By Gary Fauber
Assistant Sports Editor
Details have been finalized for a baseball coaching symposium set for late January in Beckley.
The event will be held Jan. 24-27 at Upper Deck Training Center. It was originally scheduled for three days, but a fourth day has since been added.
Player and parent passes will be available for Friday, Jan. 24, and Monday, Jan. 27, for $25.
Saturday, Jan. 25, and Sunday, Jan. 26, are reserved for coaching clinics. Fee for these days is $50 per coach.
Prices are good for preregistering before Jan. 22. After that date, the fee is $75.
Several speakers are lined up for the event, highlighted by current Houston Astros pitching coach Brent Strom, who spent six seasons as minor league pitching instructor for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Also set to speak at the symposium are Josh Newman, a former All-Big Ten pitcher at Ohio State and former Colorado Rockie who was recently hired as pitching coach at Marshall; Jeremy Cummings, a Charleston native who pitched for Team USA’s bronze-medal winning team in 2008 and is currently in the Tampa Bay Rays organization; Blake Herring, pitching coach/recruiting coordinator at Carson-Newman; Steve Crosier, former batting coach for the West Virginia Miners who is now the strengh and conditioning coach for the Princeton Rays, as well as Princeton manager Danny Sheaffer; Miners assistant coach and former longtime Independence head coach Joe Goddard; and Miners manager Tim Epling.
Epling is excited for the opportunity local coaches will have by hearing the expertise of so many baseball authorities.
“We’re going to be getting this information out to college coaches, to high school coaches, Little League coaches, travel coaches — it’s not for just a select group,” he said. “Anybody who coach’s baseball has this opportunity. We will speak on different topics. We’ll talk about hitting, we’ll talk about how to move a position player who has to pitch — if he pitches today, what do you do with him tomorrow? We’ll speak about how to not get them hurt and have the maximum benefit from them.”
Epling said there will also be a question-and-answer session with and the speakers.
For more information, call Epling at 304-673-2519. Information will also be posted soon on the Upper Deck website, www.upperdeckwv.com.
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