Below you will get to meet our Mental Performance Consultants and learn about how they'll be assisting our athletes this season. In a year where it can be tough to find a rhythm and keep up with your training goals, it is our hope that this additional level of programming will help you stay on track towards becoming the player you've always envisioned!
Who I am: I grew up playing soccer, baseball, and basketball. Alongside sport, I was highly active in the school Orchestra, chamber and show-choirs. In High School, after a bad experience playing AAU Basketball, I tried volleyball out and instantly fell in love. I juggled orchestra, choir, and volleyball throughout High School and ultimately picked volleyball as the priority. I played in College at IPFW as a Middle Blocker for four years and wound up coaching within the sport for the next eight. Today, I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in Substance Use and Sport and Human Performance. I look forward to teaching and educating, running fun activities, playing music, and finding new ways to take care of our athletes, staff, and self.
Why I’m Here: Sport for me has always been the training wheels attached to Life’s bicycle. I learned what hard work meant through being an athlete. I learned what purposeful effort meant. I learned to work with teammates, how to have discourse and hold teammates (and myself) accountable, how to win, lose, etc. Most of all, the lessons I can remember learning through sport have served me in my everyday life. My purpose here is to facilitate growth and development beyond the sport to help prepare our youth today for their future.
Best way to Reach Me: Samprj01@gmail.com for personal inquiries, Modmentalperformance@gmail.com for program inquiries.
What to Call Me: Maggie/ Coach Maggie
Who Am I: I have been a student-athlete my entire life. I began with Tae Kwon Do, which then led to soccer, volleyball, softball, beach basketball, and almost all other sports for fun. As I began to play club volleyball (MOD & Energy VBC), I knew that I wanted to pursue college volleyball. I played at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa while studying Psychology and Business Administration. During my summers back in Chicago, I have had the opportunity to be a Sports Camp Counselor and coach at Energy VBC expanding my experience working with youth sports. I am now in graduate school earning a double master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling along with Sport and Human Performance. Since these opportunities, I have discovered my passion for working with adolescents and I am excited to continue learning in my role as a mental performance consultant.
Why I’m Here: Sports were involved in my entire childhood and adolescent life. Being a teammate has taught me how to trust others, work together, and build on my communication skills. While being an overall athlete has taught me courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and time management skills. Most importantly sports have shaped me into who I am today. I have always had an interest in mental performance skills because I was a team captain who not only had to learn how to handle my own emotional pressures but also how to help my teammates cope on the court. I have a strong passion for mental performance skills because I wish I had more mental performance support when I was an athlete. I wish I had someone to guide me through my ups and downs on the court to become the best athlete possible, which is what I hope to do with the athletes at MOD.
Best Way to Reach Me: firstname.lastname@example.org for personal inquiries, Modmentalperformance@gmail.com for program inquiries.
What to Call Me: Mike/Coach Mike
Who am I: Growing up I played tennis, baseball, and golf. I played Varsity Golf for my high school and was fortunate enough to be selected to qualify and play for the Maccabi USA Golf Team which competed against teams from 20 different countries. As I developed I continued to focus quite a bit of my time and effort into sport both recreationally and professionally. I attended The Ohio State University to study Professional Golf Management while playing Club Golf for the university, which provided me with opportunities to work alongside Ohio State as well as amateur athletes in the area. After undergrad I worked professionally in the golf business for seven years in Florida, Chicago, Ohio, and San Francisco, which allowed me to coach, teach and communicate with people with unique and diverse backgrounds. I am excited to continue to build upon that experience in my role as a mental performance consultant.
Why I’m Here: Sport for me has always been a metaphor for life. The lessons learned, the experiences had, and the effort required to succeed in the games we love can all parallel our overall development in life. Sport has taught me lessons of teamwork, communication, perseverance, work ethic and more. Sport helped me learn the importance of emotional regulation management. It taught me that mistakes are bound to happen, and it is how we respond and learn from those mistakes that help us grow and become more successful. I am currently in my last year of a three-year graduate studies program, studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Sport and Human Performance at Adler University here in Chicago. My purpose here is to take my education from my program and my experiences as an athlete to help facilitate growth and development for all athletes in this program.
Best Way to Reach Me: email@example.com for personal inquiries, Modmentalperformance@gmail.com for program inquiries.
What to Call Me: Mike/ Coach Mike
Who Am I: Growing up I pretty much experienced every sport whether that was myself playing it, friends, family, or watching it on television. For me, most of my time was focused on competitive baseball until high school where I started to focus more on volleyball. I played in high school and played club volleyball (Energy VBC and Sports Performance) for all four years. I knew that volleyball was my passion, so I ended up being recruited and played Division lll volleyball for Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. During my time at Carthage, I earned a degree in Psychology, had the opportunity to win multiple conference championships, and accomplished our goal of winning a national championship. After college, I wanted to continue my passion for volleyball, so I went on to coach at MOD and at the high school level. I am currently in graduate school at Adler University earning a double master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling along with Sport and Human Performance. With these experiences, I realized that I loved being around the sports environment, whether that’s a player, coach, or mental performance consultant, and think it can have a huge impact on any individual involved.
Why I’m Here: Being involved in sports my entire life has given me some of the most rewarding and challenging experiences, but the lessons and skills I’ve learned through it all have driven me to become the person I am today. Mental performance was introduced to me very late in my athletic career during the COVID-19 pandemic. I realized that what I was learning through my entire sport experience can be translated through my everyday life. This motivated me to be where I am today so that I can provide the services and resources early on in an athlete’s life so that they can continue to develop as not only athletes, but humans.
Best Way to Reach Me: firstname.lastname@example.org for personal inquiries, Modmentalperformance@gmail.com for program inquiries.
What to Call Me: Reggie/ Coach Reggie
Who Am I: Growing up I always had a passion for sports and played just about every sport my school had to offer. While my talent and skills led me down a successful high school and college career in basketball, my true goal was to work with adolescent athletes. I have had the opportunity to be a part of Under Armor and Gatorade basketball performance camps, work as a coach and mentor for multiple youth sports teams and organizations, and work with athlete recruiting as an undergraduate student at Texas Southern University. Now, I plan to continue that work as I continue to obtain my Master’s in Sport and Human Performance and also a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling at Adler University. I look forward to building on my skills as a Mental Performance consultant and am excited to work with my future athletes.
Why I’m Here: From communication and teamwork to self-control and personal development, sports can teach many lessons. When deciding to work as a coach and mentor to athletes I began to notice the importance of understanding and working on the mental aspects of one’s game and how when gaining that understanding you can see an increase in athletic performance. As a future certified mental performance consultant I plan to use this opportunity to develop more of my skills and assist with the mental performance of the athletes at MOD Volleyball, so that they may perform on a high level and be prepared for the mental performance demands at the next level of competition.
Best Way to Reach Me: email@example.com for personal inquiries, Modmentalperformance@gmail.com for program inquiries.
What to call me: Margo/ Coach Margo
Who am I: I grew up playing every sport that was offered to me. During highschool, I was on the diving, tennis, basketball, and lacrosse teams. My main focus was on lacrosse which I continued to play at Tufts University while studying Cognitive and Brain Science. During my sophomore year, I had an injury that wouldn’t allow me to continue playing lacrosse. I wanted to stay active and still compete so I joined the Track and Field team as a thrower for my final two college years. During this sport transition, I was lucky to have worked with a mental performance coach and I knew this was what I wanted to do in my future. I am currently a graduate student at Adler University studying Sport and Human Performance Psychology. My passion for sports led me to coaching tennis and lacrosse at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School for two years. And now I am excited to work with high school athletes in the mental performance side of sport.
Why I’m Here: I believe that sport is universal. Whether it is a pick up game with your friends or a professional team, sport reaches everyone. Life lessons are taught and characters are built. Sports taught me a resiliency I did not know I had. Life comes with challenges and obstacles that can hinder everyday life and your sport performance. Transitioning from a team sport to an individual sport in college made me realize that being a successful athlete is not just about physical talents. As I was learning a new sport, my mind was what was holding me back. I was dwelling on the obstacles in my way and I was not performing the way I wanted to. Then I learned how to use my mind to enhance my performance instead of detracting from it and I was able to end my college athletic career with my best performance. Now I want to partner with athletes to help them become the best they can be and also assist them as they navigate their way through all of life’s challenges, no matter how big or small the obstacles are.
Best Way to Reach Me: firstname.lastname@example.org for personal inquiries, Modmentalperformance@gmail.com for program inquiries.
What to Call Me: Natalie/Coach Natalie
Who Am I: Growing up, I always had a passion for sports, trying multiple sports at a young age. Trying these sports eventually led to my love and passion for volleyball. Since my dad and both my sisters play volleyball, it has become something my family spent a lot of time playing and enjoying any chance we got. I had a successful high school, club, and college volleyball career, playing at both the junior college and NCAA Division III level. I also have 6 years of experience coaching all ages in club volleyball under my belt. Now that my college career is over, I wanted to have some more involvement with adolescent and adult athletes in a different coaching position. I am in my second year at Adler University, where I am in a dual master’s degree in Sport and Human Performance, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The field of psychology is something I am very passionate about, so having the opportunity to combine it with sports is something I am extremely grateful for. I am so excited to work with athletes who were once where I was, and help them reach the next level by coaching the mental side of their performance.
Why I’m Here: Sports have been a part of my life since I can remember. Having the opportunity to be a teammate, coach, player, and even student-athlete, have presented me with challenges and successes that have shaped me into who I am today. I have gained essential skills, such as communication, self-reflection, patience, integrity, courtesy, perseverance, time management, and self-control that I have used in every aspect of life. Growing up in sports, I was very hard on myself and had major struggles with my mental performance. Ever since I found out about sports psychology, I knew I wanted to be the person I never had during those struggles. Learning about Mental Performance skills has opened my eyes to so many ways I could have improved as a person, and athlete if I had these tools and techniques available when I needed them. I hope to accomplish my mission with all the athletes at MOD.
Best Way to Reach Me: email@example.com for personal inquiries, firstname.lastname@example.org for program inquiries.