Jake Boss - Leaving Losses on the Field, How to Have Hard Conversations, The NIL and Transfer Era, and More.
Coach Forward PodcastNovember 28, 2022
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Jake Boss - Leaving Losses on the Field, How to Have Hard Conversations, The NIL and Transfer Era, and More.

Coach Forward is an interview-style podcast hosted by Jason Mejeur (Coach J), accomplished Coach, Mentor, and Founder/CEO at OWN IT.

Highlights from the episode:

How To Deal With Disrespect
[20:38] Increasing Intensity During Warmups
[27:09] Helping Players Find Their Fit
[30:21] Building Culture In The NIL & Transfer Era
[34:32] Leaving Losses On The Field

Coach Boss was appointed the 16th head coach in Michigan State baseball history on July 1, 2008, and has quickly become one of the most successful coaches in the program’s 130-year history.

He has guided the Spartans to 30-win seasons in seven of the last 12 seasons, as well as the Big Ten regular-season championship in 2011 and the NCAA Tournament in 2012.

In just one season as head coach at Eastern Michigan in 2008, Boss made an immediate impact, guiding the Eagles to their second consecutive MAC West Division crown and first NCAA Regional appearance since 2003. The Eagles swept through the MAC Tournament, winning all four games by a combined 21 runs, to notch the school's fourth tournament title.

The conference title capped a remarkable turnaround, as Eastern Michigan - picked to finish fifth in the division - closed the season on a hot streak, claiming 25 of 40 games and earning a berth in the NCAA field.

He was selected the 2008 MAC Coach of the Year and made history by becoming just the second coach in league history to win the MAC Tournament and advance to the NCAA Tournament in his first season. Overall, the Eagles finished the season 15-8 in conference play and 25-34 overall.

Boss is was stranger to postseason play prior to coming to East Lasing, having coached in six NCAA Tournaments. Prior to being named head coach at Eastern Michigan, he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Michigan from 2004-07, as the Wolverines made NCAA Regional appearances all three seasons. 

Coach Boss was a member of the staff that led the Wolverines to three straight 40-win campaigns, with a 42-19 record in 2005, a 43-21 mark in 2006 and a 42-19 finish in 2007. Michigan won the 2006 and 2007 Big Ten regular-season titles, and claimed an NCAA Regional title in 2007 by upsetting top-seeded Vanderbilt to advance to the school's first-ever Super Regional.

About Jason Mejeur (Coach J)

Jason has 15+ years of experience coaching basketball at the college and high school level and has lived on the sidelines and in the locker rooms working to build teams and inspire athletes.

His mission is to build authentic relationships with his players so that he can impact them beyond the basketball court.

More recently, Jason is building the OWN IT System to help bring data-driven sleep and health coaching to student-athletes and their teams.

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