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Coaches Podcasts 

Listen to any of the following podcasts covering various topics for coaches from some of the veterans in high school coaching.
Week 1 

April 30, 2020 - Dave McDonald

    • Career record of 496-322
    • Six region titles
    • Involved with USA Baseball
      • He coached 2000 Team  to a gold medal  in Taiwan
    • Is a charter member of the National High School Baseball Coaches Association (BCA)  
      • Was the District 3 chair on the BCA Executive Board from 1992-1997. 
      •  He was President of BCA in 2000 and has been a vital member of the All-American, Field of the Year, Coach of the Year and National Ranking Committees.
    • The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) named McDonald the 2004 National Coach of the Year.
    • Named the Cobb County Coach of the Year three times
    •  Metro Atlanta Dugout Club All-Star Coach three times
    • Georgia Dugout Club Coach of the Year twice
    • He was the AAU Junior Olympics Coach in 1990
    • Was named the ABCA Ethics in Coaching Award winner in 2015.
    • Member of the National High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Wheeler Athletic Hall of Fame.
    • McDonald graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Jackson, Miss. before playing collegiately at Mississippi State.
    •  He later served in the Vietnam War and in March 1995, President Bill Clinton presented the Bronze Star with “V” (Valor) and the Purple Heart

Week 2

May 7, 2020 - Jerry Dawson

    • Scottsdale Chaparral for 37 years when he stepped down in 2010.  
    • 773 victories against only 301 defeats. 
    • Eight 5A State Baseball Championships and two Runners-Up.  
    • The National High School Athletic Coaches Association selected Jerry as their National Coach of the Year in 2007.  
    • Named to five Halls of Fames, to include the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame in 2014
      • And in 2015,  National High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame.  
    • Coach for USA Baseball Junior National team
      •  He also served as the Head Coach of the Junior National team in 2005 when it competed in the Pan Am games in Mexico, winning the silver medal.
    • Jerry has a B. A. in Education from Missouri State University and a M. A. in Education from Arizona State University.
      •  He served as a Military Police Officer in the United States Army including a tour of duty on the Republic of Vietnam.
    • The Chapparal baseball field now bears the Dawson name.
      • Jerry's meticulous grooming of his field is legendary, and his adoption of all grass on the foul lines for better bunting surfaces is unique to his program.

     Week 3 

May 14, 2020 - Ron Eastman (will be clickable following podcast)

  • Led the Highlanders to 3 state titles
  • Named three time the National High School Coach of the Year.
  • 2019 Coach Eastman notched his 600th win. In June, Coach Eastman coached Team Texas in the Inaugural High School Baseball National Championship, held in Houston. 
  • In 2017, Coach Eastman was inducted into the National High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in December in Tucson, AZ  
  • In 2015, Coach Eastman was a nominee for the National Double Goal Coach of the Year for the Positive Coaching Alliance.
  • The 2006 team was recognized as the 2006 National Champions by Baseball America, USA Today and Collegiate Baseball.   Eastman was named the 2006 National Coach of the Year by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association and USA Today. 
  • In the fall of 2005, Coach Eastman accepted on behalf of the baseball program, an award from the National High School Baseball Coaches Association, honoring Scotland Yard as the #1 High School Baseball Field in the nation.
  • He has been asked to serve on the Committee to select both the National Coach of the Year and the National Field of the Year for the NHSBCA Executive Committee.
  • Coach Eastman’s greatest support comes from his wife Chari, who is an Emergency Room Nurse. They have two sons, Ian (31) and Ryan (28).


Week 4

May 21, 2020 - Paul Twenge

  •  Head baseball coach at Valparaiso (Ind.) University for 19 seasons (1988-2006) and all-time leader in games won (378) and games coached (1,011).   Coach of the Year for the Mid-Continent Conference in 2001.
  •  Head coach at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, Minn., where he earned 122 victories.  While at Anoka-Ramsey CC, Baseball won four Division Championships as well as two Minnesota State Community College Baseball Titles in 1985 & 1986.  NJCAA Region XIII Baseball Champions in 1985 & NJCAA District 4 Runner-up 1986.  Twenge was COY in 1985. 
  • Presently head baseball coach at Minnetonka High School on the southwest side of Minneapolis.   In 2013 & 2017, Minnetonka were Lake Conference Champions in Baseball. 2013 & 2018 Region 2AAA/AAAA Champions. The Skippers finished 3rd for 2013 – finished Runner-up in 2018 at the MSHSL State Baseball Tournament.  Paul was Lake Conference Baseball COY 2013 & 2017.   
  • Presented with the American Baseball Coaches Association/Diamond National High School Division I Coach of the Year award in 2019.