Posted: Jan 02, 2018
ADRIAN, Mich.--The calendar has turned to January and the 2018 Adrian College baseball season is now just a couple months away, but it doesn't mean that baseball isn't on the minds of some Bulldogs. Later this week in downtown Indianapolis, Adrian head coach Craig Rainey '89 and assistant Aaron Klotz '98 will be attending the 74th annual American Baseball Coaches Association Convention where they will be featured speakers at the highly-anticipated, four-day event.
More than 6,000 baseball coaches and 330 exhibiting companies are expected to attend the 2018 ABCA Convention, which will be hosted at the Indiana Convention Center and the JW Marriott Hotel from Thursday to Sunday.
Rainey will be one of 27 coaches from around the world speaking during the event. On Sunday morning, he will give a presentation about "Building the Complete Hitter." Other presenters include 2017 NCAA Division I National Champion head coach Kevin O'Sullivan from the University of Florida and legendary former head coach Augie Garrido who is the NCAA's all-time winningest baseball coach with over 1,900 victories.
On Saturday, Klotz will address attendees during the National Youth Coaches Breakout Session Presented by TeamSnap. This breakout session is an inaugural program at the ABCA Convention, which is geared toward coaches of players from the ages 9-14. Klotz will be one of nine coaches at this presentation and he will be speaking on infield play during the one-day clinic. Other coaches involved in the youth clinic include former University of Kentucky head coach Keith Madison and Matt Talarico from Wright State University.
Rainey, who is entering his 25th season at the Adrian helm, is no stranger to spreading the good word about baseball in his career. Just alone in the past year, Rainey has been a guest speaker at the ABCA Regional Clinic at Michigan State University, the Florida High School Baseball Coaches Association in Daytona Beach, Fla., and also will be a featured speaker at the Michigan High School Baseball Convention later this month in Mount Pleasant.
Klotz, who has been on the AC coaching staff for 18 years, founded and operates the local youth Adrian Dirtbags Baseball and Softball clubs, as well as being the Director of Baseball Operations in the United States for AstroTurf.
During Rainey's tenure, the Bulldogs have advanced to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship 11 times and won 16 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association regular-season and tournament championships. The Owosso, Mich., product has compiled a career record of 619-401 for a .607 winning percentage--all at the school. He is the winningest coach in MIAA history at 427-165 (.721) and has mentored eight student-athletes to 16 All-America citations since 2008.
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its more than 8,000 members represent all 50 states and 25 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth.
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