North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Annual Whitfield Baseball Clinic January 11 In Goldsboro

GOLDSBORO— The baseball clinic run by North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Famer George Whitfield is set for its 42nd annual renewal.

The clinic is scheduled for Goldsboro High School on Saturday, January 11, 2014, and features another tremendous lineup. Registration is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m, and then the clinic will run until 6 p.m.

The clinic is open to all players from Little League through high school, and all coaches at any level are welcome. High school and middle school coaches may receive one unit of continuing education credit.

Dave Odom, former head basketball coach at Wake Forest and at South Carolina, will be the kickoff speaker at 9:05, followed by Dr. Chris Hasty, who will speak on injury prevention for today’s baseball players.

Here are some of the other outstanding baseball people and topics that will be covered at this annual event:

• “What College Coaches and Scouts Are Looking for in Today’s Athletes” will be discussed by Methodist University head coach Tom Austin, Atlanta Braves scout Billy Best, Ferrum head coach Ryan Brittle, East Carolina head coach Billy Godwin and Coastal Carolina assistant Joe Hastings.

•”Practice Organization for the High School Coach” will include Rick Robinson, head coach at Young Harris College (GA), and Mount Olive assistant Rob Watt.

• “Indoor and On-Field Drills To Become a Better Player” will be discussed by Myrtle Beach (SC) High School head coach Tim Christy, George Mason assistant Tag Montague, Richmond assistant Tanner Biagini, and Voyager Academy head coach Pete Shankle.

• Pitching will be covered by North Carolina assistant coach Scott Forbes, Campbell assistant Rick McCarty, pitching coach Sam Narron of the Auburn Doubledays in the Washington National organization, Furman assistant Mike Ranson and East Carolina assistant Dan Roszel.

•Catching will feature Pitt Community College head coach Tommy Eason, Virginia Military Institute head coach Marlin Ikenberry, Charlotte assistant coach Kris Rochelle, Liberty assistant Garrett Quinn and UNC-Greensboro assistant Joey Holcomb.

• Infield play instructors will be Central Florida retired head coach Jay Bergman, Brunswick Community College head coach Robbie Allen, former major league manager Dave Bristol, Georgia Southern head coach Rodney Hennon, and UNC-Wilmington head coach Mark Scalf.

• Outfield play will be covered by Washington Nationals scout Paul Faulk, Catawba head coach Jim Gantt, Mount Olive head coach Carl Lancaster, Georgia Southern assistant Chris Moore and East Carolina assistant Ben Sanderson.

• Base Running will feature Campbell head coach Greg Goff, N.C. State assistant Chris Hart, U.S. Military Academy assistant Matt Reid, Louisburg head coach Keith Shumate and Davidson assistant Rucker Taylor.

• Hitting will be discussed by Virginia Commonwealth assistant Kurt Elbin, UNC-Greensboro head coach Link Jarrett, Duke assistant J.J. Jordan, Richmond assistant Matt Tyner and N.C. State assistant Brian Ward.

Coach Whitfield will mail information to schools across the state in November. The only charge for the clinic is a pre-registration fee of $60 per person, which includes lunch. Any school or team that registers six or more people will be charged $50 per person.

Registration at the door will be $70.

Players 15 years of age and under may have their fathers attend for free, and they can eat lunch for just seven dollars.

Questions about the clinic may be directed to George at (919) 778-6013 or write him at 216 Hardingwood Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534.