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October 20, 2021
Coach Reveals Secret To Throwing 90 MPH and Success - Tom Held

Ohio Hall of Fame Head Baseball Coach Tom Held joins the Athlete 1 Podcast and shares his approach to success. He believes every high school in the country has a player that can throw 90 mph. Defiance, Ohio is a small town ...


Ohio Hall of Fame Head Baseball Coach Tom Held joins the Athlete 1 Podcast and shares his approach to success.  He believes every high school in the country has a player that can throw 90 mph.  Defiance, Ohio is a small town in northwest Ohio that has produced 20 players in the last 20 years that eclipsed the 90 mph barrier.  

Coach Tom Held has over 700 wins, 3 state championships and 9 of his players who were drafted by the MLB.  We discuss the secret to his incredible run taking place at Defiance High School.

  • Being drafted by the Detroit Tigers despite being a basketball player
  • Throwing program using a softball, tennis balls and baseballs
  • Produce 62 college players and 9 MLB draft picks
  • John Niese (NY Mets) and Chad Billingsley (LA Dodgers) 
  • 3 State Championships
  • Not being afraid to reevaluate your program 

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