With a 35 year career in education and coaching, and a singular focus of helping students, athletes, parents and leaders reach a higher level of performance, it is very clear to me that Leadership, Mindfulness, and Performance are interrelated and interdependent.
These themes are woven through the fabric of my life. My father, a career educator and coach, taught me that learning is a lifelong journey, and that players perform at their highest level when their coach believes in them, prepares them, and inspires them. I know that leading through serving others – be they players, colleagues, friends or children – is the most effective and gratifying way to lead. And my mindfulness practice, which began as a way to cope with my wife’s passing at age 49, has become instrumental in enabling me to live my life in the here and now.
Mostly, I am a coach, and I love helping people. It was on the playing fields where I learned about motivation, teamwork, focus, culture and resilience. Over 22 years my teams won 8 league titles and 75% of their games. I am a certified trainer in the Mindful Sports Performance Enhancement (MSPE) protocol and have participated in the 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. I am currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Organizational Behavior through the Harvard Extension School, and certification as a mindfulness/meditation instructor through Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach’s 2 year course. I am a member of Franklin and Marshall College’s Athletic Hall of Fame. My clients include NCAA Championship level teams, individuals, professional athletes, high school and college students and school administrators.