As a sports parent, championship game coach, mental performance expert, former youth league Board member and former two sport collegiate athlete John Kelly brings a unique perspective and voice to the world of youth sports. John has been coaching youth sports since 1996, including soccer and baseball, and exclusively fastpitch softball since 2003 at the recreational, All Star, travel and high school levels. John has coached over 1,200 fastpitch softball games and his teams have consistently excelled at the State and National levels. John has coached from 6u recreational level to the 18 Gold travel level.
John is an ASA Ace Certified Coach, NFHS Certified Coach, PCA Double Goal Certified Coach, and a Certified Mental Skills Coach. John has been a teacher and practitioner of mental skills for over 20 years, and while coaching and studying elite athletes he has seen and proved the direct relationship between mental mastery and consistent, elite performance.
John is a published author on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and his mental performance articles can be found on Max Preps and various other regional and national sports web sites.
Personally, John competed at the Division I level in collegiate baseball and football. He currently is a game coach for The Next Level travel softball organization in San Diego coaching at the 18 Gold and 18u levels. John is also the official mental skills coach for TNL...2011 16u ASA National Champions and 2012 14u ASA Western National Champions. John resides in the Del Mar area of north San Diego with his teenaged daughter.