Sport Psychology

In June of 2015 Joe was named the peak performance/mental strength training coach for the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team. After a successful first season with the basketball program, Joe was offered and accepted the same position with four more Penn programs.  These include women’s basketball, women’s lacrosse, baseball, and softball.

Joe has worked extensively with athletes on the high school, collegiate, and professional levels for 20 years.  He is a specialist in sport and performance psychology who guides clients via specialized zone exercises to create and maintain peak performance.  He emphasizes the unique strengths of each individual while magnifying their personal history of success and their future memories of success.

ZONEfulness® is the integration of mindfulness meditation, peak performance zone exercises, and positive psychology. ZONEfulness® is a deceptively, profoundly simple guide designed for athletes to generate and maintain peak performance by accessing the zone that lives inside of each individual.

Joe maintains that the most extraordinarily common obstacle preventing athletes from accessing and consistently experiencing their best performance is self-criticism and doubt. Ironically, the most self-defeating athletes are typically the most supportive of their teammates. Thus practicing self-support becomes every bit as crucial as physical training. The competitive advantage will routinely go to the zoned in, self-supportive athlete.

Joe facilitates sport psychology and team building workshops for teams in the Philadelphia area as well as throughout the country.  He has designed and implemented programs for student-athletes at Cornell University, Boston College, LaSalle College High School, and The Agnes Irwin School, to name a few of his clients.

Joe provides individualized peak performance zone recordings that highlight the past and future memories of success for each client. Joe teaches athletes The Big Three of Peak Performance:

1) Extreme Self-Support (Internal Strength)
1a) Support from family, friends, coaches, teammates (External Strength).
2) Personal History of Success (Positive focus on past peak performances and outcomes). Magnifying the good.
3) Future Memories of Success (Positive focus on future peak performances and outcomes). What-willing: “What will it be like when I succeed?”

By mastering The Big Three of Peak Performance, athletes are enabled to dissolve The Toxic Three of Poor Performance:

1) Self-criticism (negative self-talk; analyzing and agonizing).
2) Why-ning (negative focus on past poor performances and outcomes). “Why did I do that?”
3) What-ifing (negative focus on future poor performances and outcomes). “What if I fail?”

Articles

Joe In the News:

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Jon Jaques Emerges as Starter After Career Spent on the Bench

Getting into the Zone at Cornell

Published Articles:

Sport Psychology: It’s Not Just Imagery & Relaxation

 

Favorite Quotes

“Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you CAN do.”  –John Wooden, Hall of Fame College Basketball Coach
 
“If you can BELIEVE it, the mind can ACHIEVE it.”  –Ronnie Lott, NFL Hall of Fame Safety
 
“Never give up!  Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.” –Jim Valvano,  Head Basketball Coach, 1983 National Champion North Carolina State Wolfpack)
 
“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your ears.”  –Laird Hamilton, American Big Wave Surfer
 
“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back…Play for her. –Mia Hamm, National Hall of Fame Soccer Player, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist.

“I always won in my imagination.  I always hit the game winning shot or I hit the free throw.  If I missed, there was a lane violation, and I was given another shot.” –Mike Krzyzewski, Hall of Fame Basketball Coach of Duke University