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John O'Sullivan
Works at Changing the Game Project
Attended Fordham University
Lives in Bend, Oregon
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My new blog on three great summer reads for coaches and parents
Every year we search for the best youth sports books on coaching, leadership, and performance. Here are our three favorite books of 2016!
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The title says it all, lets stop the recruiting mess that is ruining youth sports
With college coaches lining the sidelines of middle school age games, and ninth graders making verbal commitments, it's time the NCAA stopped the insanity!
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My new blog on how to put a little more joy back in the game for kids.
Most athletes quit sports because they are no longer fun. To slow the 70% dropout rate we need to know how we take the joy out of sports, and how to fix it.
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Why do sports matter? Because they change lives!
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What you are doing is extremely important. Thank you.
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What is your sport club's DNA, the things that Do Not Alter?
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Does Youth Sports Get the Math All Wrong?
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Every athlete needs three things to inspire them to perform their best. Coaches, check out our new blog and see what they are.
Coaches can inspire their athletes by giving them three things: relevance, recognition and a way to measure their contribution. From youth sports to the pros, this will make them shine.
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Our new blog on creating accountability for changing the youth sports environment
It is time to stop the excuses in youth sports; it's time for coaches, parents athletes and sports culbs to be held accountable for the youth sports mess, and fix it!
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The subject of bullying in sports gets a lot of press, but what about coaches who are bullies? Here are my thoughts.
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Many kids want to be a college or pro athlete. Many want to go to college or run a business. Many people want many things, but very few are willing to struggle and fight to get them. Enjoy my new blog on the struggle. 
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My new blog is about an amazing, life changing speech that is just as relevant today as it was when given 20 years ago. Enjoy. 
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New Blog: I Love WATCHING You Play!
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Author, Speaker and Coach
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Coaching, Public Speaking, Writing, Consulting
Employment
  • 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
Previously
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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Release Your Child to the Game! | Changing the Game Project
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Children need ownership in order to have a successful and fulfilling sports experience. Don’t live vicariously through your kids; just let t

Is Social Media Ruining Your Youth Sports Experience? | Changing the Gam...
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We can be made to feel like terrible parents when we go on Facebook, Twitter, or any social media site and compare the images of successful,

Changing the Game in Youth Sports | John O'Sullivan TED Talk | Changing ...
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John O’Sullivan is the Founder of the Changing the Game Project and author of the national bestseller Changing the Game. This is his TEDx ta