Winter Coaching Clinics


Liam Carroll

If you're thinking about taking a weekend break this winter, and want to improve your coaching knowledge and skills, check out one of the various coaching clinics happening across Europe.  The International Sports Group, who have visited Britain several times, have a great lineup of speakers arranged.


Brussels, 8-10 November 2013.
Featuring: Ron Wolforth, Texas Baseball Ranch; Bill Springman, Hitting Coordinator Minnesota Twins; Dave Keilitz, ABCA Executive Director; Gavin Kelly, Turface Athletics.
Team Leader: Tom O'Connell, ISG.

Sweden Coaches Clinic

Stockholm, 16-17 November 2013.
Featuring: Doug Henry, Kansas City Royals Bullpen Coach; Eric Campbell, USA Baseball General Manager; Mark Fuller, Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association.
Team Leader: John Vodenlich, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Europe Coach Clinic

Rotterdam, 7-8 December 2013.
Featuring: Joe Lefebvre, Hitting Coach San Francisco Giants; John McLaren, former Seattle Mariners manager, current manager of Team China; Gavin Kelly, Turface Athletics.
Team Leader: Tom O'Connell,  ISG.

Italian Coaches Clinic

Nettuno, 17-19 January 2014.
Featuring:  Tim Lieper, Toronto Blue Jays; Darryl Miller, MLB; Tom O'Connell, President, ISG; Gavin Kelly, Turface Athletics.
Team Leader: Ron Maestri, University of New Orleans.

German Baseball Federation Clinic

Paderborn, 24-26 January 2014.
Featuring: TBD.
Team Leader: Pat Doyle, former coordinator of MLB International Envoy Program; ISG Board Member. 
Coach Doyle served as an Envoy Coach in Britain, has been the head coach of the GB team and coached several GB internationals at San Joaquin Delta College in California - including Gavin Marshall.

Swiss Baseball Coaches Clinic

Magglingen, 25-26 January 2014.
Featuring: Craig Bjornson, Houston Astros Pitching Coach; Brant Ust, Director Team USA 18U.
Team Leader: Jim Jones, ISG Board Member.
Brant Ust led GB's European Championship silver medal winning team in 2007. 

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Closer to home, National Development Manager Will Lintern is arranging another coaching clinic, likely to be held early next year.  Previous editions of this clinic have included current GB head coach Sam Dempster and former MLB Academies Consultant and current Pittsburgh Pirates scout Tom Gillespie.

Farther from home, if you really want to make a trip out of your coaching development, the 2014 ABCA Convention will be held in Dallas from the 2-5 January.  They've put together a great speaker schedule.  For an insight into this year's convention, check out this recap and my earlier blogs.   

Finally, check out this GIF of a filthy R.A. Dickey knuckleball.  Mesmerising.


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About Liam Carroll

Liam Carroll

Liam was a Regional Coach and then Development Coordinator for BaseballSoftballUK until May 2014. He returned to his hometown of London to work for BSUK in 2010 after stops in Somerset, Bristol, Cornwall, California and Nevada. Growing up playing in Britain, Liam made the move to America to study and play university baseball. After figuring out that his future would be brighter as a coach rather than player, he moved to the University of Nevada Las Vegas to finish his degree and coach college baseball. Since then he’s coached youth and adult teams on both sides of the atlantic and with the Great Britain Baseball National Teams.

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