Ted’s work with our sons totally complimented their school coach’s workouts and team’s plans. Ted’s conversations allowed them to reflect on the race that just happened, how their strategy played out, how they adapted to flow and the competition, and how they perceived their effort in that moment. They discussed upcoming events and explored opportunities to be attentive to the race’s unfolding dynamics, take risks at key openings and sustain a focused mind. As an athlete, Ted’s knowledge ranges widely, including the benefits of sleep, breathing techniques, mindfulness preparation, the value of pre-race rituals and warm up and the benefits of strong connections to teammates. I saw a renewed joy of running in our sons. I believe that with Ted’s guidance they were able to bring all the elements together: pride in consistent training, peak experiences with friends, personal records, team responsibilities and a positive, self directed outlook.
– Kim, parent of Nolan and Galen, Stanford University, Class of 2025
Ted definitely changed the trajectory of my athletic career. Being completely honest, the first time I ever met Ted, I broke down crying about 3 minutes into the conversation. He remained professional and supportive, and I felt like I was in a very safe space. This remained true through all of our meetings. He was good at listening and helping me work through my struggles. I came to Ted because I’d struggled with a plateau in my times, in my training, and in my goals. I wasn’t enjoying my sport anymore, and suffered from some pre-race anxiety. I’d been neglecting the mental aspect of swimming (arguably equally as important). My coach hadn’t been supportive in the ways I needed, but Ted helped fill the gap. He was flexible and helpful, open to multiple approaches, and gave me a lot of options. I really felt like I was in control of the process, and he was there to help me out, make suggestions, and guide me along. He would follow up our meetings with additional readings or videos to help me out. I began practicing mindfulness in more of my daily life, and he gave me specific tips and tricks to deal with racing and anxiety. I gained some lifelong skills for dealing with and working through negative thoughts and anxiety.
Thank you Ted for all your help. I’m absolutely loving my sport and racing again.
– Division 1 Varsity Swimmer, 18 years old
We were fortunate to find Ted. Once a player reaches the advanced skill level needed to play varsity golf, the game becomes 95% mental. Ted began working with the team once a week during the season. He helped the players focus, visualize, and control their emotions. They became better at recognizing their thoughts and feelings, and learned ways to better control and channel their emotions. We started to see that all the members began to contribute to each match and it became a team effort versus individual efforts. I strongly believe that we would not have advanced as far as we did without Ted.
– Tom Hitchcock, Head Coach, Golf Team at Menlo School; 2018 was Team’s first appearance at States where they placed 3rd out of 1700 teams!
I jumped at the opportunity to bring Ted on board to work with our 13-16 year old swimmers at Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (PASA).
The mental aspect of sport is a major element needed for the development and success of an athlete. Ted worked seamlessly with the group and the coaching staff, running weekly mental skills clinics with the team and meeting one-on-one with individual athletes. Ted played an integral role in the success of these swimmers and the group as a whole. You could see the swimmers were better able to keep themselves in the present at swim meets and practice, manage success and failure better, brought strong mental toughness and self-confidence to races, practice and school. In addition, working with Ted influenced and enhanced my own coaching, as I learned better ways to bring mental skills into practice. This improved the quality of work at practice and strengthened the team’s cohesiveness.
Why not develop the mental skills in yourself and the athletes you coach. If you have the chance to work with Ted, either as an individual athlete or by bringing him in to work with the athletes you coach, DO IT!!! Working with Ted will enhance your own coaching.
– Bruce Smith (founder of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, a USA Swimming Gold Level club)
Ted has worked with some of my athletes needing the tools to push through mental barriers. Increased confidence is what I have witnessed in my athletes. I’ve witnessed positive changes and improvement in their individual workouts and re-framing mindsets in their races. Sport psychology is critical to an athlete’s success and through Ted’s extensive personal experience and education he is able to tap into the mindset an athlete needs to succeed.
– Liza Rachetto (USAC Level 2 Coach, professional cyclist, USAT Level 1 Coach, Ironman U Certified)