Sean McDermott Selected to Speak at ABCA Convention in Chicago

UIC assistant coach Sean McDermott
UIC assistant coach Sean McDermott

Jan. 3, 2013

CHICAGO – UIC assistant baseball coach Sean McDermott was selected to speak at the 2013 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Convention this weekend at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago.  McDermott is the final speaker of the convention on Sunday, Jan. 6 in front of an estimated crowd of more than 4,000 coaches. 

“It’s an honor to be chosen by your peers to speak on something you’ve loved your whole life,” said McDermott.  “It’s a very humbling experience and I appreciate the opportunity the ABCA has given me.”

McDermott will give a 40-minute presentation on the topic of ‘Daily Routines to Develop a Prepared Infielder’.  McDermott is in his 15th year with the Flames and has been a driving force behind UIC’s defensive prowess. 

“What I hope coaches take away from my speech is the different ways of practice organization,” said McDermott.  “It’s not about doing a lot of things in one day, but more about doing a lot of little things each day.”

The convention kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 3 with registration, meetings and exhibitors.  Clinics and speakers will commence on Friday morning, starting with Arizona Head Coach Andy Lopez who just guided the Wildcats to an NCAA title this past season.

“It continues to be an educational event,” said McDermott.  “It’s a unique experience where everyone shares ideas to try and make themselves better coaches, but at the same time those are your competitors.”

The ABCA also welcomes outside vendors that span the wide range of the industry as they present new products and technologies.  On Friday night, the ABCA will host an awards banquet that will name Regional and National Coaches of the Year, along with Hall of Fame inductees.  



 “It’s a real honor to speak at the ABCA convention,” said head coach Mike Dee.  “I’m real happy for Sean and I think it’s great for our program.”

About the ABCA:  The ABCA is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level.  It’s over 6,600 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions - NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, Junior College, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth.

The Association is involved in numerous programs that promote the integrity of the profession and the development of the game of baseball. Three mailings are sent to members annually, and include the “Covering All Bases” newsletter, the Coaching Digest, and the ABCA Directory. Additional information may be located on the website. Members serve on a variety of committees necessary to the function of the ABCA, and the governance system is through an elected Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.