Tips for College Recruits, Transfer Portal Rules, and Pitching Command Training

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Matt Hollod is the associate head coach at Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho. With over 20 years of coaching experience at various levels, including Division One, Division Two, Division Three, and junior college, Matt brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the podcast.


In this episode, Patrick Jones interviews Matt Hollod, associate head coach at Northwest Nazarene University. They discuss the recruiting process, the transfer portal, and the differences between different levels of college baseball. Matt emphasizes the importance of considering factors beyond getting drafted when choosing a college program. He also shares his insights on developing pitchers and the value of command.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Only a small percentage of Division One players get drafted, so it's important to consider other factors when choosing a college program.
  2. Division Two and junior college players are increasingly being recruited by Division One programs.
  3. It's important to be realistic about your abilities and consider all levels of college baseball, not just Division One.
  4. Command is a crucial skill for pitchers, and it can be developed through consistent practice and repetition.
  5. Confidence is key to developing command, and getting on the mound more frequently can help build that confidence.


  • "We all want to play at the highest level, but there are many other variables that are more important than getting drafted." - Matt Hollod
  • "Confidence equals command. The more you believe in yourself, the better you'll be able to execute pitches." - Matt Hollod


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• [3:20] Only 4.7% of D1 Players get Drafted 


• [8:18] What Separates the Levels 


• [12:38] Delusion and Dominance 


• [19:14] Having Fun while Playing


• [22:06] Rules in the Transfer Portal


• [26:13] The Things that a coach value and implement among pitchers


• [39:33] Percentage In-between outings on the mound in the game


• [44:54] Taking Pride in Keeping the Guys Healthy