Ryan Brownlee in an American college baseball coach, formally serving as head coach of the Western Illinois Leathernecks baseball program. He was named to that position prior to the 2013 season. Brownlee played four seasons under his father Jim at Evansville before a single season with the Independent Evansville Otters. He coached two seasons with the Purple Aces before moving to James Madison in 2000, where he remained for four seasons. Brownlee moved to Iowa in 2004, and added recruiting coordinator duties during his nine seasons with the Hawkeyes. During that time, 32 players he recruited or coached were drafted by Major League teams. In September 2012, he was named to his first head coaching position with the Western Illinois Leathernecks baseball program.
- Coach Caliendo sits with Coach Brownlee to discuss what the ABCA has been doing to help baseball coaches at all levels.
- They discuss the difference in this year’s convention with the past conventions.
- How coaches can learn from all over the world online, live streaming, attending the convention, the App on your phone and so many ways.
- They get into ways to help the youth and travel coach in becoming better coaches for their players.
- What are some things coach Brownlee changed in his coaching practices, terminology, technology and so much more?
- What daily rituals coach Brownlee uses to get better as a person and coach.
- Coach/Son relationship and how that worked for Ryan playing for his college baseball coach dad, Jim Brownlee.
- What is something you may have invented on your own through drill and error which you did not get from other coaches?
- How important communication with parents, coaches, and players plays a big role in the player’s development.
- What are some very important aspects of practice organization that should be done daily and may be different than the past?
- How to use technology to become a better coach, teacher and player.
- And so much more to this conversation.
Coach Brownlee wanted to have this added to the show notes to clarify something he discussed on the podcast.
The drill with Justin Toole was “three style buffet” not three plate drill. We did three plate drill at Iowa as well but “3 style buffet” is what he did with their minor leaguers and we did at Iowa. It is where a hitter will use 3 different hitting styles in 6 pitches. Usually no stride, toe tap then leg lift to free them up and find something that works. Another thing we used a lot for hitters timing that I don’t see anybody doing is using the stopwatch to track load to contact times. My cell is 3092557329 if you want to chat about the stopwatch. We used it in drills and during BP for instant feedback.
Most MLB hitters are 1 second or higher on when their load starts to when their barrel gets into the hitting zone. Most HS timing is around .5 because the pitchers stuff isn’t as good and most of them start late (my biggest theory why most guys can’t hit anymore because they have no feel on how to adjust their timing to get the barrel on the ball). We would track it off the tee first then with other drills and then during games. Most hitting struggles were from starting too late and not mechanics.
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