Coaches Podcast: The Stories We Tell Ourselves – Dr. Jim Loehr [Special Edition]


This is a special release of the ITA College Tennis Coaches Podcast!

Dr. Jim Loehr is a world renowned performance psychologist and author of 16 books. Dr. Loehr has worked with hundreds of world-class performers from the arenas of sport, business, medicine and  law enforcement. He is well known in the tennis industry for his work with Grand Slam champions Jim Courier, Monica Seles and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario. He is the co-founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute which delivers a science-based energy management training solution to a wide array of industry leaders including 25 of the Fortune 100 companies, Olympic Gold Medalists and the Special Forces.

Key points of this conversation have been indexed for easy listening here: 

  • 01:45 – What stories should the coaches be telling their student-athletes in this time of uncertainty?
  • 08:58 – How could college coaches be leaders not only for their teams, but for their athletic departments and communities?
  • 15:45 – How can coaches build resilience in themselves?
  • 19:45 – How should coaches find their purpose and why?
  • 22:28 – How do you encourage coaches to be less concerned about wins/losses and more about their athlete’s development?
  • 29:19 – What does the shift in career look like as a coach? How did they shift their attention and focus back to the development of the student-athletes?
  • 35:07 – How would you encourage coaches to increase their skillset in player development?
  • 40:33 – Do you have a story about a student-athlete/player that you worked with that went through personal development?
  • 49:13 – How would you encourage coaches to have players adopt their leadership style and team culture?

On The ITA College Tennis Coaches Podcast, Dave Mullins and his guests deliver the best and most correct tennis information through discussions. Current coaching topics, trends, guests, and some fun along the way will make this your new favorite tennis knowledge podcast. The Coaches Podcast hosts a series of discussions with current and previous coaches in the tennis industry.

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