Jason Kuhn was a senior pitcher on a nationally-ranked NCAA Division I baseball team. His dream of playing professional baseball came to crashing halt, though, when he caught a case of what baseball pundits call “the yips.” Kuhn threw six wild pitches in 1/3 of an inning in the last competitive college baseball game he ever played.
After seeing the attacks on September 11, 2001 devastate our country, Jason Kuhn says “God spoke to me.” He gave up his dream to play in the MLB and became a Navy SEAL team leader and sniper. Kuhn spent 10 years and four deployments with military special operations before becoming the owner of Stonewall Solutions, which teaches “team building, mental toughness and leadership development” to everyone from athletes to corporate CEOs.
As part of preseason hype, Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen brought Kuhn in to speak with his program. The Gators are the real deal and ranked in the top-10 of every major preseason poll this season, but they haven’t taken the next step to become elite.
After hearing Kuhn’s message to the Florida football team, even you will be ready to take your life up a notch and reach that next level.
Kuhn was given a Bronze Star for valor after serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa. Few know what it means to be a team leader quite like he does, and you could tell the Florida Gators were locked into the message he had to give.
“Every team, they either work against each other, with each other — that’s the status quo — but elite teams play for each other,” Kuhn said. “But that desire to play for each other is created by the standard that lives in the preparation.”
Florida opens the regular season with a primetime matchup against the Miami Hurricanes. The Camping World Kickoff in Orlando is a Sunshine State battle between two programs looking to take the next step, but for Florida, they’ll need to heed Kuhn’s message about preparation and working for each other in order to become contenders once again in the hyper-competitive SEC.