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2023 ABCA/Marines National Assistant Coaches of the Year announced

September 27, 2023
2023 ABCA Assistant Coaches of the Year

The 2023 ABCA/Marines National Assistant Coaches of the Year have been announced in all collegiate and high school divisions. The 2023 honorees will be recognized on the main clinic stage at the 80th annual ABCA Convention on Friday, January 5, 2024, in Dallas, Texas.

2023 ABCA/Marines National Assistant Coaches of the Year
NCAA Div. I: Jason Jackson, University of Alabama
NCAA Div. II: Patrick Collins, Columbus State University (Ga.)
NCAA Div. III: Scott Gillitzer, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
NAIA: Billy Tomblin, Mayville State University (N.D.)
NJCAA Div. I: Jon Koenigsfeld, College of Central Florida
NJCAA Div. II: Tyler Albright, Heartland Community College (Ill.)
NJCAA Div. III: Greg Chew, Rowan College South Jersey – Gloucester (N.J.)
Pacific Association Division: Don Popovich, Santa Ana College (Calif.)
High School Div. I: Ian Wells, Rocky Mountain High School (Colo.)
High School Div. II: Michael Edwards, Mainland Regional High School (N.J.)
High School Div. III: Kendall Martin, Elkhorn North High School (Neb.)

The ABCA began honoring a National Assistant Coach of the Year annually in 1999. The Assistant Coach of the Year Award has since expanded and now recognizes outstanding assistant coaches from eight divisions of college baseball and three divisions of high school baseball. Coaching expertise, recruiting, loyalty to the program and respect for the players and the game are some of the many criteria examined when reviewing the candidates for the award. Assistant Coach of the Year honorees are voted on and selected by the ABCA All-America and Coach of the Year committees, in conjunction with the ABCA national office.

SEE ALSO: Past ABCA Assistant Coach of the Year honorees

Registration for the 80th annual ABCA Convention is now open! The 2024 Convention will take place Jan. 4-7 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. To register you and/or your coaching staff, visit

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About the ABCA
Founded in 1945, the American Baseball Coaches Association is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 15,000 members represent all 50 states and 40 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include nine divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School, Youth and Travel.

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