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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

College Baseball's Greatest Coaches

The College World Series began this past weekend. This time of the year always reminds me of who are the best teachers in baseball. That great fraternity is the coaches of college baseball. While I know that there are many great college coaches, here are some names that I believe stand out among the best baseball teachers in the world.

By Joe Brockhoff

To begin with, John Scolinas, great coach at Cal-Poly Pamona. He had a unique way of teaching using a combination of examples that were both instructional and entertaining. You always knew when he was speaking at the coaches conventions. The hall would be filled.

Another of the best was Jerry Kindall, Arizona's great fundamental baseball coach.

Skip Bertman is certainly on that list. The fact that LSU is in the College World Series again this year is a great testament of his hard work and team development. Paul Mainieri has picked up where Skip left off and continues the winning tradition.

Hill Denson was the skipper for Southern Mississippi for many years. His enthusiasm was a big factor for the success of the Golden Eagles. Coach Corky Palmer brought the team to Omaha this year for what is

USM's first CWS appearance. The bricks were put in place by Hill Denson. And Corky took it to the next level.

While Rick Jones' Tulane University Green Wave just missed the playoffs this year, he achieved a personal milestone surpassing the record that I had set at Tulane as the winningest coach in the history of Tulane Athletics. He is a great coach, organizer, and hard worker. This was recognized by his selection as coach of the U.S. Olympic Baseball Team.

Mike Martin, Florida State's long time coach, a great fundamentalist, teaches the game as good or better than anyone. His teams are always prepared to play. I've heard it said that this year might have been Mike's best coaching year ever. His very young team's accomplishments are due much to his leadership.

And who could ever forget Ron Polk. This great Hall of Fame coach has left a mark that will be hard to top. His Baseball Playbook is the best book on fundamentals that can be found. When we talk of fundamental details, we are talking Ron Polk.

There are many that I am leaving out and I have not even mentioned any of the great Pros. But here is the point. I was able to gain a wealth of information over the years from some of the world's greatest, and I was able to give back as well. I was privileged to be a part of that great fraternity of college baseball coaches and spoke myself at many of the same NCAA conventions, usually on hitting.

Now we are privileged to make this information available to anyone who loves the game of baseball and wants to play or coach at their very best.

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