Before discussing my coaching experience please understand that I AM NOT a licensed sports psychologist. I am currently undergoing a Masters Program through the University of Western States to obtain a masters degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology and have studied the subject extensively to this point. I do not claim to be a sports psychologist, nor do I ask to be referred to as one. Thank you for your understanding and if you have any further questions, please let me know.
I worked at Hanover Area Jr/Sn high school for 4 years as a cross country and track and field coach. During that time, my focus was on the mental side of training. I grew up on the track thanks to my father being a coach so I've grown to love everything about competition and what it takes to be the best. My focus was the hurdles in track, an event that requires a lot of mental toughness, stress management and goal setting to be successful. I've also worked with individual athletes over my time as an athlete and coach in sports like volleyball, basketball, swimming and wrestling.
During college, I studied abroad in Twickenham, England. There, I focused on sport and exercise psychology at St. Mary's University while also working with the Endurance Performance and Coaching Centre (EPACC). The EPACC is an organization made to train the most talented 17-25 year old endurance athletes in the London area. My job required me to be a mental skills coach, working with athletes on their mental toughness and goal setting. I was also required to keep notes and utilize organisational skills by helping with day to day operations.
After graduating from Misericordia University with my bachelors in psychology, I worked as an opiate addictions counselor for one year. Holding this challenging position helped to broaden my perspective on how individuals can endure and overcome all kinds of obstacles, and taught me even more about how strengthening your mentality and attitude can create success. Almost exactly a year after starting my position, I was able to take an internship with The Immortals eSports organization as a Performance and Mindfulness Coach for their Overwatch team. I lived in house with 7 athletes as well as 2 more staff members. My job was to offer mental and physical support for the professional players whose ages ranged from 17-26. I had to create a schedule of mental and physical training that included runs, Ultimate Frisbee, core workouts, stress management, self-awareness, goal setting, various aspects of mental toughness and much more. I also created athlete treatment plans which targeted problems that each individual athlete perceived they had which ranged from communication problems to nutrition help. I worked in both group and individual settings to try and raise the performance of each athlete while also helping them develop into young adults. I was also in charge of tracking perceived progression from when I started my plans to when I left.
After leaving the Immortals, I began work as a freelance Mindfulness coach. I returned home to Northeastern Pennsylvania and began working with local high school and college teams in various sports. In early December, I began working with a local Gymnastics Organization to help their top tier athletes develop mental skills relating to positive self-talk, mental toughness and helping them handle the fear inherent in their sport. I continue to work with this organization while also continuing mental skills training for athletes in basketball, track and field, swimming and wrestling.
-Hanover Area track and field/cross country coach, 2012-2016
-EPACC Coach, 2015
-Opiate Addictions Counselor, 2016-2017
-Mindfulness and Performance Coach for Immortals INC., 2017
-Freelance Mindfulness Coach 2017-Present