“He is the best speaker we’ve ever had. He used videos kids could relate to, I could relate to, and he made us laugh and cry at the same time. I thought he had great things to say to the kids. I loved it!” – Betsy F, 8th Grade Teacher
“Great Assembly for the kids! And great for the parents! I was able to bring some of my soccer friends with me and they all were able to take something from that meeting and have tried to change their behavior already. It was a great message to hear for parents. We also have been able to continue the conversation in the classroom. Great event!” – CS, Soccer Coach and Math Teacher
Parents/Coaches Seminar (60-90 mins): Building a “Player First” Environment in Youth Sports
Parents Workshop (60-90 mins): Developing a Champion's Mindset in your Athletes
Coaches Workshop (60 mins): Beyond X’s and O’s: Leadership Secrets of the World's Best Coaches
Coaches Workshop (60 mins): Warriors or Winners: Developing a Culture of Champions
Board/Leadership Development (60 mins): Developing Excellence in Your Youth SportsOrganization
Athletes/Students (30-60 mins): Developing a Champion's Mindset
Athletes/Students (30-60 mins): Leadership Workshop for Captains and Coaches
Full Day Workshops(6-8 hours) for coaches: The Way of Champions: Leadership, Teamwork and Building a Championship Culture (co-taught with Dr. Jerry Lynch of Way of Champions)
Way of Champions Transformational Coaching Conference (3-day event): we run this event 2x per year, click here for more info
**We're also available to customize and tailor an event to your specific needs
John started the Changing the Game Project in 2012 after two decades as a soccer player and coach on the youth, high school, college and professional level. He is the author of the #1 bestselling books Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids and Is it Wise to Specialize? John is also a regular contributor for SoccerWire.com, and his writing has been featured in many publications including The Huffington Post and Soccer America. John is an internationally known speaker for coaches, parents and youth sports organizations, and has spoken for TEDx, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, US Lacrosse, USA Football, and at numerous other events throughout the US, Canada, Asia and Europe.
When he speaks, John brings to the table a wealth of practical, hands-on knowledge garnered through years of working with players and their families on sport specific development, fitness and nutrition, college recruiting, and most importantly, training high-performing athletes by creating a player-centered environment.
Originally from New York, John is a 1994 graduate of Fordham University, where he was a team captain as a senior and a member of the 1990 Patriot League Championship team. After a stint playing professionally for the Wilmington (NC) Hammerheads of the USL, John began his coaching career as the Varsity Boys Soccer Coach at Cardinal Gibbons HS in Raleigh, NC. He then moved on to become the Assistant Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach at the University of Vermont, before delving into the world of youth club soccer. Since that time, John has worked as a Director of Coaching for Nordic Spirit SC (Vt), Ann Arbor Youth Soccer Association (MI) and from 2006-2011 as the Executive Director of Oregon Rush Soccer Club in Bend, OR. Most recently he was the Central Oregon Regional Training Center Director for the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer, before turning his attention full time to the Changing the Game Project in 2013. He holds his USSF A License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, and US Youth Soccer National Youth Coaching License.
John received his BA from Fordham University and his Masters from the University of Vermont. He resides in beautiful Bend, OR, with his wife, Dr. Lauren O’Sullivan, and two wonderful children and aspiring young athletes: Maggie Shea, age 11, and Tiernan, age 9.
Coach Reed is Chief Content Officer and Lead Presenter for Changing the Game Project. With nearly 30 years of experience as an educator/coach and two Master's degrees (Sport Psychology and Early Childhood Education), he has a wealth of practical experience and scientific research that he draws on to help others lead athletes to excel beyond the game.
Since the release of his 2015 TEDx talk “Echoes Beyond the Game”, he’s become a trusted educator, advisor, and speaker to sports organizations all over the world.
He’s had the honor to work with sports organizations ranging from grassroots to elite level helping them become more effective at performance-based communication, building Champion cultures, and creating Warrior mindsets to succeed in and beyond the game. He is a firm believe that youth sport’s role is to develop excellent people with valuable life skills and strong values and to do that coaches need to be equipped with more than the ability to teach X’s and O’s (the hardware). Coaches who are educated on the software side of the athlete can transform lives.
Chat with him on Twitter (@coach_reed)
Skye is a former youth and collegiate All-American soccer goalkeeper, state champion track athlete, and professional soccer player. She also has a valuable and diverse background as a collegiate and youth coach, sports organization Board Member, business-person and sports parent which enables her to connect with her audiences in a uniquely empathetic, responsive and engaging manner. Her website Soccer Parenting is quickly becoming the goto resource for parents in the soccer world.
Skye holds a MBA from the University of Richmond (Virginia) and Bachelors in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has extensive business experience as the owner of a real estate company with over $25,000,000 in annual sales, the founder of the Girls Can Club – a non-profit mentoring initiative, a youth sports organization Board Member and the founder and owner of SoccerParenting.com – a website dedicated to the education of youth soccer parents.
Skye hold her USSF “B” License and USSF National Goalkeeper License and is a coach-educator for the NSCAA. She has coached at all levels of youth sports from from U-5 recreation to the U.S. National Team programs through Training Centers and Youth National Team Camps.
The parent of both a high level and recreation level soccer player, Skye understands the unique demands and requirements of youth sports at all levels and more than anything, she has a passion for ensuring that youth sports provides all families an opportunity to enjoy time together in an empowering and enriching environment.
Glen Mulcahy is a speaker with a down to earth flair who shares his knowledge from a lifetime of involvement in multi-levels of sport. Glen has a degree in Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia, is a contributor to One Million Skates and both an instructor and regional evaluation coordinator for BC Hockey. As a Hockey Canada NCCP instructor/mentor of adult coaches for BC Hockey, Glen has now certified over 2000 coaches in the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association since 2009. He brings a 360 degree view of sports that is unique, from that of a youth athlete, to a coach of various sports for 20+ years and also parent of two children playing both recreational and competitive sports.
His lifetime in sports includes honors while playing various team sports including municipal banners as well as provincial titles in Hockey, Football and Rugby. His belief in focusing on transformational long term developmental vs. transactional short term immediate results orientated coaching you will find both refreshing and inspiring. Glen is passionate about sharing what he has learned to bring the game back to the kids and lead others to do the same.
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