William B. Cole Consultants
The Mental Game of Baseball
Bill Cole has been the mental game coach to baseball players and
coaches at all levels, from little league to high school to college
to pros, including Major League Baseball. One notable consulting
project was providing anger management training to a MLB umpire
who was coming off the rails, and in jeopardy of losing his job,
and career. It turned out to be very, very successful. Today he
can be seen working all the MLB venues and the big important games.
Bill loved baseball as a kid and was a multiple-year all-star pitcher and second-baseman in Little League. He has been mental game coach to numerous College All-American baseball players who have been drafted by seven Major-League Baseball Teams - the Texas Rangers, the Atlanta Braves, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He's coached MLB free agents who have played for the New York Mets, the White Sox and the Seattle Mariners.
Bill did his first master's degree under Dr. Ken Ravizza, who is
considered by many to be the top baseball psychologist in the world.
Ken's book, Heads-Up
Baseball: Playing the Game One Pitch at a Time,
is considered the go-to sport psychology manual for baseball players
and coaches: .
At one time Bill was the sport psychology coach
for Stanford University:
"... an authority on sports psychology... He is one of the top peak
performance coaches in the country...Bill's peak performance system
helped us tremendously in our march to reach the finals of the College
Stanford University Baseball Team
Here is an article Bill wrote on the Mental
Game of Baseball.
Here are some endorsements from players Bill coached who went on
to play Major League Baseball:
"I have enjoyed the opportunity to listen to Bill because of
all the parts of my game that need work, the mental aspect is what
I see as being the most important to me. I have learned from Bill
some strategies on how to combat the mental ups and downs of the
sport of baseball. I would appreciate any opportunity that I could
have to listen to Bill."
Jeremy Guthrie, Stanford University,
drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 1st Round with a signing
bonus of $3,000,000
"The mental training sessions we have been having with Bill
are needed in preparation for the season. The mental component of
the game is one that is often overlooked. The concepts and techniques
presented by Bill pertain to baseball and to life in general."
Mike Wodnicki, Stanford University,
drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals
"The mental game is definitely important. In my mind, mental
work is as important as physical work. I would really love to work
with Bill throughout the year."
Mike Gosling, Stanford University,
drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2nd round with a signing
bonus of $595,000.
"Working with Bill is an extremely valuable tool. I have used
some of his ideas in certain situations and I know they have worked.
Meeting and talking with Bill can only make our pitching staff better
and more prepared for the season. As I embark on this ever so important
season, as well as my career, I will truly benefit because I feel
that I have all the physical qualities to become a great pitcher.
Now I just need to strengthen my mental game."
Tim Cunningham, Stanford University,
drafted by the Texas Rangers
"I have always considered my mental approach to be one of the
best parts or my game. Bill helps me to think about what I need
to do to make my mental approach even better. At practice, there
is rarely time to think about how you will approach a game mentally.
Bill helps with this."
John Hudgins, Stanford University,
drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 3rd Round (76th overall) with
a signing bonus of $490,000
"The sessions we have with Bill are beneficial to the entire
pitching staff. It is interesting hearing from a professional on
why we do and do not succeed. Bill helps us to increase our strengths
and to minimize our weaknesses. He does this by helping us recognize
certain situations and then assess how we need to handle them. I
even use some of the techniques he teaches us throughout my normal
daily activities. So not only does Bill's advice help on the field,
but off it as well."
Drew Ehrlich, Stanford University,
drafted by the Boston Red Sox