ODU Hosts Baseball Clinic of Champions

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2009-10-30

Baseball Experts Buck Showalter, Ron Polk Among Featured Speakers

Columbus, OH – The Ohio Dominican University (ODU) Baseball Panthers will present the Baseball Clinic of Champions on December 12 and 13, 2009 in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center on ODU’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road. The event is comprised of three separate clinics targeted to baseball coaches, high school students and fathers and sons.

The Clinic of Champions will feature former MLB manager and ESPN baseball analyst Buck Showalter and former SEC winning coach and National College Baseball Hall of Fame member Ron Polk. Also featured will be the Fort Wayne Tincaps’ single A affiliate manager and former MLB player Doug Dascenzo; Colorado Rockies’ area scouting supervisor Ed Santa; and ODU pitching coach Chris Wallace.

“The ODU baseball team is excited to have this opportunity to offer this series of clinics for the community featuring professional baseball experts and professionals, with the help and support of ODU’s Athletic Department,” said ODU Baseball Head Coach Paul Page.

Individual tickets are $60 per clinic or two clinics for $110. Tickets may be purchased online (credit card only).  Click on "Clinic of Champions" where specific program information is listed.  Tickets may also be purchased in person (cash or check) in the Athletics Office, Alumni Hall - 221, at 1216 Sunbury Road.   Contact the Athletics Office at (614) 251-4537 with questions or for more informationa. 

The schedule for the clinics is as follows:

Saturday, December 12: Coaches Clinic (1:00 – 6:00 p.m.)
Featuring Buck Showalter and Ron Polk
(Open to all coaches and high school players)
The clinic will focus on pitching, blocking, throwing, receiving, bunting and base running. Showalter will discuss “The Game Within the Game…Building Relationships With Coaches, Players and Parents.” Polk, the coach with the most wins in SEC history, will discuss “Keys to a Successful Offense.” 

Sunday, December 13: Father/Son Clinic (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
(Open to all fathers and sons…youths ages 8-14)
Attendees will work with ODU players and coaches in small groups focusing on hitting, defensive positions, pitching and base running techniques. 

Sunday, December 13: High School Players Clinic(1:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
(Open to all high school students)
Polk and Showalter will discuss “The Path to Success in Baseball.” Attendees will work with ODU players and coaches in small groups focusing on hitting, defensive positions, pitching and base running techniques. 


Participants

Ron Polk is a National College Baseball Hall of Fame coach who began his illustrious career as an assistant coach at the University of Arizona in 1966. Coach Polk retired in 2008. He is the winningest coach in the Southeastern Conference with 1,218 wins and has produced eight first-round draft picks. During his 35-year career, he accumulated 1,373 wins as a head coach, ranking him seventh among National Collegiate Athletic Assocation (NCAA) Division I coaches. Of those wins, 1,139 came during his tenure at Mississippi State University. Coach Polk is one of three coaches to lead three teams to the College World Series.

Buck Showalter spent 11 seasons as a Major League Baseball manager for the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers. He spent 19 seasons with the Yankees as a player and coach. During his tenure as the Yankee skipper, he was the Major League’s youngest manager and led the team to its first post-season appearance since 1981. Showalter went on to become the first manager for the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks, working two years before the team began play scouting and developing talent. In 1999, Showalter’s team won 100 games and the National League West. He then joined the Rangers and is ranked third on the organization’s all-time manager’s win list with 239 wins. Showalter is a baseball analyst for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight.

Ed Santa has served as the area scouting supervisor for the Colorado Rockies in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, western New York and Canada since 1991. Prior to joining the Rockies, Santa was an assistant coach at The Ohio State University, Kent State University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Doug Dascenzo attended Oklahoma State University, where he set the stolen-base record and helped lead the Cowboys to two NCAA World Series appearances. In 1985, the Chicago Cubs drafted him in the 12th round. He also played for the Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres. Dascenzo manages the Padres Single A affiliate, the Fort Wayne Tincaps, which recently won 101 games and the Midwest League Championship.

Chris Wallace attended Wright State University. The New York Yankees drafted him in the 14th round as a pitcher and catcher. Wallace played five seasons in the Yankees organization, posting a 3.86 career ERA. After his playing career, Wallace served as a high school pitching coach, coaching for two years at Gahanna Christian and then for another two years at Pickerington North, with each team reaching the State Championship game. Coach Wallace is in his first season as ODU’s pitching coach.

Paul Page is in his 24th year as Ohio Dominican University’s head baseball coach. Page is the winningest coach in school history and is ranked in the top 10 in wins among active National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) coaches. With more than 30 years of coaching experience, Page has developed one of the premier baseball programs in the NAIA. He earned his 800th win during the 2008 season and, with 842 victories, ranks 13th in the NAIA in career wins.

The ODU Baseball Panthers have competed in six National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) World Series, twice finishing fifth in the country. The team has had four pitchers drafted to MLB teams in the past six seasons, including Jonathan Sanchez. The San Francisco Giants drafted Sanchez in 2004. He pitched the first no-hitter of the ‘08-‘09 season, ending the Giants’ streak of 32 seasons without a no-hitter, the third longest in the majors.

ODU’s baseball program has won 14 AMC/MOC championships in the past 26 seasons. ODU’s athletic program is independently affiliated with the NAIA and is a candidacy member of the NCAA, with full membership in the NCAA and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) expected in 2011.