Championship Thinking in Sports

Jim Meier

Championship Thinking in Sports – My Toughest Pitcher Decisions and How I Make Them

Join guest Derek Johnson* for this rare opportunity to learn how one of the most successful DI college pitching coaches makes tough pitcher decisions. This includes off-season recruitment and development, rotations, roles and of course those ever critical in-game situations. You’ll learn how Derek factors in personality, mental smarts and toughness as well as physical skills and maturity. *Derek is in his 9th year at Vanderbilt University and has 18 years DI pitching coach experience. Last year he was promoted to Associate Head Coach. In ’04, he was chosen Collegiate Baseball’s National College Pitching Coach. Four of his last seven staffs led the Southeastern Conference in ERA and were ranked 15, 7, 17 and 13 nationally. Under his leadership, 22 pitchers have been drafted including 16 over the last five years.