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PODCAST: Erik Bakich – Accelerated Player Development Program

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This week’s guest is Erik Bakich, Head Baseball Coach at The University of Michigan. Coach Bakich led the Wolverines to the Big 10 Conference Championship in 2015 and participated in the NCAA Tournament for the first time as a head coach.

I first started working with Bakich when he was an assistant coach at Vanderbilt in 2007 and have worked with him in his head coaching stops at The University of Maryland and now at Michigan. Bakich is one of the most well rounded coaches I have ever worked with. When I am asked by other coaches what programs they should go visit to learn from, Michigan is always near or at the top of my list because of the tremendous accelerated player development system Bakich and his staff run on a daily basis.

Bakich played for Keith LeClair at East Carolina University and was teammates with our most downloaded podcast with current ECU Baseball Coach Cliff Godwin (2014-10-29 – BC02. Cliff Godwin – The PIRATES Mission). He has also coached under legends Jack Leggett at Clemson and Tim Corbin at Vanderbilt. He was on the staff in Nashville with one of the most respected pitching teachers in the world in Derek Johnson, now the pitching coordinator for the Chicago Cubs.

To reach your maximum potential, it extends beyond the playing field. We reached back into the archives fro this podcast, recorded on April 12, 2013 because of the fabulous strategies for success Bakich shares that you can use to help close the gap from where you are to where you want to be in your program and in your life. Bakich discusses his journey to becoming a Division 1 Head Coach, as well as the demands of having such a position, the difference between being a champion and winning a championship, his weekly leadership, mental conditioning and perspective building sessions, what it takes to have double energy at the house and at the field, the importance of EXTREME organization, having a daily routine and knowing what it is you want to accomplish each day are also among the topics of discussion this week.

Coach Bakich also sits in the hot seat and gives rapid fire answers about:

  • National Anthem
  • Compared To What
  • Perspective Poster
  • Concentration Grids
  • Breathing
  • Process
  • Life skills
  • The compound effect
  • Make your bed
  • Recruiting
  • Reading one book per week
  • Omaha
  • The peak performance journal
  • Measurement = motivation
  • The importance of nutrition
  • Leaving a legacy
  • Servant leadership
  • Pat Tillman

You can follow Coach Bakich on twitter @ErikBakich and @UMichBaseball.

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