Skip Johnson, Oklahoma Sooners

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It does not take long while listening to the Oklahoma Sooners Skip Johnson on the College Baseball Now podcast to realize why University of Oklahoma Vice President and Athletics Director Joe Castiglione hired Johnson as the 10th head coach of the OU baseball program on June 19, 2017. In the College Baseball Now podcast, Johnson gives…

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Jeremy Beard, Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners

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After serving one year as interim head coach, Jeremy Beard was hired as permanent head coach of the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners in July of 2017. The Roadrunners went through fall practice in 2016 with head coach Bob Macaluso before firing him in mid-December. School officials said they wanted a more positive direction for the…

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Mark Calvi, South Alabama Jaguars

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Mark Calvi became the fifth head coach in South Alabama baseball history at the conclusion of the 2011 season, after spending the year as associate head coach/head coach in waiting, and begins his seventh season as Jaguar head coach in 2018. Calvi has led the Jaguars to four Sun Belt Conference championships in the last five years. The…

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Tim Parenton, North Florida Ospreys

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Tim Parenton was named head coach of the University of North Florida Ospreys in June after serving as an assistant coach at the school from 2010-13. Parenton returned to Jacksonville after serving as manager of the Hudson Valley Renegades, a short-season Class A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. As the manager for the Renegades,…

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Dr. Tom Hanson, HeadsUp Baseball 2.0

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HeadsUp Baseball and The Truth About the Mental Game By Dr. Tom Hanson and Ken Ravizza Take a breath. Have a routine. Go to your focal point. Play one pitch at a time. All these are solid tips for improving a player’s mental game. If you tell a batter to 1) put his back foot…

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Brian Hollamon, Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks

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Brian Hollamon was named head coach of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks baseball program on August 21, 2017. An appointed alumnus and former Hawks assistant, Hollamon joins the Hawks after 14 years of success as head coach at nearby Parkside High School. Hollamon was a graduate assistant with the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks from…

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David Esquer, Stanford Cardinal

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The Stanford Cardinal named David Esquer as the Pac-12 school’s Clarke and Elizabeth Nelson Director of Baseball on June 16, 2017. Esquer is the 21st head coach in program history, succeeding Mark Marquess, who retired after 41 years at the helm of the Cardinal. Esquer played under Marquess on Stanford’s 1987 national championship team, and served as…

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Billy O’Conner, Xavier Musketeers

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The Xavier Musketeers named Billy O’Conner as the seventh head coach of the school’s baseball program in June after a decorated playing career and six years on the staff as an assistant. This past spring O’Conner completed his fourth season as an assistant on the XU staff , helping the Musketeers to a third BIG EAST Championship…

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Ryan Garko, Pacific Tigers

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The University of the Pacific named Ryan Garko head coach of the Tigers baseball team on July 25 when the former major league first baseman accepted the position in Stockton. Garko resigned his position as the manager of the Tulsa Drillers, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, to accept the head coaching job with…

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Kerrick Jackson, Southern Jaguars

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Kerrick Jackson was named head baseball coach of the Southern University and A&M Jaguars in late July. Jackson replaces Roger Cador, who spent the past 33 seasons as the Jaguars’ head coach. “I want us to get back to winning conference championships on a regular basis,” said Kerrick Jackson at his introductory press conference in…

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