mental skills coach

Winter Olympics
7:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

What We Can Learn From Tacoma's Own Mental Skills Coach To U.S. Olympians

Team USA goaltender Molly Schaus is seen in action.
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The Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks had one. Professional baseball teams have them. And the U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey team found one in Tacoma. We’re talking about a mental skills coach.

And some of this coach's advice to U.S. Olympians could help the average recreational athlete, too.

Professor Colleen Hacker is taking a break from teaching exercise science and sports psychology at Pacific Lutheran University to travel to Russia with the U.S. men's and women's hockey teams for the Winter Olympics. Hacker's job title is “mental skills coach.” And what is that exactly?

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