Larry Lauer, Ph.D., is the director of coaching education and development in the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports (ISYS) at Michigan State University. He heads a performance-enhancement consulting company, Championship Performance Consulting. Lauer received a Ph.D. in exercise and sport science, specializing in sport psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2005. Lauer has consulted with USTA Player Development for years, including as a researcher of mental-skills training and its use by junior tennis coaches, and the role of parents in the development of junior tennis players. He also has been a presenter to junior tennis parents, coaches, and players. Lauer has worked with USA Tennis to develop junior parent education presentations on getting started as a junior tennis parent and developing a child’s talent. In addition, he has been doing mental-toughness skills and drills presentations in tennis for coaches and athletes. As a sport psychology consultant, he has provided performance enhancement to tennis players from juniors to collegiate to professional. Lauer has also worked with many other sports, including ice hockey, baseball, and soccer. An AASP-certified consultant and listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry 2008-2012, Lauer was named one of the 100 Most Influential Sport Educators in America by the Institute for International Sport. He is married to Amy Lauer, an optometrist in Okemos, Michigan, and they have two children, Alaina and Larry, who love to watch tennis with their father (and soon they will play tennis with him as well, but with no pressure to do so from dad).

Daniel Gould, Ph.D., is the director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, a professor in the department of kinesiology at the Michigan State University, and presently serves as vice chair of the USTA Sport Science Committee. He is an internationally known coach and athlete educator, researcher, frequent speaker, and consultant in the area of applied sport psychology, having been invited to speak in over 25 different countries. Gould gives presentations, conducts workshops, consults, and publishes widely on topics such as mental preparation, the psychology of excellence, coaching psychology, motivation, stress and stress management, and positive youth development through sport. Gould has provided mental-training consultations for tennis players and coaches for over 25 years, and he has conducted studies on stress and player burnout, how coaches can teach mental skills to their players, and the role of parents in tennis success. Gould consults with both developing junior players and top professionals.

Paul Lubbers, Ph.D., has been involved in tennis in many capacities, including player, teacher, coach, writer, speaker, and researcher. In his most recent role, he served the United States Tennis Association’s Player Development Division for three years as the administrator of coaching education before being named the director of coaching education and sport science in 2003. In his role with the USTA, Lubbers worked to provide educational experiences and opportunities for tennis coaches as well as focusing on the talent-development process for America’s top junior players. Prior to working with the USTA, he served as the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1991 to 1999. As the first NCAA Division I coach in the program’s history, Lubbers guided his teams to a variety of accomplishments. The women’s team posted an 87-59 record and was nationally ranked in two seasons. That team won both the Southern Conference Championship and the Big South Conference Championships. The men’s team posted a 91-80 mark and was nationally ranked in two seasons, and won the Big South championships. Lubbers received two Conference Coach of the Year awards. Lubbers is very active as a speaker and presenter, contributing to conferences associated with many tennis organizations, including the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, International Tennis Federation (ITF), Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), and the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). As a writer, he has contributed to many leading tennis-related publications and websites, including Tennis magazine, ITF Coaching and Sport Science Review, USTA High Performance Coaching Newsletter, Tennis, and Lubbers received his bachelor’s degree from Hope College (1983) and earned his master of science from Indiana University (1984) and his Ph.D. in exercise and sports science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1998, with his research interest focusing on teaching, coaching, and sport psychology as it relates to tennis. He is a member of both the USPTA and the PTR. Lubbers lives with his wife, Kathy, in Key Biscayne, Florida. He has a passion for the outdoors, and spends his free time chasing tarpon, permit, and bonefish across the fishing flats of Biscayne Bay and other tropical waters that they inhabit.

Mark Kovacs, Ph.D., CSCS, is the senior manager of strength and conditioning/sport science for the United States Tennis Association. In this role, he overseas all sport science–related areas. The mission of the sport science department is to produce, evaluate and disseminate sport science and medicine information relevant to tennis. Kovacs was a collegiate All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he pursued his graduate work, performing tennis-specific research and has a graduate degree in exercise science from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Alabama. Kovacs is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a certified health/fitness instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, a United States Track and Field Level II sprints coach, as well as a certified tennis coach. Kovacs has published and presented tennis-specific research in numerous top scientific journals, including Sports Medicine, British Journal of Sports Medicine, South African Journal of Sports Medicine, International Journal of Sport Physiology and Performance, and The Psychologist, as well as presenting at dozens of national and international conferences. Kovacs is a co-author of the tennis conditioning text Tennis Training: Enhancing On-Court Performance, and he is currently an associate editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal. He was awarded the 2008 NSCA Strength and Conditioning Journal Editorial Excellence Award. Prior to joining the United States Tennis Association, Kovacs was an assistant professor of exercise science and wellness at Jacksonville State University. Mark and his wife, Mary Jo, live in Boca Raton, Florida.

USTA Mental Skills and Drills Handbook

Author: Larry Lauer, Daniel Gould, Paul Lubbers, Mark Kovacs,
Published 2010
Length 452 pages
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Product Code: 9781606790809