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 Dec 30, 2021

Bio Dane comes to HPU from coaching in the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system since 2019, and spent the last season as manager of the Blue Jays Dominican Summer League team.  He was an assistant coach at Illinois State in 2019 where he helped the Redbirds to a Missouri Valley co-championship and an NCAA Tournament berth before joining the Blue Jays. He also coached at Sacramento State, William Jessup and Menlo. As a player, the new Sharks skipper was an Academic All-WAC performer as a catcher at Sacramento State, where he started 135 of 152 games at catcher for the Hornets. He finished his collegiate playing career at Menlo where he started all 54 games and was second on the Oaks with a .280 batting average with four home runs, nine doubles and 22 RBIs.  Time Stamps 01:00- First 100 days on the job 12:00- Building the culture 18:00- Fall Training 32:00- Defensive Sets 40:00- Staffing and what he has learned lately 48:00- Resources Resources Talent Code- Daniel Coyle Culture Code- Daniel Coyle Top Dog- Po Bronson  How to win friends and influence people- Dale Carnegie Contact https://twitter.com/_danejah_ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Thursday Dec 23, 2021

Bio 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. Here's Brian Green! Time Stamps 2:00- Vision of the program 7:00- Staff Development 21:00- Fall Outline 27:00- "hitting talk" Resources Gary Ward ABCA Mental Game of Baseball- HA Dorfman Heads up baseball- Ken Ravizza The Winner Within- Pat Riley Contact b.green@wsu.edu https://twitter.com/coachbriangreen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Thursday Dec 16, 2021

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)  Time Stamps 01:00- New Staff/new players and the transition  07:30- Fall Foundation 12:30- "coaches are translators" 20:00- Fall Drills and 2K Tuesdays Resources Pitch Decision Chart-https://twitter.com/Tyler_Coolbaugh/status/1450933903867330561?s=20 https://www.theprogram.org/ Contact https://twitter.com/tobydemello Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Thursday Dec 09, 2021

Bio https://charlotte49ers.com/sports/baseball/roster/coaches/robert-woodard/846 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 So on the show we discuss his first steps in year one, we talk building the foundation and we go over what theyre doing this fall! You're gonna love this episode with Robert Woodard! Time Stamps 01:00- Intro 05:00- Building the foundation 12:30- Recruiting 17:10- Offseason Schedule 26:50- Building the culture on a daily basis Contact Email- charlottebaseball@uncc.edu Twitter- @rwoodardCLT Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Thursday Dec 02, 2021

Bio Bobby's pro career began when the Seattle Mariners selected him in the 50th round of the 1989 MLB draft. He played in professional baseball for 12 years, with six of them in the Mexican League. Bobby's coaching career started in the Los Angeles Angels' organization in 2002. And since, he been a manager or hitting coach in the MiLB until he was brought up to the major leagues with the Atlanta Braves. In 2020, the Braves promoted him to the major league coaching staff as assistant hitting coach. and most recently he was a member of the 2021 World Series champions. On the show we discuss what separated this Braves club and we take a deep dive into what makes a great hitter and a great hitting coach. Time Stamps 01:00- What makes a world series champion 05:43- Relationships are huge 10:00- Peak Performers and how they separate themselves  12:00- Blocked and Random Practice 20:00- On Field BP and Routines 26:00- Pressure filled moments in the World Series 34:30- 2K Approach 41:00- Team Chemistry and Makeup 45:16- Quick Hitters Resources Mindset- Carol Dweck Motor learning and performance- Schmidt and Lee https://thelearnerlab.com/train-ugly/ The Bible Contact (Instagram) @magallanesbobby @SwingUgly Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Thursday Nov 25, 2021

Bio 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- Intro 03:00- Changing the culture 06:00- BP Rounds 24:00- Mentality / Mental Game 34:00- There are always exceptions to the rule 38:00- Swing Decisions and Timing Contact Phone: 602.285.7293 Email: kevin.kimball@phoenixcollege.edu https://twitter.com/kimballk11 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Thursday Nov 18, 2021

Bio 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- Intro 05:00- Ins and outs of IMG Academy 15:00- A day in the life at IMG 19:00- Fall Instructs  Contact https://twitter.com/davidturgeon45 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Thursday Nov 11, 2021

Bio 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. Along with that, he was named Central District Baseball Coach of the Year in 2013. He also served as President of the Central District Coaches Association and is currently a member of the National High School Baseball Coaches Association staff. Several players from Orange have gone on to play at the next level, including a 2021 roster with commitments to Vanderbilt, Wright State, Toledo (3), King University, West Liberty University and Ohio Northern University. Marker teaches sixth grade math at Olentangy Orange Middle School and lives in Lewis Center with his wife (Amie) and three children (McKenzie 9, Jackson 4, and Lainey 1). He has been on numerous podcasts including most recently being asked to be on the “Making Math Moments” podcast. Time stamps 01:00- First 100 days 09:00- Offseason Outline 15:00- Videoing Practice  18:22- Rules and Standards 21:30- Parent Communication 31:00- Very intentional with time Resources Greg Canvel Podcast Contact https://twitter.com/coachmarker thomas_marker@olsd.us Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Thursday Nov 04, 2021

Bio https://plnusealions.com/sports/baseball/roster/coaches/justin-james/1020 Justin James is in his third season as the head coach of the Point Loma baseball team in 2021. James returned to his alma mater to take over as the head coach of the Sea Lions in the summer of 2018. He has over 13 years of collegiate coaching experience, including two as the pitching coaching at UC San Diego, where he helped lead the Tritons to back-to-back NCAA West Regional Championships. In his first season as the leader of the program, James guided PLNU to a 32-21 record, a pair of postseason victories and into the final game of the NCAA West Regional #2. The Sea Lions ranked as high as No. 2 in the West Region poll, and reached No. 14 in the national rankings. James' second season was cut short due to the COVID pandemic. At the time, the Sea Lions were playing their best baseball. PLNU finished conference play 3-1 (9-8 overall) and in second place in the PacWest standings.   On the show we discuss how they approached this fall, we go over their program standards, and how they utilize gamelike practice to steal reps and get ready for the season. Here's Justin James! Time Stamps 01:00- Vision of the program 04:00- First 100 days 09:30- Standards 18:00- How to build culture 28:00- Offseason Calendar Contact justinjames@pointloma.edu https://twitter.com/CoachJames_3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Thursday Oct 28, 2021

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.    On part 1 of the show we discuss his transition to College Station, their player evaluation process for this fall and he shared with us some video of their Fall Training Sessions Time Stamps 01:00- Transitioning to College Station 05:00- Nolan Arenado Discussion 12:30- Player Evaluation Process for this fall 18:00- Fall Training Sessions and Video Contact https://twitter.com/earleybaseball Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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