2011 Clinic – January 17, 2011

The 2011 I-70 clinic will be held Monday January 17, 2010,  MLK day.
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We have a fantastic lineup of experienced and knowledgeable speakers.

Coach Mark Johnson, Sam Houston StateMark Johnson head coach, Sam Houston State University. Cocah Johnson has a record of 1008-540-3 (.651) in 25 seasons of Division 1 college baseball. He’s coached his teams to three straight NCAA regionals (2007-09) and appeared in the College World Series twice in 1993 and 1999. He was the first recipient of the ABCA “Ethics in Cocahing” Award in 2008.


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Fred Corral, coach University of MemphisFred Corral, associate head coach, pitching coach, University of Memphis. Coach Corral enters his 19th year as pitching coach at the collegiate level. 59 of his pitchers have been drafted by Major League Baseball and six have made it to the majors.


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Mike Pinto, Southern Illinois MinersMike Pinto, manager, Southern Illinois Miners. In four seasons managing the Miners, Pinto has a 227-157 (.591) record, making him the winningest manager in the Frontier League over the past four seasons. Understandably the Miners have never seen the need for another manager as he is the only one in Miners history


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Bill Findley, Groundskeeper for the St. Louis Cardinals.Bill Findley, head groundskeeper, St. Louis Cardinals. Findley has worked as the Cardinals groundskeeper with the Cardinals for fifteen years and been the head groundskeeper for five. His work has spanned two stadiums.


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Justin Fleener, Head Coach, TeutopolisJustin Fleener, head coach Teutopolis (IL) High School. Cocah Fleener has led T-Town to six conference, eight regional, and five sectional championships. He also coached Teutopolis to the 2010 IHSA 2A state championship. Teutopolis has made three appearances in the IHSA state finals under his watch.


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Thank you!

Thanks to all the coaches who attended the 2010 clinic. We had 152 coaches from across Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. And a big thanks to our speakers too for taking the time to share their knowledge.

Check back to this site later in the year for information on our next clinic.

2010 Clinic – January 18, 2010

The 2010 I-70 clinic will be held January 18, 2010,  MLK day.
Sponsored by Shelly Childerson and Associates, LLC – 618-664-3781

We have a fantastic lineup of experienced and knowledgeable speakers.

Dr. David Neighbors assisitant baseball coach, Trenton (Wesclin) Jr. High and Sr. High. Dr. Neighbors is the Director of Sports Medicine and Wellness for Athlete’s Advantage Sports Medicine in Breese, IL. He is the team doctor for the high schools in Clinton county Illinois. He served for a number of years as the team doctor for Greenville College. He is Board Certified in Sports Medicine and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Dr. Neighbors belongs to the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Additionally, he has served as an assistant baseball coach for 14 years at Wesclin at both the Jr. and Sr. High schools. He played college baseball at Eastern Illinois University.


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ronpolk_UABRon Polk, assistant coach, University of Alabama at Brimingham. He is the former head coach at Mississippi State, Georgia and Georgia Southern. Polk went to the College World Series with each of those schools. He has a career record on 1373- 700-2 (.662) and has been named national coach of the year three times. His teams have made 8 trips to the College World Series. Seven times he served as a coach for the USA National baseball team. He is a member of the ABCA Hall of Fame and the college baseball Hall of Fame.


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derek_johnson-vanderbiltDerek Johnson, associate head coach/pitching coach, Vanderbilt University. Johnson has made stops at Vandy, Stetson, Southern Illinois and Eastern Illinois. In 2004 he was named the Collegiate Baseball pitching coach of the year. Under his watch 18 pitchers have been drafted over the last 8 seasons, including 3 int he first round. His Commodore staff has led the SEC in ERA 4 of the last 6 seasons.


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Jason SelkJason Selk, Director of mental training, St. Louis Cardinals. Selk is the author of “10-minute Toughness” and regular contributor to ABC, CBS, ESPN, and NBC radio and TV. He has worked with the NCAA, St. Louis Rams, U of I, Mizzou and SLU, in addition to his current role with the Cardinals.


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Joel HawkinsJoel Hawkins, head coach Highland High School. Hawkins has coached 19 seasons compiling a 401-203 record during that time. The Bulldogs have won eight MC titles, seven regionals and two sectionals under his leadership. His 2008 team won the IHSA Class 3A State Championship. Individually three Bulldogs have been drafted during this time.


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2009 Clinic – Featuring Tony La Russa

The clinic will be held Monday, January 19, 2009.

This clinic will take place in the Greenville High School Auditorium. 500 maximum attendees!

Tony La RussaTony La Russa, Manager, St. Louis Cardinals.
La Russa has spent 30 years as a Major League Baseball manager. He’s won two World Series titles (1989 Oakland A’s, 2006 St. Louis Cardinals) in addition to two NL Pennants, 3 AL Pennants, and 12 division titles. He’s third place on the all-time managerial wins list with 2,461. He is one of only two managers to accumulate 500 wins with three different teams (A’s, Cardinals, and White Sox). He’s been voted MLB Manager of the Year four times and is the founder and chairperson of the Animal Rescue Foundation.
Matheny with the St. Louis CardinalsMike Matheny, former St. Louis Cardinals catcher.
Matheny caught 1,285 games over 13 Major League seasons with a career .994 fielding percentage as a catcher. He played five seasons with the Cardinals playing in 27 postseason games with them. He hit .303 in three League Division postseason series and won four Gold Gloves for catching, three of them with the Cardinals. He was the Winner of the 2005 Willie Mac award for spirit and leadership.
John Mabry, Former St. Louis Cardinals Infielder and Outfielder
John Mabry with the St. Louis Cardinals Mabry hit .263 over 14 Major League seasons, starting with his first hit the day he was called up. He finished 4th in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 1995 and was named to Topps All-Rookie Team. He hit for the cycle on May 18, 1996. Manry appeared in the postseason 10 times and played parts of eight seasons with the Cardinals.

Registration 8am-9am $35 per person in advance. See our registration information. ($45 at the door).

9am-9:50am: Mike Matheny- Building the Complete Catcher

10:00am- 10:50am: John Mabry- Hitting Fundamentals and Drills

11:00am- 12:00pm: Tony La Russa – Managing and Leadership

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Speakers for December 2008 Coaches Clinic

The clinic will be held Saturday, December 6, 2008.

Andy HainesAndy Haines, Hitting Coach Gulf Coast Marlins.
Haines is serving in his first season with the Marlins in 2008. He was also the teams’ Defensive Coordinator for their Extended Spring Training. In 2007, Haines was the Independent Frontier League Manager of the Year leading the Windy City Thunderbolts to a 68-28 record. That is the highest win total in FL history and happened for an organization that was 13 games under .500 the previous season. Haines has served as a hitting coach for much of his career. He had a two-year stint with Gary-Southshore of the Northern League and one season with DuBois County of the FL. He was an assistant for three years at Middle Tennessee State University and at Olney Central College. He was the Northwoods Summer Collegiate League Coach of the Year for the Waterloo Bucks in 2001. Haines got his start in coaching with the Twin City Stars of the Central Illinois Collegiate League.
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Bob MorganBob Morgan, Retired Head Coach, Indiana University.
Morgan compiled a 1,070-586 mark in 30 seasons at the NCAA Division I level. His teams collected 782 of those at IU. He also made stops as a head coach at Kent State University and the College of Wooster. Since retirement, Morgan has continued as a professor at Indiana. Last season he was approached by IU’s Club Baseball team to be their head coach. In the 2008 season, they went 23-4, their best record ever.
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Mark Kingston. Associate Head coach at Illinois State University.
Mark Kingston Kingston will take over the head coaching job in 2009. Has served 12 years as an assistant at the collegiate level, the last seven with Tulane University working with hitters and catchers. The Green Wave earned a berth in the 2005 College World Series. For two seasons before that he worked at the University of Miami, Florida. In 2001 he helped the Hurricanes win the National Championship. He was also an assistant at Illinois State and Purdue. Kingston also played five years in the minors for the Cubs and Brewers organizations. He played collegiately at the University of North Carolina helping the Tar Heels to ACC regular season and tournament crowns. UNC also participated in the 1989 CWS.
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Dennis Conley
Dennis Conley. Head coach Olney Central College.
Won his 1,000th game as a head coach during the spring of 2008. His OCC teams have winning records in each of the last 24 seasons. OCC has won 30+ games on 22 occasions. In three of the last six years the Blue Knights have won the GRAC conference crown. Conley has helped send 35 players on to professional baseball and his players successfully leave OCC with a degree 91% of the time.
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Coach Lynn Carlson
Lynn Carlson-Head coach Greenville College.
Carlson began as head baseball coach at Greenville College in 1997. While a student at Greenville College, he competed in men’s basketball and baseball before signing a professional baseball contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1990 and pitching in the Pirates’ and San Diego Padres’ organizations. He returned to Greenville College and graduated in 1993.
Greenville College Baseball
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