Dec. 1, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M – Lobo baseball head coach Ray Birmingham has been invited to be a guest speaker at three different High School Baseball Coaching Clinics across the country.
Birmingham has been asked to share his expert tutelage on the fundamentals of hitting. The New Mexico native is widely considered to be a brilliant hitting instructor amongst his colleagues.
Birmingham will speak at the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Convention held in Waco, Texas, on Jan. 12-14. He will follow his trip to Texas with a trip to Arizona, where he will share his wisdom at the 2012 Arizona Baseball Coaches Association State Clinic held on Jan. 20-21 at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Ariz. He will then round out his schedule with an appearance for the Oklahoma High School Coaches Association on Jan. 27-28 in Okalahoma City, Okla.
“I am excited about talking baseball with the guys I respect the most; high school baseball coaches,” Birmingham said. “I have talked all over the country with coaches and I learn as much from them as they do from me. Baseball people are the best!”
Birmingham has coached or spoken at numerous clinics throughout the United States and South America. He has been published in the American Baseball Coaches Association Journal and worked professionally for the Cleveland Indians, Oakland A's and Kansas City Royals.
The knowledgeable coach has been the mastermind behind some of the most prolific hitting teams in NCAA and NJCAA history. His Lobos finished the 2009 season as the NCAA statistical team leader in batting average, .363, with four players hitting over .400 (Rafael Neda, Ryan Honeycutt, Mike Brownstein and Kevin Atkinson). His New Mexico Junior College team became known for its hitting prowess with six former players leading the country in batting and six teams hitting over .400. The 2005 NMJC national championship team hit .411 during the regular season and .400 in postseason play. In 2001, the Thunderbirds displayed one of the most impressive offensive machines in college baseball history, batting .438 as a team, setting a NJCAA record that still remains today.
In 2010, Birmingham saw former Lobo Justin Howard lead the nation in batting average (.456) and hits (119), while also finishing second in the NCAA in doubles with 32.
This past season, Lobo freshman DJ Peterson also put together one of the top seasons ever by a Lobo rookie. Peterson set the NCAA single-season mark for doubles (32) by a freshman. He also led the Lobos in the majority of offensive statistics including: batting average (.317), hits (78), home runs (6), RBI's (48), total bases (134) and slugging percentage (.545).