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May 6, 2021  

Mitch Thompson on culture, practice design and making the big time where you are.

May 6, 2021
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Bio
Among the most highly respected coaches and recruiters in college baseball, Mitch Thompson is beginning his 8th year as head coach at McLennan Community College.
Thompson was named McLennan head coach before the 2014 season and immediately began rebuilding the program to prominence, National Runner Up in 2015. 5th place in 2017.
Had the top JUCOMLB Draft pick in two of the last three years.  They are also one of only 7 Division 1 JC’s to have 40 or more wins in each of the last 5 years.
 
Before being named McLennan head coach, Thompson spent one season as the South Texas area scouting supervisor for the Kansas City Royals organization after spending nearly two decades on staff at Baylor University (1995-2012) where he was the Bears’ hitting instructor and primary recruiter. 
Mitch also began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for legendary coach Ron Polk at Mississippi State.
on the show we discuss building the culture at a JUCO, we talk practice development/design, and how to make the big time where you are.
 
Time stamps
3:00- Vision of the program
5:00- Big time is where you are
10- Rules and s
13:30- Building the culture at McLennan
23:37- Offseason Calendar
30:00- Developing a team offense.
34:05- Pre Season- In season Practices
46:00- Last Things
 
Resources
Ron Polks Baseball Handbook
ABCA Conventions
The Travelers Gift- Andy Andrews
 
Contact
254-299-8148