Striving to serve players, parents and coaches to reach their collective potential
Smith Stearns Tennis Academy’s mental conditioning program, led by Matt Cuccaro, strives to serve players, parents, coaches and staff by creating and maintaining an environment where all are empowered to reach their collective potential. Smith Stearns mental training grounds itself in sport and social psychology, cognitive science, and the latest sport science research.
Matt Cuccaro been immersed in academy environments for the past decade and has joined forces with Smith Stearns to maximize the growth and development of all involved in our program.
What you can expect
• Mental training themes are integrated into daily practices and coaching sessions. This integrated approach allows student-athletes to receive abundant mental/emotional support not only from the mental training staff, but also from Smith Stearns coaches, student life and support staff. Social and sport science continues to prove that athletes immersed in an environment that effectively balances support and challenge maximizes an athlete’s opportunity to learn, build skills and achieve superior results.
• Interactive workshops are delivered on a monthly basis with continuous personal follow-up. A curriculum has been specifically designed for Smith Stearns Tennis Academy’s highly competitive 9.5-month training program. A thoughtful, evidence-based approach allows student-athletes to put theory into practice on a daily basis throughout the Academy year.
• Individual meeting times are offered throughout the academic year to meet the needs of student-athletes at every level of their development. Please contact the Smith Stearns office to sign up for an individual mental conditioning session.
The best and most consistent performers are those who maximize their time, energy and resources by consistently striving towards their goals with clear purpose. Mindlessly hitting balls, simply going through the motions in fitness, or glancing through textbooks at school does not allow for effective growth and development. The Smith Stearns training experience is meant to prepare our student-athletes for college and professional life. Smith Stearns mental training will encourage all within the academy to maximize effort by embracing challenges, appreciating opportunities, and maintaining a present-minded focus throughout our collective journey toward excellence.
Please contact our Director of Mental Conditioning with comments or questions:
Matt Cuccaro, Ed.M.
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