In this episode, Coach Lou and Coach George sat down with Demetre Kokoris. Demetre is currently a minor league pitching coach with the Toronto Blue Jays organization. We talked about learning from failure and how important it is for a kid to fail. He also discussed his 4 step method of disciplining his players. Demetre has played in college world series 3 times, once with the University of South Carolina and twice with Cal State Fullerton. He also coached in one of the most prestigious and rigorous collegiate summer leagues in the country, the North Woods.
Demetre Kokoris - Toronto Blue Jays Pitching Coach
Turn a Pair Baseball Podcast
Energy, Passion and Knowledge are three words that come to mind when describing this episode's guest. Demetre has spent his entire life learning the art of baseball. They say baseball is a mental game. Demetre was fortunate enough to spend time with The Godfather of Sports Psychology, Ken Ravizza. We take deep dive in to their relationship and the impact Ken had on Demetre. On a lighter note, you don't want to miss Demetre's mound visit stories.
Demetre Kokoris- MiLB Pitching Coach, Toronto Blue Jays
Ahead Of The Curve with Jonathan Gelnar
During this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I interviewed Demetre Kokoris, Pitching Coach for the Vancouver Canadians, an affiliate team of the Toronto Blue Jays. Demetre Kokoris expresses his dedication to the game of baseball, the ways he solves problems with pitching development, strategies to enhance skill acquisition, communicating with players, and prioritizing individual player development within the team structure. Episode Highlights: How did Demetre Kokoris get involved in baseball and as a coach? What should off-season pitching development look like? Are there any common problems that he sees with development? How does Demetre use video in training? What is an area of skill acquisition that Demetre has gotten better at? What is Demetre Kokoris’ advice regarding prioritizing individual development within the team setting with a small budget or a small staff? How does he communicate particular needs with players? In what ways does he assist players whom English isn’t their first language? How does he tackle workload management? What are some of Demetre Kokoris’ favorite data to track? What is something that Demetre is excited about learning and applying? What are things his players get excited about doing during practice? Which three pitching tools would Demetre Kokoris focus on if he could only have three? Is there anything that Demetre Kokoris believes that other coaches might disagree with?Which resources does Demetre recommend? The more information you put out the more information that comes back to you.Be sure to learn everyday. 3 Key Points:The more athletic and fluid players can be, and the better they understand the game, the better off they can be on the backend.Is a particular weakness a detriment to the club or to the individual? Or is it just something that would just be nice to have corrected? You’ve got to listen to your player and find out what that player thinks is going on and his impression of his skillset. Tweetable Quotes:“What I learned at the collegiate level that I saw guys be very successful with was, your off-season is your best opportunity to change your body.” – Demetre Kokoris (03:13)“With the off-season there is no competitive environment. So, it’s your chance to really slow things down from a movement standpoint on your throwing. So, I think that is your best opportunity if you want to make a mechanical adjustment.” – Demetre Kokoris (03:50)“At the age of 24, I took my first yoga class and I felt like I really felt my body and was able to begin to get a lot more coordinated.” – Demetre Kokoris (04:15)“When kids play the game of baseball and they start competing and they start learning the little nuances and the tactics of the game, that’s when they start doing things instinctually.” – Demetre Kokoris (06:46)“As far as skill acquisition is concerned, I think the things that I always go back to are, start with the anatomy, is making sure the guy is physically capable of performing the thing that you need.” – Demetre Kokoris (12:14)“I think first and foremost, you’ve got to understand your team and what you need each person to do. What role do they play?” – Demetre Kokoris (15:35)“If you do want to make changes, is having objective data. Showing him. Showing him with the numbers. ‘Hey man, I know you think your knuckleball is a good pitch. But you throw this at a 20% strike clip in such-in-such situations.” – Demetre Kokoris (19:07)“I think you have to take it back to the three things that you want to do with a pitch. Do you want it for called strike? Do you want it for a swing and miss? Or do you want it for weak contact?” – Demetre Kokoris (19:50)Resources Mentioned: Ahead of the Curve PodcastTwitter: @AOTC_podcastDemetre Kokoris: Linkedin Twitter Instagram Demetre Kokoris’s Email: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27| Demetre Kokoris (Pitching Coach- Toronto Blue Jays Class A Short Season)
We are excited to bring back Demetre Kokoris, who now serves as the pitching coach for the Vancouver Canadians, the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. You may remember Coach K from episodes 8 and 9, when he was the pitching coach at D2 Point Loma Nazarene. Now that he's in pro baseball, Coach K really opens up and shares an honest view of the college baseball recruiting process. The enthusiasm for helping players and parents through the recruiting process is still there and the information is even better. Listen in for an insider's look at the recruiting process in our wide ranging conversation which gets into the college baseball information at around the 12 minute mark. If you want to connect with Coach Kokoris or have questions, he encourages you to send him a DM on Twitter where you can find him @CoachKokoris. Topics: Projectability, Finding a College Fit, Recruiting, Red Flags in Recruiting, Junior College, JUCO, D1, D2, D3, Offer Deadlines, Social Media, Program Research, College Visits, Scholarship Offers, Decision Making --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/keep-playing-baseball/support
9| Demetre Kokoris (Pitching Coach, Point Loma Nazarene)Pt 2
We continue our conversation with Demetre Kokoris, Pitching Coach at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. The care level and information shared in this episode mirrors that of part 1 of our interview. In Episode 9, Coach K opens up about the various levels of college ball, recruiting, and how to find a college program fit. With coaching stops at University of South Carolina, Cal State Fullerton, University of Oregon, and Santa Barbara City College, Coach K has learned from some of the college game's most successful coaches and mentors. A true student of the game and teacher, he generously shares his knowledge with us to help you improve your chances of success at the college level. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with one of baseball's great minds!Contact Coach Kokoris...Twitter: @CoachKokorisEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgTopics:College Baseball, Recruiting, Finding a Fit, Program Research, Levels of Competition, D1, D2, D3, JUCO, SEC, Big West, Pac 12--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/keep-playing-baseball/support
8| Demetre Kokoris(Pitching Coach, Point Loma Nazarene) Pt 1
KPB sits down with Demetre Kokoris, Pitching Coach at Point Loma Nazarene University in sunny San Diego, California. The care level and information shared in the 1st of 2 episodes with Coach K is off the charts as he opens up about how he develops pitchers at Point Loma and how high school players can use that information to prepare themselves for playing at the next level. With prior experience on the staff at highly successful programs in the University of South Carolina, Cal State Fullerton, University of Oregon, and Santa Barbara City College, Coach K has learned from some of the college game's most successful coaches and mentors. A true student of the game and teacher, he generously shares his knowledge with us to help you improve your chances of success at the college level. You won't want to miss an opportunity to learn from this passionate leader. Coach Kokoris on Twitter: @CoachKokorisTopics:Training, Development, Pitching, Arm Care, Throwing Program, College Baseball, D2--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/keep-playing-baseball/support
Learning to coach pitchers with Demetre Kokoris - 066
Patrick Jones Baseball
Currently a pitching coach at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Demetre takes us through his journey as a coach. We get into recruiting pitchers and what he looks for, why he likes the college game over professional baseball, and the long hours of a young coach who is trying to get his foot in the door. Please rate and leave a review in iTunes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
013: Demetre Kokoris - From Student Manager to Cutting Edge Pitching Coach
The Art of Pitching
Demetre Kokoris is the pitching coach at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Prior to his time at Point Loma, Demetre served stints with some big-time programs including South Carolina and Oregon. Today we talk about the often untold story of the journey of a coach. Coaches face a lot of challenges along the way, just like players do, so I’m really excited to get that perspective out there today. Demetre talks about how he went from know nothing student manager to where he is now, a coach that’s really on the cutting edge of player development. He's a high energy guy and was a lot of fun to talk to, so I hope you enjoy it!