Our Roster of Featured Baseball Presenters
What makes our Inside Baseball Coaches Clinic different? Our featured coaches and trainers, baseball industry experts like Baseball America and other college coaches are referred to as some of the brightest minds in the game. They are speakers in their 30s and 40s, who breathe baseball every day, every hour, every chance. We ensure each Inside Coaches Baseball Clinic is a home run by recruiting enough expert coaches with enough engaging sessions to hit every possible angle you could want. You simply won’t find a better collection of presenters. See our featured guest speakers for the upcoming 2018 west coast clinic below!
Jay Johnson was hired as the University of Arizona's 16th head baseball coach in program history on June 8, 2015. In two seasons as the Wildcats' head coach, Johnson has amassed an 87-45 record, and is the first coach in school history to lead his team to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first two seasons as head coach.
In his first season at the helm of the Wildcats, Johnson led the team to a 49-24 record and an appearance in the College World Series Finals. The 49 wins for the Wildcats were the second-most in school history advancing to the finals of the College World Series. Arizona finished the season ranked No. 2 in all five major Top 25 polls. For his efforts, Johnson was named the ABCA West Region Coach of the Year at the completion of the season.
In two seasons prior to Arizona at Nevada, Johnson guided the Wolf Pack to a 72-42 record. In 2015, Nevada captured the school’s first-ever Mountain West title and was ranked in the top 25 for much of the season. The 41 overall wins ranked second in program history. The breakthrough campaign in 2015 garnered numerous postseason honors for Johnson and his players. Johnson was named Mountain West Coach of the Year.
Before his stint at Nevada, Johnson was the associate head coach at the University of San Diego from 2006-13. Previously, he coached at Point Loma Nazarene, serving as an assistant from 2002-04. He then took over the program as the head coach in 2005.
Johnson earned a degree in physical education at Point Loma Nazarene in 2001 and later acquired a master's degree in physical education at Azusa Pacific University.
University of Nevada head baseball coach T.J. Bruce enters his third season leading the Wolf Pack baseball program in 2017-18. Bruce was hired by Nevada on June 26, 2015 and arrived on the Nevada campus as one of the top assistant coaches in the nation after spending five seasons at UCLA. D1Baseball.com ranked Bruce as one of the top 10 head coaches in recruiting, and in his first season in 2016 the Pack posted a 37-24 overall record.
A former four-year collegiate player and letter winner, Bruce spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach, racking up 391 wins in that span and a .621 win percentage. Bruce spent 10 of those seasons at the Division I ranks with UCLA and Long Beach State, making seven appearances in NCAA Regional competitions.
Bruce served as an assistant coach at UCLA from 2011-15 under Nevada alum John Savage. During that span, Bruce helped lead the Bruins to a 198-102-1 record, four postseason appearances and the 2013 College World Series title. UCLA also won three Pac-12 titles in his five years. In his final season at UCLA, Bruce served as the Bruins’ infield coach, recruiting coordinator and assisted with the hitters as an assistant coach in his fifth season with the program.
Prior to his stint at UCLA, Bruce spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Long Beach State. He helped the 49ers to NCAA Regional appearances in 2005 as an undergraduate assistant coach and in 2007 and 2008 as an assistant coach.
Bruce was an assistant coach at Cerritos College in 2006, where he helped the Falcons to the Southern California College playoffs.
Bruce played for Long Beach State as a senior in 2004 after spending his first two seasons (2001-02) at Cerritos College and his junior year (2013) at Texas Tech. Bruce played at Cerritos College from 2001-02, earned All-South Coast Conference honors. Bruce earned three letters as a prep athlete at St. John Bosco High School and in his junior and senior seasons he was named league MVP and helped the Braves to the league championship his senior season.
Bruce and his wife, Heather have two daughters; Rhowan (8) and Harloe (6), and two sons, Jaxon (4) and Nash (2).
Dan Hubbs enters his sixth season as head coach for the Trojans in 2018. Hubbs spent the 2012 season as the associate head coach of Troy, and prior to that he spent 12 seasons as the pitching coach at California.
Before going to Cal, Hubbs was the pitching coach of the Yakima Bears and assisted Pepperdine during the 1999 season. He had a seven-year (1993-99) minor league career with the Dodgers and Phillies. Hubbs was a three-year (1991-93) letterman at USC and currently ranks fourth on the Trojans' career saves list (22) and eighth on the career strikeouts per inning chart (9.19). In 1993, he set the since-broken USC season saves record (a national-best 18) as he earned All-American first team and All-Pac-10 first team honors.
Hubbs earned a bachelor's degree in finance from USC in 1993. He and his wife, Alison, a USC graduate, have two sons, Patrick and Charlie.
Greg Moore enters his fifth season as the head baseball coach of the Matadors in 2018.
Moore has changed the culture of the CSUN Baseball program both on and off the field. Over the past three seasons, he has led the Matadors to 92 victories. Prior to the 2018 season, the Matadors posted a 3.05 GPA for the fall semester, setting a new program record.
From 2014-16, Moore served as a member of the coaching staff for USA Baseball's U-18 National Team. Serving as pitching coach to the team, he has helped Team USA to gold medal victories in international competition in 2015 and 2016.
Greg Moore, was previously named by Baseball America as one of the Top 10 Assistant Coaches in College Baseball. Prior to CSUN, Moore spent three seasons as the associate head coach at the University of San Francisco, where he oversaw pitching, academics, community service and summer placement. Before his arrival, the Dons had never competed in an NCAA Regional. During his tenure, USF reached the NCAA Tournament three times.
Moore began his collegiate coaching career at USF in 2002 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Dons. In that role, Moore developed Diamond University, a life skills training program for student-athletes that is in progress today at CSUN. He served in that capacity until 2009, when he took a position as the pitching coach at the University of Washington for one season before heading back to his alma mater.
Moore played collegiate baseball for the University of San Francisco and was named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic Team in 2001. As a player, he won the team's "Most Inspirational" award in back-to-back seasons and the award now bears his name. Moore earned his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and completed his master’s in Sports Management at USF in 2001.
Eric Newman is in his seventh season as the head coach of the University of California San Diego baseball program in 2018. He was named to the position on Aug. 29, 2011, becoming UC San Diego's second leader since the school moved to NCAA Division II status in 2000-01.
The 2017 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Diamond NCAA Division II West Region and 2012 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Coach of the Year has compiled records of 351-192. Newman has directed the Tritons to one West Region trophy, two CCAA tournament titles and one CCAA regular-season banner, compiling six straight winning campaigns. In 2017, Newman directed UCSD to a 44-19 overall record and advanced through to the national finals, finishing as the runner-up. In 2012, his first campaign with the Tritons, Newman was named the CCAA Coach of the Year after guiding the team to its fourth straight league regular-season and tournament championships.
In 2008, his first season as pitching coach at Nebraska, he led the Huskers to the NCAA Regionals. Prior to arriving in Lincoln, Newman spent five years (2002-07) at NCAA Division I independent Dallas Baptist. Named the program's head coach in 2004, Newman led the Patriots to a 95-72 (.569) record and guided the program through its transition to Division I. Newman was named the 2006 Independent Coach of the Year.
From 2002-2004, Newman was the associate head coach and pitching coach at Dallas Baptist. The Patriots won two consecutive NCCAA national championships in 2003 and 2004.
A fifth round draft pick of the San Diego Padres in 1994, Newman pitched professionally for eight seasons with four different organizations: Padres (1994-98), Cubs (1999-2000), Diamondbacks (2001) and Dodgers (2002). He was a player/coach for the Vero Beach Dodgers.
As a collegiate student-athlete, Newman played two seasons at Fresno State before transferring to Texas Tech where he received a bachelor's degree in family studies in 1997. Newman earned a master's degree in higher education from Dallas Baptist in 2004. Newman resides in Rancho Peñasquitos with his wife, Melissa, three sons, EJ, Jack and Joshua, and newborn twin daughters, Ellie and Claire.
In July 2013, Laverty became the 14th head baseball coach in Chapman history and immediately put together a 30-win campaign and reaching the SCIAC Tournament championship game in his first year. Since taking over the program, Laverty has led the Panthers to four consecutive winning seasons. In 2017, Laverty won his 100th game as a Panther and 400th overall while guiding the Panthers to a second-place finish in the SCIAC and third SCIAC Tournament appearance in four years.
Laverty amassed 298 wins in 14 previous seasons as the head coach University of Redlands. There he turned around a fledgling program that suffered losing records eight times from 1997-2004 and made it into a perennial contender, leading the Bulldogs to nine straight seasons of .500 or better. Redlands finished in first or second place in the SCIAC five times from 2005-13 including conference titles in '06 and '11 and set the school record with 30 wins each time.
Prior to earning the head coaching job at Redlands, Laverty coached three years as an assistant at UC Riverside (1997-99) alongside legendary Highlanders head coach Jack Smitheran. He also spent the 1997 season on the coaching staff for the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League (Independent). Laverty played his collegiate ball as a shortstop for Riverside, helping the Highlanders to the Division II national finals in 1994.
Laverty and his wife Julie currently reside in Placentia with their daughter Emerson.
Oregon State associate head coach Pat Bailey is in his 11th season with the program in 2018. Bailey joined the program as an assistant coach prior to the 2008 season, and has helped guide Oregon State to an NCAA postseason berth in seven of his nine seasons, including a National Championship in June 2018. The Beavers have averaged 41 wins per season during his tenure, and surpassed 40 five times, including a school-record 56 in 2017. Bailey, who oversees the team’s outfielders, has seen seven different players named All-Pac-12 First Team.
Bailey came to Oregon State prior to the 2008 season after spending 12 seasons at George Fox, winning a Division III national title with the Bruins in 2004. Bailey compiled a 353-158 record - and is the winningest coach in school history - and earned National Coach of the Year honors after that 2004 national title. He was an eight-time Northwest Conference Coach of the Year honoree. During Bailey’s tenure, the Bruins won or shared eight Northwest Conference titles. In 2004, Bailey’s team became the first George Fox squad in any sport to win an NCAA national championship. The Bruins went 40-10 overall, setting a new single-season record for wins and tying the record for best winning percentage at .800.
Bailey earned his business education degree from the University of Idaho in 1978 and his master of education degree in educational administration from Oregon in 1983. Bailey earned two letters in baseball at Idaho and was the team captain. Bailey graduated in 1974 from Moscow (Idaho) High School, where he played football, basketball and baseball, being named the baseball team’s Most Valuable Player.
Bailey and his wife, Susan, have two children: son Alex and daughter Ann.
Dan Ricabal returns for his second season as the Dirtbags pitching coach in 2018. Ricabal comes to the Beach from Loyola Marymount University, where he had been the pitching coach for five seasons. Ricabal brings coaching experience at multiple levels of baseball, having coached in the junior college ranks, at multiple Division I programs along the West Coast, and within the minor league system of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
As a player, Ricabal was an All-American pitcher both at nearby Cerritos College and at Cal State Fullerton. He was signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers in in 1994 and pitched a handful of seasons in the minor leagues. He then turned to coaching in 2000, serving as the pitching coach at College of the Canyons.
In 2001, Ricabal returned to Fullerton as an administrative assistant, then spent the next three seasons at UC Santa Barbara as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. From there, he moved to the Angels minor league system, where he would spend six years as a pitching coach at various levels of the organization.
Ricabal is also the owner and director of Play Hard Baseball Club, which he founded in 2004. The club is located in Pasadena, and offers coaching and development in every aspect of the game to players age 9-18. Ricabal is a native of Rosemead, Calif., and a graduate of San Gabriel High School. He earned a Business Management degree in 2012 from the University of Phoenix.
Sam Peraza enters his third season as the Aztecs' pitching coach after being named to the position in July 2015. Peraza returned home to the west coast from Florida International where he served as the pitching coach during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
The 38-year-old Peraza has 14 years of pitching coaching experience and during his career, he has produced five conference Pitchers of the Year and nine All-American pitchers. Peraza's first season as Florida International's pitching coach (2014) was a record-setting season for the Panther pitching staff. Peraza's work in his first season with FIU earned him a finalist spot for the inaugural C-USA Assistant Coach of the Year award.
Peraza spent the 2013 season leading the pitchers at Cal State Northridge. Prior to joining the Matadors, Peraza spent the summer of 2012 as the pitching coach for the Santa Barbara Foresters, a summer collegiate team, which captured the 2012 National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series title.
Peraza's previous five seasons came at Cal State Los Angeles where he served as the Head Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, starting in October 2007. In the middle of his tenure with Cal State L.A., Peraza served as the head coach of the So Cal Fire, a summer collegiate baseball team, in the summer of 2008. Before his time at Cal State L.A., Peraza was the head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Eastern Oklahoma State College for the 2007 season.
Peraza's collegiate pitching career began at El Camino Community College from 1998-2000, where he sits in the record books for the program's most saves. He then attended San Francisco State University in 2001, where he was a Second Team All-Conference Selection. Peraza then transferred over to San Diego State University in 2002.
Peraza graduated from SDSU in 2002. He is married to Nevada, and they have two sons: Cy Marshall and Ace Samuel.
Jason Dietrich, Collegiate Baseball's 2016 Pitching Coach of the Year, is in his second season serving as Oregon’s pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
The Oregon pitching staff, as a whole, ranked in the top 12 in the country in three different categories. The Ducks were second in the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.25), while ranking 10th in walks allowed per nine innings and 12th in shutouts (7).
Dietrich joined the Ducks after spending four seasons (2013-16) at Cal State Fullerton where he led one of the premier pitching staffs in the country. The CSF pitching staff ranked among the nation’s best each of Dietrich’s four seasons with the Titans.
Cal State Fullerton led college baseball in one of four major pitching categories nine times in Dietrich’s four seasons. The Titans had the country’s best ERA (2.22) in 2016, while leading the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio three times (2013, 2014 and 2015), WHIP twice (2013 and 2016) and fewest base on balls per nine innings three times (2013, 2014 and 2015).
Before coaching at Fullerton, Dietrich spent five seasons (2008-12) at UC Irvine where he was the pitching coach during the final two.
Dietrich began his coaching career as the pitching coach at Arcadia High School (1999-2001). He became a college pitching coach at Los Angeles City College in 2002 before moving to Irvine Valley College (2003-06) and Cal State Los Angeles (2007).
Dietrich and his wife, Bibi, have a son, Dean, and a daughter, Leila.
Wrapping up his 11th season at Cal State Fullerton in 2017, former Titan catcher Chad Baum returned to the Titans as the program’s volunteer assistant in 2012, his 13th season as a college coach at the time. Baum finished his 18th year as a collegiate coach in 2017 and is a veteran of six College World Series appearances as a Titan player and coach including a trip back to Omaha in 2017. Baum had spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at both UC Irvine and Santa Clara before returning to Fullerton.
Baum first served on a Titan staff in 2000 as an undergraduate assistant coach for then-Titan skipper George Horton. The next season he assumed the volunteer position. In 2005, he left Fullerton to be a part of Dave Serrano’s first staff at UC Irvine, where he served two seasons as the Anteaters’ first base coach, hitting instructor and catching tutor. He moved out of the Big West Conference and into the West Coast Conference in 2007 when he joined Mark O’Brien’s staff at Santa Clara for 5 seasons.
Baum, who graduated with a degree in kinesiology in 1999, was a Titan team captain in 1998 and again in 1999, when Fullerton reached the College World Series. Prior to his pair of seasons in a Titan uniform, Baum spent a season each at Santa Ana College and Golden West College in Huntington Beach. He was selected in the 42nd round of the 1997 draft by the San Francisco Giants. Baum prepped for Coach Mike Najera at Canyon H.S. in Anaheim Hills and earned honorable mention All-Century League honors. Baum earned his master’s degree in education in 2005 from Azuza Pacific. He, his wife, Kristin, and daughter, Kennedy, live in Anaheim Hills.
A 2003 graduate of Cal, Noah Jackson returns to his alma mater for the 2018 season as a member of head coach Mike Neu's staff. It will be his second stint as an assistant for the Golden Bears and Jackson will work with hitters and outfielders while playing a key role in Cal's recruiting efforts. Jackson comes back to Berkeley after spending two seasons in Stockton as an assistant for Neu at the University of Pacific. Prior to joining the Tigers' staff, he spent the 2015 season as Cal's volunteer assistant and helped the Bears go 36-21, finish third in the Pac-12 and reach the College Station Regional of the NCAA Tournament.
Before joining the Cal staff in 2015, Jackson worked for the San Diego Padres as a professional scout. He graduated from Cal in 2003 with a degree in American Studies and went on to play in the Chicago Cubs organization for two years. Jackson played for the Bears from 2001-03 after transferring from Arkansas..
Off the field, Jackson has turned his love of baseball into a force for positive change. In 2003, he co-founded the First Base Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to making travel baseball more affordable and transforming lives through mentorship, development of leadership skills and building self-esteem.
A product of Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, Calif., Jackson is the godson of Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker. His father, Sylvester, served as a radio broadcaster for the Oakland A's from 1987-92.
A veteran of the UC Davis baseball program, Lloyd Acosta returns to his alma mater for his 11th season overall on the Aggie staff in 2018, helping coordinate the Aggies' recruiting efforts while working with the infielders, hitting, and base running, and manning the third-base coaching box.
In his first tenure at UC Davis, Acosta spent six seasons as an assistant with the Aggies from 2002-07 as the program's recruiting coordinator and working with the defense. UC Davis led the nation with a .970 fielding percentage in 2003 as the Aggies advanced to the NCAA Division II College World Series, finishing third.
Following the 2007 campaign, Acosta left Davis to take a similar position at Saint Mary's of the West Coast Conference, helping manage the Gaels' offense, working with the infielders, and coordinating the program's recruiting efforts, among other duties. He returned to UC Davis in 2014.
A 1996 UC Davis graduate, who also earned his masters in education from Chapman University in 2001, Acosta began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif.. Prior to that, he spent six seasons as the head coach of the freshman and junior variety squads, while also serving as an assistant varsity coach, at nearby Rocklin High School. He has also served as a part-time scout for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Acosta's playing career began at Gavilan College in Gilroy where he played one season as a middle infielder. He played his sophomore season at Santa Clara's Mission College before transferring to UC Davis.
He and his wife, Karen, were married on New Years' Eve of 1998. They have four children, Brendon, Makyla, Caden, and Luke.
The Mind behind Effective Velocity, Perry Husband patented the science of Effective Velocity. Effective Velocity has been used by MLB and University coaches, pitchers and hitters in both baseball and softball, and includes many NCAA champions. This science is worldwide.
Perry has consulted with MLB pitching coaches, managers as well as private consulting with both MLB pitchers and hitters. He was a guest on the MLB Network show MLB Central with former client, Carlos Pena. Perry also appeared on Sports Science as a ‘baseball scientist’.
Perry Husband is the Author of the Downright Filthy Pitching Series, including 4 books, Downright Filthy Books 1, 2, 3 & Getting Filthy – Implementing Effective Velocity. This cutting edge series uncovers the Patented science of Effective Velocity, which has been used by MLB coaches, pitchers and hitters. EV has also been adopted by hundreds of university coaches/players in both softball and baseball, including many NCAA champions.
As a player, Husband was the MVP of the Division II College World Series in 1984 where he captained the NCAA Champs Cal State University Northridge Matadors. He is also an inductee into the CSUN Hall of Fame, the Antelope Valley College Hall of Fame, and the Lancaster JetHawks Hall of Fame, affiliate of the Houston Astros. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 16th round and played two years in the minor league system.
Trosky Baseball is the country’s premier showcase, camp, and travel baseball organization. Our mission is to develop student-athletes from the inside out, providing complete player development, while providing access to college recruiting opportunities and guidance in the college recruiting and profession scouting process. We strive to develop young men and strong communities through the great game of baseball.
Nate Trosky owner and founder of Trosky Baseball, is employed by the Milwaukee Brewers, New Balance Area Code Baseball, Major League Baseball / BTS and serves as a private consultant for the German National team. He has served as a baseball clinician for numerous West-Coast colleges and universities (i.e. Stanford, USC, Cal Poly Slo, USF, USB, SCU, Sonoma State, Cal State Monterey Bay, and others).
His coaching endeavors have taken him around the world to South Africa, Japan, Dominican Republic, China, Mexico, Hawaii, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Croatia, and the Czech Republic. Coach Trosky has coached in Europe professionally winning a National Championship and was named German coach of the year. He has coached with the South African, Croatian, and German National teams. Coach Trosky has been an assistant coach in 3 North American minor leagues (Northern, Western and North-East).
At Hawaii Pacific University he received All-American, Mr. Hustle and Scholar Athlete awards. Coach Trosky holds a Masters Degree in Christian Leadership, Youth Family Development.
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