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PODCAST: Leading a High School Athletic Department Through Mental Performance Coaching

Eric Davis is one of the most well respected high school athletic directors in the nation and a former college basketball player and coach. I have worked with Eric at both Ellensburg High School and Hanford High School in Washington at creating a peak performance, leadership and character coaching curriculum for his coaches and athletes…. Read More

10 Life Lessons from UNBROKEN

Have you seen the Movie or read the book Unbroken yet? Unbroken is a book by Laura Hillenbrand, and the movie is out in the theaters now. Unbroken is the story of Louie Zamperini and his amazing journey of: • Being a boy who was bullied and always in trouble to… • Running in the… Read More

PODCAST: The Mindset of Courtney Ceo, All-American Softball player who hit .493

Courtney Ceo  not only led the Oregon Ducks to a PAC-12 championship and the Women’s College World Series, she led the nation with a .493 batting average. She was a 2014 USA Softball Player of the Year finalist, 2014 NFCA First Team All-Pacific Region, 2014 NFCA First Team All-American, First Team Pac-12 All-Conference and was… Read More

PODCAST: How One Decision Can Change Your Destiny Forever

Matt Carpenter is a 2X Major League All-Star (2013 & 2014) a World Series Champion (2011) and a Master of The Mental Game.  In this podcast, Carp breaks down his mental approach to the game and how ONE DECISION that he had at TCU changed his life and his career for ever. I started to… Read More

Using concentration grids to help develop focus and awareness

Concentration grids have been a staple of mental conditioning for years. This game/exercise is all about concentration and efficiency, which is best accomplished by staying in the present moment.  Concentration grids are a great way to increase your ability to stay in the present moment for an extended period of time. Your training program with… Read More

Quality At-Bats Defined

I often get asked how to define a quality at-bat…   Cliff Godwin, former assistant coach at Ole Miss and current head coach at East Carolina University gave me the best definition I have ever heard. He said, “A Quality At-Bat is an at-bat that makes a positive contribution towards our team goals.” There are numerous ways… Read More

Team Building: Human Pretzel

A couple of other activities that are very simple for any coach to run.  The human pretzel.  Everybody gets in a circle.  They reach in, grab right hands with someone else’s right hand, grab left hands of someone else’s left hand, but not the person next to you.  They then, under time have got to… Read More

The History of the National Anthem at Sporting Games

We play the National Anthem at almost every sporting event in the United States. I realized I didn’t really know much about the history of the National Anthem, so I did some research.  After all, winners know WHY they do what they do, and can describe what they do as a process so that their… Read More

College baseball national championship winning coach, George Horton shares success secrets from mental performance

This article is a feature interview with Cal State Fullerton Baseball Coach George Horton.  Horton led the Titans to the 2004 NCAA National Championship and was named the 2003 and 2004 American Baseball Coaches Association National Coach of The Year. Could you describe your working relationship with sport psychologist Ken Ravizza? Ken and I have… Read More

The Top 10 Things World Champions Know That You Don’t

1. Acting Changes Everything (ACE)The ACE card that they have up their sleeve is a key weapon in the world champion’s toolbox. What does ACE stand for? ACE stands for Acting Changes Everything. Those athletes understand that they’re not athletes, they’re actors. See number two. 2. Force Yourself To Act Different Than How You FeelIt… Read More

With Some Help From Peak Performance Coach Brian Cain, Oregon State Baseball Vaults To Top of College Baseball Polls

Published: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 6:27 PMBy: Lindsay Schnell, The OregonianOSU Photo By: Ethan Erickson CORVALLIS, OR – Brian Cain drew a line at the front of the dugout, and gave instructions to the Oregon State baseball team. The rules were easy, said Cain, a peak performance coach hired this season by the Beavers. If… Read More