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News Release: December 4, 2014 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Lubomir Cernei Is A New Level I Certified Coach.

Lubomir Cernei, based in Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia has earned the Level I Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Mr. Cernei was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Instructor.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"Lubomir came to IMGCA training with a strong motivation to start a career as a mental game coach. He is very passionate about helping people. His goals are to help his future clients achieve their full potential in any field, whether it is sports, business, or life. He has a strong sense of personal awareness, and tremendous poise, and has solid values and goals in life and he is wise beyond his years. He will make a great mental game coach because he has a deep level of dedication to his clients, and tremendous insight into human nature. He already has excellent communication skills and is eager to learn more. He speaks multiple languages.

I can see Lubomir developing into a tremendous mental game coach. He has the interest and energy to continue his study and training so he can deliver the latest mental game coaching content and techniques to his clients. I look forward to seeing Lubomir moving ahead with his career pathway."


Lubomir has a strong athletic background. He has practiced martial arts since he was 15 years old. He has experience in wing tsung, holding an 8th level, bjj blue belt. He is also experienced in boxing, grappling and knife defense. He is also deeply into conditioning and strength training and bodyweight training for many years.

Early on, Lubomir was introduced to mental game coaching in his martial arts and conditioning background. He has been using the principles of peak performance for many years. Lubomir uses mental principles which he applies to his life every day. He writes short, medium and long goals and how to achieve them. He also focuses on living life in the present, and to stay in the moment.

Lubomir is a university graduate in finance, banking and investment. He is also a certified graduate of a Swedish muscle and balance program. He currently lives in London, England and is employed at a 5-star hotel in operations, and is beginning his coaching practice.

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 450 mental training videotapes. Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum 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 sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Cupertino, 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: November 25, 2014 - Silicon Valley, California


Dr. Mario Garcia Named to IMGCA Advisory Board, Becomes a Licensed Trainer.

Dr. Mario Garcia,  IMGCA Advisory Board MemberThe International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Mario Garcia, PhD, JD, MBA, PCC, LMHC and Level IV Certified Mental Game Professional Coach, is a new IMGCA Advisory Board member, becomes an IMGCA licensed trainer.

Mario Garcia, PhD, JD, MBA, PCC, LMHC, a Nationally certified psychologist and certified coach based in Miami, Florida has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the International Mental Game Coaching Association, and has become an IMGCA licensed trainer.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

It is my distinct pleasure to have Dr. Garcia join the IMGCA Advisory Board, and to become an IMGCA licensed trainer. I know he will be integral to the vitality and expansion of IMGCA services and program offerings.

Dr. Mario Garcia is a man of many talents, with a strong expertise in peak performance. He has a proven track record, nationally and internationally in this field. He has held numerous leadership positions, and has been an innovator in coaching, teaching, training, mentoring and in the delivery of clinical services to a wide population. He is a leader in the professional and personal coaching worlds. Dr. Garcia has been an athlete, and has worked with athletes, and this helps him understand peak performance strongly from both those sides. His experiential, academic and professional background allows him to deliver world-class services. Dr. Mario Garcia is internationally known as a writer, speaker, coach, mentor, advisor, innovator and advocate in peak performance.

Dr Garcia will be developing new certification offerings for IMGCA, handling certifications, and opening new markets as IMGCA moves to expand its offerings.

Dr. Garcia is also now a licensed trainer in the IMGCA Certification training programs. Licensing benefits include intensive training, on-going support, use of our brand names, logos, tools, assessment instruments and our strategic branding initiatives. For more information see IMGCA Trainer Licenses.


Dr. Mario Garcia

Dr. Mario Garcia is a Professional Certified Coach (ICF); Board Certified Coach (CCE); certified and trained by one of the top peak performance coaches in the globe. He is an Attorney & counselor at law; business owner; conference speaker and professor of peak performance, leadership and psychology & clinical counseling with adjunct status at various universities in both English and Spanish languages. He is a United States Army Captain (retired), served in various positions to include: aviation commander, recruiter, and acquisition research and development, and project manager for billion dollar contracts. Dr. Garcia has been serving in the Miami area since 1999. His professional efforts focus on assisting entrepreneurs, corporate executives, physicians, attorneys, individuals, couples, families and work groups to productively identify, understand and address the issues that are influencing or shaping their lives, families, and/or business/profession. In that regard, Dr. Mario is most professionally fulfilled when he is helping others resolve sensitive, complex, and important "people-related" issues, resulting in abundant living. He has been coaching since 1992 with over 20,000 clients in 55 countries in both English and Spanish languages.

Leadership:

Dr. Garcia has served in various positions of leadership from Sergeant in the United States Infantry to Aviation Company Commander. In 1990, he was awarded the Ten Outstanding Young American for Humanitarian Service by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce; and later that year received the 1990 Ten Outstanding Young Person of the World award in Moral Leadership, from Junior Chamber International. He attended the Junior Chamber International Leadership Academy sponsored by Japan Junior Chamber. He served as Chairman 1992 of the World Consortium for the Research and & Development of Training in the World Congress held in Miami, Florida, and was reappointed as Chairman of the Consortium in 1993 held in Hong Kong. In 1994, he served as JCI Vice President assigned to 10 countries in Europe, and in 1995 was elected to serve as Executive World Vice President of JCI for Europe, and presided the 1995 European Business Conference held in Strasbourg, France. Dr. Garcia was awarded lifetime membership in Junior Chamber International as JCI Senator #54234. He owns his private coaching business.

Coach:

In the entrepreneurship environment, business start-ups, strategic planning, team building and planning, creative thinking, and conflict resolution are Dr. Garcia's areas of expertise. Mario has consulted with and/or provided coaching, and accelerated learning programs to over one hundred small to large organizations, teams, governmental entities, professional and trade associations, as well as community health organizations. He has facilitated leadership teams, boards and community groups to design a futuristic vision; to create action events and/or annual milestones; to understand and accept transformation; to open interlocution and resolve conflict; and to improve communication and teamwork. As a coach of "actor interlocution" Dr. Garcia regularly assists diverse teams to broaden their worldview on issues of great significance, and rewrite their narratives in order to meet clearly framed expectations. He is recognized as an International Training Fellow #4 by Junior Chamber International. Dr. Garcia is a Professional Certified Coach (ICF), and Registered Mentor Coach (ICF); Founding Charter CCE Board Certified Coach, and Life Coach, Certified by the AG Coach Level 3; Certified Coach by Coach Training Alliance; received strategic intervention coach training with the Robbins Madanes Training Center in coaching master; and earned his Certification as Master NLP Practitioner and Coach. He serves as an Anthony Robbins Results Coach with clients all around the world, coaching in both English and Spanish languages, anytime, anywhere, anyplace!

Professor:

In additional to his counseling and coaching, Dr. Garcia is Adjunct Professor in the Center for Counseling & Family Studies graduate program, and Liberty University, where, he has supervised students during their internship and taught psychology and counseling related graduate courses in individual counseling skills, pre-marital and marital counseling, crisis counseling, pastoral counseling, and integration of spirituality and theology in counseling. Additionally, Dr. Garcia is an adjunct professor of Congregational Relationships with Wesley Seminary (Seminario Wesley) masters of divinity program; Adjunct Professor of Health Law with St. Francis University; Adjunct Professor of Abnormal Psychology and Theories of Personality with Ashford University; and Adjunct Professor of Spirituality and Healthcare with Grand Canyon University College of Theology. Dr. Garcia's teaching experience spans twenty-five years for several universities, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in ethics, leadership, medical sociology, business law, health law, health care marketing, abnormal psychology, temperament theory and therapy, spirituality in healthcare, clinical pastoral education, and individual and group psychology.

Education/Licenses/Certifications:

Dr. Garcia earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School Of Law; Ph.D. in Psychology from Capella University; Post Doctorate Certification in Neuropsychology from Fielding Graduate University; Theology Masters in Theology & Church History and his Masters of Divinity from Liberty Theological Seminary & Graduate School; Master of Laws, Health Law, Loyola University of Chicago; and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Management from Golden Gate University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Excelsior College. He is a retired U.S. Army Captain; licensed to practice law in Florida, New York, District of Columbia, and Federal Courts, to include the United States Supreme Court. He has completed the Florida Supreme Court Family Certified Mediation Training program and is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor; Nationally Certified Psychologist; National Certified Counselor; Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor; ICF Professional Certified Coach; and CCE Board Certified Life Coach.

Awards:

Daily Business Review's Most Effective Lawyer for 2009; U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal 1993; Ten Outstanding Young American in Humanitarian Service, U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce 1990; Ten Outstanding Young Person of the World, in Moral Leadership, 1990; U.S. Army Humanitarian Service Medal.

Family:

Married 37 years to the former Wanda I. Rodriguez, Dr. Garcia and Wanda have three adult children and seven grandchildren, and they make their home in Miami, Florida.


News Release: November 12, 2014 - Silicon Valley, California


The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Mario Garcia, PhD, JD, MBA, PCC, LMHC Is A New Level IV Certified Mental Game Professional Coach.

Dr. Mario Garcia, Level IV Certified Mental Game Professional CoachMario Garcia, PhD, JD, MBA, PCC, LMHC, a Nationally certified psychologist and certified coach based in Miami, Florida has earned the Level IV Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Dr. Garcia was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Professional Coach.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,
When I first met Dr. Mario Garcia I was immediately impressed with his professional credentials and background. He is the epitome of the virtual Renaissance man to which we can all aspire. After speaking with him and getting to know him, I also learned that Mario is one of the most selfless, giving and spiritual people I know. That combination-a super high achiever and a humble man of contemplation being in service to others-makes him a potent amalgam of energy, dedicated focus and high ethical and moral ideals.

Because Dr Garcia comes at coaching from so many perspectives, this makes him particularly effective. He can view a client's situation from many vantage points, and offer guidance, insights and advice that are very powerful and on target. Dr. Garcia is a proven leader and innovator in many disciplines, and I know he will also quickly become an outstanding leader in the mental game coaching world. Dr. Garcia flew through his certification program. His background in clinical psychology, teaching, coaching and leadership will combine to help him create new program offerings in the mental game.

Dr. Garcia has been an athlete, and has worked with athletes, and this helps him understand peak performance strongly from both those sides. His experiential, academic and professional background allows him to deliver world-class services.

Mario Garcia has been a leader all his life. I know this strong leadership thread will continue in his career as a mental game coach. I can see Dr. Garcia continuing to contribute dramatically to this field on multiple levels. He will be a major force, and internationally known as a writer, speaker, coach, mentor, advisor, innovator and advocate for this field.

It has been my distinct pleasure in guiding Dr. Garcia through the IMGCA Mental Game Coaching certification process. It will be a further pleasure watching his future progress and achievements.


Dr. Mario Garcia is a Professional Certified Coach (ICF); Board Certified Coach (CCE); certified and trained by one of the top peak performance coaches in the globe. He is an Attorney & counselor at law; business owner; conference speaker and professor of peak performance, leadership and psychology & clinical counseling with adjunct status at various universities in both English and Spanish languages. He is a United States Army Captain (retired), served in various positions to include: aviation commander, recruiter, and acquisition research and development, and project manager for billion dollar contracts. Dr. Garcia has been serving in the Miami area since 1999. His professional efforts focus on assisting entrepreneurs, corporate executives, physicians, attorneys, individuals, couples, families and work groups to productively identify, understand and address the issues that are influencing or shaping their lives, families, and/or business/profession. In that regard, Dr. Mario is most professionally fulfilled when he is helping others resolve sensitive, complex, and important "people-related" issues, resulting in abundant living. He has been coaching since 1992 with over 20,000 clients in 55 countries in both English and Spanish languages.

Leadership:

Dr. Garcia has served in various positions of leadership from Sergeant in the United States Infantry to Aviation Company Commander. In 1990, he was awarded the Ten Outstanding Young American for Humanitarian Service by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce; and later that year received the 1990 Ten Outstanding Young Person of the World award in Moral Leadership, from Junior Chamber International. He attended the Junior Chamber International Leadership Academy sponsored by Japan Junior Chamber. He served as Chairman 1992 of the World Consortium for the Research and & Development of Training in the World Congress held in Miami, Florida, and was reappointed as Chairman of the Consortium in 1993 held in Hong Kong. In 1994, he served as JCI Vice President assigned to 10 countries in Europe, and in 1995 was elected to serve as Executive World Vice President of JCI for Europe, and presided the 1995 European Business Conference held in Strasbourg, France. Dr. Garcia was awarded lifetime membership in Junior Chamber International as JCI Senator #54234. He owns his private coaching business.

Coach:

In the entrepreneurship environment, business start-ups, strategic planning, team building and planning, creative thinking, and conflict resolution are Dr. Garcia's areas of expertise. Mario has consulted with and/or provided coaching, and accelerated learning programs to over one hundred small to large organizations, teams, governmental entities, professional and trade associations, as well as community health organizations. He has facilitated leadership teams, boards and community groups to design a futuristic vision; to create action events and/or annual milestones; to understand and accept transformation; to open interlocution and resolve conflict; and to improve communication and teamwork. As a coach of "actor interlocution" Dr. Garcia regularly assists diverse teams to broaden their worldview on issues of great significance, and rewrite their narratives in order to meet clearly framed expectations. He is recognized as an International Training Fellow #4 by Junior Chamber International. Dr. Garcia is a Professional Certified Coach (ICF), and Registered Mentor Coach (ICF); Founding Charter CCE Board Certified Coach, and Life Coach, Certified by the AG Coach Level 3; Certified Coach by Coach Training Alliance; received strategic intervention coach training with the Robbins Madanes Training Center in coaching master; and earned his Certification as Master NLP Practitioner and Coach. He serves as an Anthony Robbins Results Coach with clients all around the world, coaching in both English and Spanish languages, anytime, anywhere, anyplace!

Professor:

In additional to his counseling and coaching, Dr. Garcia is Adjunct Professor in the Center for Counseling & Family Studies graduate program, and Liberty University, where, he has supervised students during their internship and taught psychology and counseling related graduate courses in individual counseling skills, pre-marital and marital counseling, crisis counseling, pastoral counseling, and integration of spirituality and theology in counseling. Additionally, Dr. Garcia is an adjunct professor of Congregational Relationships with Wesley Seminary (Seminario Wesley) masters of divinity program; Adjunct Professor of Health Law with St. Francis University; Adjunct Professor of Abnormal Psychology and Theories of Personality with Ashford University; and Adjunct Professor of Spirituality and Healthcare with Grand Canyon University College of Theology. Dr. Garcia's teaching experience spans twenty-five years for several universities, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in ethics, leadership, medical sociology, business law, health law, health care marketing, abnormal psychology, temperament theory and therapy, spirituality in healthcare, clinical pastoral education, and individual and group psychology.

Education/Licenses/Certifications:

Dr. Garcia earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School Of Law; Ph.D. in Psychology from Capella University; Post Doctorate Certification in Neuropsychology from Fielding Graduate University; Theology Masters in Theology & Church History and his Masters of Divinity from Liberty Theological Seminary & Graduate School; Master of Laws, Health Law, Loyola University of Chicago; and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Management from Golden Gate University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Excelsior College. He is a retired U.S. Army Captain; licensed to practice law in Florida, New York, District of Columbia, and Federal Courts, to include the United States Supreme Court. He has completed the Florida Supreme Court Family Certified Mediation Training program and is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor; Nationally Certified Psychologist; National Certified Counselor; Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor; ICF Professional Certified Coach; and CCE Board Certified Life Coach.

Awards:

Daily Business Review's Most Effective Lawyer for 2009; U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal 1993; Ten Outstanding Young American in Humanitarian Service, U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce 1990; Ten Outstanding Young Person of the World, in Moral Leadership, 1990; U.S. Army Humanitarian Service Medal.

Family:

Married 37 years to the former Wanda I. Rodriguez, Dr. Garcia and Wanda have three adult children and seven grandchildren, and they make their home in Miami, Florida.

Level IV IMGCA certification requires 40 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 450 mental training videotapes. Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level IV certification written examination, or writes a final paper or creates and submits a final project.

This sport psychology 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: October 22, 2014 - Silicon Valley, California

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of The International Mental Game Coaching Association, was interviewed as an expert on sport psychology in Yahoo Health Magazine on line for the article "A Triathlete Nun Helped Me Get Over My Missed-Marathon Depression", by writer Jo Piazza.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, was interviewed in Yahoo Health Magazine on line for the article "A Triathlete Nun Helped Me Get Over My Missed-Marathon Depression", by writer Jo Piazza, which was published on October 22, 2014.

Mr. Cole has been mental game coach to Olympians, professional athletes, national champions, All Americans and thousands of weekend warriors. Here are some of his mental strategies he gave the author for when your event gets canceled:

  1. Call your friends and create a substitute race and run it on the same date. Call it "The 'Instead Of' Open".

  2. View the change in plans as a positive opportunity to get some alternate tasks done, take a break from training or just plain goof off. Runners are very intense types and they need to learn to chill.

  3. Spend time visualizing how you "would have run the race", complete with your strategies, problem-solving tactics and picturing yourself accepting the winning trophy.

  4. Think about how hungry for competition this delay is making you, and how much harder you'll train so when the next event arrives, you will explode all your talent and training into a laser-focus for that event.

Yahoo Sports has called Bill Cole "a leading author on sports psychology".

Bill Cole, MS, MA, is a mental game coach to athletes and coaches, politicians, professional speakers and trainers, the entertainment industry, executives and business professionals. The British Broadcasting Corporation (The BBC) called him "A world-renowned peak performance coach." He has been the mental coach or sports psychology consultant with athletes or coaches of 17 world and national teams, eight international and Olympic teams, 31 professional sports teams, associations or leagues, and of athletes who have won 35 world and national championships. He has been the mental trainer for thousands of athletes in over 75 sports, at all ages and skill levels and has been a leader in the field of mental training for over 30 years. He was the first person in the world to earn an undergraduate degree in sports psychology, and is also the founder and President of the International Mental Game Coaching Association (https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com), which trains and certifies mental coaches worldwide.

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: 408-440-2339
E-Mail: Bill@MentalGameCoach.com
Website: www.mentalgamecoach.com


News Release: August 2, 2014 - Silicon Valley, California

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of The International Mental Game Coaching Association, flew to Hollywood to appear in front of the cameras for the big screen film "The Hurt Business" by Director Vlad Yudin, as an expert on sport psychology.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, appeared in front of the cameras for the big screen film "The Hurt Business" with Director Vlad Yudin, which is due to be released in 2016.

References:

Vlad Yudin on Wikipedia

Vlad Yudin on IMDB

Bill was asked about the psychological dimensions of the MMA phenomenon. Bill talked about the zone, the stress, why people choke, the pressures of being in the spotlight, how MMA fighters train their minds, how they handle setbacks and injuries and how they manage their career paths from a mental perspective.

"Bill Cole is a leading Olympic sports psychologist".
British Broadcasting Corporation (The BBC)

Yahoo Sports has called Bill Cole "a leading author on sports psychology".

"A world-renowned peak performance coach."
British Broadcasting Corporation (The BBC)

"Bill Cole is a renowned sports psychologist and 'mental game coach' who helps athletes cope with the demands of intense competition."
CNET Magazine

"Bill Cole is one of the world’s leading sports psychologists who has coached teams and individuals in over 85 sports in multiple countries, including US National dirt track champion Chris Carr."
MCN Sport, the leading motorcycle racing magazine in Europe

"... an authority on sports psychology... He is one of the top peak performance coaches in the country...Bill's peak performance system helped us tremendously in our march to reach the finals of the College World Series."
Stanford University Baseball Team

"...one of the top peak performance coaches on the ATP Pro Tennis Tour."
Israeli Davis Cup Team

"Bill Cole is a leading authority on sports psychology and mental coaching."
Sports on Earth Magazine


Bill Cole, MS, MA, is a mental game coach to athletes and coaches, politicians, professional speakers and trainers, the entertainment industry, executives and business professionals. The British Broadcasting Corporation (The BBC) called him "A world-renowned peak performance coach." He has been the mental coach or sports psychology consultant with athletes or coaches of 17 world and national teams, eight international and Olympic teams, 31 professional sports teams, associations or leagues, and of athletes who have won 35 world and national championships. He has been the mental trainer for thousands of athletes in over 75 sports, at all ages and skill levels and has been a leader in the field of mental training for over 30 years. He was the first person in the world to earn an undergraduate degree in sports psychology, and is also the founder and President of the International Mental Game Coaching Association (https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com), which trains and certifies mental coaches worldwide.

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: 408-440-2339
E-Mail: Bill@MentalGameCoach.com
Website: www.mentalgamecoach.com


News Release: June 25, 2014 - Silicon Valley, California


Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of The International Mental Game Coaching Association was interviewed in New Idea magazine (Australia) for the article "Bec and Lleyton: Shock News", by writer Taylor Casey, as an expert on sport psychology.

 

Bill Cole, MS, MA, was interviewed in New Idea magazine (Australia) for the article "Bec and Lleyton: Shock News", by writer Taylor Casey, which was published on June 25, 2014.

The article focused on the career of Lleyton Hewitt, the former no. 1 Aussie tennis player who is ranked #70 in next month's Wimbledon, and how he needs to really sharpen up his game if he wants to win. Some questions asked of Bill were:

What's next for Lleyton, and how much professional tennis does he have left in him? How many more years of the game does he have in him, realistically speaking? What would be a good tournament for him to end his career on? Which tennis greats have carried on into their 40's and done really well despite their age?

When Bill was the sport Psychology Coach for the Israeli Davis Cup tennis Team, he traveled the US and Europe with them and often practiced next to Lleyton Hewitt. This gave Bill insights into how Lleyton carried himself, and about his mental strengths.

Yahoo Sports has called Bill Cole "a leading author on sports psychology".

Bill Cole, MS, MA, is a mental game coach to athletes and coaches, politicians, professional speakers and trainers, the entertainment industry, executives and business professionals. The British Broadcasting Corporation (The BBC) called him "A world-renowned peak performance coach."

He has been the mental coach or sports psychology consultant with athletes or coaches of 17 world and national teams, eight international and Olympic teams, 31 professional sports teams, associations or leagues, and of athletes who have won 35 world and national championships. He has been the mental trainer for thousands of athletes in over 75 sports, at all ages and skill levels and has been a leader in the field of mental training for over 30 years. He was the first person in the world to earn an undergraduate degree in sports psychology, and is also the founder and President of the International Mental Game Coaching Association, which trains and certifies mental coaches worldwide.

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: May 26, 2014 - Silicon Valley, California


The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Patricia Hollowell Is A New Level I Certified Coach.

 

Patricia Hollowell, a teacher and coach based in Brookeville, MD, has earned the Level I Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Patricia was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Instructor.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"Patricia Hollowell is one of the strongest and most natural leaders I have come across in all my years of coaching and teaching. She shows a complete eagerness and willingness to step up and take charge of all aspects of her teaching and coaching programs, and she displays outstanding creativity and vision in formulating and executing her plans. Patricia was able to take her previous sport experiences and adapt them to mental game coaching in very fast and effective ways.  Patricia is a real analyst of sports and of people and has the ability to communicate what she knows very effectively and with a motivating style. I can see how the kids she coaches respect her and listen to her. She really knows what she is doing. Patricia brings a high level of precision to what she does. She is not content with 'good enough’. She strives to be the best. This was evidenced by her taking a very inexperienced basketball team, that no one thought could do anything in their league, or locally, and took them all the way to the state championship finals! Clearly Patricia has ‘the right stuff’.

Patricia is a lifelong leader in sports, both on and off the field. She has been in leadership positions in high school and college, and has continued that in her work as a teacher, coach and camp owner. I can see how she will quickly take these management and leadership skills and apply these to starting her mental game coaching business. Patricia's final project focused on creating and writing a wonderful workbook to support her upcoming summer camp, infusing themes of team building, leadership and mental toughness. It is obvious that Patricia Hollowell will be a leader in the field of mental game coaching. She has already made strong inroads in her various leadership roles and I see her expanding those and making a very strong impact on the mental approach of everyone with whom she comes into contact. Patricia is a pleasure to coach, and I look forward to her starting Level II soon."

Patricia holds a BA in Spanish from Mary Washington College, and is a Sportsmetrics Certified Trainer. She is the head varsity coach for the girl's basketball program at Washington Christian Academy, in Brookeville, Maryland. In conjunction with PAPA (Premier Athletic Performance Association), she runs summer basketball camps with Adrian Branch, a retired NBA player, who was with the Chicago Bulls in 1985. He played a reserve role with the Los Angeles Lakers when they won the NBA Championship in 1987.

Patricia also teaches K-8 in Spanish. She also has three children who participate in a combined five different competitive sports.

Patricia grew up participating in recreational gymnastics and then in high school started playing volleyball, basketball and soccer.  She was captain of her teams in basketball and soccer her senior year of high school and achieved all-conference honors in all three sports in high school.  She went on to play basketball and soccer in college and was named rookie of the year her freshman year of college for soccer.

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 450 mental training videotapes. Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum 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 sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Cupertino, 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 17, 2014 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Jennifer Jenks, MSW, LCSW Is A New Level I Certified Coach.

Jennifer Jenks, MSW, LCSW, a licensed clinical social worker based in Oak Park, Illinois has earned the Level I Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Ms. Jenks was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Instructor.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated, "Jennifer is one of the sharpest students I have ever had for IMGCA certification. She comes to this work with such a rich professional background that she was able to soak up a huge amount of material in a very short space of time. Being a licensed clinical social worker, Jennifer had been using many mental game approaches already, in different contexts. We were rapidly able to make the application of these methods, and new ones, to learning and performance situations across a wide spectrum of clients and client issues.

Jennifer is a proven leader in the social work field, particularly in the area of domestic violence. I know she will take her vision and leadership skills and apply these to starting a thriving mental game coaching business.

Jennifer is extremely passionate about mental game coaching. She evidenced this by taking the time to fly from Chicago, Illinois to undergo her Level I training at our offices here in Northern California. It was a pleasure to host her at the IMGCA headquarters for those few days. With such a strong background in journalism, I can easily see Jennifer using these skills to create exceptional learning materials for her clients. She showed this skill set when she created her final project, using PowerPoint, entitled 'Landing On The Perfect Mental Edge', an outline for her upcoming workshop for the mental game of ice skating. I love that title!

As an athlete, Jennifer has a long and strong history. She has been a runner, ice skater and mind-body practitioner and will bring those experiences to her clients. She still participates in all these activities.

It is clear to me that Jennifer Jenks will be a leader in this field. Starting in the Chicago area in ice skating, I see her eventually developing a national reputation in this sport as a top mental game coach. I can also see her successfully coaching runners and other athletes and coaches wishing to grow within mental game coaching. She has a very bright future, and it has been my pleasure to assist her at the start of her career in this exciting field."


Jennifer earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1988 and worked as a newspaper journalist for many years. She wrote about domestic violence in Wichita, Kansas, from 1988-1990, and her articles helped to change the city's police and court system response to domestic violence victims. She began a career change in 2000 to become a social worker and a domestic violence counselor and received a master's degree in social work in 2004 and became a licensed clinical social worker in 2006. She has been an Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional since 2005. As part of this work, Jennifer has been teaching healthy coping strategies, including breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, mindfulness and visualization.

She started a domestic violence counseling program for women in substance abuse treatment to help them understand the connections between experiencing domestic violence and using substances. She also started a domestic violence education program for adolescent males in substance abuse treatment to help them to learn about healthy and unhealthy relationships. In January 2013, she moved into a program supervisor position and now runs a domestic violence program.

Jennifer has used many mind-body techniques with clients in inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment, and for the past few years, has applied mental game techniques to herself, using them to improve her skating. She also used them to help her finish the Chicago Marathon at age 48, finishing in 6:09:10.

Jennifer took ballet lessons and danced from third grade to her junior year of college. She ran track in middle school (800, mile and two mile) and in 1991, trekked in Nepal to 10,500 feet. In 2004, she resumed running 2-3 miles, a few times a week and she has run a couple of 5K races. For the past few years, she has been doing Hatha yoga once a week. She is also currently taking a Pilates class. For the past four years, she has been taking adult ice skating lessons.

Jennifer's daughter is a competitive figure skater and she plans to start a business to help figure skaters perform at their best during competitions. Jennifer plans to conduct workshops at all the ice rinks in the Chicago area and to also work individually with skaters.

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 450 mental training videotapes. Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum 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 sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Cupertino, 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 10, 2014 - Silicon Valley, California

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of The International Mental Game Coaching Association, was interviewed in The Connecticut Post for the article "Kentucky's starting NBA five leads off 'Duffle Bag" by writer Kevin Duffy, as an expert on sport psychology.

Bill Cole, MS, MA was interviewed as an expert on sport psychology on the impact of social media on athletes mental states in the Connecticut Post for the article "Kentucky's starting NBA five leads off 'Duffle Bag'" by writer Kevin Duffy.

This article focused on how athletes today are consumed by a focus on social media, and the impact it has on their psyches. Bill talked about how many young people want to be famous, to be noticed, and social media seems to be a popular way to achieve that. It was reported in USA TODAY that eighty-one percent of 18- to 25-year-olds surveyed in a 2007 Pew Research Center poll said getting rich is their generation's most important or second-most-important life goal; 51% said the same about being famous.

The results of the Pew telephone survey of 579 young people describe the "millennial" generation (also known as Gen Y), who were born since the early 1980s and were raised in the glow and glare of their parents' omnipresent cameras. While experts say it's natural for humans to seek attention, these young people revel in it. They're accustomed to being noticed, having been showered with awards and accolades. A Pew study also found young people are about twice as likely (14%) to admire an entertainer than a political leader (8%).

Bill discussed these topics:

  1. Is this from all the reality TV shows with average people getting fame for doing very little?

  2. Does the intense focus on celebrity culture and consumerism create a "I need that" mentality?

  3. The more athletes are concerned with what others are thinking, they give their power away.

  4. Does all this frantic intensity create a form of ADD in trying to keep up?

Endless comparing and scrutinizing of opponents using on line media creates anxiety from constant worry and insecurity. Bill coached a MMA athlete one time who spent countless hours on line viewing videos, reading comments from fans and competitors, and in being obsessed about what others were thinking. Bill was able to help him to let go of all that and focus on what he could control. He won the northern California Jiu Jitsu Championships and reached the quarterfinals of the Jiu Jitsu US Open.

In sport, the major goal is to stay in the now and unfortunately, media zooms people into the past and future.

Social media creates defensiveness in trying to explain what you did, or did not do, and can result in a lack of fight in a contest, since that's where the athlete's mind goes also, to create excuses for poor play.

We now live in the age of Facebook and Twitter where people share the most personal part of their lives and feelings with the whole world. It seems people keep nothing in the private sphere anymore.

The article said:

The worst practice in 21st century athletics is typing your own name into the Twitter search bar. I know athletes do it, more often than you think. It's tempting to see what the world says about you, but there's little to be gained from it.

Mr. Cole was quoted as saying:

"The technology has harmed people because, with athletes, what you're trying to do is be as self-contained as possible. That means yes, you enjoy receiving accolades and hearing and seeing comments, that's all good, but athletes have a tendency sometimes to overly rely on that stuff as their main source as not only motivation, but self-esteem and confidence."

Yahoo Sports has called Bill Cole "a leading author on sports psychology".

Bill Cole, MS, MA, is a mental game coach to athletes and coaches, politicians, professional speakers and trainers, the entertainment industry, executives and business professionals. The British Broadcasting Corporation (The BBC) called him "A world-renowned peak performance coach." He has been the mental coach or sports psychology consultant with athletes or coaches of 17 world and national teams, eight international and Olympic teams, 31 professional sports teams, associations or leagues, and of athletes who have won 35 world and national championships. He has been the mental trainer for thousands of athletes in over 75 sports, at all ages and skill levels and has been a leader in the field of mental training for over 30 years. He was the first person in the world to earn an undergraduate degree in sports psychology, and is also the founder and President of the International Mental Game Coaching Association (https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com), which trains and certifies mental coaches worldwide.

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: April 25, 2014 - Silicon Valley, California

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of The International Mental Game Coaching Association, was interviewed in The Houston Chronicle as an expert on sport psychology for the article "Blazers Besting Rockets In Head Games As Well", by writer Randy Harvey.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, was interviewed on the NBA Playoffs in The Houston Chronicle for the article "Blazers Besting Rockets In Head Games As Well", by writer Randy Harvey, which was published on April 25, 2014.

The article was set against the Houston Rockets in the NBA playoffs against the Trail Blazers. Bill was interviewed about the role mind games, trash talking and psychological gamesmanship play in sport. He advised athletes to never let anyone "rent space in your head", and offered a number of techniques that can counter the effects of mind games from an opponent. One major way to counteract an opponent trying to get to you is to view the attack as a compliment, to recognize that the opponent is so worried about you that they need to resort to extra measures to get an edge. Another is to simply block it out by engaging more with the now, the moment. Bill also advised against attempting to fight back and to try to give the opponent "a dose of his own medicine". In attempting to dig an opponent with your own mind trick, it can all too easily backfire, and throw you off your own game. Bill said revenge is best measured in victory, not in emotional mind games.

Yahoo Sports has called Bill Cole "a leading author on sports psychology".

Bill Cole, MS, MA, is a mental game coach to athletes and coaches, politicians, professional speakers and trainers, the entertainment industry, executives and business professionals. The British Broadcasting Corporation (The BBC) called him "A world-renowned peak performance coach." He has been the mental coach or sports psychology consultant with athletes or coaches of 17 world and national teams, eight international and Olympic teams, 31 professional sports teams, associations or leagues, and of athletes who have won 35 world and national championships. He has been the mental trainer for thousands of athletes in over 75 sports, at all ages and skill levels and has been a leader in the field of mental training for over 30 years. He was the first person in the world to earn an undergraduate degree in sports psychology, and is also the founder and President of the International Mental Game Coaching Association (https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com), which trains and certifies mental coaches worldwide.

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: March 22, 2014 - Silicon Valley, California

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of The International Mental Game Coaching Association, is interviewed as a sport psychology expert on the world's largest sports radio station talkSPORT, in London, England, on the Extra Time show, with Matt Forde.

Bill Cole, MS, MA was interviewed as a sport psychology expert on the world's largest sports radio station, talkSPORT, in London, England, on the Extra Time show, with Matt Forde. The segment asked the question: How do top athletes prepare mentally for huge competitions, and how do they handle the mind games that inevitably arise?

The questions asked of Bill revolved around Carl Froch employing a top Olympic GB Spots Psychologist to help him through his huge rematch with George Groves. This is the biggest fight in British boxing in the last 10 years between two of the UK's top fighters. Carl Froch is seeking psychological help before his return world super-middleweight title fight with George Groves at an already sold-out Wembley Stadium on 31 May, a £20 million contest which he thinks could be determined by mind over matter.

Froch beat Groves in 2013 thanks to a contentious stoppage after Groves had been clearly winning on points. Underdog Groves had "wound up" Froch by impudently pricking his renowned ego at every turn. Learn more about the 2013 contest and rematch.

Froch is the reigning IBF champion at super middleweight, having defeated Lucian Bute for the title, and on 25 May 2013 Froch became the WBA unified champion after defeating Mikkel Kessler.

Froch was quoted as saying, "He did a good job on me because when I got into the ring after listening to his rubbish, all I wanted to do was punch his face in instead of boxing him. I'm not going to let it happen again. Mentally I was not at the races. Physically I was in good shape but mentally I wasn't doing what I needed to do, I had let that idiot boy get under my skin."

Bill discussed the psychology of gamesmanship and gave mental game tips on these issues:

  1. How not to allow competitors to rent space in your head.
  2. Can you want to win too much?
  3. Not allowing ego to take over instead of trained instinct.
  4. Take the insults and show your inner security. Never let them see you sweat.
  5. Don't be insulted—be challenged.
  6. Play the game off the mat as well as on.
  7. Control what you can and let the rest go—can't control verbal taunts. You can only control your reaction.
  8. How to USE mind games for your own power.
  9. How to VIEW opponents who use mind games.

TalkSPORT, owned by UTV Radio, is one of the United Kingdom's three terrestrial analogue Independent National Radio broadcasters, offering 24-hour sports radio service broadcast from London to the United Kingdom. Their content includes sports phone-ins, discussion and live sports commentaries. It is transmitted on 1089 and 1053 kHz across the UK and digitally via DAB digital radio, Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media and Freesat.

TalkSPORT website: http://talksport.com/

TalkSPORT ON Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talksport

The radio show host is Matt Forde, an English-born comedian, comedy writer, radio presenter and former political advisor for the Labour party. Matt was a semi-finalist in the So You Think You're Funny? 2002, the Daily Telegraph New Act 2002, the Wilkinson Sword Cutting Edge Awards 2002 and the BBC New Comedy Awards 2001.

Matt Forde's website: http://www.mattforde.com/

Matt Forde on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Forde

Bill Cole, MS, MA, is a mental game coach to athletes and coaches, politicians, professional speakers and trainers, the entertainment industry, executives and business professionals. The British Broadcasting Corporation (The BBC) called him "A world-renowned peak performance coach."

He has been the mental coach or sports psychology consultant with athletes or coaches of 17 world and national teams, eight international and Olympic teams, 31 professional sports teams, associations or leagues, and of athletes who have won 35 world and national championships. He has been the mental trainer for thousands of athletes in over 75 sports, at all ages and skill levels and has been a leader in the field of mental training for over 30 years. He was the first person in the world to earn an undergraduate degree in sports psychology, and is also the founder and President of the International Mental Game Coaching Association, which trains and certifies mental coaches worldwide.

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: February 19, 2014 - Silicon Valley, California

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of The International Mental Game Coaching Association, was interviewed in Yahoo Sports for the article "Retiring Olympians' toughest challenge: Finding something else to do", by writer Martin Rogers, as an expert on sport psychology.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, was interviewed on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in Yahoo Sports for the article " Retiring Olympians' toughest challenge: Finding something else to do" by writer Martin Rogers, which was published on February 19, 2014.

Bill was quoted as saying, "They say that athletes die twice. When it stops, it is stunning and shocking and jarring. A lot of times you hear them say, 'I never thought this day would come.' It is like a really big portion of your life has just ended. People that handle it better than others have a portion of 'giving back' — where they figure that their status and experiences give them a lot of power to do good."

The article described Bill's perspective further:

Cole likens the experience of the retiring Olympian to that of some of the Silicon Valley CEOs that he works with. Replacing the buzz of competition and the thrill of winning can be compared to business maestros suffering withdrawal symptoms from cutting big deals. For some, engaging in charitable works is a cathartic experience, giving former athletes a greater sense of purpose and a fresh challenge to attack, according to Cole. Yahoo Sports has called Bill Cole "a leading author on sports psychology".

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Bill Cole, MS, MA, is a mental game coach to athletes and coaches, politicians, professional speakers and trainers, the entertainment industry, executives and business professionals. The British Broadcasting Corporation (The BBC) called him "A world-renowned peak performance coach." He has been the mental coach or sports psychology consultant with athletes or coaches of 17 world and national teams, eight international and Olympic teams, 31 professional sports teams, associations or leagues, and of athletes who have won 35 world and national championships. He has been the mental trainer for thousands of athletes in over 75 sports, at all ages and skill levels and has been a leader in the field of mental training for over 30 years. He was the first person in the world to earn an undergraduate degree in sports psychology, and is also the founder and President of the International Mental Game Coaching Association, which trains and certifies mental coaches worldwide.

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: January 10, 2014 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Jephias Mundondo Is A New Level II Certified Coach.

Jephias Mundondo, from Mutare, Zimbabwe, has earned the Level II Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association. Mr. Mundondo was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Coach.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated, "Jephias Mundondo became the first person on the continent of Africa to earn an IMGCA certification when he achieved Level I status in December of 2013. Now he has advanced to the next higher level, earning the title Certified Mental Game Coach. His goal is to move through all four ranks in IMGCA to become a Level IV Certified Mental Game Professional Coach. Upon achieving that designation, he would like to become a licensed trainer for the IMGCA Certification training programs. He would then be licensed to teach the IMGCA Certification Training Programs in various countries, regions and throughout Africa. Licensing benefits include intensive training, on-going support, use of our brand names, logos, tools, assessment instruments and IMGCA's strategic branding initiatives. Jephias is one of the most dedicated mental game coaches I have met, and I know he has the drive, background and commitment to go as far in this field as he desires. I know that Jephias is destined for great things in this field."

Jephias is a Certified Life Coach and holds a Masters Degree in Development Management, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Management. He has been in Development work for the past 17 years, having been an Executive Director for a Family AIDS Caring Trust (FACT) for the past 11 years. He holds a Diploma in Personnel Management, A certificate in Agriculture, a Certificate in management Development and Training, and a Certificate in Low Impact Tourism. He is currently practicing as A Success and Well-being Coach and a Development Consultant in Zimbabwe.

He sits on the Board of Directors for four Charity Organizations. For 13 years he worked as an agricultural sector Manager, responsible for staff development which included training, mentoring, and sports and recreation for employees and soccer coaching. He attended a course entitled Brain Power training and Peak performance for Executives, and is a qualified Personnel Manager at the diploma level. He was also a Police Officer for three years early in his career.

Jephias played soccer up to first division level for more than 12 years and later coached soccer in the second division for 5 years. He has been the Mental Game Coach for the Buffaloes Football team in Zimbabwe.

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 90 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes and over 450 mental training videotapes. Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum 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 sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Cupertino, 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.


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