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News Release: August 28, 2017 - Silicon Valley, California


The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Brigitta Horvath Is A New Level I Certified Coach.


Brigitta Horvath, based in Veszprem, Hungary, has earned the Level I Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Brigitta was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Instructor (CMGI).

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

"It was a real pleasure for me to meet and train Brigitta. She is a warm, delightful person, and she was a dedicated and enthusiastic student. Brigitta came to IMGCA training with an already strong background in mental training. She has had her own mental coaching business for some time, with many client successes, in many sports. Because Brigitta was so experienced, we could really make fast progress, and dive deeply into each aspect of the mental game. Not only is Brigitta very intelligent, but she has a big heart and really cares about her clients. She combines her love of her students with her passion for learning about the mental game, sports, learning and performance, and has created her own special brand of teaching and coaching mental skills. In fact, Brigitta is a graduate of The Silva Mind Control method. Back in the late 70's I took the Silva Method course and really enjoyed it. It was good to hear more about how it has evolved to today. Brigitta combines the Silva Method with her own eclectic approach to mental game coaching. She attended the University of Jannus Pannonius PhD Program for three years, and may go back to complete that degree. For now, Brigitta is dedicated to her students and in helping them achieve their full potential in any field, whether it is sports, business, or life. Brigitta is very passionate about helping people.

Brigitta's final project for Level I was to create a mental training program structure which she could use in multiple ways: as a marketing tool, as a checklist for students, and as a planning tool for herself for client sessions. This structural tool was extremely details and very well done. This was one of the best final projects we've had at Level I.

I can see Brigitta developing into the best mental game coach in Hungary, and eventually, being one of the top mental game coaches in Europe. She has the intellect, interest and energy to continue her study and training and to achieve anything she puts her mind to. Brigitta has indicated that she would like to continue through all four levels of certification in IMGCA. I welcome that, and know that she will do an outstanding job."

In Hungary the mental game coaching field has just started to bloom so Brigitta thought it would be a great time to be certified as an IMGCA instructor and help athletes be mentally prepared.

She is a teacher by profession and from 2008 she has been a Silva Mind Control Instructor. As Brigitta says, "It makes me absolutely happy every day when I get success messages from my athletes about their performance and motivation."

Brigitta is a fine athlete. She has played many different sports in her life such as basketball, handball, canoeing, climbing, dancing, football, and recently, she is into running. She has run several trails and half-marathons and two marathons so far.

Brigitta graduated in 1999 from the University of Pannonia (formerly the University of Veszprém) and after that she attended the University of Jannus Pannonius in a PhD Program for three years but she has not yet completed her doctorate. She also works as a sign language interpreter.

Brigitta's website: www.horvathbrigi.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 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: June 21, 2017 - Silicon Valley, California


The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Patrick McArdle Is A New Level I Certified Coach.


Patrick McArdle, based in Babylon, New York, has earned the Level I Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Patrick was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Instructor, CMGI.

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

Patrick McArdle is a true Renaissance Man. He has been a standup comedian, screenwriter, actor, teacher, coach, athlete, trainer, counselor and mentor to young people, scholar and all-around good-guy. He plays all these roles very well indeed. The theme running through all his activities is his big heart. Patrick really loves young people and loves to help them grow.

As soon as I saw Pat's certification application come in to IMGCA I knew this was someone special. I could tell Pat brought a lot to the table. He has done a lot with his life so far. I know he'll do much, much more. After reading about Pat's background, I got very excited, because I knew I was going to learn a lot from Pat. And I did.

Pat has already started applying the IMGCA methodology to his teaching and coaching. In his Level I IMGCA project for graduation, he read and reviewed the book, “Tell Me I Can’t” by former major league pitcher Jamie Moyer and Larry Platt. The book really centered on Jamie Moyer’s relationship with mental coach Harvey Dorfman. Harvey Dorfman imparted valuable baseball and life tips to Jamie Moyer. While Dorfman worked with dozens of major league stars, his relationship with Moyer was unique because it lasted almost twenty years. Even after Dorfman’s passing, Moyer continued to pull out quotes and strategies from Dorfman that he had learned.

Harvey Dorfman incorporated many aspects of the sports psychology techniques Pat learned through the IMGCA program through the IMGCA online private backroom information and our meetings.

  1. Anxiety and Energy Management

  2. Attention and Concentration Control

  3. Focusing

  4. Communication

  5. Goal Setting

  6. Imagery, Visualization, and Mental practice

  7. Self-Talk

  8. Time Management and Organization

In this book, Pat saw how Dorfman incorporated these mental approaches in a unique way based on Dorfman and Moyer’s connection and communication.

Pat is a great communicator. He has that natural sense of humor that he applies to make conversations come alive. He also has that ability to listen to people that shows them he cares. Pat and I had amazing conversations across a huge array of topics. Pat reads widely and has a unique ability to apply what he reads to many other situations. Pat and I explored applying performance psychology approaches to many areas of education and sports. He loves to talk about human potential. He's had a love affair with sports his entire life and he is in the perfect place for that—teaching, coaching and mentoring young people.

Pat wanted to learn more about how to teach winning mindsets and how to coach better in sports, performance and life skills. The IMGCA approach and structure helped him get a solid foundation for all of that.

I know Pat will continue to grow dramatically as a coach, across his entire life, because he is truly a lifelong learner. He lives what he teaches his athletes and students. He's a great role model for them. They are fortunate to have Pat. And I know he believes he is fortunate to have his students.

Being a coach, teacher and mentor is organic to Pat's strengths and passions. Pat is at his best when he is helping others. He is a natural person for young people and athletes to confide in. They can immediately tell he is on their side.

Pat wanted to take the IMGCA training to extend his reach with people, and to begin a business he could really grow. Pat has a vast experience skill set in sports as an athlete, coach and teacher. Before Pat was hired as a full-time teacher at his school, he was helping and guiding students and athletes in the school as a substitute teacher while he was training people and performing.

Pat noted that many of the mental skills he used in his own sports training were applicable to his teaching and coaching, and he wanted to pass these skills along to young people. He said he used some of these skills sporadically, such as visualization, self-talk, focus, and how proper preparation builds confidence, and he wished he had been taught these skills when he was younger. Through IMGCA, Pat wanted to deepen his understanding of how to use mental skills to train and work with athletes and performers as well as teams.

Pat has a remarkable and wide-ranging background in sports as an athlete. He was the Captain of the State Championship baseball team in college, a football player in college, and a pentathlete in college. He's also a Green Belt in Korean Leg Kicking (Karate).

Pat holds a permanent certification as a New York State Physical Education Teacher. He teaches high school team sports and fitness. His school won the nation's Healthier High School Award where he was instrumental in changing the curriculum towards fitness based activities. Pat is also an ISSA personal trainer (The International Sports Sciences Association), and has trained pro to college to high school athletes.

Pat holds a Masters degree in Sports Science from the US Sports Academy in Sport Coaching with a sports psychology emphasis and a Mental Toughness Certification from the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA). Pat is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and he is also a Second City trained performer.

He currently teaches Physical Education in Babylon, New York, on Long Island. He is teaching some football players in his school, and has also coached lacrosse and soccer players. He is developing a program for his school in mental skills training for athletes. This will expand to all performers and he will also ultimately create a class in sports psychology as an elective class.

Pat has also been a sports conditioning coach for high school, college, and pro athletes. At one time he worked with a research psychologist for the NCAA on a long-term study on eligibility and graduate rates for Division I football and basketball programs.

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.


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