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Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., offers more than 3,500 students a unique blend of academically rigorous liberal arts and professional programs that prepare them for a lifetime of success - both in careers and in service to others. A full range of... more.
Sport Psychology Consultant To the U.S. National Soccer Team
USA Hockey Inc
Member of the Performance Enhancement Team
Alliance of Women Coaches
Board of Advisors
Member of the United States Coaching Staff
Brandi's World Inc
Member, Medical Advisory Board
Soccer Interactive Inc
Kwik Goal Ltd
Member of Advisory Board
Center for Sports Parenting
Member of the Advisory Panel
Mental Training Registry
USOC Sport Psychology
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Member of the Women's Sport Development Committee
Collegiate Coach and Member
Our Medical Advisory Board!
Positive Coaching Alliance
Member of the National Advisory Board
Bachelor of Science degree
Health and Physical Education
Lock Haven University
Exercise and Movement Science
University of Oregon
Pacific Lutheran University
Exercise and Sports Science
University of Arizona
PHoto of Colleen Hacker
Pacific Lutheran University Kinesiology Professor Colleen Hacker knows all the Olympics predictions, all the stats for the U.S. Women's Hockey Team. World champs.
Wednesday, May 4th Keynote Speaker: Colleen Hacker, Ph.D.
The 2016 annual conference will begin on Wednesday, May 4th with a keynote speech on the topic "The Secrets of the Slight Edge: What the Best of the Best do Better." We are pleased and honored to welcome Dr. Colleen Hacker as the opening speaker for the 2016 WRPA Annual Conference. Dr. Hacker has served as the U.S. Women's National Team's Mental Skills Coach since 2011. She is an internationally recognized authority on the psychology of peak performance and a sports psychology consultant. Dr. Hacker has served as the Sport Psychology Consultant to the Women's U.S. National Soccer Team since 1996. During her tenure, the National Team won a Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympic Games, the 1998 Goodwill Games and the 1999 World Cup. Named as an Assistant Coach in 2000, Dr. Hacker helped lead the National Team to a Silver Medal at the Sydney Olympic Games and a third place finish in the 2003 World Championships. The team also won a Gold Medal in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The United States is the only country in the world to finish in the top three of every major world championship in soccer history. In addition to her work with the National Soccer Team, Dr. Hacker works with professional, international and Olympic athletes in a variety of sports. Her strategies for peak performance are sought by corporations, business groups, professional sport teams, civic organizations and both print and television media. With more than 30 years of experience in higher education, she is currently a Professor in Kinesiology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Dr. Hacker has conducted extensive, applied research in the field of sport psychology with particular emphasis on peak performance, team building, leadership, mental toughness and psychological skills training for excellence. We are certain this is a keynote presentation you won't want to miss! The Secrets of the Slight Edge: What the best of the best do better Dr. Hacker will share her insights for generating higher performance in yourself and in teams you manage.
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Dr. Colleen Hacker
Peak Performance Coach for 5 Olympics, Coach of US Women's Nat'l Soccer Team & Speaker to Corporate Athletes Check availability for this speaker byclicking here. Dr. Colleen Hacker has served as a member of the United States coaching staff for five Olympic Games as a Mental Skills Coach and Performance Psychology Specialist. Dr. Hacker began her National Team service in 1995 working with the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team and is "winningest female soccer coach in the US. Hacker also served as the Mental Skills Coach for the Olympic Field Hockey Team at the 2008 Olympic Games in China her fourth Olympic Games Coaching Staff selection. Serving as the Mental Skills Coach for USA Hockey (reigning World Champions), Dr. Hacker was a member of her fifth Olympic Coaching Staff as Team USA won a Silver medal in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Much in demand as a speaker and consultant, Dr. Hacker has delivered over 100 professional presentations and published more than 45 articles, chapters and a book. Dr. Hacker has worked with corporations such as Morgan Stanley, NIKE, Martha Stewart Living, Meredith Corporation, S.C. Johnson Company, MTV Networks, Infinity Broadcasting, Thrivent Insurance Company, The New Yorker Magazine, Citadel Broadcasting, Conde Nast, Million Dollar Round Table, Bankers Association, GLAMOUR, Parent's Magazine, House and Garden, Franciscan Health Care Systems, Better Homes and Gardens, Westwood One, General Mills, and Equinox as well as civic groups and organizations. She has published widely in professional journals and books. In addition to her work with National Teams, Dr. Hacker serves as the mental skills coach to professional, international and Olympic athletes in a variety of sports including Major League Baseball, the NFL, MLS, NWPS (professional soccer), USA swimming, crew, speed skating, track and field, and tennis to name a few. She has also served as the Sport Psychology Consultant for the Under 16, Under 19 and the Under 21 United States Youth National Soccer Teams. Dr. Hacker is a member of the National Advisory Board for the Positive Coaching Alliance. Her strategies for peak performance are sought by corporations, business groups, professional sport teams, civic organizations and both print and television media. With more than 30 years experience in higher education, she is currently a Professor in Kinesiology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Dr. Hacker has conducted extensive, applied research in the field of sport psychology with particular emphasis on peak performance, team building, leadership, mental toughness and psychological skills training for excellence. Dr. Hacker received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Lock Haven University (PA). She earned her master's degree in Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Arizona and received her Ph.D. in Exercise and Movement Studies from the University of Oregon in 1992. Dr. Hacker has received numerous professional awards including the Distinguished Professional Practice Award from AASP (the first woman to do so), the American Psychological Association's Presidential Citation, Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award (the highest teaching honor awarded by the University), the NAGWS Pathfinder Award, the NASPE Inspiration Award, the President Medal from PLU, the NSCAA Letter of Commendation and the National Award of Excellence, to name a few. She has been inducted into the Pacific Lutheran University Hall of Fame, Pierce County Hall of Fame and the NAIA National Soccer Hall of Fame. Dr. Hacker received the NAGWS Honor Award, the most prestigious award presented by that organization. Most recently, she has been honored by AASP with the Distinguished Professional Practice Award, the first woman to receive that honor. ESPNW named Dr. Hacker as one of 30 women in the country who "change the way sports are played". She has served on the United States Olympic Committee Performance Enhancement Team, is a member of the USOC Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry and is an AASP Certified Consultant. Dr. Hacker has delivered lectures and invited papers at such diverse groups as the Miller Humanities Lecture, the American Psychological Association, the National Institutes of Health, the Pan American Sports Organization, the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and the United States Olympic Committee Coaching Summit. Articles about Dr. Hacker's work have appeared in Newsweek, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, The APA Monitor, The New York Times and The Washington Post, among others. Dr. Hacker has been featured on national television outlets including CNN, FOX, ESPN, Discovery Channel, ESPN2 and Extra. Dr. Hacker's insights into topics such as the psychology of excellence, leadership, the power of choice, team building, performance psychology, mental toughness, and "The secret of the slight edge" strike a chord with organizations and corporate audiences both nationally and internationally. Travels from: Tacoma, Washington For more information or to book Dr. Colleen Hacker for your event, click here.