BaseballSoftballUK has gathered a collection of some of the best and brightest minds in baseball and softball coaching from around the world to impart their knowledge at Coach Summit 2024. Keep checking this page for further Speaker and Coach announcements as the Summit approaches!
Lineup subject to change
Miami Marlins First Base and Outfield Coach; 12-year MLB Veteran Outfielder
Jon Jay is a Cuban American born and raised in Miami, FL. Jon spent his childhood playing multiple sports, including skateboarding. Jon attended the prestigious Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, FL where he was part of the 2003 Baseball state championship team. Jon then attended the University of Miami, making it to the College World Series for two of his three years. He was named to various All-American teams throughout his college career and represented the United States on the Collegiate National Team playing games in Taiwan, Japan, and the United States. The USA team included 13 future MLB players, Max Scherzer and David Price to name a few. He was drafted in the 2nd round by the St Louis Cardinals and spent 4 years in the Minor Leagues helping the Memphis Redbirds win a Triple-A championship and The Leones Del Caracas Venezuelan league championships. Jon made his Major League debut on April 26, 2010, and was part of the 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. During that time, Jay established a National League all-time errorless streak record for center fielders at 245 games, between 2011-2013. Jay would go on to play with the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, and Los Angeles Angels until the 2021 season. During his twelve-year career, Jon Jay had 341 RBIs, 55 stolen bases, 1087 hits, and a .283 batting average. Jay notched a batting average of 300 several times in his career. In 2022, Jay announced his retirement from baseball. Jay was known throughout his career as a great leader and teammate. Jay spent 2022 attending The University of Miami, with 30 credits left to graduate with a degree in Business Management. Jay was offered a job with the Miami Marlins and completed his first season coaching as a member of the 2023 Miami Marlins who qualified for the playoffs for the first time in 20 years. Jay’s responsibilities included team base running, outfield, and 1st base coach. Jay is known throughout the industry to have the qualities to become a future manager. Jay is married to his college sweetheart Nikki Jay and has a family of 3. 7-year-old twin daughters Brooklyn and Berkley, and a son Jaxon. Jay enjoys traveling, and skateboarding and is a sneaker enthusiast.
Great Britain Baseball & Great Britain Softball Head Athletic Trainer
Alan has 20 years’ elite coaching experience in both young athlete development and elite athlete performance within a diverse set of sports that includes Athletics, Softball, Baseball, Triathlon, Golf, Dressage, Polo and Football. Many of Alan’s clients have competed at the highest levels in their respective sports, including at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He has been involved with the Great Britain national teams since 2007, primarily working with Great Britain Baseball, and was a part of the World Baseball Classic, Softball World Cup, and European Baseball Championship delegations in 2023.
Alan is the Managing Director and Director of Performance at SMARTER Performance, a multi-disciplinary sports performance business based in Horsham, West Sussex. He resides in Horsham.
GB Men's Fastpitch Head Coach; fmr. GB Fastpitch & Slowpitch player
Robbie Robison has been playing and coaching both slowpitch and fastpitch softball for 50 years, and has compiled an impressive variety of experience as both a national team player and coach in the UK over the past decade.
He has been a player with both the GB Men’s Fastpitch Team and the GB Co-ed Slowpitch Team and began his national team coaching career as an Assistant Coach with the GB Under-19 Women’s Fastpitch Team in 2012.
Robbie was the Head Coach for both BSUK’s Softball Academy from 2021-21 and the Softball High Performance Academy from 2013-21. He is currently a coach in the Fastpitch Softball Academy, and previously ran the Slowpitch Softball Academy.
During those years he also served as an Assistant Coach with the GB Co-ed Slowpitch Team in 2017 and returned to the GB Under-19 Women’s Team as an Assistant Coach in 2017 and Head Coach in 2018.
Robbie also coached the men’s fastpitch club team Meteors at the European Men’s Super Cup in 2019 and was Head Coach for four years for The Mix, a women’s fastpitch club team that has won the Women’s Division in the Great Britain Fastpitch League for the past two years and played in the European Women’s Cup in three of the past four years.
BaseballSoftballUK Performance Pathway Manager, fmr. South Africa player/coach, fmr. GB Men's Fastpitch Head Coach
Colin Barrett has been a club, provincial and national team player and coach in South Africa and participated as a player at the 2000 Men’s Softball World Championship in South Africa. He then coached the South African Team at the 2004 Men’s World Championship in New Zealand and is also the former Head Coach of the South African Under-12 Baseball Team that participated in Under-12 World Baseball Championships in Taiwan in 2017 and 2019. Colin served as the Great Britain Men's Fastpitch Head Coach from 2021-2022 before assuming the role of Performance Pathway Manager with BaseballSoftballUK.
Colin comes from a softballing family: his father and three brothers have all represented the South African Men’s Softball Team at World Championships. He was Team Manager for Great Britain at the 2023 Softball World Cup in Ireland, and coaches the Heat in the Great Britain Fastpitch League. His wife, Erica, is BaseballSoftballUK's Head of Operations, and his sons Joshua and Michael both play baseball and softball in the UK.
Team Canada Slowpitch Player, Captain and Coach; Seven-Time Canadian National Champion; Mizuno Ambassador
Todd has over 25 year’s experience at the highest levels of slo-pitch softball in Canada and the USA as a player and coach. In his extensive career, he has served as a Team Canada Player, Captain, and Coach. Todd was also had a 15 year career with The Toronto Orioles, Canada’s most decorated slo-pitch team. The Toronto Orioles Team was inducted into Softball Canada Hall of Fame in 2023.
With six stints as a Team Canada player and Captain, Todd has been a consistent presence on the international slo-pitch scene. Todd was a player and captain of the 2010 Team Canada team that beat Team USA for their first ever Border Battle victory.
Todd Cadenhead is a familiar face in the slo-pitch community having been a brand ambassador for Mizuno for over 12 years. A relationship that is still ongoing today.
As a player, Todd boasts 7 Canadian Championships and 4 National Championships. His individual accomplishments include two National MVP titles and a 3 time Homerun Championship titles.
After a shoulder injury derailed his playing career at the national level he was asked to take on the role of Assistant Coach for Team Canada. This unexpected transition added a new dimension to Todd's experience, emphasizing the resilience required to contribute to the sport in different capacities.
Great Britain Baseball Bullpen Coach & Head Coach, London Mets NBL
Derrick Cook joined the London Mets coaching staff in 2016, where he worked closely with Great Britain Senior Head Coach Drew Spencer. No stranger to the sport, Cook has been playing baseball for over 35 years. On top of an illustrious high school career in the Chicago area, he also played University baseball at Chicago State University and then at the University of Maryland. Cook was the Mets’ Bench Coach at the 2021 Federations Cup, and now manages the NBL side, leading the team to their seventh-consecutive NBL title in 2023. Before coaching the Mets, Cook played for the team from 2010-2015.
In addition to his work with the Mets, Cook was the Bullpen Coach for the Great Britain Senior National Team's Silver-Medal-winning 2023 European Championship run.
Steven 'Manny' Manson
Saronno Softball Club Head Coach; Former Player for New Zealand
Known as Manny, Manson is the current head coach of the Saronno Softball Club in Italy and has spent the last five years coaching in Europe. Before Saronno, Manson spent four years coaching with Olympia Haarlem, where he coached former BSUK Fastpitch Development Manager Al Spinas-Valainis.
Manson has more than 20 years' experience as a player, and 30 years within the sport of softball, with a focus on Women's Fastpitch.