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. The dinner allowed the ALABCA to achieve their goal of raising enough money to sponsor one team in each of the 13 cities that has a MIracle League (handicapped baseball league for children and adults). Dinner title sponsor, Creek Casino Montgomery, played a pivitol role in the ALABCA achieving their goal as well.
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.
The Opp High School Baseball Team Volunteers at the Andalusia Miracle League. The ALABCA has a Miracle League Rep (High School or College Coach) in each of the 12 Alabama cities that has a league for handicapped children and adults. They urge teams in the area to volunteer their teams for a day of service. The goal of the ALABCA is to financially sponsor one team in each league by the spring of 2015.
The 2013 ALABCA Fundraiser set a new record for money brought in. 47 High Schools and 2 Community Colleges made a total of $114,348 for their programs. Pictured here: Jamie Lipsey (L) of Moody, AL. with Barry Dean, is the grand prize winner. She choose the 4-day cruise as her prize.
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.
2014 Team Alabama - Team 1 consisted of 2015, 2016 & 2017 players. They played vs. Team Georgia and Team Tennessee at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrence June 23 & 24, 2014.
2014 Team Alabama - Team 2 consisted of 2015, 2016 & 2017 players. They played vs. Team Georgia and Team Tennessee at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, GA. June 25 & 26, 2014. Over 90 College Coaches & Professional Scouts combined watch the event (June 23 - 26).
2014 Team Alabama Coaching Staff: (L to R): Christian Castorri (Florida Marlins), Danny Watkins (Boston Red Sox), Alan Matthews (Colorado Rockies), A.J. Kehoe (Beauregard High School), Josh Cagle (Lawson State Community College), Doug Kovash (Lawson State Community College) & Anthony Sanders (Fairfield High School)
ALABCA 2013 - 2014 Scholarship Recipients honored May 17, 2014 at the Montgomery Biscuits Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery, before the 2nd Game of the AHSAA 6A Baseball State Championship 2 out of 3 Series. Recipients Pictured L to R: Front Row - Brock Colvin, Albertville High School ($2,000 Joe Mason Scholarship/ALABCA Student-Athlete of the Year), Riley Nix, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa High School ($1500 Scholarship), Tanner Putman, Etowah High School ($1,500 Scholarship), Chance Willard, Hazel Green High School ($1,500 Scholarship). Back Row, Scholarship Committee L to R: Dr. Ed Pappanastos (Troy University), Joe Mason (Arizona Diamondbacks), Clark Bruner (State Health Planning & Dev. Agency), & Barry Dean (ALABCA), Not pictured, Tony Harris (AL. Dept. of Transportation), Buddy Starling (Troy University).
2013 - 2014 ALABCA Scholarship Recipients being honored on the field, along with their their Parents and the ALABCA Scholarship Committee, before the 2nd game of the 6A AHSAA Baseball State Championship 2 out of 3 series - May 17, 2014 - Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium.
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)