Championship Thinking in Sports

Jim Meier

Championship Thinking in Sports – Golden Flashes not a “Flash in the Pan”

Kent State’s Baseball Team, the Golden Flashes, are anything but a Flash in the Pan. Their 2012 run to this year’s College World Series (CWS) including defeating the #1 seed, Florida Gators was built upon history of success: 12 NCAA regional qualifiers, 11 and 10 Mid-American Conference regular season and tournament championships. Show guest Scott Stricklin**, 8th year Head Coach has a 314-165 record (65%) candidly shares insights about the Kent State program: recruiting, academics*, team play, expectations, direct, open communications, the mental game (I had the opportunity to do some sports psychology work with the team during the CWS) and what he learned about himself along the way to the CWS. *With perfect 1000 Academic Progress Rates (APR), three consecutive years, Kent State baseball is in elite company as one of only 16 schools and only public institution in the country to reach the accomplishment. **Prior to become head coach at this alma mater where he graduated magna cum laude, Scott was assistant coach at Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt. He also played professionally 5 years.