Justin Dehmer, former High School record setting coach from Iowa and the "1 Pitch Warrior" system founder, gave the coaches great information they could use at the January Convention.
Jerry Boatner, legendary West Lauderdale (MS) High School 13-time state champion head coach, was very informative and enthusiastic when addressing our coaches at the Convention.
Derek Irons, 2013 & 2014 state champion head coach of Charles Henderson High School, shared with the coaches some of the reasons he's been successful recently.
Legendary Retired 5-time Nat'l Champion Head Baseball Coach of LSU, Skip Bertman, was a featured speaker at the clinic sessions and at the awards banquet at the 2015 Coaches Convention. L to R: Johnny Johnson (Ft. Payne HS Head Coach/ALABCA Board Member), Morris Phillips (Fayetteville HS Head Coach/Awards Banquet Director), Coach Bertman, Barry Dean (ALABCA Executive Director)
The 20th Year of the Coaches Convention, held at the Birmingham Marriott. The crowd was as strong as ever at 350.
Robbie Kinsaul (L), Goshen High School Head Baseball Coach, pictured with Barry Dean, is a recipient of the ALABCA mound and plate tarp donation program, where financial needy programs are given these tarps valued together at $1,200. Dothan Tarpaulin Company is kind enough to donate them as part of being a corporate sponsor of the ALABCA.
Don Slaught, former 16 year MLB player and founder of the RightView Pro nationally known and used hitting system was very informative and engaging when talking on hitting. He spent all three days with our coaches. Very personable and down to earth!
Former & Current big leaguers who attended the January 2015 "First Pitch" Dinner & Silent Auction helped the ALABCA, along with special guest Dwight Gooden, raise money so the ALABCA could sponsor one Miracle League team in each of the 13 cities that have a league. L to R: Terrence Long (Oakland A's), Austin Adams (Cleveland Indians), Craig Brazell (Mets & Japanese League), Greg Norton (Atlanta Braves), Lou Thornton (Blue Jays/Mets) & Donovan Hand (Milwaukee Brewers)
Bobby Pierce, Troy University Head Baseball Coach (L) & Dwight "Doctor K" Gooden, pose for a shot at the January 2015 "First Pitch" Dinner & Silent Auction in downtown Montgomery. Dwight was the dinner's guest speaker. He signed autographs and posed for pictures with the special guests before the dinner.
December Winter High School Players Clinic has another stellar staff: Community Colleges (8): Calhoun, CACC, Wallace-Hanceville, Lawson St, Wallace-Selma, Shelton St, Snead St & Southern Union. Four-Year Colleges/Universities (12): Alabama, Auburn, UAB, UAH, Alabama St, Birmingham Southern, Faulkner University, Huntingdon College, Jacksonville State, Montevallo, Troy & Samford. Pro Scouts (4): Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies & Minnesota Twins. The clinic was held at West Homewood (AL) City Park. Players were charged only $75 for the day long clinic & showcase.
ALABCA Offers Free Youth League Coaches Clinic throughout Alabama. Inner city clinic held in Mobile, Alabama
The ALABCA and AHSAA Baseball Committees are meeting together each year in May at the AHSAA Office in Montgomery to try to combine their voices to make positive changes in the game of baseball on the high school level.
All-Star Event Banquet helps educate the parents of the 120 players from around the state on each collegiate level of Academic Requirements and Athletic Guidelines. Pictured here: Huntingdon College Head Baseball Coach D.J. Conville enlightens the parents about the Division III Level.
The Team Alabama vs. Team's Georgia and Tennessee June Event has had 90 College Coaches and Professional Scouts combined attend the event each year since it's inception in 2012. The games & team workouts are held in the Atlanta area.
Professional Scout School is held during the June All-Star Event. Scout School Instructor - Former High School Coach & Current Atlanta Brave Scout Hugh Buchanan, shared his wealth of knowledge and insight with the ALABCA Scout School Students during the three-day course. High School / College Coaches get classroom lectures on what Scouts look for and how they evaluate players, and also on-field evaluation experience at the All-Star Event. This helps bridge the gap between Professional and Amateur baseball.
The 17th Class of ALABCA Hall of Famers and Distinguished Service Award Recipient honored on Friday night, January 16, 2015 at the annual ALABCA Awards Banquet, held at the Birmingham Marriott. L to R: Bill Murrell (Athens Bible School, HoF), Billy Howard (B.C. Rain High School, HoF), Steve Helms (Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, HoF), Sammy Frichter (Wallace-Dothan Community College, HoF), Lee Gann (Mountain Brook High School, DS)
The 2014 Fall Fundraiser set a new record in money brought in at $180,310 (18,310 tickets sold) by 53 schools and the ALABCA. Pictured here with ALABCA Executive Director Barry Dean is Carmen Ruise, one of the seven winners. Click Picture for more info.
2014 - 2015 ALABCA Student-Athlete of the Year / Joe Mason $2,000 Scholarship Recipient Phillip Fuller of Jackson High School, pictured with Joe Mason, longtime Professional Scout & ALABCA Hall of Famer. The scholarship was fittingly named after Joe in appreciation for his years of selfless service to the ALABCA and the amateur baseball Players and Coaches in Alabama.
Team Alabama 1 & 2 has another top notch coaching staff in 2015. (L to R): Kevin Byrd (Clarke County High School), Joey Archer (Alabama Southern Community College), Roy Dixon (Central-Phenix City High School), Mike Waggener (New York Yankees), Ben Green (Jeff Davis Community College) & Zack Zulli (Colorado Rockies)
2015 Team 1 Team Alabama plays in front of 53 College Coaches and 5 Professional Scouts vs. Team TN. at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, GA.
2014 - 2015 Scholarship Recipients Honored at Montgomery's Riverwalk Stadium, May 16, 2015 before the AHSAA 7A Championship Game 2 Final. 2 of the 4 ALABCA Scholarship Recipients pictured with their plaques. Front Row: (L to R) - Greg & Yvetta Blythe, Josh Blythe (honoree from Ft. Payne High School), Phillip Fuller (honoree, Student-Athlete of the Year from Jackson High School), Kevin Fuller, Barry Dean (ALABCA). Back Row (L to R): Scholarship Committee - Joe Mason, Tony Harris, Clark Bruner & Dr. Ed Pappanastos. Scholarship Recipients who couldn't attend the ceremony: Conner Kiser (Haleyville High School) & Kyle Stuart (Northridge High School). The ALABCA awards three $1,500 and one $2,000 scholarship each year to high school seniors to use during their freshman year in college.
2014 - 2015 ALABCA Scholarship Recipient, Conner Kiser of Haleyville High School, along with his mother Leigh Ann Kiser, pictured with his scholarship plaque presented by Barry Dean. Conner couldn't attend the on-field ceremony in Montgomery at the AHSAA Finals so the ALABCA honored him on his Senior Honor's Day.
Lindsay Lane & Guntersville High School Baseball Teams volunteer at the Huntsville Miracle League on the same day. Linday Lane Head Coach Matt Stockman pictured here with his Miracle League "buddy," along with a Guntersville player and his "buddy." Click picture for more info (and it goes to the Miracle League web page of ours)