Convention Speaker Ron Davini
Executive Director NHSBCA
Baseball Coach for 44 years
Ron Davini ended his head-coaching career at Corona del Sol High School after 28 years in 2005, a program he started when the school opened in 1977. He is still coaching baseball and is now entering his 43rd year as a baseball coach.
Ron graduated from Anaheim High School in Anaheim, California (1965). He received his BA from Arizona State University while on scholarship. He played on the National Championship team in 1967 as a catcher earning the awards of “College Player of the Year” (from Columbus Ohio Touchdown Club) and “Most Valuable Player” in the College World Series. These awards placed Ron in the Baseball Hall of Fame, college section, in Cooperstown, New York. His senior year, he signed with the Chicago White Sox after being drafted by numerous other teams. For the next five years (1969-1973), he taught high school and played professional baseball. He was a teacher and coach in the Tempe Union High School District for 34 years. He was a volunteer assistant baseball coach at Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, AZ) for 5 years, 3 years at Tempe Preparatory Academy (Tempe) 2 years as head coach and now is back at Corona del Sol HS as a volunteer coach in charge of the programs catchers.
Ron has been involved with many professional organizations supporting the game of baseball throughout his coaching career. Ron was on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Coaches Association from 1977-1997. In that position, he assisted in setting up clinics for coaches, supervised All Star selections, and co-directed the Arizona Senior All Star games. In 1997, Ron spearheaded the establishment of the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association to promote Arizona baseball throughout the state and across the country. This organization sponsors and coordinates four All Star games, sponsors Arizona teams to the Sunbelt tournaments (Oklahoma), continues to hold annual coaches clinics, and has established the Arizona Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. He was the President of the National Baseball Coaches Association (1997) and now serves as its’ Executive Director.
Since 1988, Ron has been involved with USA Baseball. He has served on the nominating committee for Arizona athletes to play in the National Olympic Festival games, as well as on the West selection board for the same games until 1995. Ron was on the USA Board of Directors representing the National High School Baseball Coaches Association (NHSBCA) and is now on the USA Baseball Youth Committee.
Ron has coached three Junior National (18-under) teams in World Championship competition, twice as an assistant (1993 silver medal and 1995 gold medal). As head coach in 1996, the USA Team traveled to Cuba to win the bronze medal. In 1997, he coached the USA Junior Team in the first Pan American qualifying tournament in Brazil. The team qualified for the World Tournament with a 3rd place (bronze medal) finish.
He has worked closely with USA Baseball in the summer as Technical Advisor to the Junior Olympic Baseball Tournament in Arizona. In 2003, Ron was selected by USA Baseball to help coach the Youth National Baseball Team (16-under) in their World Championships Tournament in Kaoshuing, Taiwan. They came home with the World Championship-Gold Medal.
Ron was actively involved with baseball camps throughout the years. Between 1991-1993, he was involved in the first international youth baseball exchange program with Russia. For three summers (1991-93), he traveled to Russia for four weeks and instructed baseball in that country. He was Co-Director of the Telluride Baseball Camp (Telluride, Colorado) after assisting with its conception for over 20 years.
Many other accolades belong to Ron. He was selected as Corona del Sol’s Teacher of the Year in the 1991-92 school year. Ron was also the 1995 Corona del Sol Tempe Diablo Award winner in the Physical Education Department. Three times he was selected as a National Finalist for High
School (1992/1999 NHSC & 1993 ABCA) Baseball Coach of the Year. In 1995, Walt Disney Productions selected Ron as one of the top 60 teachers in America and his video profile was shown on the Disney channel. He has been a speaker at many national clinics (ABCA, NHSBCA, NHSCA, AzBCA, NMHSCA, OBCA, Georgia BCA, California BCA, Utah BCA, Toronto CA,, and Winnipeg BCA). Ron was a commissioner on the Arizona Baseball Commission (selected by the governor of the state) for five years (1995-2000). In 1997, Ron was selected as the USA National Amateur Baseball Coach of the Year (by USA Baseball and MLB Players Organization).
In 2001, Ron was inducted into the Arizona Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
On January 1, 2005, Ron was named as the Executive Director of the National High School Baseball Coaches Association. This is an organization Ron has been involved with since they started in 1991.
In 2005, the National High School Athletic Coaches Association selected Ron as the National High School Baseball Coach of the Year. He was also select by Aflac to coach in the Aflac All American High School baseball game that was televised on national television. He guided the West team to a victory over the East team on national television.
On December 5, 2008, Ron was inducted into the National High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in Chicago, Illinois. “This award really should be shared with the players and assistant coaches who have played or work for me over the years.” as quoted by Ron