What Coaches Say!
Rancho Santiago Community College
The Mental Game Plan is the most informative program I have ever seen. The information that I received was simple to interpret
and a valuable tool to better understand the behavior and performance of my players. The test was easy to administer very easy for
all to understand. The Mental Game Plan is not complicated, gives the coach and player a great deal of information and does not
demand a lot of time to implement.
Don Snedden, Head Coach
A great program to do in the fall or ASAP, with the results, you learn in a hurry about your players and can start to work on
improving the areas that are shown to have room for improvement. The program
is non-threatening, does not take much time to implement and the results are
well worth the time and energy spent.
Gary Adams, Head Coach
I highly recommend this l to coaches at all levels, as it will help you deal with emotions and attitudes that come into play with these
Bill Lochman, Head Coach
California Professional Tennis
This program gives the coach a needed tool to encourage the athlete to do their own mental skills. I
recommend this program to any tennis
coach who expects to be coaching in the twenty first century.
Edward Burt, Tennis Coach
Ferris State University
Thanks for the great program, we have used it with the women's basketball, softball and volleyball teams and it was met with great
interest. We are hoping to expand the use of this vital program so all athletes and coaches can benefit from this timely program.
Dean Davenport, Athletic Director
It was a good survey for our players, it was helpful for them because they learn about themselves,
using the results get you pointed in the right direction. We found it reliable.
Vince Goo, Head Coach
I received your material from President Roche over the holidays and was greatly impressed with
what I have read. I will submit your material to our coaches for their review.
Jack McAvoy, Athletic Director
Miami University Basketball Camp
We used the Mental Game Plan this season with our men's basketball team and had great results.
We found it to be most informative and beneficial to all our players and coaches. It was so successful
that we decided to offer it to our campers.
Herb Sendek, Head Coach
University of Cincinnati Basketball Camp
Campers enrolled in any of our summer sessions may participate in
a new and innovative program that will improve athletic attitudes, teach goal setting skills, and
prepare the athlete to mentally focus and visualized for improved sports performance.
Bob Huggins, Head Coach
University of Louisville Basketball Camp
We believe this program is a necessity for every basketball player who wants to succeed in athletics
and to develop goal setting skills that are used throughout life, in school and in a professional career.
The mind is one of the keys to peak performance in athletics. If you're developing the physical side
and ignoring the mental side of your game, you will not reach your maximum
Bud Childers, Head Coach
University of Kentucky
Your questionnaire is appealing because it seems to ask the right questions and doesn't take a large
amount of time commitment as some other psychological testing. Rick Pitino and I have used similar
programs when we were with the New York Knicks and believe this is a positive addition to coaching.
Rick Pitino, Head Coach, Jim O'Brien, Assistant
The Athletic Directory
Sports Psychology Publication
The Mental Game Plan is a positive, easily understood assessment inventory that can enhance any
competitors personal growth program. I have given the test to three of our athletes and can assure
you of their initial enthusiasm for the results. The progress of each is evident, especially relative to
the increase in self-confidence that came from having a plan and knowing their personal areas
of strength as well as those that need work. As a former coach, I can tell you I would have loved to have
had this program as a tool for my athletes.
California Commission on Athletics
As per our conversation, I wanted to follow up with names of colleagues that we think will benefit from
your program. I suggest you contact these coaches and get them additional information on your
Mental Game Plan program. Please use my name with these colleagues and I will look forward to
receiving any additional information from you on the program.
Pamela Walker, Associate Commissioner
California Community Colleges
Christian Sports Magazine
The Sports Spectrum staff has had the privilege of getting to know Mr. Kenneth Parady, National
Sports Marketing Group. Ken and his staff have developed a great resource for helping young
people develop their athletic performance through The Mental Game Plan. We have tested this tool
and found it to be an excellent method of teaching goal-setting and other important life skills.
It may to a great supplement to the work you are already doing in the lives of young people across the country.
Tom Felten, Director
DeCinces Sports Productions
I am a believer in what you are doing is a very positive and worthwhile endeavor and there is a
definite need for your organization in dealing with the student athlete. Once again, I wish you the best
and will continue to support you in your endeavors.
Doug DeCines, Pro Baseball Hall of Famer
Santa Margarita High School
I want to thank you for introducing National Sports Marketing Group to Santa Margarita High School.
Ken, without the direction of your program, most of our student athletes would have ended their
careers in sports at the high school level instead of moving on the major college programs.
Gerald Keane, President
Football Boosters Club
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Las Caballeros Swim Club
I would like to express my pleasure with your goal setting program. So many times, coaches only
look at performance as a measuring stick of success. As an Olympic champion myself, I know that
talent plays a part in success, but certainly is not the greatest attribute. In my opinion, it is the ability of
the athlete to mentally set their goals, determine weaknesses and strengths, align
people who can assist them in overcoming their weakness and finally to plan strategies which will enable them to
achieve these goals. I find this process to hold true, not just athletics, but in life. I most definitely think
your goal setting can fill the link that has been missing. In most instances, we can see that there is a
problem, but we don't know ho to "fix" the problem. I will be using your program with my competitive
swimmers at Las Caballeros Swim Club. I look forward to working with you.
Cathy Ferguson, Ed.D
Three time Olympic Gold Medallist
University of Oregon Football
Here are the work sheets from our team meeting that we conducted with our newcomers at spring
training camp. As you would expect, most of them breezed right through the test in less than 15
minutes. We are looking forward to getting the results and implementing them.
Steven Hellyer, Assistant Athletic Director
Punahou School System
Thanks for the work you did with our tennis, softball, baseball and women's
basketball programs this
year. We received positive feedback from both coaches and players. I am as convinced now, in '95,
as I was when I first met Dr. Tutko, in '75, that the mental part of the game is the most important and
the least practiced component in preparing athletic teams. Dr. Tutko's Mental
Game Plan is user friendly and very effective. Good luck and let's do new teams next year.
Chris McLachlin, Athletic Director
National Collegiate Athletic Association
In response to your March 28th letter, the materials you forwarded were quite interesting and
appeared to have outstanding coaching outcomes. I suggest you contact the various men's and
women's coaching associations to get them involved. The coaches you have selected seem to have
the stature to assist you in sharing their success with their colleagues. The concept is a solid one
and Dr. Tutko has the kind of reputation to open many doors.
Ronald Stratten, Group Executive Director
NCAA Educational Services
Double Diamond League
The Double Diamond League strives to allow young softball players to achieve a level of skill that
they desire by providing the best possible skill development camps, qualified coaches and high
competition. Double Diamond recognizes that mental attitude is as important to success in
competitive sports as physical ability. The Mental Game Plan focuses on the players mental attitudes
and allows the player, parents and coaches to better understand the characteristics of the players.
The profile will assist the coaches in using the proper approach in dealing with the player, while
developing a positive mental attitude and improving physical skills. Double Diamond has endorsed
and sanctioned this program and believes that the program can be a valuable tool for the player,
parent, coaches and Double Diamond.
Double Diamond League Committee
University of Hawaii @ Hilo
I have looked over the material you sent on The Mental Game Plan. I am familiar with the work of Dr.
Tutko has done and in fact, recall a coaching clinic in the late sixties in which Dr. Tutko presented his
research. I was and continue to be impressed by the work and remember specifically his profile of a
champion and the personality traits which are common to high performers in any
walk of life. I would like to speak with you personally in regard to ideas you might have that will benefit the participants of the
Vulcan's Hawaii Basketball School. Thanks for your information and I look forward to hearing
from you about this program.
Bill Trumbo, Athletic Director
I believe that this program, Mental Game Plan, can enhance the athlete's performance, improve communication between the coach and the athlete and create athletic responsibility. The program is extremely understandable setting goals, meeting objectives and learning how to focus on the mental part of the game. This program can prepare the athlete to compete at the higher level, either college or professional, by preparing the athlete for expansion of the mental part of their game during peak performance years.
Dick Gould, Head Coach
NCAA '98 Champions
University of Louisville
I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you and commend you on The Mental Game Plan. We
executed the questionnaire as a team in September and waited to act on the results until we could
compare them to our observations throughout fall practice. As expected, the profiles were right on
the money. Wince then, I have met with each of my players to discuss areas in which they
could use some improvements and in every case the players agreed with the results of their personal game
plan workbook. As a coach, it is unbelievable how much easier it is to know how to approach an
athlete in coaching/teaching situations when provided with the information in The Mental Game Plan.
It has made me more effective as a coach and my players more cognizant of their
own behaviors. We have started on the improvement exercises over the holiday break and I am sure we will see
great strides in the maturation of our athletes. Thanks again.
Gene Baker, Head Coach
Los Angeles Unified School District
Thank you for your interest and concern for preparing our student/athletes in higher education. After
carefully reviewing your program, The Mental Game Plan, which you submitted to the Los Angeles
Unified School District for consideration and implementation, we are pleased to report to you that
your program is very timely, of the highest quality and deserving of our full
co-operation in getting it implemented into the school system as quickly as possible. The need and benefits are so great that
we want as many of our student/athletes as possible to have the opportunity to participate in such a
thoughtful program. We see how it will, not only, enhance their athletic performance, improve
communications between coach and athlete, help to instill the importance of strong moral values,
good judgment and responsibility; but also help them to understand the importance of setting goals,
objectives and mental focusing and what it can do for them in higher education, business world and
throughout their lives. I look forward to working with you in 1994 to develop this outstanding program to its' fullest potential.
Patricia Marshall, Assistant Superintendent
Los Angeles School System