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About Don R.

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Arvada, CO
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About Don
Hi!

My name is Don. I am excited that you have chosen to review my sport performance coaching experience and qualifications. I am equally honored that you are considering working with me to improve your own sport performance and enjoyment.

I am a sport, exercise, and performance coach. Although evidence-based applied sport psychology is the primary emphasis in the services I provide, I am also competent, experienced, and excited to provide sport-specific skills training, evidence-based physical training, and evidence-based performance coaching services to athletes, coaches, teams, and parents from a wide variety of sports and sport populations. A unique combination of art and science is an important part of my service delivery framework.

Whether we work on the mental, sport-specific, physical, or performance parts of your
sport, the opportunity to work closely with an individual player, coach or team to help them succeed and enjoy their sport performance and lives more fully is something I consider to be very special and a privilege.

A few of the sports where I have been successful in helping players, coaches, teams, parents of athletes, and others include baseball, bicycle racing, high school cross country and track, high school diving, diving, motocross, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and ski racing.

A few things about me. I live in Arvada, Colorado, I am married, and we have two boys. I first experienced the joy of sport as a very young person, and that joy and passion is still with me today. As an athlete I have trained and competed in a variety of sports throughout my life including baseball, football, basketball, tennis, and ski racing. In addition, I raced motocross for over 10 years. Currently, I compete in racing road bicycles. However, it is with the sport of baseball that I have the most experience, both as a player and coach.

My baseball coaching experience includes competitive youth baseball (Pomona Mudcats, Record: 154-66, three World Series appearances and ten major tournament wins), high school junior varsity and varsity baseball (Colorado 5A State Champions), and college baseball (Regis University NCAA Division II). In all three of these programs I was involved with in- and out-of season strength and conditioning. In addition, I was instrumental in designing and teaching mental skills programs.

In addition to significant baseball coaching experience, I am a former Certified Level 3 USA Cycling Coach (and current competitive road racing cyclist). Not only have I safely and effectively increased the muscular strength, aerobic and anaerobic endurance, and speed of cycling athlete-clients, but I have successfully helped cyclists with the mental aspect of training and racing bicycles.

My education includes a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with minors in kinesiology (exercise science) and psychology. I have a recent master’s degree in sport psychology, where my master’s degree thesis examined the sources and types of sport-confidence in a sample of recreational and competitive youth baseball players. Lastly, I am currently enrolled in a PhD program in General Psychology, with a continued focus on sport and performance psychology.

While I am competent and comfortable working with athletes of both genders, athletes of all ages and abilities, and culturally diverse athletes, my primary area of research interest is with youth and high school age student-athletes. As such, my doctoral thesis will likely address a topic within this important sport population.

Please see my Profile for additional educational achievements.

The opportunity to work closely with you to provide sport performance coaching services falls under four areas: applied sport psychology (mental skills), sport-specific skills training, physical training, and life performance coaching. In our work together, we can focus on any one or all of these areas. It is up to you and what you would like to accomplish.

As an athlete do you have doubts about your sport performance before or during competition? Do you perform better in practice than in games? Do you feel so nervous before or during a game that you don't play as well as you could? Do you lose focus during critical times of the game? As a coach do recognize these things in your players or yourself? Parents, do you notice some of these signs in your son or daughter?

If you answered 'Yes' to one or more of these questions, then the applied sport psychology, mental skills, or psychological readiness training that we can work together on will likely provide some help toward playing or coaching at a higher performance level and with more joy and passion.

Most athletes, coaches, and parents of athletes recognize the importance of the mental game in sport. Surprisingly, many mistakenly consider the state of their mind and behavior to be a random performance factor over which they have little control.

However, as we work together on sport psychology approaches to developing the mental aspects of training and competition, I am confident you can consistently achieve your best performances by being psychologically ready to compete.

Some of the mental aspects we can work together on include mental toughness, self-confidence, motivation, focus, imagery, self-talk, coach- and parent- created motivational climate, coach-player relationship, and parent-athlete relationship.

Aside from the mental aspects, addressing the physical aspects means we can work on helping you get stronger, faster, quicker, and more agile for your specific sport.

For the skills training part, we can work to improve the exact skills that are used in your sport, such as pitching, hitting, or fielding.

Finally, if you want to work together on the life performance area, we can address those other things that are part of your life in and outside of sport.

Importantly, the evidence-based performance coaching we can work together on will help you see future possibilities, expand past your limitations, and become a stronger, more alive individual. After all, my goal is to for us to work together so that you get better and become happier and more successful in what you do in your sport and in what you do with your life. Further, it is my belief that it is just as important to develop the whole person as it is to develop sport performance enhancement and athletic excellence.

Whether you are a player, coach, or parent of an athlete, and regardless of the area or areas you decide are most important, my coaching approach is an athlete, coach, and team-centered approach.

This means I am committed to your positive sport performance growth and development. This person-centered approach also means that I recognize that you are the expert in your sport, and I need to take the time to learn about your sport from your perspective. Too, it means that the working relationship between you and I is the most important thing needed for your success. Finally, trust, rapport, genuineness, and a belief in you as a unique, valuable, and highly functioning person defines my athlete, coach, and team-centered approach. This approach makes it much more fun, personal and rewarding for everyone involved!

Thank you for letting me tell you a little about myself, my experiences, my passions, my approaches, and some of my story. Due to my playing, coaching, and educational experiences, I am able to competently and ethically provide sport performance coaching to a wide variety of individuals- male, female, young, older, beginner, elite, coach, team, culturally diverse- from a wide variety of different sports and performance environments.

I look forward to a collaborative and engaging working relationship, one that will enable you grow, get better, and become happier and more successful in what you do in your sport and in what you do with your life.

Best wishes.
Don
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About Imani G.

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Silver Spring, MD
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About Imani
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My name is Imani and I am a professional dancer, having danced with Taurus broadhurst Dance company, Bebe Miller, and Dayton Contemporary Dance company's Crystal Perkins. I have recently received my BFA in Dance from The Ohio State University after studying at Duke Ellington School for the Arts and CityDance Conservatory.

I have also trained at BalletMet, Jones Haywood Dance School, University of California Los Angeles,under the tutelage of Irene Tassadembo and others in Burkina Faso, and under the tutelage of Kaustavi Sarkar. I am trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern Dance (Horton technique), Contemporary and Odissi (Classical Indian). I have completed my Mancha Pravesh in Odissi Dance.

I have taught to people of all ages (3-60) internationally. Some of the places I have taught are : CityDance, Columbus Refugee and Imm
igration Services, King Arts Complex, The Phillips School, The Highwood Theatre, and Wuhan University (Wuhan, China).

I was Captain of (and competed Internationally with) OSU Nashaa ( The Ohio State University's Co-Ed Bollywood Dance team).

I am so excited to teach new students, and I hope you'll be one of them!
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Silmarien November 16, 2017
· Flexibility Training · In studio
My daughter had a great first lesson and learned some new techniques. Thank you!
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OLA T. July 24, 2017
· Indian Dance · In studio
She made fun and is very patient.
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TeArra February 24, 2016
· Ballet · In studio
Very focused and determined to help me reach my goals. Great first lesson and there definitely will be more.
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About Keith H.

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Shabbona, IL
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I love the great game of golf and have enjoyed playing for 50 Years! I have had the pleasure of teaching golf to young and old, beginning or advanced golfers, and group or individuals. Teaching golf is my passion and I have helped many to start playing, and have straightened out players who have need help with their game!
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Nicole April 13, 2016
· Golf · In studio
I am new to the game of golf, but have had a couple golf lessons prior to working with Keith, which gives me a credible reference point for his teaching style.

The entire experience of working with Keith was fantastic! His corrections are spot on without being overwhelming, his patience is admirable, and his excitement and love of the game was infectious! I truly wish that I could "take lessons" from him weekly. He gets best instructor ever status from me!
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About Hailey L.

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Hello, My name is Hailey. Learning and teaching are two of my favorite things! I am extremely passionate about helping others grow in their abilities, no matter what the area is! I love new students, and am always willing to work lessons into my schedule! Please feel free to contact me any time with any questions you have!
I look forward to hearing from you and helping you learn!
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Mackenzie September 11, 2017
· Flute · Online
First lesson was terrific. My 11 year old daughter was very comfortable with Hailey and enjoyed the lesson. We are both excited for our next meeting.
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Davion C. December 18, 2016
· Flute · Online
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Kathrin December 13, 2016
· Flute · Online
Great teacher! Always prepared and very good in motivating! Thank you!!
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About Kristoffer S.

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Phoenix, AZ

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I am a determined coach willing to go the extra distance for my students to accomplish their goals. I have personally been training my own skills for the past 10 years and teaching those skills for the last six years. After getting the chance to work with thousands of students young and old novice to experienced, I do quite well finding progressions and skills for anyone to work on.
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Kristoffer S.

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About Andre S.

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Baltimore, MD
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I'm a Former Major League Baseball Scout of the St.Louis Cardinals . Ive been training for over 28 years now and had 9 kids turn pro under my guidance. I'm a former player and a all American in college. My focus is to help you become great and be apart of the many I have helped over the years.
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Andre S.

Andre S.

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About Joe P.

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San Diego, CA

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Hello! My name is Joe! I've been teaching private piano lessons since 2015 and have loved helping my students learn how to read music, develop a strong sense of rhythm, and become the best musicians they can be while having fun along the way. I'm currently a pianist going to San Diego State University and completing a degree in Music Entrepreneurship by 2019. I'm an upbeat and optimistic person and my teaching style is encouraging, growth oriented, and allows room for plenty creative expression. I look forward to helping you overcome any musical challenges along the way!
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Joe P.

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About Em D.

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Purcellville, VA

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Hey there! I am a very creative, kind, and vibrant teacher! I love to teach anything I am passionate about, and have experience teaching in a foreign country as well! I have tutored in a variety of subjects, and always have students tell me how much fun they have in their lessons, and sometimes they even end up gaining a new appreciation for the subject I am teaching them! I am a firm believer in teaching with love and patience, and love to get to know my students and form a good relationship with them (especially if it is more than a one time lesson). My prices are flexible, and skill set is pretty wide! So excited to get to work with you!!
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Hallie December 17, 2017
· Yoga · In studio
She was a great teacher! Could do all the moves with ease and was patient with those who couldn’t. She went slow enough for us to keep up and get a good result. She kept it fun but yet relaxing and enjoyable.
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Gianinna December 17, 2017
· English · In home
She was very patient with me when she taught me English. I can say that my English skills improved because of her and her abilities to teach.
My pronuntiation is so much better now.
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About David S.

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Mukwonago, WI
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I am certified through the American Council on Exercise and a fitness training for the US Army. I have been teaching fitness for over 12 years. I look forward to meeting with people and helping them to find a way to start or maintain a healthy lifestyle.

I enjoy meeting with people anywhere they feel comfortable to develop a workout program. Beyond that I can help create a program most convenient to their lives and we can meet to workout together at a gym or their home. Whatever is easiest.
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David S.

David S.

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About Alyssa G.

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San Antonio, TX
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I have been Bellydancing for about 6 years and considered a top performer in the San Antonio, TX area. I want to teach you techniques of a beautiful and cultural dance and how it can tone your body!
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Alyssa G.

Alyssa G.

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