This blog started in 2005. I was a few years into being a personal trainer and decided to the take questions I was repeatedly asked and answer them with a weekly post. By 2015, I was no longer a personal trainer and I was in school for my masters in sport psychology. I had a small list of current and former student-athletes I would email weekly with things I thought would be helpful to them. As it grew in popularity, I started putting them on this blog. You can sign up to get them in your inbox by clicking here.

I currently spend my days teaching Leadership and Character Development at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. IMG Academy is the world-leading provider of academic, athletic and personal development programs. With expert instruction, a proven training methodology, professional-grade facilities and a challenging and motivating learning environment that brings together individuals of all ages and backgrounds, IMG Academy provides the ultimate foundation for future success.

As a the Head of Leadership Development, my role is to lead my team in developing and documenting instructional curriculum for youth, secondary, and post-secondary student-athletes, as well as professional athletes in the areas of personal and group leadership, being a positive influence on others, and working effectively with teammates, classmates and coaches.

My background is in communication and Kinesiology. I spent 10 years as a personal trainer and strength coach until I went into corporate America and played a sales manager. I learned a lot over those years but eventually figured out I was best suited working with students and athletes. After completing my masters in Performance Psychology, I plan to further my education with a Doctorate in Leadership. 11071700_1636159893270347_362482377584279122_n (1)

I knew I wanted to be a coach ever since I got my first taste of it as an 8th grader. My flag-football coach told me that as captain of the team, if I didn’t step up and help coach the team then the season would be canceled. I agreed and had a great experience. After that season, I was hooked. When most kids dreamed about playing professional sports, I saw my future helping others have as much fun in sports as I had. I have been coaching ever since.

I post coach Notes weekly… most of the time. Sometimes I write articles for other sites and try not to spread myself too think so I skip a week here and there with my own articles. I come across little nuggets in the books I read and the coaches I follow. These are the things I share in my Coach Notes. You can sign up for updates here.

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