In this episode, I talk about how coaches and athletes mentally transition out of a season and how I dealt with my transition from coaching high school football last year.
Greg Romero, the 3 time Olympic BMX Coach, who has won over 100 professional BMX races talks about disconnecting from the outcome (winning vs. losing), fear of failure, and pre-competition anxiety. Greg shares his personal mental performance stories as an athlete and his approach on coaching BMX athletes from a mental perspective.
Mike Pederson, the Canadian Olympic Women’s Foil Fencing coach and owner of the Golden Gate Fencing Center in San Francisco discusses his passion for mental performance and how to build culture within a team or club around mental performance. Mike provides a great template on how to coach athletes to make decisions under pressure, achieve “flow”, and loving the fight within the sport of fencing. He also, talks about his coaching philosophy and the mental performance techniques he implements to keep his mind sound at the elite level.
Coach Chris Vasseur the Defensive Coordinator for the Serra High School Padres talks about his sport psychology background and how it has made him a better coach. Coach Vasseur dives deeper into issues like the pressures of social media for high school athletes, using certain positive language to connect with different types of athletes, and how to teach athletes to disconnect from the outcome.
90% Mental Episode 1 – Hunter Bishop, Collegiate Baseball Player
90% Mental is a podcast that brings awareness to mental performance and sport psychology issues by interviewing athletes, coaches, trainers, etc. highlighting their mental performances experience’s and diving deeper on current sport psychology topics. Episodes will range from interviews from Olympians, Professional, Collegiate and High School Athletes and Coaches, along with my personal individual episodes discussing my own thoughts about mental performance as a Mental Sport Performance Consultant, Coach, and Athlete.
Kicking off my first episode, Hunter Bishop is a two sport athlete from Serra High School out of San Mateo, CA., who has had an explosive career. In Hunter’s senior year, he was named 2015 Under Armour Baseball All-American, First Team All-League – Outfielder, First Team All-League – Wide Receiver, WCAL baseball Player of the Year, selected to the 2015 Baseball Area Code Player Team, drafted to the San Diego Padres in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft, and received a full ride baseball scholarship to Arizona State University. Considering the number of accolades, he experienced at the age 17 years old, Hunter also dealt with his Mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. He shares a compelling story on how he mentally managed the pressures of his mother’s illness while dealing with high school stardom, professional/college baseball scouts, and still maintaining a 438 batting average. Hunter was drafted in the 2016 Major League Draft by the San Diego Padres and turned down a 2-million-dollar contract to pursue a collegiate baseball career with the Arizona State University Sun Devils. His mindset and maturity during his senior year of high school is inspirational and an example for other athletes in how to manage their mental game through life and athletic pressures. He believes that mental performance separates the good from the great.