LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Throughout the upcoming weeks, the NFCA is announcing its programming for the Virtual Convention (Dec. 9-11, 2020) on NFCA.org and social media platforms.

Softball and baseball have more similarities than differences. Even though the MLB World Series may be over, these baseball minds will have you looking forward to the NFCA Virtual Convention in a different way than ever before. Missouri head coach Larissa Anderson and her husband Patrick Anderson, a minor league manager in the Washington Nationals organization, will discuss how they collaborate and incorporate each other's sport into their respective teachings of the game. 

Louisville head baseball coach Dan McDonnell will dive into creating ideal team culture. Ryzer Mindset Co-Founder, Dr. Robert Troutwine, CEO and owner of Mind Gearz Performance Coaching, Dr. Michael Gerson, and Michigan State head coach Jacquie Joseph, along with her staff, will discuss evaluating prospects the MLB way.

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Registration, presented by Traveling TeamsTraveling Teams, for the NFCA Virtual Convention is currently open. Early-bird registration is $199 for members and $299 for non-members. Attendees will have access to the on-demand content for 30 days following the Convention. Additionally, members can select a $20 upgrade ($219 total) for lifetime access to on-demand content.  Sign up by Nov. 16 to secure the early-bird rate (rates will increase afterward). Also, register by December 1 to receive a Convention attendee gift courtesy of USA Softball.

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Be sure to register by Friday, Oct. 30 to be in the running for a set of golf clubs. Registered attendees will be eligible for other fantastic prizes through Nov. 16, including $100 Amazon gift card and an on-field equipment package ($350 value). 

NFCA Members:  Have you experienced a furlough or been laid off during the pandemic?  If so, we want to help. The NFCA is committed to supporting its members through this pandemic. We understand the impact of COVID-19 is widespread and far-reaching. Please contact our membership team at events@nfca.org or (502) 409-4600 for special discounted Virtual Convention pricing.

More about the speakers:

Larissa Anderson enters year three as Missouri’s head coach. She has led Mizzou to a 54-32 record in her year and a half tenure, and owns a career record of 184-105-1 as a head coach. Anderson finished her first year with a 35-25 record and 12 wins in Southeastern Conference (SEC) play, earning the Tigers a fourth-place finish. Additionally, she guided the Tigers to the if-necessary game of the NCAA Regional final against eventual national champion UCLA. 

Anderson joined Mizzou following a 17-year run at Hofstra, the final four as head coach. In four seasons, she fashioned a 130-73-1 mark with a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, two Colonial Athletic Association titles and four winning seasons. Prior to her head coaching stint, Anderson spent three seasons as an assistant coach and the final 10 as the associate head coach. Under her guidance, Hofstra hurlers won nine CAA Pitcher of the Year honors in 10 seasons.

Patrick Anderson has been part of the Washington Nationals minor league system since 2012 and served as a manager for the last eight years, six of those with the Hagerstown Suns (2014-19). During his tenure with the Suns, Anderson guided them to a record 428 wins and two South Atlantic League playoff appearances. Prior to Hagerstown, he served as the Gulf Coast League Nationals manager in 2013, leading them to a record-setting win percentage and a league title. Anderson spent three years as the head baseball coach at Hofstra University, tutoring eight players to All-CAA honors and one MLB draft selection. Additionally, he was a hitting instructor in the Kansas City Royals organization from 2001-08.

In 13 seasons, Dan McDonnell has led the Louisville baseball team to 605 victories (ranked No. 1 nationally since 2007), including a program-record 53 during a record-setting 2017 season.  The two-time national and three-time Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Coach of the Year has steered the Cardinals to five College World Series appearances, its first-ever bracket final in 2019, 12 NCAA Regionals, eight NCAA Super Regionals and 10 conference championships.

Under McDonnell’s mentorship, 84 Cardinals have been selected in the MLB Draft with 72 signing professional contracts. On the field, he has tutored one national player of the year, 38 All-Americans, 98 all-conference selections, seven conference pitchers of the year, four conference players of the year and one conference freshman of the year.

Dr. Robert Troutwine, co-founder of Ryzer Mindset with CSO Rob Pike, is the developer of the Troutwine Athletic Profile “TAP.” He has over 30 years experience working primarily as a research and development psychological scientist with professional sports organizations, military, corporations, and law firms. Hired by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1984, Dr. Troutwine has independently consulted with dozens of professional sports teams in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS as well as at the collegiate level and internationally on assessment, coaching, and development of athletes. 

Dr. Michael Gerson is the CEO and owner of Mind Gearz Performance Coaching, a high-performance consulting business. Dr. Gerson has worked with a diverse range of soldier-athlete-clinical populations in the field of performance, sport, military, health, and clinical psychology. In addition, Dr. Gerson is the Director of Mental Skills at Mission 6 Zero, a tribe of performance experts that merge Special Operations Forces veterans with Behavioral Science practitioners and researchers. He worked for the United States Army from 2006 to 2014 where he designed and executed performance enhancement programs with some of the nation’s most elite war fighters.

An adjunct professor at National University and John F. Kennedy University since 2013, Dr. Gerson teaches counseling / sport psychology and contemplative courses in the Sports Psychology Department. From 2014-17, he served as the Mental Skills Director of the Seattle Mariners, providing individual, small group, team departmental, and organizational mental skills education, training and application for performance.

NFCA Hall of Famer Jacquie Joseph embarks on her 28th season in the Michigan State dugout and 34th overall as a collegiate head coach. The winningest coach in Spartan program history, she has guided the program to 710 victories and four NCAA Regional appearances. Over 33 years, she has earned over 800 wins as a head coach. Joseph has instilled core values into the Michigan State softball program, developing student-athletes who are successful on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Her impact as a mentor and coach has been felt for years in the program she has built. Prior to Michigan State, she spent five seasons as Bowling Green’s head coach, steering the Falcons to 136 wins and a school-record 37 victories in 1992.

A former NFCA president, Joseph went into the Association's Hall of Fame in the Trailblazer category, which honors an NFCA member who has contributed to the sport through service, leadership, participation, and/or coaching, and exhibits high professional standards of ethics, integrity, sportsmanship and honesty. Joseph has helped shape the scores of athletes who have come through her programs, but also helped shape the collegiate game. She is a former member of the NCAA Rules Committee, a well-respected clinician, an author of two books and five videos dedicated to teaching and coaching the game.

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