Monday, the West Coast League (WCL) proudly announced the continuation of its valued partnership with the Northwest Baseball Coaches Association (NWBCA) for its annual convention, a highly anticipated gathering of baseball coaches and vendors held each January in Portland, Oregon.
The NWBCA convention stands as the premier baseball coaches conference in the Pacific Northwest, scheduled for January 19-21. This dynamic event serves as a hub for baseball professionals across the region, dedicated to the continuous improvement of coaches who, in turn, contribute to the advancement of their programs, players, and communities as informed and motivated leaders.
Bringing together hundreds of high school, college, and youth coaches, the convention offers a unique platform for learning, networking, and fostering solidarity within the baseball coaching community.
WCL Commissioner Rob Neyer expressed the league’s continuing enthusiasm, stating, “The WCL is both a proud sponsor and an active participant in the NWBCA Convention. We love connecting with our partner-school coaches and meeting new coaches as well. It’s a priority for our league to support this event and our coaching community.”
The convention boasts a lineup of distinguished speakers, including top coaching minds from college, MLB, and high school, as well as technology leaders in the game and independent instructors. Notable past presenters include the 2022 Major League Baseball Coach of the Year, Pete Woodworth of the Seattle Mariners; former big leaguer Royce Clayton of Oaks Christian High School; and Driveline CEO Kyle Boddy.
As a summer collegiate league that prioritizes players and community, the WCL serves as a major sponsor of the NWBCA, backing key events such as the Walk of Champions Saturday Luncheon and Saturday Night Dinner. Additionally, the league holds its winter owners and GM meetings during the convention.
The three-day event is rich with WCL connections, featuring informative and engaging presenters, a diverse range of vendor booths, and the active participation of league partners such as Baden Sports and Driveline Baseball. Several speakers at the convention have either played and/or coached in the West Coast League, and member team partners are well-represented from various conferences, including the Pac-12, WCC (DI), NWAC (JC), Northwest Conference (DIII), Great Northwest Conference (DII), and the Cascade Collegiate Conference (NAIA).
Anticipation is building for the upcoming 2024 speaker lineup, and those interested in more details are encouraged to visit www.nwbca.com.
About the West Coast League: The West Coast League is the West’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Encompassing Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and now Alberta, the WCL showcases pro prospects from major collegiate conferences around the nation. Every summer, the League features unparalleled fan and player experiences, with North America’s best baseball weather and a mix of classic and modern ballparks, all backdropped by the sport’s most stunning scenery. The 2019 MLB amateur draft began with former Corvallis Knight Adley Rutschman selected with the overall No. 1 pick by the Baltimore Orioles, and the 2022 draft featured two West Coast League alumni, Brooks Lee and Gabriel Hughes, among the first 10 picks.