As the headlines mount up... Player after
Player, Coach after Coach is thankful to have found HEAD GAMES
Players like Kevin Coffman, formerly with the Chicago Cubs, have
seen the immediate benefits which can be reaped from positive
HEAD GAMES. In the Success Stories youíll find accounts of pro
players, collegiate athletes, and even youth leaguers who found
the road to success was one of simple mental strategies developed
by Walter Herbison.
KEVIN COFFMAN -- Walter worked with Kevin
when he was with the Charlotte Knights, a farm team of the Chicago
Cubs. Rod Gilbreath, the Braveís Associate scouting director said
of Coffman, "Before we traded him, he had the best arm in the
Braves organization. . ., but he had no idea where the ball was
Herbison recognized Coffmanís problem as one of focus. "Kevinís
whole life is baseball, and heís really intense," Herbison said,
"He needed to calm down and get focused. Heís doing that." Coffman
racked up some impressive stats after working with Herbison: Led
the Southern League in E.R.A. in Ď90- finished with a 2.02 and
7-3 record. In Iowa, Triple A, he had a 2.48 with a 2-3 record.
In Chicago, Coffman gave the positive HEAD GAMES its due for his
growing success. In a later outing, he got off track and was roughed
up. The next day he finally reached Herbison who had been on the
road. Coffman remarked, "Boy, I sure could have used you last
CHRIS KELLY was the son of former neighbors, Shirley and
Carnis Kelly, who asked for help with Chris who was in a slump
in all-star play. After one afternoon of work, no more than 30
or 40 minutes, he went 3-4 that night including a triple against
the fence. Chris almost single-handedly won the game and was hot
in the rest of the all-star games.
ED "SCOOTER" TUCKER -- is a former catcher in the Giantís
organization. His junior year in college, Herbison worked with
him for about 10 games. He was mired in a slump, primarily from
trying to impress scouts. When he took the HEAD GAMES method to
heart, he hit approximately .550 during those 10 games, finished
with an excellent year, and was drafted high.
"BUTCH" GARCIA -- was muddling about on a Chicago Cubs
farm team hitting .170. Herbison spent 20 minutes with him discussing
the positive HEAD GAMES techniques. In the game immediately following,
he hit a single, double, and grand slam, and soon raised his average
to .220. He stayed hot until an injury placed him on the D.L.
RAY MULLINO -- is a former MSU player
whom Herbison had never met before working with him on a Cubs
farm team. Mullino had heard about the success of other players
using the HEAD GAMES. He was a middle reliever who was never able
to throw to the inside. In a short time, he was able to lower
his E.R.A. from 5.00 plus to 3.54 even though pitched excessively.
KYLE MORRIS -- was age 14 when Herbison first worked with
him. He was extremely wild and was usually lifted in an early
inning because of his control problems. Herbison taught him the
HEAD GAMES during three practices. The next game he pitched six
complete innings for the first time -- with a NO-HITTER,
striking out fifteen. You may recognize the name as a former Florida
ANTHONY BUTLER -- was a high-school pitcher Herbison spotted
while scouting for Milwaukee. Between innings, he called Butler
over to the fence and gave him instructions on how to solve his
erratic control problem with a few simple mental techniques. The
NEXT inning Butler threw ALL strikes,
even though every pitch was a slider. He had no trouble the rest
of the game -- a key championship game. After the game he told
Herbison, "I did what you said and it worked!" Herbisonís question
to him was, "Why a slider every pitch?" His response was, "Well,
thatís what the catcher called for."
NELSON ARRIETE -- was an ace pitcher for Mississippi State
in such a slump that he no longer dressed out with the team. After
only one session with Herbison, the next game he pitched 3 innings,
with 4 kís, giving up only a single and 1 walk. His previous outing
-- 6 walks, 1 hit, and no outs before he was pulled.
MARK WOHLERS was promoted to Double A
in the Atlanta Braves minor league system. His control became
extremely erratic. Herbison worked with him one afternoon, and
his control was excellent the rest of the year. Wohlers later
recounted a dream he had that same night -- a dream where he was
pitching in the 7th game of the World Series. And he won. The
next year he pitched in the World Series.
RON GANT was with the Atlanta Braves when Herbison worked
with him. After each session, he went into a hot streak.
DALE MURPHY of the Atlanta Braves went into a slump. Herbison
worked with him and the next two weeks he hit approximately .550.
IMPRESSIVE HEADLINES have reported the rise in success
of players using the HEAD GAMES techniques -- enough to bring
attention to Herbison himself.
The Jackson Clarion Ledger headlined him as the "UNLIKELY GURU"
who gave the MSU Bulldogs a "MENTAL EDGE" and reported how "he
sits on the bench with a pad and pen" writing down his observations,
giving the players techniques to use on the spot. Ron Polk told
the Ledger, "Heís a low-key sort of guy who knows something about
the game. I think thatís why so many of our players are comfortable
Freshman red-shirt righthander, BO PETTIT, was in a season
long slump. His E.R.A. for SEC games was 27.00.
With this in mind, Coach Skip Bertman still let him start. However,
Pettit equalled an LSU season high with 12 strike-outs and a career-high
seven inning performance, while limiting the Rebels to one run
on five hits. It was the most strike-outs by an LSU pitcher in
an SEC game this season.
Herbison had worked with the entire pitching staff throughout
the series. After Sundayís game, Coach Bertman was reporting it
as the "best pitching weekend weíve had."
When Pettit was first told about a performance consultant working
with them, he said, "Youíve got to be kidding!" After the game
he remarked, "Now, I believe in it!"
SCOTT MITCHELL was struggling the final weeks of the season,
yet Mississippi State was facing the SEC tournament. So he called
Walter Herbison for help. Herbison had worked with the MSU hitter
in the past, taking him from walk-on to full-time second baseman,
batting in the 9th spot of the line-up. However, prior to the
tournament, he was 1-21.
Mitchell reported being "sluggish and not seeing the ball that
well." So he placed that all important phone call to Herbison.
Needless to say, MSU won!
Mitchell drove in all 3 runs for the MSU 3-1 victory in the Sunday
semi-finals against LSU. His efforts garnered him a position on
the SEC all-tournament team. He recorded 9 hits and drove in 7
runs while posting a .529 average.
Mitchell later told reporters, "He just reminded me itís all in
my head, and to get up there and have confidence."