With the ABCA’s Baseball Skills & Drills video series, you can learn how to organize better practices, gain a better understanding of what drills you need to develop fundamental baseball skills, and improve your chances at a winning season!
Developed in conjunction with the American Baseball Coaches Association—the world’s leading baseball coaching organization—the Baseball Skills & Drills video series features coaches from three of the nation’s top collegiate baseball programs:
• Mark Johnson, the on-camera expert in Hitting and Baserunning, is a successful coach at Texas A&M University’s baseball program and a highly respected clinician and teacher.
• Pitching and Catching features Pat McMahon during his head coaching stint at Mississippi State University (1998-2001). McMahon was named head coach at the University of Florida in 2001 and is recognized as one of college baseball’s top pitching coaches.
• Fielding features Jack Leggett of Clemson University. Since taking over the Clemson program, Leggett has consistently had his team in the hunt for the ACC and regional titles, and he is highly sought on the clinic circuit throughout the country.
These three videos cover all the essential skills a baseball player needs to compete successfully. On each tape an expert teaches key techniques for improving execution and provides a selection of the best drills for mastering the primary skills. Special coaching points provide insight into learning or performing certain skills and correcting common errors.
Together these videos are the most complete instructional resource of their kind, with information for coaches and players at the youth summer league, high school, and collegiate levels.
Three of the most prolific and successful baseball coaches contribute their expertise on behalf of the American Baseball Coaches Association. Each coach has established himself as a top instructor of a specific area of the game.
Mark Johnson is one of the most respected collegiate coaches in the country and was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January 2001.
Since 1985, Johnson has been head coach of the Texas A&M University baseball program, where he has averaged 45 wins a year and ranks among the top 10 winningest coaches in the country. In his 15 seasons, Johnson has a record of 668-279 with two Big 12 championships, one NCAA regional championship, one NCAA super regional championship, and two Big 12 Coach of the Year awards for the 1998 and 1999 seasons.
Johnson and his wife, Linda, have two sons, both of whom played baseball at Texas A&M and were each awarded the GTE/Texas A&M Male Scholar Athlete of the Year award as seniors. They reside in College Station, Texas.
Jack Leggett runs one of the top baseball programs in the country at Clemson University, where he has been head coach since 1994. In his first six seasons he led Clemson to 288 wins and averaged 48 wins per season—giving him the distinction of having the fifth-winningest program in college baseball. Under Leggett, Clemson has had six NCAA Tournament berths and two College World Series appearances. In 1994, Coach Leggett had the nation's winningest team with 57 victories in a single season (second in ACC history).
Before taking over the top spot at Clemson, Leggett served as recruiting coordinator and assistant head coach under Bill Wilhelm during the 1992 and 1993 seasons. He was a major contributor to the teams that ranked in the top 20 and advanced to two NCAA regional championships and won the ACC championship in 1993. Leggett has a total of 665 career wins under his belt.
Leggett and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, son Tanner and daughter Colby. Leggett resides in Clemson, South Carolina.
Pat McMahon was introduced as head baseball coach for the University of Florida in the summer of 2001. Since then, he has gone on to post an 83-40-1 record, earned his 400th collegiate victory, and has coached dozens of Academic All-SEC players. He arrived at Florida after serving four years as the head baseball coach at Mississippi State University teams where his teams consistently ranked at the top of the SouthEastern Conference (SEC) and in the top 25 nationally. McMahon became only the second coach in the SEC's history to take a team to the College World Series in his first season.
In 2001, McMahon earned USA Baseball's National Coach of the Year honors and in 1998 the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) selected him as the South Region Coach of the Year. In 1994, McMahon was designated the Coach of the Year for both the Colonial Athletic Association and the state of Virginia.
Coaching on a variety of levels since 1976 at Florida, Mississippi State University and Old Dominion, Coach McMahon has developed a host of players who went on to success in major league baseball, including Jeff Brantley, Will Clark, Rafael Palmeiro, and Bobby Thigpen.
McMahon and his wife, Cheri, have two children, daughter Logan and son J. Wells. McMahon and his family live in "Gator Country".