Championship Thinking in Sports

Jim Meier

Championship Thinking in Sports – MSU had ample dose of Fun in College World Series run

The Mississippi State Bulldogs 2013 recipe for success included much more than a smidgen of fun. Throughout the season, Head coach John Cohen* made sure the team had the freedom to cook up its own version of putting generous doses of play in the play baseball equation. No doubt this spiced up Bulldog teams’ spirit and energy helped take it to the 2013 College World Series Championship Series earning runner-up honors. Talking with John at the CWS and watching the team play loose with purpose told me this was a key mark of this team’s culture. In this show, like a Bulldog scratching for a bone, I dig for John’s thinking on how to balance this sort of ‘let the boys play’ philosophy with the pressure and plain hard work that goes with premier level collegiate baseball. Expect John to share: 1) What he learned about himself this year, 2) His approach to sports psychology-the mental game, 3) managing the me(I)/we(team) reality of baseball and more. *Played at Mississippi State earning 1st team SEC All-Conference in 1990 & drafted by the Twin. Collegiate coach 22 years including 14 as a head coach-5 at Mississippi State. John also coached the USA Baseball National team in ’06 and his many honors include 2006 National Coach of the Year.