At Peak Performance Sports, we want athletes and professionals to succeed—whether on or off the court, track, field, or course! In addition to satisfying the requirements to join the program, each certified Mental Game Coaching Professional (SM) has received over 100 hours of comprehensive training, hands-on mental game coaching, and has passed our annual mental game coaching proficiency exam.
Dr. Cohn has spent hours teaching certified MGCPs his secrets to help athletes enhance performance consistently—repeatedly. To find a certified Mental Game Coaching Professional, please browse through the certified MGCP’s in your area!
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ARIZONA – USA
Cristina Gutierrez, certified MGCP
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Cristina Gutierrez is a Head Coach for Youth Club Soccer – ages 7-16. Her background includes 10 years Youth Club Soccer participant, 2 years New Mexico State Team (ODP) participant, 1 year El Paso City Select Team participant, 4 year High School Varsity Letter in soccer, 4 Year Illinois State University NCAA Division I Soccer participant, and 6 years competitive club soccer coach. An athlete’s mental preparation and game time application is crucial to his/her performance. There are many contributing factors which may become detrimental to an athlete’s success or necessary for an athlete to become successful in a sport. Without mental training athletes are missing the most important skill in performance. Coaches and trainers spend much too little time on mental training the most important aspect of an athlete’s optimal performance. If athletes can learn these skills at an early age they will become more successful in the future with life and sports situations.
Dean works with individual athletes, coaches, and teams on sports performance enhancement. He earned his B.S. in Rehabilitation and Master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of Arizona with post-graduate work in sports psychology. Dean is also a certified hypnotherapist. Dean is a Master’s All-American runner himself; head coach of RxRunning & Racing Team; and works extensively with runners, triathletes and duathletes. Dean has more than 20 years of college teaching, human resources and workforce training and coaching experience with athletes and non-athletes alike. He has been an invited presenter at many regional and national conferences. He has presented for many professional and non-profit organizations as diverse as MENSA, Body Positive, the Association for Chronic Pain Sufferers, Head Start, and the American Society for Training and Development. He has won national recognition awards for excellence and a congressional award for service to youth. Dean’s varied background enables him to be effective with a wide variety of environments, individuals and team sports. He works with you to “get the right mindset”.
Patty Egan, certified MGCP
Patty works with individual athletes as well as teams to teach them how to reach their peak performance by enhancing their mental game. Patty was a collegiate Cross Country and Track & Field athlete. She has a BA in Physical Education, Concentration in Coaching Competitive Athletics, a MAEd in Counseling, USATF Level I Certification, and is a Mental Games Coaching Professional. Patty has over 25 years of teaching and coaching experience where she has consistently brought her teams to top 10 State Championship finishes. Many of her athletes have gone on to compete at the next level where they continue to thrive. Patty has been an invited presenter at a variety of team camps where she shares her knowledge, passion, and experience on training for optimal performance (both physically and mentally). If you are serious about ramping up your results, contact Patty Egan for more details.
Daniel England, certified MGCP
Daniel England is the track and field head coach for the Arizona Lions Club ages 7-18. He is Jamaica’s high school track legend, holding the high school records twice in the 200m and 400m. Alongside the famous Usain Bolt, both were awarded athletes of the decades in 1990 and 2000 respectively. He represented Jamaica at the international meets such as the Carifta and the World Junior Games. He was the first Jamaican to rank 8th at the World Juniors Olympics. England holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. He is USA/IAAF and MGCP coach certified.
Heidi began her athletic career as a figure skater at the age of five. Since that time she has remained passionate about sport and fitness and has seen first-hand the ins and outs of competitive athletics. As both a competitive athlete and coach Heidi has developed a keen awareness of the significant role the “mental game” plays in ones performance and life experience. Heidi believes that sport is an excellent metaphor for life’s challenges and can serve as a framework from which to strengthen oneself both as an athlete and an individual. Heidi holds a masters degree in Counseling Psychology and is certified as a Mental Game Coach. As a professional, she has worked extensively with adults and children struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma and athletes with eating disorders and has over 10 years experience coaching figure skating. Heidi also has extensive experience running groups, delivering presentations and facilitating workshops on issues related to wellness and personal growth and development. As an athlete, Heidi competed through sectional level as a Junior Lady in figure skating prior to pursuing her academic goals. Over the past year Heidi has become actively involved in both the cycling and triathlon communities here in Arizona. Heidi has a passion for health and fitness as well as growth and personal development. Heidi hopes to use her skills to inspire others to fitness in mind, body and spirit.
CALIFORNIA – USA
Chris holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Santa Clara University and is presently working towards a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. As a full-time competitive skydiver and coach, Chris has worked with individuals and teams from the U.K., Canada, Spain, Russia, Venezuela, Australia and many other countries. Having competed at every U.S. Nationals since 1999, starting as an amateur and turning Pro in 2005, has provided Chris with a unique perspective regarding the mental game and elite minded coaching. Currently competing at the World Class level, with his team Perris Fury; Chris can provide current and real world experience to help with your mental game challenges.
Christy Frikken has been a professional skydiver for the six years competing in 4-way and 8-way. She is a member of Perris Fury, one of the top teams in the world. In addition to being one of the founding members of Perris Fury she has been honored with the Skydiver of the Year award in 2007 and has competed with US Women’s 4-way team in 2008. When not training, she coaches individuals and teams on their physical, technical, and mental games. Christy has also organized industry shaping projects, including the Fury8 teams, which has allowed many amateur skydivers to train and compete with world class skydivers.
Rick Sessinghaus is known as “Golf’s Mental Coach”. Rick is the expert on the mindset principles that make or break performance on and off the course. His coaching has helped top junior, collegiate, and professional golfers reach new levels of performance. He is an Instructional Editor for Golf Tips magazine and can be seen on Fox Sports Network as a mental game contributor. Rick’s book Golf: The Ultimate Mind Game has been featured in national golf magazines and used by leading golf instructors across the country as the “best resource to improve your mental game.”
As a former professional golfer, Rick has now found more satisfaction helping others achieve their dreams than he did in his own competitive career. Long intrigued by the fact that physical skills were rarely the determining factor in athletic success Rick studied the mental and emotional skills that make or break a performance adding to his Bachelors Degree in Speech Communications, Rick received his Masters and Doctorate Degree in Applied Sports Psychology. Member of the PGA (Professional Golfers Association of America); Certified Master Trainer of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming); Member of AASP (Association of Applied Sports Psychology).
Dave Neer, MA Sport Psychology, Certified MGCP
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Coach Dave Neer hails from Chicago where he played football, basketball, baseball and golf. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Southern Illinois University, graduate work in political science at Wichita State, philosophy at Fresno State, and a Masters degree in sport psychology from the elite training school at Fresno State University.
He holds a Masters in golf instruction and is a certified “Mental Game Coach Professional”. He was the assistant women’s golf coach at Fresno City College for three years. Since 2004, he has been the head golf coach for men and women at West Hills College Lemoore.
At West Hills he has coached both women and men champions. His 2010 Men’s team won the triple crown of Community College Golf — the conference, the regional and the California State Championship. He has been working privately as a mental game coach since 2004 and teaching sport psychology to numerous classes at the West Hills College Lemoore campus.
Steve Nave, certified MGCP
San Diego, CA
Steve earned an MBA at Chaminade University and a BS at Hawaii Pacific University in Business Administration. He is a Level 1 Corrective High-Performance Exercise Kinesiologist (CHEK), Golf Biomechanic Certified – CHEK, and Nutrition Lifestyle Coach Level 2 – CHEK. He is also a Metabolic Diet Typing Advisor Advanced – Health Excel and a Health & Fitness Instructor – American College of Sports Medicine. In addition, he is a retired Navy SEAL with 23 years of service and a Navy SEAL Instructor – Naval Special Warfare Physical Training Center.
Dr. Barry Lotz, certified MGCP
La Quinta, CA
Dr. Barry Lotz specializes in improving golf performance by setting realistic goals, positive preparation, using concentration, mental rehearsal techniques, and minimizing stress. His mental mastery techniques have helped numerous top PGA Touring Professionals achieve higher rankings and victories on Tour.
John holds a Master’s Degree in counseling psychology with a specialization in sports psychology and is presently a doctoral candidate in the field. John brings a multifaceted approach to the mental aspects of sports and health. Combined with his expertise in clinical and applied sports psychology, John has extensive experience coaching high school and college teams, teaching, and consulting with professional, elite, college, high school, and middle school athletes. In addition, John’s personal success in professional baseball and amateur sports is testament to his ability to apply the concepts he teaches: goal setting, perseverance, life balance, belief in self, and mastery of the mental game. John is a member of AASP, NASPSPA, APA Division 47, and CAMFT.
Linda Suzanne Strazzulla, certified MGCP
Linda played soccer for 19 years including professional status with the New York Power in the WUSA and Division I soccer at California State University, Fullerton. She was a five letter sports winner in High School; Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis and Cross Country. She currently trains soccer goalkeepers. She has coached soccer at three different Division I institutions including Long Beach State University, Manhattan College (NY), and St. John’s University (NY). She teaches players how to improve mental toughness based upon her experience as an athlete and by enhancing confidence and dealing with every-day and competitive distractions.
COLORADO – USA
Leslynn J. Kleespies, certified MGCP
Leslynn Kleespies earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Wayne State College in Nebraska. She played NCAA Division II basketball at Wayne State. As a high school athlete she lettered in volleyball, basketball, track, and softball. Today Leslynn enjoys playing golf and tennis. Leslynn is a certified Mental Game Coaching Professional who works with individuals, coaches, and teams. She is currently an assistant coach for the Fort Collins Stars 14A fast-pitch softball team. Leslynn has seven years of coaching experience in youth sports and has experience as a head coach for the Colorado Lynx softball club. The bulk of Leslynn’s experience is with young female athletes; however as an athlete who has played many sports and a parent of two athletes a son and a daughter, she can offer a wide range of experience to any sport or athlete. It is her goal to help athletes gain the enjoyment and satisfaction only a quality experience through sport can offer. The MGCP program has given Leslynn the tools and framework to help athletes strive for that mental competitive edge and be the best they can be.
Don Roberts, certified MGCP
Bio coming soon
Cheryl Rohweder, certified MGCP
Highlands Ranch, CO
Cheryl Rohweder earned a B.S. in Physical Education, a minor in Biology, with an emphasis in Psychology from Western State College, where she was also an intercollegiate volleyball player. She was a teacher and coach at the Middle School and High School levels. With over 30 years of experience coaching, teaching and participating in athletics, Cheryl brings a vast knowledge to the mental side of sports. She specializes in working with elite youth athletes and teams; focusing on the unique physical, emotional, mental and social demands of the young athlete. She is experienced in dealing with male and female athletes, in sports ranging from, but not limited to, gymnastics, figure skating, baseball, volleyball, tennis and track and field. Cheryl’s mission is to enhance the athlete’s performance while also developing life long mental skills.
FLORIDA – USA
Angela Aldahwi is an expert in Mental Training for Skaters and is currently obtaining her doctoral degree in sports and performance psychology. She is a certified peak performance coach and works with figure skaters from around the world on the psychology of figure skating. She has worked with skaters of all level including international and world competitors.
As a figure skating psychology coach, Angela has worked with athletes and has helped skaters achieve their dreams for more than 11 years. She is a coaching member of the professional skaters association, Certified “A” coaching member of the United States Figure Skating Association as well as a coaching member of USA Hockey. Angela is available for private figure skating psychology sessions as well as mental game seminars.
Wendy Bruce, certified MGCP
Wendy Bruce won a team bronze medal in Barcelona, Spain during the 1992 Olympics, after finishing 6th at the US Olympic trials. Wendy also competed in five U.S. national championships. She was also a World team member in 1989 when her team placed fourth in Stuttgart, Germany. Wendy Bruce was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. Wendy Bruce has been a gymnastics coach for 20 years. She is also a mental game coach to gymnasts. Today she helps gymnasts develop mental toughness for a competitive edge.
Wendy Cohn earned her degree in psychology at the University of Copenhagen in 1982. In 1992 she qualified for authorization by the Danish supervisory Board. In 2004 she obtained her certification as a Mental Game Coach Professional. As a clinical psychologist, she has worked with handicapped young adults in the County of Copenhagen. Besides her academic achievements, she is an instructor in many disciplines including yoga, pilates, fitness and shooting. Wendy has participated in many different types of competitions ranging from equestrian disciplines to water and alpine sports. As an adult, she participates in tennis tournaments on a club level. She and avid golfer and cyclist. On Danish National Shooting Team Wendy has competed in national as well as international tournaments. In 2004 she won The Danish Championship in Compak Sporting. Since founding her company Mind Management in 2002 she has acquired a wide range of experience working with athletes in numerous sport including: equestrian, shooting, cycling, tennis, golf, marathon and alpine events.
Wendy has recently expanded her practice from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Boca Raton, Florida, where she now lives. However, she continues to work with athletes in Denmark.
Cortez Hankton Jr., Certified MGCP
Cortez Hankton Jr. graduated from Texas Southern University with a degree in business Management, while also furthering his education with graduate studies in Clinical Psychology. Cortez is no stranger to mental toughness. He was an undrafted free agent whom fought the odds to obtain a roster spot to play professional football. He currently is a professional football player for the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League. He also spent 5 years as a wide receiver in the National Football League, playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cortez is a performance enhancement specialist who helps athletes with building a strong foundation of mental toughness and developing functional objectives to enhance performance. He specializes working with football players but can work with an athlete from any sport. Cortez’s objective is assisting athletes in developing solid mental habits in order to produce consistency in performance.
Barb Kia, certified MGCP
Mental A Game
Barb graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the US Air Force Academy where she competed as a two-sport athlete in basketball and track. She was a 3-time NCAA Div II All-American in track and field. She has coached male and female athletes at levels from middle school to university in multiple sports including volleyball, basketball, track, and softball. Coach Kia has also worked on mental toughness with competitors in golf and public speaking. She is a fitness and nutrition enthusiast who in recent years has run a half marathon, multiple 5ks and is a P90X grad. Her background in competitive athletics, coaching, teaching and leadership gives her an ability to work with a wide range of personalities, sports and challenges. As a Mental Game Professional, Barb works with teams, coaches and individual athletes in multiple sports to enhance their athletic performance through application of mental game skills that lead to mental toughness for sport and life.
Nicolas Stankov, certified MGCP
Motorsports Mental Coach
Phone: 786-319 2372
Bio coming soon
Gene Rochette, M.S., M.A., certified MGCP
The Community School of Naples
Phone: 239-597-7575 ext. 240
Gene received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Science from Youngstown State University. He earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Psychology from West Virginia University and a Master of Arts degree form The Ohio State University in Athletic Administration. Gene served as an Assistant Football Coach for more than a decade at both Columbia University and Youngstown State University before being appointed Athletic Director at Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey. Upon relocating to Naples, Florida, Gene was first a teacher, football coach, and track & field coach at Barron Collier High School before being named the school’s Athletic Director. Most recently he has served as the Dean of Students/Assistant Head of School at the Community School of Naples until his recent appointment as the school’s Athletic Director/Chair of Health & Physical Education. Gene offers an upper division class for high school students in “Applied Sports Psychology – Mental Toughness for Sports and Life.”
Wayne Davidson earned his MS degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He completed his undergraduate degree in Education from The University of Tennessee, and was a walk on as a high jumper on the track team. Prior to attending the University of Tennessee he attended Carson Newman College on a Track Scholarship as a High Jumper. He held the school record in the high jump at that school for many years. He was also a successful basketball player and football player in high school. He was highly recruited in basketball and played for one year in Junior College before being offered a full track scholarship.
He has a successful counseling practice for over 20 years where he has worked with children, teen’s, couples, families and adults seeking to find new change and meaning in their lives. He recently obtained his Mental Game Coaching Certificate from Dr. Cohn and this has energized his motivation to help athletes, students and anyone that wants to reach peak performance. He has a wide range of knowledge in all sports but particularly loves basketball, track and field, and motor sports.
His dedication and knowledge in his field, and years of experience working with diverse issues and populations allow him to assess and evaluate precisely and to get to the problem quickly. He looks forward to helping athletes reach goals as he has, and has been trained and prepared by one of the best Dr. Patrick Cohn.
Sarah Halbert, M.S., certified MGCP
Sarah Halbert completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Alma College (Michigan) and Master’s of Science degree in Sport Studies with specializations in Sport Behavior and Performance and Sport Organization from Miami University (Ohio). As a double collegiate sport athlete in tennis and golf at Alma College, Sarah experienced first- hand the mental challenges of being an athlete. In addition, she has been a tennis instructor and coach for youth sport, high school and collegiate athletes. As a graduate assistant at Miami University, Sarah has been an instructor for the Physical Activity of Life Skills Program (PALS) for undergraduate students and has worked with the women’s collegiate tennis team.
GEORGIA – USA
Dr. Mike Procaccini, certified MGCP
Dr. Mike Procaccini’s philosophy on mental coaching is to respect every athlete’s uniqueness. What works for one person does not necessarily mean it works for everyone. He changes his coaching methods to adapt to the specific needs of the athlete. Dr. Procaccini earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life College in 1986. He is a certified NLP Master Practitioner, Holographic Hypnotherapist, and Certified Time Line Therapist. In addition to lecturing on NLP, he has been a mental coach for NCAA Division I Tennis players and Major League baseball players. Dr. Procaccini has owned and operated over 20 businesses.
ILLINOIS – USA
Katie Pommier graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Psychology from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida where she played collegiate volleyball for four years and represented her team on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Her Senior Thesis used the Sport Motivation Scale to compare the increase and decrease of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in youth volleyball players. In July 2007, Katie attended Dr. Cohn’s Sports Psychology Conference at Champions Gate in Orlando, Fl. In January, she played overseas in the 2009 European Tour with Bring It USA where she competed in Prague; Maribor, Slovenia; and Pordenone, Italy against several international teams. She has coached ages 6-18 at the club, middle school, and high school levels. Currently she is coaching and developing mental training programs for Sports Performance Volleyball Club in Chicago, Illinois.
Marc D. Anderson, LCSW, certified MGCP
Marc is a certified Mental Game Coach who works with individual athletes, coaches, and teams on sports performance enhancement. He earned his B.A. in sociology at Beloit College and his Masters of Social Work at George Williams College of Aurora University. Marc is a seasoned clinician with over 19 years of experience of working with athletes and non-athletes in both the private and public sector. His philosophy is athlete-centered; empowering athletes to conquer the mental challenges that are hindering their peak potential. Marc’s clinical expertise, combined with his extensive experience as a high school coach and collegiate athlete, allows him to equip athletes with mental strategies and skills to maximize their mental edge and improve their performance in competition while maintaining balance in their lives. For more information, visit www.MentalPerformanceSports.com.
Larry Bennett, certified MGCP
Larry Bennett is the Head Coach for Women’s Golf and Assistant Director of Campus Recreation at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. As the first head women’s golf coach in 1998, he has led the Cougars to two straight NCAA regional appearances and the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship in 2003. He has developed many players selected to the All Conference Team. Coach Bennett is a member of the Professional Golf Teachers and Coaches Association, the National Golf Coaches Association and serves on the NCAA East Region Golf Committee. He received his bachelor’s degree in PE and Recreation from SIUE and a MS in Recreation Administration from Southern Illinois University.
KANSAS – USA
Kim believes she is uniquely equipped to help young adults reach their full potential, both on and off the athletic field. She does this through an innovative curriculum developed by her after years of high school and college coaching, research, and study on the realization that athletes have the unique opportunity to learn leadership and character skills through their sport, but they are often hindered by unknown and frustrating barriers to top performance. Those same barriers can creep into life and hinder personal wellbeing and non-athletic performance, too, which makes them all the more important to weed out. She has developed a strong knowledge of the mindset required of a top competitor in any sport or performance situation. She is certified as a Mental Game Coach (Peak Performance Sports) and as a Mental Toughness Specialist (Human Performance Institute). As well, she has a Certificate in Leadership from Notre Dame University and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Florida. She is a US. Professional Tennis Association Elite Professional Coach. As an athlete, she played golf, volleyball and basketball as a youth, but excelled in tennis and played No. 1 in singles and doubles and was a 2-year team captain at the University of Florida. She was selected to the NCAA All-America tennis team in 1984, was a 2-time All –SEC player and SEC champion and, as an adult player, has won several national titles. Throughout it all, she struggled with mental barriers holding her back from her top performances that she really only understood years later. She strives now, as president of her organization called Vital Leadership, to help young athletes learn how to stop limiting themselves the way she did and, most importantly, to enjoy their sport without anxiety and stress.
KENTUCKY – USA
Danny Schmidt, certified MGCP
Phone: (859) 576-2827
Danny is a graduate of Centre College and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. While earning his degree, he played tennis for Centre’s Men’s Tennis Team. He played number one singles and doubles for the team and earned All-Conference in 2005. From 2008-2011 Danny helped coach the men’s and women’s tennis teams at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. There, he was part of a tennis program where the women’s team won their first conference title and the men’s team won over 60 conference matches in a row and 8 straight conference tournament and regular season titles.
In 2010, Danny received his Master’s in Sport Psychology from Capella University. Danny has now moved on to being the Head Assistant Coach of the men’s and women’s teams at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and a tennis teaching pro at the Lexington Tennis Club.
Petor has a degree in Physical Education from University in Russia, a master’s in sports science from Almata University, is certified in Bikram as well as Power yoga, and is certified as a mental game coaching professional. Petor was a competitive collegiate Nordic ski racer. He currently competes as a Master’s runner, boasting a 4:50 mile and various podium finishes in road-races in and around Boulder, Colorado. Petor has 25 years of experience working with variety of athletes and individuals.
Elite athletes whom Petor has worked with: Chrissie Wellington, Multiple Ironman World Champion; Benita Johnson, Former World Cross Country champion, 2012 Olympic Team marathon qualifier; Fiona Docherty, New Zealand Professional Distance Runner, Marathon Distance; Becky Witinok-Huber, American Professional Triathlete, Olympic and Short-distance Triathlon; Jason Hartmann, Top American at Chicago Marathon 2012 (2:11.06 marathon), 5-Time Olympic Trials Qualifier, and Twin Cities Champion 2011 (2:12.10 marathon); Aaron McKenzie, AHL and NHL player (Colorado Avalanche). Now Petor Julianov works with a few golf players and looking forward to help other golfers.
Dr. Peter Ganshirt, certified MGCP
Crestview Hills, KY 41017
Dr. Ganshirt played college golf for the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University. He earned an M.A. degree in Psychology from Xavier University, and a Psy.D. Psychology degree from Spalding University. He is currently in a Clinical Practice with an emphasis in Clinical/Forensic. He is looking forward to collaboration with Peak Performance Sports and Dr. Cohn to consult with high school/college golfers, basketball and football players, and rehabilitation of athletes injured in competition. MGCP has been a valuable tool/resource that would have not obtained elsewhere, ongoing collaboration will be invaluable, and this has been an excellent was to transition my practice and re-energize my practice in helping athletes once again feel better about themselves and their overall performance.
Ronald E. Laster, Certified MGCP
Wickliffe, KY 42087
Xtreme Mental Sports Performance!
Ron is an assistant golf coach at Ballard Memorial High School where he teaches young golfers the mental skills to succeed. He has the privilege of raising two grandsons ages 14 and 13, both who have competed several times in the World Cup Golf Championship. He is a 2-handicap golfer himself and is passionate about the game of golf and teaching others. He is also a Certified Sports Hypnotist and a partner/owner of a chain of convenience stores.
With over 30 years combined experience as an athlete, coach, educator and mental game professional, Dr. Tony Melito has dedicated his career to motivating and mentoring athletes and students at the secondary and collegiate levels. After serving on the football staff at Nicholls State University in Louisiana, Tony worked within two of the state’s most storied high school football programs. Coaching outside linebackers and tight ends at Vandebilt Catholic High School in Houma, and then the offensive line, running backs and quarterbacks at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, between both schools he also served as Junior High Head Track Coach and Varsity Assistant Track Coach. Tony holds a doctorate in Behavioral Science as well as Master’s degrees in Applied Mathematics, Religious Education and Marriage Family Counseling. He is also a certified hypnotherapist. As current teacher of theology at Brother Martin, he leads boys in mental and spiritual formation, challenging each individual to embrace a paradigm shift that directs him toward setting goals and achieving success through focused concentration, composure and self-confidence. In addition to his education career, Tony works as a licensed marriage and family therapist, rounding out a wide range of experience that contributes to his expertise in mental training as he successfully leads young athletes and students to perform at their best.
MARYLAND – USA
Curtis G. Way, certified MGCP
Bel Air, MD
Home Phone: (410) 666-1108
Work Phone: (410) 879-2350
Curtis Way has over 30 years coaching experience in a variety of sports. He works closely with golfers who want to improve their mental toughness and helps advise individual athletes and teams in other sports who want to improve their confidence and focus. As a long time tennis professional, Curtis coached players of all levels, including the 1989 Florida State High School champions at Ransom Everglades School. Curtis remains involved in tennis, directing state, regional, and national tournaments. After completing his B.A. at Ohio University, Curtis later earned a Masters Degree in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University. Way has taught in independent schools for the past 25 years. He has been athletic director at two schools and currently teaches English and directs High School Guidance at Harford Day School in Bel Air, Maryland. As Coordinator of Boys Athletics at Harford Day, Curtis coaches Soccer, Basketball, lacrosse, and Golf. Curtis is an avid golfer whose goal is to participate in United States Senior Amateur events in the next few years.
MICHIGAN – USA
Dane Terrill, Certified MGCP
My life has revolved around sports. I started playing golf at a very young age. At the age of 10 I started playing competitively. By the age of 16, I was “burned out”, and put my sticks in the closet, not to resurface until my junior year in college. I played football, basketball and track throughout junior and senior high school. After high school, I played 2 years of basketball at Albion College and then served as the student assistant basketball coach. While in college I played on the golf team for 1 season, and threw the shot put and discus on the track team. After graduating from college I went back home and volunteered as a basketball coach for the high school. The following year I was hired as the JV coach, and over the last ten years held various positions in the basketball program. Currently I am the Assistant varsity coach. Five years ago I started a varsity golf program at my local high school and have followed with a jr. high program, I am currently the head coach.
MONTANA – USA
Kathy’s philosophy on mental game coaching is to respect each rider’s abilities and unique qualities. Kathy is a Certified MGCP who works with riders and their equine partners to develop confidence, focus and trust. Whether you are a competitive rider or a recreational rider, learning the mental skills to bring out your best will change your riding and your relationship with your horse forever. Kathy has learned that the physical training for both horse and rider is the easy part. The mental strategies one can learn is what will turn a mediocre rider into a great rider. Because she is also a Professional Horse Trainer Kathy has the unique ability to understand and teach both horse and rider how to reach their full potential. Kathy is a respected Author and Clinician. She has lectured for the USFS on Leadership skills and is Certified by John Lyons as a professional Horse Trainer. She is a member of the AQHA and APHA. For more information on her programs please visit her web site at: www.heartcentered.com
NEW HAMPSHIRE – USA
Charles Yaeger, certified MGCP
Chuck earned a BS in Physical Education from Plymouth (NH) State University and a MS from Bowling Green State University (OH). He has coached youth, high school and college levels athletes for the last 24 years. His specialty involves soccer, baseball, golf, and ice hockey. In addition, he is a member of the PGA and instructs juniors, high school, and amateur golfers on the mental and physical sides of the game. He has conducted coaching clinics for USA Hockey and coached youth ice hockey the past 7 years.
NEW JERSEY – USA
Gene Moretti, certified MGCP
Basking Ridge, NJ
Gene has taught mental skills to amateur athletes for over a 30 years as a sports coach in Basketball and Baseball and also helped Marathon runners, including being a member of the New York Marathon ‘Psyching Team’. Gene currently coaches middle school basketball and baseball teams. He professionally applies Human Performance Psychology to Information Technology software enhancing the performance of 10,000. Gene
earned a BS in Psychology at Xavier University (OH); an MS in Human Factors Psychology from Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ): an MBA in Management at Columbia University (NY) and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ).
NEW MEXICO – USA
Mark is the owner of Performance Edge Coaching, LLC. He works with individual athletes, coaches, and teams to help them get the edge in performance through Mental Game Coaching. He earned a double major in Biology and Psychology from Williams College and a Master’s degree in Counseling with emphasis on Sports Psychology from Michigan State University. Mark is also a Licensed psychotherapist and done extensive work with addictions, nutrition, self-hypnosis and skills training often in Wilderness settings. Mark has been involved in competitive athletics for 48 years, including swimming, baseball, wrestling, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, basketball, softball and equestrian. He has done extensive rock climbing and climbed over 65 14,000’ peaks as well as Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Aconcagua. Mark has been working with a variety of athletes including swimmers, basketball, triathletes (both amateur and pro), Division 1 men tennis players and women’s soccer. Mark has more than 35 years of teaching, therapy and organizational consulting and coaching experience with athletes and non-athletes alike. He has been an invited presenter for a wide variety of regional and national conferences. Mark’s varied background enables him to be effective with a wide variety of environments, individuals and team sports. He works with you to “get the performance edge”.
NEW YORK – USA
Heidi Michaels, a Certified Life and Sports Performance Coach, specializes in helping her clients develop a strong mental game, The Game Within the Game. Heidi helps her clients gain clarity about what they want to achieve, identify what truly stands in their way, and then assists them in building their confidence with a structured plan to get what they want.
Through her extensive triathlon training and competitions, Heidi learned the value of a strong, positive mental game. This strong mental game–mastering the game within the game–became Heidi’s most powerful asset. Developing a champion mindset and applying these mental game skills to her life, Heidi went on to create a way of life she is passionate about. Heidi now coaches other people to take a champion mindset both on and off the field to achieve the same passionate engagement and success in both sports and life.
Mastering The Game Within the Game is a powerful tool in achieving
success in sports and life. Heidi’s life and sports performance coaching utilizes a combination of mental game techniques and life coaching allowing her clients a champion mindset both on and off the field.
NEVADA – USA
Sport Psychologist Dr. Kevin Roby has been providing Mental Skills Training to golfers since 2001. He is the sole proprietor of Golf Psychology Consultants, located in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has helped hundreds of golfers improve their games through his individual consultations and by presenting his seminars on the Mental Strategies For Great Golf. Dr. Roby has given presentations at various locations to multiple audiences throughout the Southwest. He has presented his seminars several times at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus through the Educational Outreach Program and has also been the featured speaker at several golf clubs. He has had the privilege of addressing the Las Vegas Chapter of the Southwest Section of the P.G.A., providing continuing education credits to the professionals in attendance. Dr. Roby has worked with a variety of amateur golfers ranging from individuals as young as eleven years old to those who are retired from the workforce but are very passionate about their golf. The professional golfers with whom he has worked have played in events on multiple professional tours including the Golden State Tour, Futures Tour, Hooters Tour, Harmon Vegas Golf Tour, and the PGA Tour.
Dr. Roby is a licensed psychologist with over thirty years of experience implementing the tools of psychology to help individuals improve the quality of their lives. He is particularly excited about his work with athletes, helping talented individuals to excel at their
chosen sport. If you want to challenge yourself to take your game to the next level, Dr. Roby is ready to help you achieve this goal. Make the commitment to reach your fullest potential!
NORTH CAROLINA – USA
Tim Whitehead, PTR Professional, certified MGCP
Tim is originally from Massachusetts. He is a USTA member, as well as a PTR Professional. In the year 2000, Tim received his B.S degree in Sports Management from Franklin Pierce University (NH) . During that time from ’96 -’00, he was the # 1 player for the Ravens, compiling an impressive record over his four years, as well as an undefeated season during his sophomore year (13- 0). In 1996, as a freshman Tim won the NECC Flight 1 singles championship played in Stoneybrook, NY. He also was a 4 time MVP during his career from 1996- 2000. Other achievements in tennis include in 2003, a Quarterfinalist at the 25,000 PTR International Symposium. In 2003, Tim held the #1 ranking for the mens 4.5 division in New England. Tim, has been in tennis now for over 18 years, and has been a mentor to the game for over 10 years. As a coach, he has enjoyed several team championships, as well coached several tournament players to very successful rankings. Tim worked at the Van Der Meer Tennis Academy for two years, where he had the honor to work with several great coaches such as Billy Stearns, Dr. Louie Cap, and the great Dennis Van Der Meer himself. While coaching in New England, he had the opportunity to work with several top juniors, at the USA Competition Training Center in Manchester By the Sea, MA. Tim currently is the Assistant Tennis Professional at the Carolina Country Club.
Other Achievements: Recently in October of 2008, Tim received his diploma from Ashworth University, where he was nominated as a member into the International Honor Society (DET) excelling in The Professional Sport Psychology for Peak Performance Program. Furthering his education into Peak Performance, Tim pursued the MGCP certification course where he had the privilege to work with Dr Patrick Cohn with Peak Performance Sports. Tim’s objective as an MGCP – For athletes to make The Commitment- To eliminate barriers that hold them back from reaching their highest potential and goals as an athlete. Through identifying these areas, athletes can then perform the proper strategies and formulas needed to reach their Peak Performance. Tim is available to any athlete looking for The Cutting Edge! Specializes in Tennis, Baseball, Basketball, and Football.
BEwell < > PLAY was developed by Karen Wheeler, a single digit golfer who has over 30 years of experience in healthcare, sports, and wellness education. Ms Wheeler is a Nationally Certified Mental Health RN with an extensive background in complementary wellness modalities that include: certifications in massage, Kripalu Yoga, Breathwalk©, and an internship at the UMASS Medical School Stress Reduction Clinic. Growing up as an athlete (a Sports Hall of Fame inductee), Karen realized early the importance of a strong mental game. Even though drawn to a medical career, she continued studying, practicing and soon teaching a variety of focusing techniques in clinical and sports settings. She added to this specialty and merged her mental health background by helping clients develop action plans, restructuring self limiting attitudes, fostering the courage to change, and addressing ambivalence to change. “My personal passion is the thrill of competitive golf. Professionally it is to support you in making healthy choices that lead to an enhanced quality of life and improved athletic performance.” All program options are based on a scientific holistic approach that supports you, your group, or team in the pursuit of excellence… Knowing what you can change and making daily choices that contribute to accomplishing goals, improving health, and enhancing overall enjoyment in play as well as life.
Ms. Delice Coffey, MA, LPA, MGCP is a Psychologist who specializes in sports psychology, mental game coaching, and mental health services within the athletic arena. Ms. Coffey has been providing her life-changing interventions to athletes and the clinical populations for over 20 years. She is dedicated to working to improve overall wellness, mental and physical health, and athletic performance in the community at large. Ms Coffey is the CEO of Living Well Centre, Inc. in Durham, North Carolina, a clinic that offers a holistic approach to overall well-being.
Ms. Coffey has spent many years of education and business preparation to develop Living Well Centre, Inc. She is a Licensed Psychological Associate and a Certified Mental Game Coach Professional. She also holds certification in sport-fitness psychology, and is a Certified Domestic Violence Counselor, Behavioral Therapist, Cognitive Therapist, Reality Therapist, Youth Officer and a Clinically Certified Juvenile Treatment Specialist. Ms. Coffey’s psychology background, her certifications, coupled with her sport-fitness expertise makes her uniquely qualified to successfully administer sports performance-related services to athletes on all levels.
OHIO – USA
Clay D. Filson, MGCP
Bio Coming Soon!
OKLAHOMA – USA
Jim Bonfiglio, M.Ed., Certified MGCP
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73134
Jim Bonfiglio received his undergraduate degree in Health & Physical Education and his graduate degree in Applied Behavioral Studies. He was a college athlete playing baseball and has been coaching various sports for over 30 years in basketball, baseball, and football on both junior high and high school levels. Most notably, Jim was a high school Varsity Baseball coach for 25 years. Understanding that performance is always attributed to both psychology and skill, Jim has always included the mental skills along with physical skills training when working with student-athletes. In order to have superior performance, it is imperative to have the proper mindset to close the gap between potential and performance.
OREGON – USA
Marty Hunter, certified MGCP
Marty has over 25 years of successful coaching experience ranging from youth to the professional level. He currently teaches Health and Sport Psychology at Canby High School in Canby Oregon. Marty is also an assistant baseball coach at George Fox University, where they have won four consecutive conference championships and the 2004 NCAA Div. III National Championship. Marty obtained his Bachelors degree and Masters in Education from Linfield College (OR). While at Linfield, Marty played both football and baseball. Marty’s vast playing and coaching experience coupled with a strong teaching background enable him to connect and advise athletes and teams in an easy to understand manner. He has spoken at many area clinics and continues to work at numerous camps.
PENNSYLVANIA – USA
Paul DeRenzo is a Certified Mental Game Coaching Professional. He is the author of “Enhance Your Performance….. with the mental edge that you need.” Paul has earned a BA from the University of Pittsburgh and a JD from Capital University. Paul has over 30 years of experience playing, coaching and scouting for scholarship services. He has been involved in every aspect of athletic development. Paul currently coaches baseball at the high school level. He is also on staff for an AAU Baseball Team that finished in the top 10 at the AAU National Championships in 2006 in South Carolina, 2007 in Florida and 2008 in Virginia. That same team also finished in the top 10 at the USSSA Elite 24 held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida in 2007.
David Kloser, certified MGCP
“Stepping Up to the Plate”
Dallastown, PA 17313
David Kloser, speaker, coach and baseball enthusiast, has a passion for teaching life lessons learned through the game of baseball. He is also the author of the book series, “Stepping Up to the Plate: Inspiring Interviews with Major Leaguers”, where he conducted exclusive interviews with more than 300 Major League Baseball players and Hall of Famers. David has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, MLB.com, Success Magazine and has spoken at the Baseball Hall of Fame. He’s written several articles for kids and parenting magazines and been on numerous radio shows world wide. He currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and daughter after spending over 12 years in Los Angeles where he was a working actor, licensed massage therapist and practiced yoga.
Jen Croneberger has been involved in sports since the age of 6. She is formerly the varsity softball coach at Unionville High School and Head Softball Coach at Ursinus College. Most of her last 15 years have been spent working with young people, instilling confidence and building strength both mentally and physically. She was the President and CEO of Excellence Training Camps, Inc., a holistic athletic training facility that focuses on both mind and body. She is currently the President of JLynne Consulting Group, LLC and is a highly sought-after speaker for both athletes and youth leadership programs.
Jen was consulted by MTV’s show “MADE” as a mental skills/fear coach for one of its subjects in October 2007. She is a NESTA Certified Sports Hypnotist, received a Master’s Degree from the University of the Rockies with a 4.0 in Sports and Performance Psychology in 2011 and is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Jen has been an entrepreneur since the age of 23 when she built a wellness business from the ground up, training thousands of people from stage nationally on accountability, leadership and team building… all traits a good athlete must have. She has written a workbook/cd program with Dr. Cohn. Jen also has a video, a book as well as blogs available on her website. Some of her clients have included: The University of Connecticut, The University of Virginia, Rutgers University, The Philadelphia Force (NPF), players in The Tampa Bay Rays organization and The Kansas City Royals organization.
DeWayne Tuthill, certified MGCP
Sports: 20 years of competitive tennis and golf experience. 3 years of competitive squash experience. Avid road cyclist. Coaching / Mental Coaching: 8 years golf teaching. I teach through mental strategy with focus on the enjoyment of the sport. I also teach golf swing mechanics.
SOUTH CAROLINA – USA
Tami graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1993, and earned a master’s degree in sports administration from the University of North Carolina in 1999. She was named the 1993 NCAA Woman of the Year for NC while at Lenoir-Rhyne. In college, she was a scholarship student-athlete in tennis and basketball. Matheny became the head men and women’s tennis coach at USC Upstate in 1998. Tami was promoted to associate athletic director in August 2002. Matheny stepped down as the head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams in 2003, and now is the assistant coach on an interim basis. She is in her 10th year at USC Upstate and her sixth as associate athletic director. She remains
physically active as she plays on a USTA tennis league, was a member of the 2007 National Intramural Basketball Championship team, and just ran the Boston Marathon in May 2008.
TEXAS – USA
Mary holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a Certified Mental Game Coaching Professional, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional, helping individuals with addressing specific personal issues and the achievement of their goals. Mary’s primary focus is assisting athletes to get the most out of their practice and to enhance their performance during competition. Mary’s first experience in competitive athletics was in figure skating as a child. Now, as a third degree black belt in Taekwondo, she devotes herself to training, teaching, and continuing to achieve success in martial arts competition, while also helping others gain skills that help them to achieve performances beyond their expectations.
WASHINGTON – USA
Pomaika’i Miyata, certified MGCP
Inner Core Edge
Pomai Miyata was a competitive multi-sport High School athlete, and has been a successful Fitness Professional with over 30 years in the field. She has a BS and MS from the University of Washington. She works with athletes of all skill levels with a special emphasis in Figure Skaters, Youth, Women, and The Mind-Body connection. She is the parent of a high level competitive figure skater, and uses this unique perspective in her work with Youth Athletes and their Parents to empower them and maximize their performance in their sport as well as keep balance in their lives.
She passionately believes that experiences in sport can teach many life lessons. She also believes that parents can either be an asset or liability to their child in sport. If we ask our athletes to learn to play the mental game, then we as parents must learn to do so as well. She also works with Figure Skating Programs to educate parents and coaches on how to support their skaters by addressing issues that lead to the sport’s reputation for “Skate Moms/Dads,” athlete emotional abuse, bullying and eventual attrition in sports participation.
Robin Johnson, certified MGCP
Robin Johnson earned her BA degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Psychology from Saint Martins University where she was an intercollegiate basketball player. Robin is a MGCP who works with individual athletes, coaches, and teams on sports performance enhancement. She is a certified sports hypnotist and also operates as a personal basketball trainer providing individual discipline and instruction to local athletes. Serving as the head coach for girls’ basketball at Black Hills High School, Robin’s teams have boasted an 88% winning record.
With her experience as an athlete, coach, and teacher, Robin possesses a vast array of knowledge and comprehension of the mental side of competition. She works with athletes and teams of various ages, sports, and skill levels. Her education in mental skills training
combined with her ability to communicate effectively with athletes help build the skills players need to apply their training to competition. She is committed to influencing and empowering athletes in reaching their athletic goals and embracing life long mental skills.
VIRGINIA – USA
Andrew Harris, certified MGCP
Andy is a native of Wales and a former soccer player who played and coached professionally in the UK, Middle East and US. Andy came to the US in 1985 to coach soccer at the collegiate level and later earned a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. He founded High Tech Health, Inc., a successful corporate health & fitness business that he sold in 2003. Subsequently he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of The Golf Life Institute and during that time worked with a number of college golfers and touring professionals on the mental and physical aspects of their game. Andy is a scratch golfer and a successful amateur player, competing in the VA State Amateur and Senior State Open. He believes his extensive experience as a professional athlete, coach and competitor gives him a unique perspective to help athletes and golfers seeking ways to improve their performance. Currently he works with a number of successful junior, collegiate and senior golfers. Within the last year his students have competed in the US Senior Amateur, British Senior Amateur and Junior World Golf Championships. Andy is also President of Asian Golf Adventures, a specialty golf travel company, and a founder of The Gallipeau Harris Foundation, a charitable organization that provides educational opportunities and resources for poor students in Asia.
Douglas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Douglas has extensive training in solution-focused psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral techniques, clinical hypnosis and family therapy and has had extensive psychiatric mental health experience in the tidewater area since 1973. She has also received extensive postgraduate training as a Personal Coach. A Personal Coach utilizes advanced communication and life skills to help individuals create a more fulfilling personal and professional life. Douglas has a specialty in Sports Psychology and especially enjoys working with adult, adolescent and child athletes and who are interested in reaching their potential for peak performance. She has worked with numerous individual athletes as well as teams from local universities, high schools, sports academies and youth leagues. These techniques also are very effective with musicians, singers and other performers.
Kevin is a USA Hockey Level 5 Master Coach and has coached Youth Hockey Coach for the
past 15 years. Based in Virginia, Kevin has developed a Mental Coaching Practice specifically designed for hockey players. Through personal one-on-one training, team training, as well as workbooks and lectures, Kevin’s goal is to help players develop the mental side of their game and provide coaching materials and services to help player improve their mental game. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Sports Psychology and has several books and workbooks available for those wanting to take their game to the next level.
Reyna Gilbert, M.S., MGCP
Reyna Gilbert, M.S. is a former NCAA Division I gymnast who teaches others athletes how to develop an optimal mindset for sports performance. She has worked with gymnasts and athletes in various sports to develop strategies to enhance mental toughness and help them achieve their goals. Gilbert earned her master’s degree in Sports Psychology from Ball State University and has worked with several divers from the US Diving Training Center in Indianapolis, Indiana who competed in 2004 Olympic Trials. She has also worked with athletes at the Bolliterri Tennis Academy to enhance their mental performance.
ALBERTA – CANADA
Dean Beattie, certified MGCP
Bio coming soon
John Stevenson M.A., M.A.C.P. Registered Psychologist #3559
Provisional Registered Psychologist
Phone: Phone: (780) 922-0031
Web: Zone Performance
John Stevenson specializes in the fields of Wellness and Stress-Management and Sports and Performance psychology. John has two Master’s degrees. John obtained his first Master’s degree in Sports Psychology from York University in Toronto in 1992 and he obtained his second Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from City University in Edmonton in 2006. He is Registered Psychologist within the Province of Alberta and is a member in good standing with Psychology Association of Alberta and The College of Alberta Psychologists. John also is a Licensed Heartmath Provider, Certified Coherent Breathing Instructor, Mental Game Coach Professional, and is also trained in Self-Regulation Therapy. John utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, and Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Therapy to provide his clients with skills, resources, and solutions that enable them to discover their innate potential for health, happiness, and success.
John’s Sports Psychology/Mental Skills Program utilizes the latest Sports Science technology (Dynavision D2, Cognisens Neurotracker, Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, etc.) to enhance a performer’s ability to stay focused, composed, and alert. John uses his clinical, coaching expertise and personal experiences as a competitive athlete and coach to teach athletes, parents, and coaches how to develop their mental toughness skills (e.g., commitment, confidence, concentration, composure, consistency, competitiveness, courage, coachability, control, and communication, etc.) to achieve the winning edge. His Sports Psychology focuses on improving the performers thought processes to overcome self-limiting emotional and physical barriers to acquire a champion’s mindset towards Peak Performance.
For more information about John Stevenson and his individual, team and corporate programs feel free to call him at 780-922-0031 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out his website: http://www.zoneperformance.ca/ for more information about his services and products for Individual Counselling, Stress Management, Vision Training, and Performance Psychology.
TORONTO – CANADA
Bill has been a coach of baseball & hockey at all levels with a strong focus towards hockey as an assistant coach for the Aurora Tigers of the OJAHL, and as a coach with the GTHL U17 Program of Excellence. Mental training has become a part of Bill’s coaching credentials and enjoys developing the athlete’s mental game to assist them in getting to the next level. Do you know how to set goals, maintain your confidence, control distractions, visualize and rehearse, refocus, and trust your skills? For a free questionnaire or for more information on mental training please visit the following web site, “Because Talent Is Never Enough”, http://www.machockey.ca
Ed Cohen, certified MGCP
Phone: 905 887-4756
I have been interested in the relationship between the mind and performance. For the past ten years as a running coach (and more recently duathlon), I have applied mental training skills to my programs. There is rarely a time when beliefs about self, confidence and motivation do not affect performance. The physical training is the easy part. The mental challenges are the formidable ones for many!
Recently, I decided to focus on Sports Psychology to help people grow not only as athletes, but as the whole person as well. It has been my experience that as you grow on the field and overcome the challenges that present themselves in sport, you are able to bring these skills and confidence to other aspects in your life. Sport serves as an excellent backdrop to improve both your performance and your life and it is my goal to help you get there.
I have been an athlete all of my life and have participated in Martial Arts, Cycling, Hockey, Baseball, Tennis and Squash. I ran my first marathon in 1977 and have since run 20, including Boston and and currently compete in Marathons and Duathlons.
Des J Lynch BA., BSW., M.Ed., RCC,.MGCP
Des Lynch specializes in mental skills training to enhance sports performance so athletes have the mental edge in competition. He holds degrees in Psychology, Social Work and has a Masters of Education degree in Clinical Counseling. Des has a long association with
athletes and manages at the national team level. Des employs an athlete centered approach and empowers athletes to perform at their peak when engaged in both training and competition. He works with individual athletes, teams and community.
Wolfgang Sulzgruber (MSc.), certified MGCP
Cell: +43 699 120 28 973
Wolfgang Sulzgruber (MSc.) is coaching individuals as well as teams in sports, corporate or personal environment (team development meetings, personal development, conflict management, goal setting, preparation for difficult events, etc.). He has a long experience in business training and a degree in Industrial Economics with special emphasis on Product Management. His strong focus on communication- and Teamwork-improvement and his education in NLP were the fist steps into coaching. He is/was active in different team sports (soccer) and individual sports (martial arts, tennis, badminton, snowboarding). Why mental coaching? “Because coaching is my profession and I love sports. A lot of times I watch athletes/teams that are quite good with respect to their technical/physical abilities, but fail in competition or during season because they do not believe in themselves and have no strong team cohesion. Mental coaching shows us a way how to change that and pave the mental way for our clients to success.”
Anders Sogaard, certified MGCP
Phone: +45 3962 2068
II have been involved in sports since age 6. Played soccer almost everyday and participated in club practice and matches. Since age 14, I have been doing elite sports, when I started boxing. My boxing career lasted 1 1/2 years and boxed under the Danish boxing organization. I had 11 fights and won all 11. 2 times I beat the reigning Danish junior champion. At age 15, I started playing Basketball as a junior. At age 17, I coached my first team who were boys at the age of 12 years. At age 19, I joined a full-time coaching education at a Danish sports high school (Den Jyske Idrætsskole, Vejle). The course was 8 months full time. My first priority class was Basketball and I had Swimming as second class. After finishing this education, I joined a team in the best Danish Basket Ball league. I played in this league for 11 years. The last 2 years as captain for a team that won 1 championship title and 2 Cup titles (Stevnsgade). Also during my 11 years in Basketball I coached different teams, both youth
teams and adult teams. One of the youth teams went on to win the national championship for their age group (17 years). The last 9 years I have played golf and has reached a handicap of 6.
Jonathan is a PGA Golf Professional, who is the Director of the Elite Coaching Golf Academy, which is based in Evian, France and the Gold Coast, Australia. The Academy focuses on elite players between the ages of 16 and 25, both amateur and professional, who have aspirations of being Tour Players. As a player Jon represented England at international level, and for the last 17 years has concentrated on coaching, which has led him to teach or lecture in many countries all over the world, including Japan, Switzerland, UK and Australia. During this time he has engaged in the study of elite performance, and what are the critical success factors present in all elite performers, and then how to coach these factors in an individual and unique way to each student. Jon says, “A lot of young sportspeople have the talent and the possibility to be a champion. But often this talent is like a diamond that’s in a mine – it lies deep within, so the skill of the coach is to be able to mine this diamond of genius or talent and then constantly refine and polish it so eventually it becomes the finished article.”
Dr. Wolfgang Kuner, certified MGCP
Dr. Wolfgang Kuner coaches adults as well as children / adolescents and their parents. He is working with individuals and teams and individuals within teams. His focus is on results, on tailoring the mental game coaching to a particular individual’s goals. Dr. Kuner has a degree in business administration and a doctorate in social science. He is a NLP Sports Practitioner (Dr. Karl Morris / Trained Brain), and has further training in counselling (Rogers) and Kinesiology. His sports were badminton (B-licence), martial arts, and strength / endurance-training. His actual focus is on golf (C-licence). When coaching talented children / adolescents emphasis is given, too, to integrating the parents in order to create an environment that fosters the aspired goals. Dr. Kuner has developed a program for performance enhancement in golf, that combines the mental, physical and technical side of the game. He is also coaching executives in management and sales.
INDIA – DELHI & BANGALORE
T.J Jain, Certified MGCP
Carol Stream, IL OR Delhi, India
I am a licensed physical therapist have practiced in US from 1993 to 2003 as director of rehabilitation services. Presently am a professional golfer playing the Indian PGA ,ranked 76 in India .Also have been working in injury management and fitness expert capacity since 2003 with various athletes in India ,ranging from golf ,polo ,trap shooting and cricket. Wanted to understand human emotion learn to train myself as a golfer to be a scratch golfer and help my client to achieve their goals. Also to train kids at a early stage to control and understand their mental state and its importance.
Sujith Somasundar, certified MGCP
Phone: +91-98452-11023 (m)
The MGCP certification adds an edge to his rich experience in the sports field. Sujith has been a National and International Cricketer having represented both his State and country, Karnataka and India. Sujith has captained the Karnataka Ranji Trophy team for several successful seasons. He is also a single digit golfer who has won many club tournaments. Sujith also has well-rounded experience in coaching – he is a Level-2 Certified Cricket Coach & has coached in the National Cricket Academy, India. To add to his achievements are his academic accomplishments- he is an Engineer with a Masters in Business Administration. Sujith’s experiences as a competitive sports person combined with his coaching expertise have helped him understand and identify challenges faced by sports persons. He has the right mix of experience to help other sports persons with mental strategies and skills to balance their life with sports and maximize their potential in competitive sports.
Camilla has been one fo the Italian National Team players as a Junior and as a Senior. In 2012, she won the gold medal in the European Ladies Senior Championship. She has been Captain of the Italian National Team from 2006 to 2010 and had Matteo Manassero, Domenico Geminiani and Giulia Molinaro among the players she captained for. She has trained in sports psychology with Marisa Muzio and got the Psicosport Master in 2005. Her mission as mental trainer is to empower the performance of golfers using the “learning by action” protocol. No mental skill can be just learned but has to be useful for the game and applied. Is cofounder of the Clinic “Golf-Life Balance Academy” a program that integrates Life Coaching, Mental training, Technical teaching, Optometry and Posturology for enhancement of golf performance. She has experience as mental trainer of individual athletes, group seminars and workshops, and has worked as mental trainer for Junior Teams in collaboration with Golf Club Pro. She is writing articles for Golf Today Italy and House of Golf.it.
Koe Lai Yin, certified MGCP
Senior Academy Instructor
Member of PGAM, PGTA, MGCP
Koe Lai Yin is widely known in Malaysia as a pioneering holistic Golf Coach. With over 20 years of competitive experience as a top national golfer, teaching professional, mental game coach and referee, she mentors her students on how to achieve peak performance. She drafted the syllabus and is also the Program Director for the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Development Program that trains the nations top elite women golfers. Lai Yin is also the performance coach for the women’s National Team and her deep understanding and application of the mental game has resulted in Malaysia winning the Individual and Team National Open titles between 2009-2011 after a drought of 9 years. Besides her focus on women’s golf, she is also the Mental Game Coach for the Professional Golfers of Malaysia (PGM) High Performance Academy. In her Mental Game sessions, she helps her students understand themselves better Physically, Technically and Mentally. They learn to identify their top challenges and develop a Mental Game Plan. They also learn Coping Skills for Emotional Control, Focus, Visualisation and Relaxation Techniques as well as refinement of their mental Pre-Shot routines. Lai Yin coaches golfers of all levels, from young juniors to retirees, from beginners to professionals.
Rodney King is widely known as the ‘Einstein’ of martial arts. He has created innovative martial arts programmes such as the Crazy Monkey Defense Programme (www.crazymonkeydefense.com), the CHAOS Coaching model and the GAME Approach to martial arts, which is now taught in over 15 countries around the world. He authored the book, The Martial Arts GAME (Available at Amazon) that introduces the reader to an innovative and cutting edge approach to coaching martial arts in the 21st century. Rodney is the first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt in South Africa. He received his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under famed BJJ Master, Rigan Machado. He has also worked with Special Force Military Units, countless CEO’s and world champion athletes. Rodney is an innovator in the martial arts world. As a registered Somatic Movement Educator and drawing from sport psychology, life coaching and a strengths based approach to coaching martial arts, he brings a unique, inspiring and fresh approach to martial arts as a vehicle to become a champion on and off the mat.
Consolidated work of specialists and psychologists to give integrated approach to Mental Fitness Coaching. Mark trains every day in the gymnasium, both aerobic and light weights. He also plays golf to a 12 handicap and his goal is to play to a 6 handicap. Mark also coaches and works with REFEREES at present. He played rugby up to age 25 and almost made the provincial team. The area of mental training is a huge passion and interest and he hopes to do mental game coaching as a career option.
Helen Emms BSc MBA MNLP – certified MGCP
Phone +44 1923 464686
Helen has over 20 years experience of coaching in the sports and business arena, having spent 12 years in the Army where she was a physical training instructor. She is a competitive sports woman and low single figure handicap golfer. Her psychology degree thesis investigated the role of visual imagery in learning to putt in golf. She coaches professional and amateur athletes who want to improve their mental approach and competitive performance. Her main sports are golf and tennis. She describes her role as enabling players to achieve superior performance through a programme of mental game coaching and education and in doing so, also provide them with mental skills that will help them in all aspects of their life. Helen’s coaching methods are varied and client focused. She uses a wide range of techniques from the fields of Psychology, NLP and Hypnotherapy.
FAR EAST – SINGAPORE
Jill Quek has more than a decade of coaching experience and is a well-known athlete in the floorball scene. Through Mental Game Coaching, she has helped her athletes overcome their mental challenges, improve their game and produce outstanding results. Jill actively inculcates values and promotes character development through sports to develop a champion mindset both on and off court. Her coaching experience ranges from youth development to national athletes. She received a prestigious ‘Coach Recognition Award’ in 2007 for her outstanding contribution to the Floorball scene.
Jill was headhunted to play for top clubs in Sweden, Finland and Switzerland. She emerged as Foreign Most Valuable Player during her playing stint in the Finland Women Elite Floorball League, 4 times ALL-Star Centre in the World Floorball Championships and Captain her National Team. Jill’s talent in sports extends beyond Floorball to other sports such as Soccer, Inline Hockey and Ice Hockey where she represented the country on an International level.
With her experience both as a coach and competitive athlete, she has insightful knowledge of holistic skills when coaching athletes and teams. Her coaching philosophy encompasses a triangle of coaching the Body, Mind and Spirit to excel in sports. Jill strongly advocates that Mental Game Coaching is a lifelong skill that will equip athletes with the performance edge and confidence to overcome challenges.
Hansen has been involved with sport, fitness and education for more than 20 years. He has worked with athletes ranging from kids to state players competing at international competitions. He is also the coach for Singapore’s Goalball Men’s team and regularly makes use of this Paralympics game for the blind to teach sighted athletes the mental skills associated with focus, confidence and trust.
Hansen has extensive experience delivering presentations and facilitating workshops on topics related to team cohesion and peak performance. His academic qualification includes a BA in Physical Education and BSc in Psychology. He is also a trained hypnotherapist.
Alfred Lye, MA, FCMC – certified MGCP
Has been involved in various sports since serving in the Military. During that period he has been active in Chinese Martial Arts as an athlete, Chairman at Club level to National Wushu Council body. He has been active in rugby at school level as part of a coaching support. Presently he is working with a World Class Athlete in Adventure Extreme Sports. Chiefly drawing from his experience and techniques learnt from the MGCP course, he is focusing on mental toughness and how to stay positive and confident in adversity in the “I can” attitude for a variety of sports.