Karl Kuhn

EP:17 Karl Kuhn (U of Virginia) on Being In It with Your Players

On this episode, Karl Kuhn discusses the importance of being an authentic and consistent communicator. Karl walks us through his world-renowned mound visits by detailing how he structures each meeting, and he even shares a quick story about one of the mound visits he had in the College World Series.  In addition, Karl explains additional key components of effective communication, such as touch, presence, active listening, and humor.

Other topics explored are:

  • Why the University of Virginia is such a special place?
  • Thoughts on pitch counts
  • And of course we talk, VELOCITY.

And do not forget to stick around for Karl’s Five that Drive Round at the end of the show, and stay tuned for our parting quote.


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The Back of the Baseball Card

Karl Kuhn has been the pitching coach for the 2015 College World Series Champions, The University of Virginia Cavaliers for the past 13 seasons.

Since the 2005 season, his pitching staff has earned the second lowest cumulative ERA in the nation.  The success on the mound has helped the Cavaliers reach 12 straight NCAA tournaments.

Coach Kuhn’s staff has ranked among the top 20 nationally in ERA in 9 of the last 12 years, finishing # 1 in 2011 and # 2 in 2014.  

In 2014, Karl was named Collegiate Baseball’s National Pitching Coach of the Year.  In addition, in 2010 he received Collegiate Baseball’s Tom House Teaching Professional of the Year Award.  

Under coach Kuhns tutelage, many players have obviously experienced personal success.  Karl has seen 34 of his pitchers selected in the MLB Draft, including three first rounders.  At the time of this interview, 5 of those pitchers have reached the show, including 2014 American League All-Star ,Sean Doolittle. In addition, the Cavaliers have had 13 all Americans and 25 All-ACC honors on the bump during his tenure.  

Prior to being Head Coach Brian O’Connors first hire when arriving at UVa, he was the associate head coach and pitching coach at Arkansas-Little Rock for seven years where began to establish himself as one of the nation’s top recruiters and pitching coaches.  He also spent three years at Charleston Southern and helped lead them to their first conference championship and NCAA regional appearance in school history.  Karl also has coaching experience at the community college and high level as well.   

Karl started his college career at Valencia Community College in FL where he later coached.  He finished out his playing career at the University of Florida.