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John O'Sullivan
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Lives in Bend, Oregon
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Realy enjoyed reading this article.... alot of food for thought! 
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To Cheat or Not To Cheat...Is it Even a Question? My new blog post on at Changing the Game Project. Please share your thoughts and comments below the article.
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My New Blog Post, on the most thought provoking books of 2013. Please share your thoughts
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Check Out my New Blog Post on our obsession with selecting talent, instead of identifying future talent.
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The Myths and Facts regarding Early Sport Specialization, there were some real eye openers for me when researching this. Enjoy! http://changingthegameproject.com/is-it-wise-to-specialize/
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I got to do a cool radio interview on the show Passport to Parenting. Check it out, its about 30 mins.
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I have coached many talent players, but some were missing something that was needed to get to the top. That missing ingredient was often the inner drive and will to succeed, a burning desire to push on despite obstacles and challenges. Well, now we have an academic term to describe all of this. GRIT Check Out My New Blog Post At Changing the Game Project
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  • Changing the Game Project
    Founder, 2012 - present
  • O'Sullivan Brothers, Inc.
    CEO, 2011 - 2012
  • Oregon Rush Soccer Club
    Executive Director, 2006 - 2012
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Bend, Oregon
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Vail, Colorado
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John is an author, speaker and coach, and the Founder of the Changing the Game Project
Introduction

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 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, nurturing positive, healthy, and supportive relationships between parents and their young athletes. He has complied much of this information in his new book Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids.

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 most recently as the Executive Director of Oregon Rush Soccer Club in Bend, OR.  He is currently the Central Oregon Regional Training Center Director for the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer.  He holds his USSF A License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, and US Youth Soccer National Youth Coaching License.

John received his BA in History from Fordham University, and his Masters in History 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 7, and Tiernan, age 5.

Education
  • Fordham University
    BA History and Communications, 1990 - 1994
  • University of Vermont
    MA US Foreign Policy and Holocaust Studies, 1999 - 2003
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An athlete’s state of mind is perhaps the single greatest factor that affects performance. In this article, we discuss three things all athl

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The greatest difference between our children’s sporting experience and our own is the rise of year round, sport specific organizations that

Best Books of 2013 | Youth Sports | Changing the Game Project
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These are the three top thought provoking books published in 2013. They will change the way you think about sports, about parenting, and abo

Talent Selection or Identification | Youth Sports | Changing the Game Pr...
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Talent selection is the culling of players with the current ability to participate and be successful in events taking place in the near futu

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Your willingness to step outside of your comfort zone and suffer for moments in time, is what will make or break you on the field of life. P

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We are far too focused on early athletic success for our children. We need to redefine talent, how and when we select it, and what we do wit

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Parents ask me all the time if I think their child has what it takes to play at the college or professional level. They are asking if I thin

Coaches, a Little Common Sense Please!
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