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Coaching Baseball Successfully

Coaching Baseball Successfully


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    Build a winning baseball program both on the field and off! In Coaching Baseball Successfully, one of the nation's top high school coaches, Mike Curran, shares his expertise on all aspects of coaching. From establishing a coaching philosophy to player development to in-game decision making, this is the approach that has made his program a perennial powerhouse on the national scene.

    Coaching Baseball Successfully covers it all:

    - Off-season planning
    - Evaluating your players
    - Choosing and utilizing your coaching staff
    - Motivating your team
    - Communicating on and off the field
    - Organizing productive practices
    - Hitting, pitching, and baserunning skills
    - Infield and outfield defensive skills
    - Offensive and defensive strategies
    - Scouting and game preparation
    - In-game decision making

    With dozens of drills, practice plans, and advice for handling off-the-field challenges, Coaching Baseball Successfully is the most comprehensive resource available for novice and experienced coaches alike; it's your blueprint for building a championship-caliber baseball team.

    Table of Contents

    Part I Coaching Foundation

    Chapter 1. Developing a Baseball Coaching Philosophy
    Chapter 2. Communicating Your Approach
    Chapter 3. Motivating Players
    Chapter 4. Building a Successful Baseball Program

    Part II Coaching Plans

    Chapter 5. Planning for the Season
    Chapter 6. Organizing Practice

    Part III Coaching Offense

    Chapter 7. Teaching Hitting Skills
    Chapter 8. Teaching Baserunning Skills
    Chapter 9. Teaching Offensive Strategy

    Part IV Coaching Defense

    Chapter 10. Teaching Defensive Skills
    Chapter 11. Teaching Defensive Strategies
    Chapter 12. Teaching Pitching

    Part V Coaching Games

    Chapter 13. Preparing for Games
    Chapter 14. Handling Game Situations

    Part VI Coaching Evaluation

    Chapter 15. Evaluating Your Players
    Chapter 16. Evaluating Your Program

    About the Author

    Mike Curran has coached high school baseball for more than three decades and currently serves as the head coach at Esperanza High School in Anaheim, California. His career record of more than 500 victories makes Curran one of the most recognizable and highly regarded coaches not only in the state of California but in all of the United States. He led Esperanza to win the 1986 national title and California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) titles in 1986, 1993, and 1997 and earned CIF Coach of the Year honors during those three years as well. Curran was named National Coach of the Year in 1998 and served as the District 8 representative for the National High School Baseball Association from 1990 to 1995. He holds a master's degree in education from Azusa Pacific University. Curran, his wife, Lucy, two daughters, Christie and Jamie, and son, Casey, reside in Placentia, California.

    Ross Newhan is an award-winning sportswriter who dedicated 40 years of his life to covering baseball in southern California. He began his career in 1961 with the Long Beach Press Telegram, covering the Los Angeles Angels. Over the course of his career, Newhan won numerous writing awards, including several from the Orange County and Los Angeles press clubs. He won the Associated Press Sports Editors Award for the top news story of 1997, relating to the sale of the Dodgers, and he won the Los Angeles Times Editors Award for sustained excellence the following year. In 2001 Newhan was elected to the writer's wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and in 2002 was named the California Sportswriter of the Year. Newhan resides in Corona, California, with his wife, Connie. The couple has a son, David, who plays for the Baltimore Orioles, a daughter, Sara, and four grandchildren.


    "Coaching Baseball Successfully is a must-read. One of the top high school coaches in the country provides firsthand experience, insight into the game, coaching strategies, and techniques that any coach can implement into a program."

    Tim Montez
    Jacksonville University Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator
    2006 Atlantic Sun Conference Champions
    2006 NCAA Regional Participant

    "Having played for Coach Curran, I cannot say enough about his program. With Coaching Baseball Successfully he shares his expertise, and he details every aspect of a winning program, both on and off the diamond. This is essential reading for every baseball coach.”

    Mike Gallego
    Colorado Rockies Infield and Third-Base Coach