Coaching Management VOL. XIII, NO. 12
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The ABCA will welcome four new members to its Hall of Fame during the 2006 Convention: Dean Bowyer, Ed Cheff, Phil Swimley, and Tommy Thomas. Other honorees during the Convention will include Bob Wojick, Hank Burbridge, Terry Ryan, and Roland Hemond.
This yearâ€™s list of clinic speakers includes coaches Augie Garrido and Gene Stephenson as well as former major league player and coach Tom House. Advertisers Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . More Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ABCA Registration Form . . . . . . . . . . . . Web News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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On the cover: Hank Burbridge, who died in February 2005 after a long battle with cancer, will be honored as the 2006 Lefty Gomez Award winner during the ABCA Annual Convention. He and other award winners are profiled in our convention preview, which begins on page 2. Photo courtesy of Spring Arbor University.
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2006 ABCA Preview
Annual Convention ABCA Comes to Chicago The Hyatt Regency Chicago is the host of the ABCA’s 61st annual convention, Jan. 5-8, 2006. Second Vice-President Kent Shelley of Johnson County Community College and Third Vice-President Steve Smith of Baylor University have arranged a distinguished speaker lineup for the ABCA clinics beginning on Friday morning. This group of quality clinicians includes Augie Garrido, University of Texas; Danny Hall, Georgia Tech; Gene Stephenson, Wichita State; and former major league pitcher and coach Tom House. In addition, more than 280 companies will display state-of-the-art equipment, including new coaching aids, apparel, and batting and pitching machines. Many of these items are being displayed for the first time. Other highlights of the convention are the Hall of Fame/ Coach of the Year Banquet on Friday, Jan. 6, and the Honors Luncheon on Saturday, Jan. 7, where we recognize and honor individuals who have contributed significantly to the ABCA and to amateur baseball and have made our sport better.
Four Coaches Join ABCA Hall of Fame The ABCA will induct four coaches into its Hall of Fame during the annual Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet on Friday, Jan. 6. The members of the Class of 2006 are Dean Bowyer, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Ed Cheff, Lewis-Clark State College; Phil Swimley, University of California, Davis; and Tommy Thomas, Valdosta State University. These coaches join 215 other amateur baseball greats in the ABCA Hall of Fame. With more than 900 career coaching victories, a passel of conference titles, and numerous individual honors, Minnesota State University, Mankato baseball coach Dean Bowyer remains as exuberant and energetic as always. As one of the most respected baseball men in the Midwest, Bowyer stands sixth on the NCAA Division II active
wins list with 948 victories and eighth on the all-time list. Under Bowyer, MSU baseball teams have played in NCAA post-season competition 18 out of 29 years and have won at least 30 games 19 times—a tremendous feat for a northern baseball program limited by the weather.
Bowyer coached basketball and football at Barnesville, Appleton, and Benson high schools in Minnesota. He also built a 74-51 record in four years as head coach at Minot State University before joining MSU in 1977. Bowyer received the NCC Coach of the Year award nine times during his career.
Three of his teams made it all the way to the NCAA Division II College World Series. In 1986, the Mavericks racked up a 35-15 record and finished fourth in Division II.
Ed Cheff is in his 30th year as the head baseball coach at Lewis-Clark State College and has led the Warriors to 13 NAIA national titles. From 1982 through 1992, Cheff’s Warriors played in 11 consecutive NAIA national championship games, winning eight of them. His NAIA record at LCSC is 1,454 wins and 390 losses, a winning percentage of .789. His peers as well as professional scouts consistently recognized Cheff’s LCSC teams as being well prepared and aggressive. More than 146 of his former players have gone on to play professionally and 14 have played in the big leagues.
Bowyer has always been able to find the best college talent in Minnesota and surrounding states and nurture it into championship caliber teams. During Bowyer’s 29year tenure as MSU’s coach, the Mavericks captured a total of 19 league chamDean Bowyer pionships— three when MSU was in the Northern Intercollegiate Conference (NIC) and an incredible 16 in the North Central Conference. Bowyer’s success has not been limited to developing talented teams—he also develops the talent. In addition to two All-America selections and many all-region and all-conference picks, 44 Bowyer-coached players have signed professional contracts. Bowyer received his B.S. degree in physical education and elementary education from Mayville State University in 1966. He was an all-conference and all-district football player at Mayville State, where he also played baseball and basketball. Bowyer received his induction into the Mayville State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984. He also played professionally in the Baltimore Orioles organization for three seasons. Before receiving his Master’s degree from Mankato State University in 1971,
Coach Cheff has not only built successful collegiate baseball teams but has also worked to instill a sense of pride and a strong work ethic in each player that has come through his program. The local community values the LCSC baseball program for its dedication to active involvement with local events, fundraisers, and a grade school mentoring program, which Cheff established. Away from LCSC’s Harris Field, Cheff has spent several summers coaching Ed Cheff in the Alaska League with the Anchorage Bucs and Fairbanks Goldpanners. His Goldpanners won the National Baseball Congress Championship in 2002. In the summers of 1991 and 1994, he served as an assistant coach with the USA National Team.
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2006 ABCA Preview After graduating from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., Cheff began his career as a high school football coach and English teacher, later moving on to Lower Columbia Community College in Longview, Wash., where he coached baseball and was the school’s affirmative action officer. He became head coach at LCSC in 1977. Phil Swimley has been synonymous with the University of California, Davis baseball program since 1966, during which time he has literally built a legacy for the Aggie program. In 2002, Swimley’s last in an Aggie uniform, the season culminated with the Aggies advancing to the championship Phil Swimley game of the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament, upsetting the nation’s number-one ranked team, Chico State University, along the way. The 2002 version of the Aggies may have been Swimley’s most satisfying. After getting off to a slow start, UC Davis hit its stride midway through the season and carried it into the CCAA tournament. In mid-April, the Aggies went on a nine-game winning streak and finished the season with 14 wins in its final 19 games. That squad produced two pitchers who made the first 16 rounds of the 2002 amateur draft. Swimley, the 1995 West Region Coach of the Year, amassed a 902-832-15 (.516) record at UC Davis. Six times, he led his squads into the NCAA Division II West Regionals, advancing to the Division II World Series in 1995. He concluded his career as the ninth coach in NCAA Division II history to earn 900 career wins. Swimley coached eight conference championship teams and won 561 league games. The Aggies have more than 800 wins with Swimley, despite playing a schedule that has included every major college baseball program in northern California. In addition to his head coaching duties, Swimley has been a catalyst for the ongoing construction of the UC
Davis Community Stadium. He has spent countless hours in the planning, fundraising, and construction of the stadium. As a result, the Aggies’ home field is one of the finest collegiate baseball facilities in California. Swimley has also been a strong teacher of the game, as 29 of his players have signed professional contracts. His record was equally impressive as a player. While playing outfield and pitching for Stockton College, Swimley was instrumental in bringing the California Junior College State Championship to the school in his second year. After transferring to the University of Washington, he earned All-Coast honors as a pitcher and hit over .420 to rank third in the nation in his senior year. In the summer, he played for the Cheyney Studs, which won the semipro national championship. Swimley further distinguished himself in the spring of 2001 as a selection to the UW All-Century baseball team. Following college, Swimley played four years in the New York Yankees organization, advancing to the Class AA level as an outfielder. Unable to break into the major league lineup, Swimley accepted a coaching opportunity at San Joaquin Delta College. After earning his master’s degree in physical education from California State University, Sacramento, Swimley came to UC Davis as an assistant football coach and head baseball coach in the fall of 1965. In 1977, Swimley spent a sabbatical year as an assistant coach at the University of Arizona, the defending NCAA champs that year. Tommy Thomas begins his 39th season as Valdosta State University’s head baseball coach. His 38-year record is a most impressive 1,259-758, a .624 winning percentage. Only four times in those 38 years have the Blazers finished below .500. In 1997, Tommy Thomas he became only the second NCAA Division II coach to win 1,000 games, and in 2003, he
became the all-time winningest coach in Division II history when he won his 1,199th game, surpassing the legendary John Scolinas of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Twenty-six of his 38 teams have reached postseason play, and eight teams, including the 1995 club, have made it to the national tournament, with the 1979 team winning the national championship. Thomas has been the recipient of numerous individual awards and honors, including ABCA National Coach of the Year in 1979. Thomas has been very active on the national committee level, serving a fiveyear term, including the chairmanship of the All-America Committee and a seven-year term on the NCAA Baseball Committee. He has been a member of the ABCA Ranking Committee for the last six years.
Convention Schedule Thursday, January 5, 2006 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
ABCA Committee Meetings
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Spouses Open Reception
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
International Coaches Reception and Meeting
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
ABCA Divisional Meetings
Friday, January 6, 2006 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
8:15 a.m. - 12:00 noon Clinics 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Spouses Breakfast 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. Clinics break for lunch 1:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet
Saturday, January 7, 2006 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Registration 8:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Clinics 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Honors Luncheon 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Hank Burbridge Receives Lefty Gomez Award Hank Burbridge (1936-2005) served as the head baseball coach at Spring Arbor University for 40 years before retiring in 2004. During that time, the Cougars won numerous titles and took three trips to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championship. In addition, they made 20 trips to the National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament, winning the title four times. During the 2004 campaign, Burbridge gained his 1,000th victory, giving him a career record of 1,003 wins and 519 losses, which made him the 40th coach to reach the milestone in intercollegiate baseball. Burbridge has been recognized by the ABCA on several occasions, including induction into the ABCA Hall of Fame in 2003 and recipient of the Century Club Award, recognizing 25 years of service. In addition, the NAIA named an award in his honor—the Hank Burbridge Champion of Character Award.
Among numerous honors Burbridge has collected, he has been named to five Halls of Fame. In addition to the ABCA Hall of Fame, he has been inducted into the Halls of Fame of Spring Arbor University, Greenville College, the NAIA, and the NCCAA.
Burbridge’s talents have also been showcased for the global baseball community. In 1991, he was selected as head coach of the North squad during the Olympic trials in Homestead, Fla. Burbridge also served as head coach for the USA College All-Star Team which represented the United States in the Presidential Cup games in Seoul, South Korea, in 1992 and was head coach of the NAIA All-Star Team that went to the Czech Republic in the summer of 2000.
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mittee and Past President’s Nominating Committee. He was also the baseball chairman of the Midwest Region of the NCCAA. A past president of the NAIA Baseball Coaches Association, he also served as chairman of the National Tournament Committee, the All-American Committee, and the Hospitality Committee.
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