Much more than a book on skills, strategies, or drills, The Baseball Coaching Bible represents a landmark work for the sport. Many of the greatest coaches the game has ever known—including Coaches of the Century at the high school, junior college, NAIA, and Division I, II, III levels, as named by Collegiate Baseball—combine to cover all aspects of coaching. The 27 contributing coaches share their keys to championship baseball, something they know well, having won 50 national titles and nearly 25,000 games.
The Baseball Coaching Bible covers every facet of coaching, with each coach addressing the subject he knows best. From Bobby Winkles` chapter on instilling hustle and Ron Polk`s chapter on organizing a winning program, to Ed Cheff`s chapter on innovative practices and Rod Dedeaux`s chapter on establishing pride and tradition, The Baseball Coaching Bible transcends the Xs and Os.
The book`s varied and vast amount of information allows you to pick and choose what you implement in your program in any particular season, but you will learn from and be entertained by it all. The wit and wisdom of baseball’s sharpest minds shine through in their memorable stories and valuable insights.
Jerry Kindall and John Winkin organized and edited the contents. “The Impact of a Coach” by Dave Keilitz is a strong and fitting introduction. From there the book flows logically and swiftly through six sections:
• "Coaching Priorities and Principles" with chapters from John Scolinos, Chuck “Bobo” Brayton, Hal Smeltzly, Bob Smith, and Winkles.
• "Program Building and Management" with entries from Ken Schreiber, Mark Marquess, Ron Fraser, and Polk.
• "Creative and Effective Practice Sessions" composed of works by Ed Cheff, Danny Litwhiler, Winkin, Gary Pullins, and Tom House.
• "Individual Skills and Team Strategies" taught by Charlie Greene, Gary Ward, Jack Stallings, Bob Bennett, and Cliff Gustafson.
• "Player Motivation and Leadership" includes Skip Bertman, Gordie Gillespie, Andy Lopez, and Dedeaux.
• "Off-the-Field Opportunities, Challenges, and Pressures," includes chapters from Glen Tuckett, Richard “Itch” Jones, and Kindall.
Endorsed by the American Baseball Coaches Association, The Baseball Coaching Bible is sure to be a staple in every serious baseball coach’s library. And like coaching and the game itself, the book’s appeal will keep drawing you back again and again.
Foreword: Tony LaRussa
Introduction: The Impact of a Coach by Dave Keilitz
PART I: Coaching Priorities and Principles
Chapter 1. Sharing a Love for the Game - John Scolinos
Chapter 2. Making Baseball Fun - Bobo Brayton
Chapter 3. Competing With Class - Hal Smeltzly
Chapter 4. Hustling Should Be a Habit - Bobby Winkles
Chapter 5. Coaching With Integrity - Bob Smith
PART II: Program Building and Management
Chapter 6. Organizing and Orchestrating a Winning Program - Ron Polk
Chapter 7. Establishing a Successful High School Program - Ken Schreiber
Chapter 8. Building a Recruiting Network - Mark Marquess
Chapter 9. Marketing and Promoting Your Program - Ron Fraser
PART III: Creative and Effective Practice Sessions
Chapter 10. Conducting Innovative Practices - Ed Cheff
Chapter 11. Using Practice Drills Effectively - Danny Litwhiler
Chapter 12. Maximizing the Value of Indoor Practice - John Winkin
Chapter 13. Putting Science Into Practice - Gary Pullins and Tom House
PART IV: Individual Skills and Team Strategies
Chapter 14. Handling Your Pitching Staff - Charlie Greene
Chapter 15. Developing High-Production Hitters - Gary Ward
Chapter 16. Stopping Opponents With Solid Defense - Jack Stallings
Chapter 17. Playing Percentage Baseball - Bob Bennett
Chapter 18. Competing in Tournaments and Playoffs - Cliff Gustafson
PART V: Player Motivation and Leadership
Chapter 19. Establishing Pride and Tradition - Rod Dedeaux
Chapter 20. Inspiring Today`s Players - Skip Bertman
Chapter 21. Developing Responsible Decision-Making Athletes - Gordie Gillespie
Chapter 22. Building Character and Loyalty in Players - Andy Lopez
PART VI: Off-the-Field Opportunities, Challenges, and Pressures
Chapter 23. Learning and Developing as a Professional - Glen Tuckett
Chapter 24. Hitting the Clinic Circuit - Itch Jones
Chapter 25. Beating the Burnout Factor - Jerry Kindall
Jerry Kindall coached 24 years and posted a 860-580 record at the University of Arizona, where he was the winningest coach in the university's history. He led the Wildcats to three NCAA Division I National Championship titles (1976, '80, and '86), and was named National Coach of the Year after each of those seasons. He was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame in 1991. Kindall is currently USA Baseball's Senior Advisor to the National Team. Kindall played eight years in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, and Minnesota Twins.
John Winkin coached for 42 years in Maine, first at Colby College (1954-1974) and then at the University of Maine (1974-1996). He amassed a 943-670 career record and appeared in 12 NCAA Regional Tournaments and 6 College World Series. Winkin received the College Division Coach of the Year award in 1965 and the prestigious Lefty Gomez award in 1986. He is a member of the ABCA Coaching Hall of Fame, Maine Baseball Hall of Fame, and the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. He currently has a fellowship in sports leadership at Husson College.
“The Baseball Coaching Bible is a must read for any person serious about the game of baseball. I especially found the pitching section to be outstanding and informative.”
Ed Lynch Chicago Cubs General Manager
“The years of experience assembled in one book is simply an invaluable asset for coaches, players, and parents.”
Marty Bystrom Former National League pitcher Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees