International Mental Game Coaching AssociationIMGCA official website
Member Login
Tennis Net at Wimbledon
Golf ball and tee
Basketball
Ski Lift
Wind Surfer

IMGCA News - 2006 to 2009

The IMGCA Mission IMGCA Overview Call for Leaders IMGCA Trainer Licenses Call for Publicatons Founder & President Advisory Board Welcome to the IMGCA News & Media Room IMGCA Logos

The International Mental Game Coaching Association

News Release: Dec. 20, 2009 - Silicon Valley, California

William B. Cole Consultants announces Bill Cole, MS, MA will be the mental game coach for world kickboxing champion Miriam Nakamoto.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, CEO of William B. Cole Consultants, will be providing mental game coaching for world champion kickboxer Miriam Nakamoto. Bill will be preparing Miriam for her upcoming event in Los Angeles in April, at the world kickboxing championships, against Australian Angie Parr. They will be working intensively in mental training, mental readiness and focus techniques for entering the zone.

Bill Cole stated, "It is exciting to be coaching a top athlete like Miriam who is so dedicated to her sport. She has unlimited potential. Miriam already is a world champion, so she knows what it takes to succeed. I will be adding some new mental techniques and mind elements to her training, while also helping her access her personal greatness that she already has inside her."

For more information, to engage Bill as a guest expert, or to schedule a media interview, please contact:

William B. Cole Consultants
19925 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014-2358
VOICE: 408-725-7191
FAX: 408-298-9525
E-Mail: Bill@MentalGameCoach.com
Website: www.mentalgamecoach.com


IMGCA Coach Radek Sefcik Stresses Importance of Mental Game to Hockey Player

(Dec. 4, 2009) Hampton Roads, VA

IMGCA Certified Mental Game Master Coach Radek Sefcik has been providing mental coaching to hockey player Vladimir Mihalik of the Norfolk Admirals. Milahik's game has improved since he has been using techniques learned from Coach Sefcik, including grading himself after each game. Learn more at this article from the Virginian-Pilot.


News Release: Nov. 4, 2009 - Silicon Valley, California

William B. Cole Consultants announces Bill Cole, MS, MA signs contract to be mental game coach to world class motorcycle racer Chris Carr.


John Cole and Bill Cole on the set of The Mental Game TV ShowBill Cole, MS, MA has formed an agreement to be the mental game coach to famed motorcycle competitor Chris Carr, of Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout his career, Carr has participated in many adventures rides across the United States. In 2006, Carr put Buell Motorcycles in the Record Book by riding from Key West, Florida to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in 8 days, and in 2008 the same itinerary in 106 hours. He is the author of the book "Street Riding Secrets".

Cole will be coaching Carr for his racing season and certifying him as a Level I Mental Game Instructor for the International Mental Game Coaching Association.

For more information, to engage Bill as a guest expert, or to schedule a media interview, please contact:

William B. Cole Consultants
19925 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014-2358
VOICE: 408-725-7191
FAX: 408-298-9525
E-Mail: Bill@MentalGameCoach.com
Website: www.mentalgamecoach.com


News Release: Oct. 23, 2009 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Phil DuBois Is A New Level I Certified Coach.


BPhil DuBois, a coach and consultant based in Springfield, Virginia, has earned the Level I Certification by the International Mental Game Coaching Association. Mr. Dubois was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Instructor. Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated, "Phil DuBois has a unique vantage point from which to analyze, teach and coach the mental game, having played football in the NFL. He also has the right philosophy and outlook on youth sports and has developed programs aimed at helping young people navigate the challenges of sports participation, instilling solid values and the best mental fundamentals at an early age."

Mr. Dubois played tight end for the Washington Redskins in the National Football League. He also played for the Washington Federals of the United States Football League and played college football at San Diego State University. Mr. Dubois maintains a football psychology website at www.1standgoals.blogspot.com

Level I IMGCA certification requires two hours of live private telephonic 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Students also have access to over 70 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes and over 500 mental training videos. Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicums with groups, teams and individuals as applicable and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level I certification written examination, or writes a final paper or creates and submits a final project.

This certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in San Jose, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: May 15, 2009 - Los Angeles, California

"The Mental Game" Television Series Completes Pilot Episode


John Cole and Bill Cole on the set of The Mental Game TV ShowTMG Entertainment announces the launch of their new television series program, "The Mental Game", and the completion of the episode, "The Mental Game" tennis pilot.

"The Mental Game" is a half hour reality-style television show, hosted by the acclaimed author and mental game coach, Bill Cole, MS, MA. The show focuses on how accomplished people learn, perform and achieve greatness and will explore how these people think, access mental toughness and overcome adversity.

Bill Cole says, "Paradoxically, the mind is the last frontier of study and control in anything we do. Top achievers and performers know that mind power is what separates them from the rest of the field and catapults them into the winner's circle. Especially in these tough economic times, a program that recognizes obstacles and provides tools to conquer the challenges and to achieve success is extremely relevant. A strong mental game, whether on the court, in the board room or in personal relationships, is a desire of everyone."

Bill Cole, with over 30 years in sports psychology, research and mental game coaching that bring a unique brand of skilled education to the audience, has also authored the acclaimed book The Mental Game of Tennis which is changing the way millions of tennis fans approach their game. Bill Cole has coached seven national champions and was formerly the Sport Psychology Coach for the Israeli Davis Cup Team from 1999 to 2001. His professional players have had ATP Tour career wins over Pete Sampras, Marat Safin and Andy Roddick.

"The Mental Game" television program is produced and directed by John Cole and is seeking distribution. For more information on "The Mental Game" television program please visit www.mentalgametvshow.com.

Program & Media Contact:
contact the Mental Game TV Show


News Release: May 4, 2009 - Silicon Valley, California

William B. Cole Consultants announces Bill Cole, MS, MA as author of the mental training chapter in a new book by an Olympic Gold medalist.


Curl To Win, by Russ Howard - click to learn more or buy the bookHarper Collins Canada engaged Bill Cole, MS, MA to write the chapter on mental training for the upcoming book Curl To Win, by the two-time world curling champion, and 2006 Olympic Gold Medalist Russ Howard, who was named "Curler of the Century" by Sweep magazine.

Russ Howard has won every curling prize going. He's a record holder for an astonishing 107 Brier wins; a multiple World Championship winner; and a key member of Team Gushue, the gold medal-winning Canadian curling team at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Howard's legacy is further secured by his creation of the "Moncton Rule," which has dramatically changed the game.

But it was Howard's recent role as unofficial coach to his daughter Ashley, also an elite curler, that convinced him to gather his three decades of experience, his huge talent for motivating and his ability to synthesize the mental game with the physical one to write the guide that no curler - novice or elite - should be without.

Curl To Win is scheduled to be published in September of 2009.

Bill Cole is a prolific author with over 400 published articles worldwide. Bill's book The Mental Game of Golf will be published June of 2009. His book The Mental Game of Tennis is being revised and expanded and will be published July of 2009. He was named the golf psychology columnist for Four Corners Golf Magazine in 2009.

For more information, or to schedule a media interview, please contact:
Bill Cole, MS, MA
Founder and CEO
William B. Cole Consultants
19925 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014-2358
VOICE: 408-725-7191
FAX: 408-298-9525
E-Mail: Bill@MentalGameCoach.com
Website: www.mentalgamecoach.com


News Release: July 22, 2008 - San Jose, California

William B. Cole Consultants announces that the company founder and CEO Bill Cole, MS, MA has signed an agreement to be the new golf psychology columnist for Four Corners Golf Magazine.


Bill Cole, MS, MA, The Mental Game CoachThe magazine is a new glossy, full-size offering in the golf publishing space, covering all aspects of golf in the southwest US, with a national flair as well.

In this capacity Bill will be writing about the mental factors of golf, such as concentration, the zone, mental readiness, mental toughness, the psychology of putting, mental readiness strategies, mental learning strategies for lesson-taking, stress control, how to create a winning mind set in golf, the art of self-coaching in golf and how to compete more effectively.

Bill has been under a sports psychology coaching contract with one of the world's top 50 golf coaches, Joe Thiel, who coaches many top-ranked men and women Golf Tour pros. Joe is also the Head Golf Coach for Mizuno Golf worldwide. The Joe Thiel Worldwide Golf Academies operate in Olympia Washington, Palm Springs, CA, Japan and Korea. We coach Joe to coach his players on their mental games and write the golf psychology curriculum for his golf academies. Joe started Se Ri Pak, the youngest woman ever to win the US Open Women's Golf Championships in her rookie year, 1998. She has been in the top ranks since. Joe also coaches Nationwide Pro Tour player Brock Mackenzie and his sister Paige Mackenzie, an upcoming star on the LPGA Pro Tour.

William B. Cole Consultants founder and CEO Bill Cole, MS, MA is an internationally and nationally recognized peak performance mind coach. He is a multiple Hall of Fame honoree, a Hall Of Fame athlete and coach, an award-winning scholar-athlete and has coached at the highest levels of major-league pro sports, big-time college athletics and corporate America. Bill is the author of a published book and over 300 articles that have appeared around the world. Bill is the author of the golf book The Mental Game of Golf: Peak Performance Mind Tools. That work can be purchased here:

http://www.sportspsychologycoaching.com/products/ereportMentalGameOfGolf.html

Bill is also the Founder and President of The International Mental Game Coaching Association (IMGCA), the worldwide leader in mental game information and membership. The IMGCA has hundreds of informative success articles for kids, parents, athletes and coaches. You can visit the IMGCA at: https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com


News Release: May 17, 2008 - Buffalo, New York

Bill Cole Inducted Into The Buffalo Tennis Hall of Fame


Young Bill Cole playing tennisOn May 17, 2008 I was honored to be inducted into the Buffalo Tennis Hall of Fame. In the late 70's I was one of the top players in western New York State. I won the largest doubles championship, numerous other titles, won six conference championships in college, won money in pro events, played on television twice, faced some very big names, and then discovered I had no talent to continue! Actually, after playing some tour stars I realized they are such a special breed to be able to make a living at playing, so I redoubled my focus into teaching and coaching, and have been very fulfilled since. Yes, that photo from my playing days is me, but with lots more hair!

This is the summary from the Buffalo Tennis Hall of Fame:

Bill Cole's Playing Career

Bill Cole won a major Western New York singles or doubles tennis championship at every level of competition--in the juniors, in college, in open play, and in professional events. He reached five championship finals in the biggest Western New York Open Doubles Tennis Championships and was a winner or finalist in 25 career tennis events over a high-profile 14-year Western New York and Canadian playing career. He won money in professional events in Canada and the United States, playing on television twice and playing against some of the biggest names in pro tennis.

Highlights:

  • Bill Cole won his first tennis championship at age 10.

  • Won major Boys 18 singles and doubles championships in Erie County.

  • Was a two-year undefeated #1-#2 singles player in High School.

  • Won two ECIC High School Conference team titles.

  • Was a finalist in the AA Singles Sectional High School Championships at #1 Singles.

  • Played #1 singles at the University of Buffalo for two years.

  • Reached one Final, one Semi-Final and one Quarter-Final in the New York State Collegiate Championships.

  • Won six Conference titles in college.

  • Reached four finals in the biggest Western New York Open Tennis Championships--the MUNYS.

  • Won the MUNY Men's Doubles title in 1977.

  • Finalist in the largest Professional Indoor Singles Tournament in Western New York in 1978, the $7500 Ned Phillips Memorial, and won the Ned Phillips Memorial Men's Professional Doubles title in 1979.

  • He represented Western New York in the 1977 National Public Parks Singles and Doubles Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.

Bill Cole's Teaching and Coaching Career

Bill Cole has coached and taught at the highest levels of tennis:

  • On the ATP Men's Professional Tennis Tour and the WTA Women's Professional Tennis Tour -- in the United States and in Europe, including Wimbledon, the US Open and Davis Cup.

  • Sport Psychology Coach for the Israeli Davis Cup Team.

  • NCAA Division I Head Coach at two west-coast universities.

  • On the United States National Junior Circuit.

  • Owner of his own California tennis school.

Highlights:

  • He's an internationally-recognized sport psychology expert, an award-winning scholar-athlete and a Williamsville Central Schools Wall of Fame Honoree.

  • His students have won over 20 National and International Championships and have earned hundreds of rankings, honors and tournament titles in every conceivable age level, section and division across the United States and internationally.

  • Bill has coached eight National Champions.

  • His players have earned 22 top-ten United States National Rankings, 34 #1 USTA Sectional Rankings, 77 Top-Ten USTA Sectional Rankings and 158 USTA Sectional Rankings.

  • He's coached players to 11 California State Championships. He's coached a player to a "four USTA National Titles Grand Slam" -- one US National Doubles Championship on every surface -- and a #1 United States National Senior Doubles Ranking.

  • His professional players have had ATP Pro Tour career wins over many of the biggest names in tennis: Pete Sampras, Marat Safin, Andy Roddick, Gustavo Kuerten, Michael Chang and Tim Henman.

  • Bill took Harel Levy, ranked #278 in the world, to a career high ATP Pro Tour world ranking of #30 in 2001.

  • Harel won $210,000 playing Marat Safin in the Championship Singles Final of the Canadian Open.

  • Bill is a sport psychology researcher, an author of 330-plus published articles on coaching and peak performance, wrote the book The Mental Game of Tennis, and was a columnist and west-coast correspondent for Inside Tennis magazine.

  • Founder and President of the International Mental Game Coaching Association.


News Release: April 14, 2008 - Silicon Valley, California

William B. Cole Consultants announces spin-off initiatives around the reality TV pilot, "The Mental Game"


Bill Cole, MS, MA, the Co-Creator, Producer and Host of the TV pilot The Mental Game today announced sweeping new initiatives that will support, enhance and expand the theme, brand and focus of The Mental Game television program. This interactive reality television show goes inside the mental game of virtually everyone in sports, business and life.

These new initiatives are now under development, and will be integral to the vision of the television show, said John Cole, the show's Co-Creator and Producer. The new projects include:

  • Mental Game TV™

  • Mental Game Television™

  • Mental Game Network™

  • Mental Game Broadcasting™

  • Mental Game Entertainment Network™

  • The Mental Game Minute™

  • The Mental Game Moment™

Bill Cole and John Cole also described three new web sites that will be created in conjunction with the TV show:

  • www.MentalGameU.com

  • www.MentalGameUniversity.com

  • www.MentalGameCollege.com

Each web site will support, enhance and expand on the focus of the TV show The Mental Game.

For more information, or to schedule a media interview, please contact:

Bill Cole, MS, MA
Founder and CEO
William B. Cole Consultants
19925 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014-2358
VOICE: 408-725-7191
FAX: 408-298-9525
E-Mail: Bill@MentalGameCoach.com
Website: www.mentalgamecoach.com


News Release: January 11, 2008 - Hollywood California

RampItUp Productions announces it is now accepting talent-submissions for their 2008 television pilot.


The company has begun casting and is now accepting non-union talent submissions for the reality TV pilot, "The Mental Game", (TMG). The pilot is an innovative program focusing on the mental game of sports, business and life. The show will focus on how people learn, perform and achieve greatness.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, the show's creator and host says, "Paradoxically, the mind is the last frontier of study and control in anything we do. Top achievers and performers know that mind power is what separates them from the rest of the field and catapults them into the winner's circle. A strong mental game is the potent magic behind overcoming the inevitable mental and emotional obstacles that everyone faces in their quest for success in learning, performing and achieving".

This interactive reality television show goes inside the mental game of virtually everyone in sports, business and life. A large percentage of casting will focus on athletes involved in their day-to-day sport experience and will also include coaches, officials, agents, managers, trainers, team owners, fans and the parents of these accomplished athletes to discover how they approach their sport experience from a mental perspective and how it relates to their everyday life. The show will examine the mental and emotional highs and lows of all athletic participants at every level including youth, collegiate, amateur, pro, Olympic and even the weekend warrior.

If you are an elite athlete, a weekend warrior or you know someone who has an amazing story to tell about their personal sport experience and life accomplishments then send storyline / bio / reel along with contact information to:

 Media Public Relations
contact the Mental Game TV Show


News Release: Sept. 10, 2007 - Los Angeles, CA

Hollywood Personal Trainer Sets Elliptical Record For Charity


Erik Flowers, The Athlete Whisperer He called it "ElliptiSize for ALS," and fitness expert Erik Flowers went 24-hours on an elliptical machine during the 43rd annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. The event was designed to bring awareness and funds to "Augie's Quest," an organization that raises money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease").

It may not be a recognized record by organizations that sanctions such events, but it is the first time anyone has ever attempted an elliptical marathon.

Fact is Flowers went the equivalent distance of three marathons at a walking pace. He burned over 10,000 calories while maintaining a heart rate of barely over 100 beats per minute. Flowers trained six months for the event. "This was my tribute to Augie Nieto, a fitness industry icon and role-model," says Flowers. Nieto invented the Lifecycle and started the Life Fitness company. He developed ALS about two years ago, at 54 years old. Flowers raised $4,000-$5,000, with contributions still coming in.

Earlier this year, Flowers was named one of L.A.'s most innovative personal trainers. His gym, Body Builders Gym, is located in Silver Lake, between Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles. Flowers lives in Orange County, CA.

He is also a certified mental game coach by the International Mental Game Coaching Association (https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com), which he says helped him during the more boring a.m. hours.

Learn more about Augie's Quest at: augiesquest.org. Read more about Erik Flowers at: athletewhisperer.com.


News Release: November 6, 2006 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Erik Flowers Is A New Level II Certified Coach.

Erik Flowers, a coach, writer and consultant based in Los Angeles, CA, has earned the Level II Certification by the International Mental Game Coaching Association. Mr. Flowers was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Coach.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated, "Erik Flowers is a leader in the health and fitness field and he is creatively applying his mental training taken through IMGCA to his work with athletes and businesspeople to assist them in living healthier, more well-rounded lives. Erik is a pioneer in many modalities and initiatives in his field, and continues to be a leading-edge innovator."

Mr. Flowers is co-owner of Body Builders Gym in Los Angeles. This gym was listed the #1 gym in L.A. 2005. Peak Performance Training is based at Los Caballeros Racquet/Sports Club, Fountain Valley, CA. Erik Flowers received worldwide recognition for ElliptiSize, a trademarked cardio workout. He has appeared on CNN, MTV, Good Day L.A., Entertainment Tonight, and has been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine and also numerous times in the L.A. Times. He is the author of three books, has been a public speaker for 25+ years and a Personal Trainer since 1979. Highlight was teaching boxing basics to 30+ orphans in Behar, India in 2004. His website is www.bodybuildersgym.com.

Level II IMGCA certification requires five hours of live private telephonic 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Students also have access to over 70 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes and over 500 mental training videos. Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicums with groups, teams and individuals as applicable and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level II certification written examination, or writes a final paper or creates and submits a final project.

This certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in San Jose, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


Return to IMGCA News Table of Contents

Procoach Systems International Association of Coaches Independent Book Publishers Association IMGCA

The International Mental Game Coaching Association
P.O. Box 50372, Palo Alto, California 94303, USA
Phone: 408-705-8877
BCole@MentalGameCoaching.com
https://www.MentalGameCoaching.com


Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm PST. Closed weekends and holidays.
Private backrooms in the IMGCA membership and certification areas are open 24-7, 365 days a year.

The IMGCA name, design and related marks are trademarks of The International Mental Game Coaching Association.
© 2006- IMGCA. All rights reserved.
Use of this website signifies your agreement to the terms of use and privacy policy.
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Policies Notice