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paper1As 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 going."

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 night!"

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 quarterback.

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 with him."

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."

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