Coaches Podcasts 

Listen to any of the following podcasts covering various topics for coaches from some of the veterans in high school coaching.
Initial Podcast with NHSBCA Executive Director Tim Saunders
Week 1 


April 30, 2020 - NHSBCA Hall of Famer 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 - NHSBCA Hall of Famer Jerry Dawson

  • Jerry has a B. A. in Education from Missouri State University and a M. A. in Education from Arizona State University.
  • Coached at 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 Coach of the Year in 2007.  
  • Named to five Halls of Fames, including 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.
  • 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 - NHSBCA Hall of Famer Ron Eastman 

  • 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.
  • Led the Highlanders to 3 state titles
  • Named three time the National High School Coach of the Year.
  • 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 - Minnetonka High School, MN. /Valparaiso University Coach 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.   

Week 5

May 28, 2020 - East Canton High School, OH. NHSBCA Charter Member Coach Douglas Miller

  • Over 700 victories in 34 years as head coach at Catholic Central in Ohio, winning three state titles, two runner-up finishes, six regional titles and 13 district titles in his 34-year tenure as head coach. He reached the 700-win milestone earlier this year.
  • He was named the American Baseball Coaches Association Division III District 4 Coach of the Year in January, 2016
  • Current Head Coach and Athletic Director for East Canyon High School.
  • Presented with the American Baseball Coaches Association/Diamond National High School Division I Coach of the Year award in 2019.  

Week 6

 June 4th, 2020 - Mark "Pudge" Gjorman 

  • 2 State Championships (including a 29-0 season in 2002 and a #2 final National Ranking) at James Madison High School, 
  • Coach Pudge is currently the 2nd winningest baseball coach in Northern Virginia High School Baseball history with 428 wins and a 793 winning percentage over the past 20 seasons. 

Week 7

June 11th, 2020 - John Lowery

  • Head Coach(1971-present) 
  • 1332 wins   352 losses 3 ties     
  • 12 State Championships 4 State Runner-up       
  • 43 straight seasons with at least 20 wins      20 seasons with 30 or more wins during that period     
  • President(NHSBCA-2014)   
  • National Coach of Year(1998 National High School Athletic Association;2002 ABCA Division I-High School;2007 EA Sports)   
  • 2007 Easton Master Coach of Year   
  • Hall of Fames(NFHS,WVBCA,NHSBCA,Potomac State College,and Fairmont State University)     
  • State Sportswriters State Player of Year  bears John’s name

 Week 8

June 18th, 2020 - Joel Sato

  • 2015 Hall of Fame – National High School Baseball Coaches Association
  • Head Baseball Coach Bingham High School – 1993 to the present, over 500 wins
  • 5 State Championships Bingham High Baseball – 1999, 2003, 2011,2013, 2018
  • 2  2nd  Place State Championship, 9 Semi Finals State Championships
  • 2000 – 2005 Utah Baseball Academy Team Coach to USA Baseball Junior Olympics Tournament
  • 2003 - 2008 Utah Slammers Accelerated Softball Coach
  • 2008 – 2013 Mountainwest Team Coach USA Baseball National Team (various roles)
  • 1999 Coach of the Year -Distinguished Service Award - Utah HS Activities Association
  • 5A Coach of the Year (1999, 2003, 2012) – Utah High School BCA
  • 2000 Bingham High Inspirational Teacher Award
  • 2003 Coach of the Year -  Salt Lake Tribune
  • 2 – time president – Utah High School Baseball Coaches Association
  • 2011 - 2014 – Chairman of Rocky Mountain District  – NHSBCA
  • 2011 Recognition Award for Distinguished Service – Utah High School BCA
  • Coach of the Year (2011, 2013) – Rocky Mountain District – NHSBCA
  • 2012 Nominated – Inspirational Teacher – (Sterling Scholars)
  • 2013 Coach of the Year  - NFHS Coaches Association West Sectional
  • 2016 inducted into Bingham High “Pay Dirt” Club
  • 2018 Coach of the Year  - ABCA/Diamond High School Division I Region 7
  • 2018 President National High School Baseball Coaches Association 

     Week 9

    June 25th, 2020 - Mike Curran

  • Mike Curran amassed an overall career record of 751 wins, 369 losses and 7 ties.  His teams have appeared the CIF playoffs 31 times over his career, 25 of those as Head Coach of the Aztecs.  He has reached the CIF Finals seven times (1986, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1997, 1998, and 2011), winning three championships (1986, 1993, and 1997) and one National championship in 1986.  Coach Curran has been honored as CIF Coach of the Year three times (1986, 1993, and 1997), Orange County All Star Head Coach twice (1986 and 1993), and National Coach of the Year in District 8 three times (1986, 1993, and 1998).  He was inducted into the St. Paul High School Hall of Fame in 2008.  He was inducted into the CIF California Hall of Fame in 2017. 

  • Coach Curran’s highest achievement occurred in December of 2011 when he was inducted into the National High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.