| "Bill Cole has developed a comprehensive
mental training program aimed at promoting peak performance."
San Jose Mercury News Headline
|"Bill is the Zen master of tennis instruction
- much better than a trip to a therapist's office!"
2002 Year-End Grand Prix Northern California
USTA 3.5 Women's Doubles Champion
|"Bill has crafted a comprehensive mental
game program for us. Bill's ability to help our players stay
motivated, focused and on-track is just excellent. He is a master
mental game coach. He is one of the top peak performance coaches
on the Pro Tennis Tour."
Israeli Davis Cup Team
|"Bill Cole is a major thought leader in
sport psychology, and a mental toughness master...Bill Cole
is a world-class mental game coach who gets world-class results."
Rodney King -
Performance Enhancement Coach
Johannesburg, South Africa?
Voted one of the top 20 martial artists in the world by Black
Bill Cole - Sport Psychology Expert
Bill Cole, MS, MA is an internationally and nationally
recognized peak performance mind coach. He is a Wall Of Fame Honoree,
an award-winning scholar-athlete and has coached at the highest
levels of major-league pro sports, big-time college athletics and
corporate America. Bill is the author of the book Tennis The
Mental Game and over 350 articles that have appeared around
Playing Experience: Amateur, College And Professional
Bill competed at the national level in tennis
and badminton. He reached the quarter-finals of the first US Intercollegiate
Badminton Doubles Championships. He was a #1 high school tennis
team player and #1 college tennis team player and played in hundreds
of competitive events over a career of 15 years. He was winner or
finalist in 25 tennis tournaments and played professional tennis
in the 1970's. In 1981, he posted a win over Steve Denton, who went
on to become the fastest server (130 mph) in pro tennis history.
He played the #1 pro tennis player in the world eyeball-to-eyeball
in 1983 and lived to tell about it. As a kid, Bill was an All-Star
Little-League baseball pitcher. He was inducted into the Buffalo
Tennis Hall of Fame in May 2008.
Academic Background In Sports Psychology
Bill Cole earned a Bachelor of Science (with
honors) in sport psychology in 1978 from The State University Of
New York at Buffalo. As an undergraduate, he was awarded the Albert
Zeigler Award for academic excellence. As a graduating senior (Cum
laude honors), he won the prestigious Clifford R. Furnas Award as
a University Scholar-Athlete.
He holds a master of science in physical education with specialization
in sport psychology from California State University-Fullerton.
He graduated in 1986, and, in his last year, was inducted into Psi
Chi, The National Honor Society In Psychology. He holds a Master
Of Arts In Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University in
northern California. Bill completed his first Masters degree under
one of the top sport psychology consultants working in the world
today, Dr. Ken Ravizza, author of the best-selling sports psychology
book, Heads Up Baseball.
For 15 years Bill was on the faculty of four colleges and universities
across the U.S., as a teacher educator, master teacher, stress management
specialist, human development specialist and physical education
specialist. He holds a Lifetime Teaching Credential In Physical
Education in California. He has also received training in clinical
and medical hypnosis and in counseling psychology.
The Mental Game Of Tennis Expert
Bill's book, The Mental Game of Tennis,
will be published in 2010. This is the culmination of hundreds of
interviews with world-class tennis pros, thousands of hours of coaching
with players at all levels and countless hours of research into
the sports psychology of tennis. Bill's articles on sports psychology
or features about his work have been published hundreds of times,
including in major outlets like Tennis Magazine, MSNBC.com,
The San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle, Yahoo! Sports,
The San Jose Mercury News, The Denver Post, The
Buffalo News, The Amherst Bee, The Woodlands Villager,
The Woodlands Trails, The East Hampton Star, The
USPTA NORCAL newsletter, The Tyler College Bulletin,
Inside Tennis Magazine, Inside Tennis / Racquets Magazine,
and Inside Racquetball Magazine.
Sports Psychology Coach at Stanford University, where the baseball
team was ranked #1 in the United States
A few years ago Bill was hired as the sports
psychology coach for the Stanford University baseball team, and
they were very grateful for his efforts and assistance there:
"Bill Cole is one of the top peak performance
coaches in the country. He crafted a powerful mental game
peak performance program for us, ranging from being a consultant
to the coaching staff, a mental game advisor to individual
players, and team mental game coach for group sessions. He
has demonstrated to us why he is an authority on sports psychology.
He has truly helped us get to the next level of performance.
Bill's peak performance system helped us tremendously in our
march to reach the finals of the College World Series."
Founder and President of an International Coaching Association
Bill is also the Founder and President of The
International Mental Game Coaching Association (IMGCA), the leading
worldwide organization dedicated to advancing the research, development,
professionalism and growth of mental game coaching. The IMGCA has
hundreds of informative success articles for kids, parents, athletes
and coaches. You can visit the IMGCA at: www.mentalgamecoaching.com.
Mind Coach To College All-Americans
Bill has been Mental Training Coach to numerous
College All-Americans in multiple sports, including baseball players
who have been drafted by seven major-league Baseball Teams-- the
Texas Rangers, the Atlanta Braves, the St. Louis Cardinals, the
Pittsburgh Pirates, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Oakland Athletics
and the Los Angeles Dodgers. While Bill was their sports psychology
coach, five collegiate baseball players captured professional baseball
contracts with major league pro teams with an average contract salary
and bonus of $800,000. One player achieved a signing bonus of $1
International Coaching Experience
The Israeli Davis Cup Team had Bill on
staff for three years as their Sport Psychology Coach. They
said about his work, "Bill is a master mental game coach.
He is one of the top peak performance coaches on the Pro Tennis
Tour." When Bill worked closely with team #1 Harel Levy, Harel
reached the finals of the Canadian Open, winning over $211,000
in one week. Bill started working with Harel when he was #278
in the world, and two years later, he achieved a world ranking
of #30, and a seed at Wimbledon. In 2001 the team defeated
Bulgaria to reach the final round in their section, the best
result in Israeli Davis Cup history. They also had an important
win over South Africa.
NCAA Division I Head Coach
As an NCAA Division I Head Coach at two
west-coast universities (San Jose State and Cal-State Fullerton),
Bill's teams competed against Stanford, Cal, Arizona, Pepperdine,
Santa Barbara, UCLA, USC, San Diego, UC-San Diego, Idaho,
Montana, Purdue, Washington, and many other national and regional
powerhouse collegiate teams. He's coached two Junior College
All-Americans. His San Jose State team reached a career high
ranking of #8 in the NCAA Division I Volvo Tennis Northwest
Bill Cole (center) pictured with Lior Mor (left) and Harel Levy
(right), members of the Israeli Davis Cup Team. Bill was the
Sport Psychology Coach for the team from 1999 to 2001. Harel
had just defeated the legendary Michael Chang in the California
Open to reach the finals.
- The International Society of Sports Psychology
- The International Mental Game Coaching Association (Founder
- The International Society of Mental Training and Excellence
- The International Stress Management Association
- The United States Professional Tennis Association
- The American College of Sports Medicine