Episode 232: Lessons Learned on the Playing Field w/ Pat Combs

pat combs is the chairman of something extra

We all know that youth sports instill important values such as teamwork, leadership, and resilience. However, our hyper-competitive culture increasingly makes the scoreboard a primary concern. Join us this week as Lisa talks with Pat Combs, former Major League Baseball player for the Philadelphia Phillies. The lessons he learned on the pitching mound continue to shape his financial career and family life today.

Bio: When you meet Pat, his passion for people, excellence, growth, coaching, and bringing out the best in others is quickly recognized. Pat returned to the Flippen Group/Teamalytics in April 2016 after 12 years with Morgan Stanley, Inc., where he and his team managed $1 billion in assets. Before his time at Morgan Stanley, Pat was instrumental in building, and growing business units within the Flippen Group focused on companies and sports organizations. He also serves as Chairman of Combs Capital Partners, a wealth management firm he started with his son, Conner, in 2020. Pat is also a Managing Director of two digital asset funds, Pure Crypto II and Vaucluse Capital Fund, a Blockchain investment fund.

Pat spent eight seasons playing professional baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers baseball clubs from 1988-1996. As a collegiate athlete, Pat represented the United States as a national baseball player for Team USA. The US team won the gold medal at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. Pat received All-American and Academic All-American honors as a baseball player at Baylor University. He was later inducted into the Baylor University Athletic Hall of Fame and All-Century Team (Dave Campbell). Pat graduated with honors and earned a business management degree after completing coursework at Rice University, Baylor University, and the University of Phoenix.

Pat also worked extensively with pro athletes on the mental/behavioral side of the game. With his work at Teamalytics, Pat has assessed and coached players like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco, Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, Patrick Mahomes, DeShaun Watson, and many other NFL QBs and MLB pitchers. He has also worked with the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns to assess NFL draft talent.

Pat has also been the voice and face of college baseball as a color analyst for Fox Sports Networks for the past ten seasons. He covered the national broadcasts for Fox Sports 1 and regional broadcasts for Fox Sports Southwest from 2011-2019. He has covered the Shriner’s for Children College Classic for MLB Network & AT&T Sportsnet for eight years. Pat has also been the color analyst for ESPN & Baylor Baseball for the past twelve seasons.

Pat published his first book, “More Than the Score” in 2021. His book is written for parents and coaches of youth athletes. The book focuses on his family’s experiences on and off the youth athletic fields and how Pat and Christina used the platform of sports to teach virtues to their sons and teammates.

Pat serves on boards for several non-profit companies, including FCA and Unlimited Potential. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at East Texas Baptist University. Pat is also an active member of The CEO Forum. He and Christina have raised three sons: Carson, Conner, and Casey, a catcher in the Miami Marlins organization. Pat continues to coach summer select baseball, enjoys mentoring young athletes, and is an active men’s discipleship ministry leader in Southlake, Texas.

Pat’s Something Extra: “The belief that our legacy is attached to our behavior.”

Guest Links:


– Lisa Nichols, Host
– Scott Crosby, Executive Producer
– Jenny Heal, Podcast Coordinator
– Joe Szynkowski, Marketing Support
– Kendall Brewer, Director of Leadership Programs