2022

This week I got the pleasure of interviewing Dave National Team Head Coach at IMG Academy. Dave has enjoyed a career in baseball that includes thirteen years of professional playing experience that has spanned the globe combined with decades of managing and coaching experience at the professional and collegiate levels. Dave was drafted out of Davidson College in North Carolina in the 1987 by the New York Yankees and on to play thirteen seasons of professional baseball. 
As a Coach, Turgeon has managed and coached at the professional level as well as coached at the collegiate level. His first stop was in the Cleveland Indians organization in 1999. After which he spent time in various college coaching roles with Boston College, UConn, Duke and Virginia Tech. His passion for working with professional players steered his career to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2010.
Dave is also a contributing blogger on USA Baseball’s website.
Show Notes
01:00- Ramping up from skill work
04:00- "respect the rep"
10:00- Skill Acquisition 
15:00- Individualizing parts of practice 
20:00- Training Decision points
35:00- Legacy Question
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Thursday Mar 31, 2022

Brian Green is in his third season leading the Cougars after being named the 17th baseball coach in Washington State history June 3, 2019.
If you know one thing about Coach Green, his teams can hit. In the 2021 season they lead the Pac-12 and fifth in the country in doubles-per-game (2.4), second in the conference in hitting (.302), third in extra-base hits (101) and third in scoring (7.2 runs/g) while pacing the league with 74 doubles in conference games. 
So on the show, we discuss how they spend the first third of the fall on culture, and we go over his process of developing hitters during the fall. 
Part 2:
01:00- Flipping the switch into pre season
05:00- Bucketing pitchers
13:00- 2K Approach
20:00- Quick Hitters
Gary Ward ABCA
Mental Game of Baseball- HA Dorfman
Heads up baseball- Ken Ravizza
The Winner Within- Pat Riley
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Thursday Mar 24, 2022

On July 1, 2019, Robert Woodard returned home to the Queen City as the fifth Head Coach of the Charlotte 49ers Baseball program. He does so coming off of being an assistant coach at his alma mater, North Carolina, for three seasons. Woodard, a Charlotte native, has also served as pitching coach at UNCW and Virginia Tech.
In his first full season of 2021, Woodard guided the 49ers to a 40-win season, Conference USA Regular Season Championship and berth back into NCAA Postseason play for the first time since the 2011 season.
Woodard, also took home C-USA's Keith LeClair Coach of the Year honors
Time Stamps
01:00- "On Season"
03:00- Ramping up pitchers for the season
07:00- Technology Use
10:00- Listening and communication
22:00- "9 ATC"
37:00- Players Favorite Drills
40:00- Legacy Question
Email- charlottebaseball@uncc.edu
Twitter- @rwoodardCLT
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Thursday Mar 17, 2022

Jesse is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant. He was the Mental Skills Coordinator for the 2017 MLB World Series and 2019 & 2021 AL Champion Houston Astros. Prior to working in professional baseball, Jesse spent four years working for the United States Army as the Lead Master Resilience Trainer – Performance Expert at the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) Training Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Where he provided hands-on training and self-development tools so that members of the Army family were better able to cope with adversity, perform better in stressful situations, and thrive on and off the battlefield. 
On the show we discuss how to get started in mental training, different pillars we can use in our programs, and practical tips to integrate them on field. This episode is so good with Jesse Michel. 
Time Stamps
01:00- How he got started in Mental Training
05:00- How he got into professional baseball
08:30- Defining "mental game"
16:00- Pillars of the mental game
24:00- "good, better, how?"
34:30- World Series Champion
40:00- Getting Buy in
50:00- What do players wish coaches did more of?
56:00- Quick Hitters
Heart Rate Variability
Learned Optimism- Martin E. P. Seligman 
Mental Game of Baseball- Harvey Dorfman
Mind Gym- Gary Mack
Blink- Malcolm Gladwell
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Thursday Mar 10, 2022

Kevin Kimball enters his 11th year at the helm of the Bears Baseball program. In July of 2010 Kimball was hired after two years as an assistant at Gateway Community College. At the time, the Phoenix College baseball program had only one winning season since 1993. Since Kimball took the reins his teams have produced 3 of the top 5 win totals in school history.  Kimball’s 2015 Bears squad was a few outs away from a World Series birth after eliminating the defending national champions in the Region I semifinals. In 2017 Kimball finally did break through and won a region championship. That 2017 team also broke the school record for wins in a season and was ranked in the top 20 for 9 consecutive weeks – which was another first for the program
Time Stamps
01:00- Flipping the script from Offseason
07:00- Gameplanning and scouting
14:00- Focus discussion
16:00- Neutral Mindsets
26:00- Oppo Taco Tuesdays
30:00- Legacy Question
Phone: 602.285.7293
Email: kevin.kimball@phoenixcollege.edu
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Thursday Mar 03, 2022

The 2021 season was the 3rd as head coach at Olentangy Orange for Tom Marker. During his tenure Marker has turned the Pioneers into a state and district power, leading Orange to a number one State Ranking and top 50 National Ranking last season.  Marker’s record of 48-11 (.814) is first all-time in winning percentage at Orange. In his career as a head coach Marker is 247-143 (.633). Marker’s efforts have paid off in the win column and across the board as Prep Baseball Report has tabbed Orange as the top program in the state in the final State Poll Rankings. Over the last seven seasons, Marker has led his teams to five district final appearances, winning the district in 2021. Marker was named Ohio State Baseball Coach of the Year, Central District Baseball Coach of the Year, and Ohio Capital Conference Coach of the Year in 2021.
Time stamps
01:00- Pre Season
05:00- Training Gamelike Environments
10:00- In Game Data they track
25:00- Scouting
30:00- Resources
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Thursday Feb 24, 2022

Time Stamps
01:00- Highlights from the fall
05:00- Player Evaluation
10:00- Pre Season Focus
19:00- Vision in hitting
23:30- Teaching an approach
30:00- In Season Routines / Psychology
45:00- In Dugout Conversations
50:00- Gameplanning
57:00- Last Things
A veteran with over 25 years of experience as both an assistant and head coach, Jay begins his third season on Travis Jewett’s staff this spring. 
Uhlman arrived at Tulane after he spent the previous eight seasons as a member of the University of Oregon staff where he was the associate head coach for the last three seasons. 
On the show we go over some of their highlights from this fall, what they're doing to prepare the team for the season, and how we can develop in season. Here is Jay Uhlman!
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Thursday Feb 17, 2022

Michael Bio
Michael Earley is in his first season as the hitting coach at A&M and arrives in the Brazos Valley after five seasons at Arizona State. Earley has built a reputation for developing hitters with his most notable work being the rise of Spencer Torkelson to the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2020 MLB Draft. who went Undrafted out of high school. In the 2020 MLB Draft, four of Earley’s hitters were selected as Arizona State was the only school in the country to boast five players chosen in the shortened, five-round draft. 
Toby Bio
DeMello joined the Wildcats after spending three seasons at Sacramento State from 2019-21. He began his tenure with the Hornets serving as the program's Director of Operation and Analytics in 2019 before moving into the volunteer assistant role for the 2020 and 2021 campaigns. While at Sacramento State, DeMello's primary duties included serving as the team's catching coach, assisting with the hitters, aligning the defense, and coaching first base. Under his direction, the Hornets posted a record of 84-54 (.609) and improved their team batting average from .235 in 2019 to an impressive .283 in 2021. DeMello's coaching journey has also seen him make stops at Southern Illinois (2018), Occidental College (2017), and Sierra College (2016-17)
Michael Time Stamps
Toby Time Stamps
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Thursday Feb 10, 2022

21 years in professional baseball:
7 years - professional baseball player in the SF Giants organization
5 years - coaching in the SF Giants organization (3 years hitting/infield coach in Short-Season A, 1 year hitting/infield coach in Rookie-league, 1 year managing in Rookie-league)
9 years - mental skills coach (5 years with Giants, 2 years with Mariners, 2 years (currently) with Diamondbacks in mental performance consultant role)
Spent one year as the Director of Mental Conditioning at the University of Notre Dame
Show Notes
05:00- Intro
10:00- Trevor Moawads impact
14:00- How would you have coached yourself as a player?
17:00- Mental skills: The ability to focus on the right thing at the right time.
27:00- What you measure you can manage
31:00- Setting process goals
35:00- Pillars of peak performance 
42:00- Consistency of presence 
50:00- The importance of good body language (as coaches)
55:00- Resources 
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The Obstacle is the Way- Ryan Holiday
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