Championship Thinking in Sports

Jim Meier

Championship Thinking in Sports – DI Baseball Coach of the Year Leads Team through Turbulence to Triumph

What do you do as a head baseball coach? It’s September 2010 UC-Berkeley. The fall semester and baseball practices have begun. Unexpectedly you’re told, for budgetary reasons, the baseball will be cut after the 2011 season. This show is the behind the scenes story of what Dave Esquer* 12th year UC Berkley Golden Bears head baseball coach did. This is a lesson in leadership! With clear recall and a matter-of- fact, candid voice, Dave walks through how and what he told his coaching staff and the team and from there what transpired through fall ball, the regular season, the regional and super-regional championships and trip to the College World Series. This is a story worth hearing loaded with insights you can use as a leader-coach. *2011 National Coach of the Year. As a player, Esquer was the starting shortstop on Stanford’s 1987 national championship squad. As an assistant coach, he helped produce six NCAA postseason teams and one World Series participant at Stanford and Pepperdine.