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 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

Thursday Oct 21, 2021

Bio Today we have on Jason Thompson, head baseball coach at Brennan HS. a few highlights , Jason has Over 250 Career Wins, Was the Texas 5A State Runner Up (2016), they Set Alamo Heights School Record for Wins in a Season (28 in 2015) and Reached the Texas Regional Semi-Finals This offseason he took his current job at Brennan, so On the show we discuss his first 100 days on his new job, how he goes about relationships with parents, and how they plan out the fall by backwards planning from round 3 of the playoffs Show Notes 01:00- First 100 days of his new job 06:00- Core values as a program 19:45- Parents being a part of the program 29:50- Fall Outline 37:30- Blending to Pre-Season Contact https://twitter.com/CoachJ_Thompson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Thursday Oct 14, 2021

Bio Today we have on hitting coach, Micah Franklin. Micah has spent a total of 28 years in professional baseball, 15 years as a player. In 1997 he made his MLB debut with with the St Louis Cardinals. He then spent 2 seasons in Japan with the Nippon Ham Fighters and Hanshin Tigers and 2 seasons in Korea with the Hyundai Unicorns He actually started his career as a scout for 8 years, 5 years  for the Diamondbacks and then 3 years MLB pro scout Seattle. then has spent the last 5 years MILB Hitting Coach with the Diamondbacks On the show we talk player evaluation, what hes doing with players this fall for training, and how we need to approach swing problems using the what, why, and how method. You're gonna love this episode with Micah Franklin! Time Stamps 01:00- Player Evaluation 07:15- Developing trust with players 13:40- Fall Development Contact https://twitter.com/micahf56  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Thursday Oct 07, 2021

Bio https://vcuathletics.com/sports/baseball/roster/coaches/shawn-stiffler/551 Head Coach Shawn Stiffler enters his 10th season at the helm of VCU baseball for the 2021-2022 season. Over his tenure, the Rams have climbed back into national prominence. VCU stands as one of just eight programs in the country with 34-plus wins over the last seven full seasons.  Stiffler was named the the sixth head coach of the VCU Baseball program in December 2012 following the passing of his mentor Paul Keyes. Stiffler was promoted after serving as the associate head coach for the first half of the 2012 campaign and serving as the interim head coach for the remainder of that season. Prior to being named head coach, he spent five seasons on Keyes' staff as the Rams' pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. Time Stamps (part 1) 01:00- First 100 days 09:00- Standards/Core Values 23:00- Offseason Calendar  33:00- What does success look like at VCU? (what style of players) Contact https://twitter.com/ShawnStiffler29 smstiffler@vcu.edu Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Thursday Sep 02, 2021

Bio Jackson's first college coaching job came as an assistant for the Fairfield Stags baseball program in 2001. The next season, Jackson became an assistant coach at Emporia State University. Jackson spent the 2003 season as an assistant at Coffeyville Community College before moving on to Jefferson College for the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Jackson coached at Nicholls State University from 2006–2007 and St. Louis Community College in 2008. Jackson left college baseball to become a professional scout for the Washington Nationals from 2008 to 2010. On August 14, 2010, Jackson was named the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach for the Missouri Tigers baseball program under coach Tim Jamieson. On May 27, 2015, Jackson left his position with Missouri because of his wife's promotion. Jackson spent his two year hiatus from coaching as an agent. On July 25, 2017, Jackson returned to coaching as the head coach of the Southern Jaguars baseball team. In 2019, Coach Jackson led the Southern Jaguars baseball team to the SWAC Baseball Tournament championship and a berth in the 2019 NCAA Baseball Tournament. Southern was eliminated after losses to the Mississippi State University Bulldogs in their first game, 11-6, and the University of Miami Hurricanes, 12-2, in the losers bracket elimination game on the following day. On November 30, 2020, Jackson resigned as head coach of the Southern Jaguars to accept a position as the President of MLB Draft League. Time stamps 01:00- MLB Draft Job and his vision for it in year 2 05:00- Several different roles 15:00- Being a generalist vs being an "expert" in one field. 18:00- Diversity Committee 28:00- Worst (2018) to first (2019) 40:00- Building Alignment within the coaching staff 50:00- Building "teams" 52:00- Lightning Section Resources - It takes what it takes- Trevor Moawad  - Lead for Gods Sake- Todd Gongwer Contact https://twitter.com/im_that_dad_kj Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Thursday Aug 26, 2021

Bio Trevor Flow- Head Baseball coach, North Hall HS in Gainesville GA Since he arrive at North Hall, he has been a part of a 193-64 overall record. In his first year as head coach of the Trojans, they finished 24-7 and made it to the Sweet Sixteen, in year 2 the Trojans finished 21-16 and made it to the Final Four, in year 3 the Trojans were 12-4 and ranked #1 in AAA before the Covid shortened season. and this past season, the Trojans won the 3 AAA State Championship for second time in school history and set a school record for wins in a season. Coach Flow earned Region Coach of the Year honors during the 2018 season and AAA Coach of the Year in 2019 and 2021. On the show we go over the vision of the program, how he stays on top of things by being extremely organized, and how to teach "attention to detail." Time Stamps 01:00- Vision of the program 18:00- Rules/Standards 25:00- Favorite team building activities 29:00- Offseason Outline 32:00- Pre Season Outline 37:00- Attention to detail  42:00- In Season Practice 54:00- Last Things Resources Obstacle is the way- Ryan Holiday Good to great- Jim Collins Extreme Ownership- Jocko Contact https://twitter.com/TrevorFlow https://www.trojansbaseball.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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