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Tech firm hires World Series winner for mental conditioning role

Derin McMains worked for three major league baseball teams.

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ReliaQuest, one of the largest, and fastest-growing, tech and cybersecurity companies in the region, is taking a swing at becoming an even better firm —at least on the mental side of business.  

The Tampa-based firm is doing that with Derin McMains, a former professional baseball player and mental performance coach for several big-league teams. McMains, whose psychological theories and applied mental skills practices helped the San Francisco Giants win three World Series titles in five years, was recently named director of mental conditioning at ReliaQuest.  

“Whether in sports or business, a mindset-focused approach to performance simply works, and it’s an initiative that has fueled ReliaQuest’s rapid growth,” ReliaQuest CEO Brian Murphy says in a statement. “After consulting with us and driving impactful results, it’s a natural progression for Derin to join us full-time."

McMains has worked for the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners, among other organizations outside baseball, the release states. He focuses his mental conditioning work on three key areas at ReliaQuest, where the company’s GreyMatter platform has led to 450% growth in three years. The firm also picked up a $330 million investment last summer, led by global private equity giant KKR.  McMains’ focus at ReliaQuest includes:

● Teaching the psychological components of high performance, centered around ReliaQuest’s core values of adaptability, accountability, focus and helpfulness;

● Driving mindset messaging across the organization, including finding creative ways to communicate the mindset professionals should strive for each day, and being intentional about setting minds to focus on the controllable;

● Supporting ReliaQuest to clarify strategy, processes and communications to achieve goals, while developing long-term habits that drive consistency in execution.

McMains will report directly to Murphy. “I’ve spent the last 20 years in some of the most high-pressure environments and I’ve learned that it’s your mind that takes you from good to great,” McMains says in the statement. “Training your mind is the separator at the highest levels.”



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