ABCA Convention Clinic Speakers

The World-Renown ABCA Clinics are the highlight of the annual ABCA Convention and run the gamut of baseball topics over the course of three days. The 2020 clinics, presented by ATEC, will begin on the morning of Friday, Jan. 3 with 2019 NCAA Div. I national champion & head coach of the Vanderbilt University Commodores Tim Corbin. The 23 clinics will conclude on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 5.

Presenters were arranged by ABCA Second Vice President Dan McDonnell of the University of Louisville with assistance from ABCA Third Vice President Rick Hitt of South Florida State College.

Beyond Corbin, the clinicians are a very diverse group with college coaches from various levels including NCAA Div. I head coaches Rick Heller (Iowa) and Kerrick Jackson (Southern), several professional coaches and instructors, two former Major League players, a pair of high school coaches and two motivational speakers.
Longtime MLB manager Buck Showalter will speak about the role of coaches and the responsibility of the ABCA membership. Former MLB specialists Harold Reynolds (base running) and Brett Butler (bunting/small ball) are preparing their presentations for January. John O’Leary is sure to inspire the crowd and Dr. Kevin Elko will bring practical leadership advice.

In addition to the main-stage clinics, the ABCA Convention also features the Youth Coaches Session as well as the Expo Theater, with 30 more presentations on those stages over the course of four days. That brings the total to more than 50 educational sessions during the convention!

This year, for the first time, the main-stage clinic presentations will feature Live Video Streaming on the ABCA Videos Website for those unable to attend the ABCA Convention in Nashville. Following the convention, all clinic presentations (main stage, youth session and expo) will be available on demand. All convention attendees who check in on-site will receive the complete set of clinic videos for free after the convention!

The 76th annual ABCA Convention will be held from Jan. 2-5, 2020 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.  


Friday, Jan. 3, 2020
8:30am Introduction, Awards Presentation & Leadoff Speaker
Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt University
Building a Championship Program
9:40am JT Maguire, Cleveland Indians
Outfield Play: The Development and Evolution of the Forgotten Position
10:20am Harold Reynolds, Retired Seattle Mariners Player
Base Running, The Lost Art
11:00am Dr. Kevin Elko, Author & Speaker
Winning Baseball Language
11:40am Lunch Break - Visit the ABCA Trade Show!
12:40pm Aaron Gershenfeld, The Citadel
Developing Today’s Catcher
1:20pm Derek Johnson, Cincinnati Reds
The Pitcher/Hitter Confrontation
2:00pm Jack Leggett, USA Baseball
Qualities of a Winning Coach and Athlete in a Winning Program
2:40pm Eric Snider & Adam Vrable, University of Louisville
Louisville Offensive Approach: Hard Consistent Contact
3:20pm Buck Showalter, Former MLB Manager
The Game Within the Game, What to Look For Off the Ball and...Would You Want to Play For You?
4:30pm ABCA Convention Coaches Social (Exhibit Hall)
6:30pm ABCA Hall of Fame Banquet
Saturday, January 4, 2020
8:30am Matt Hobbs, University of Arkansas
Leveraging Technology for Today’s Pitcher
9:10am John O'Leary, Author & President of Rising Above
The Power of One
9:50am Coffee Break - Visit the ABCA Trade Show!
10:20am Brett Butler, Retired MLB Player
Bunting: The Advantages of Small Ball to Help Win Games
11:00am Brandon Belanger, University of Louisiana Monroe
Outfield Play, the Hyper-Focused Way
11:40am Lunch Break - Visit the ABCA Trade Show!
12:35pm Chris Heaps, Russellville High School (AL)
Uncommon Culture Yields Uncommon Success
1:20pm Rick Heller, University of Iowa
A System to Develop the Complete Hitter
2:00pm Kerrick Jackson, Southern University
From Worst to First, Developing a Championship Culture
2:40pm Snack Break! 
3:00pm Andy Schatzley, Harding University
Preparing Infielders: Principles and Processes
3:40pm Zach Farrel, University of Louisville
The 3 C’s of Louisville Baseball Strength and Conditioning
4:20pm Ryan Sienko, Los Angeles Dodgers
Creating Elite Receivers: Advanced Techniques to Gain More Strikes
Sunday, January 5, 2020
8:30am Jeremy Sheetinger, Georgia Gwinnett College
Tales From Inside the Fraternity: My Journey as a Baseball Evangelist
9:10am Mike Stawski, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Kickstart your Offense Through the Run Game
9:50am Jason Maxwell, Ensworth High School (TN)
Infield Play: Trust Your Abilities and Play to Your Strengths
10:30am Rob Fornasiere, University of Minnesota
Career Fulfillment as an Assistant Coach

Clinic speakers, topics and schedule are subject to change.