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Wee Chat with Paul Goldstein, Stanford coach-former pro tennis player

Paul Goldstein

In this Wee Chat, Paul describes what mental preparation is to him, the mental training strategies he used as a player and what he wishes he used more as a player. He describes how he has now adapted to the intense world of being Head Coach of a top college tennis team after life on the pro tour and working in the corporate world. He gives advice for budding coaches.


Wee Chat with Wayne Ferreira – Tennis legend

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Wayne Ferreira was ranked in the ATP’s top 15 tennis players of the world for over ten years with a highest ranking of six. He has multiple wins over Roger Federer (one of few players with a positive record against Roger), Pete Sampras, and John McEnroe; 26 career single titles; and a silver medal for South Africa from the Olympic Games in Barcelona.

Ferreira is second (to Roger Federer’s record) for the most consecutive Grand Slam tournament appearances in men’s tennis. He participated in 56 consecutive Grand Slams between the 1991 Australian Open and the 2004 US Open. Ferreira’s best Grand Slam results came at the Australian Open – where he reached the semi-finals twice in 1992 and 2003.

During his career, Ferreira won 15 top-level singles titles and 11 doubles titles. His career-high rankings were world no. 6 in singles (in May 1995) and world no. 9 in doubles (in March 2001).

Ferreira retired from the professional tour in 2005, and still plays on the Outback Champions Series senior tour. Ferreira is currently president and CEO of EcoloBlue, Life and Energy, an environmental and renewable resources corporation based in Miami, Florida and Lafayette, California.

He is also enjoying commentating on the events at Wimbledon for @LiveatWimbledon radio.

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Wee Chat with Adonal Foyle, NBA veteran, author and activist

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Adonal Foyle is a retired NBA veteran player with a total of 13 NBA seasons under his belt. Foyle played three seasons with the Orlando Magic (2007-2010), and before that, spent a decade with the newly crowned 2015 NBA champions Golden State Warriors, where he began his career as the NBA’s eighth overall draft pick. Adonal now works as a Community Ambassador for the Golden State Warriors. Foyle holds the Warriors’ all-time record in blocked shots (1,140) and is fifth on their all-time list for offensive rebounds and sixth for defensive rebounds.  After retiring in 2010, he served the Orlando Magic as the Director of Player Development for two NBA seasons. He is  the Founder and President of two youth-related nonprofit organizations (Democracy Matters and Kerosene Lamp Foundation). Foyle has a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology from JFK University and works as a Mental Training Consultant in Pick & Foyle Consulting. In addition, Adonal is an author, having written children’s books (Too Tall Foyle) and his new book “Winning the Money Game: Lessons Learned from the Financial Fouls of Pro Athletes” is out June 23 2015.


Adonal Foyle was born and raised in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Eastern Caribbean. He only began playing basketball at the age of 15, and his raw talent captured the attention of two college professors who helped him to use his basketball skills to get an education. At the age of 16 Foyle left his island home to attend high school in the USA. After a brief stint at Cardinal O’Hara high school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Adonal went on to live in Hamilton, New York with the two professors, Jay and Joan Mandle, whom he grew to love as his own family. He attended Hamilton Central High School where he led the basketball team to win their first state championship. There he received such honors as McDonald’s High School All-America and third team USA Today All-America.


Despite being recruited by all the top basketball colleges, Adonal Foyle made the unorthodox decision to attend Colgate University, a small liberal arts college in upstate New York. In his statement to the press, he explained that he wanted the opportunity to learn the principles of the game in a slower-paced setting, where the coach would be able to give him the attention he desired. Foyle also wanted to leave college with a strong academic grounding, and felt that this would be harder to accomplish at a school where you were a basketball player first and a student last. At Colgate, Foyle averaged 20.4 points, 12.7 rebounds and 5.66 blocks a game in his three-year college career (he left Colgate after his junior year in 1997). He also set an NCAA record with 492 career blocks which was only broken in 2002. Although Foyle left Colgate early to join the NBA, he maintained his commitment to education and graduated magna cum laude in 1999. Foyle has a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology from JFK University that he completed whilst an NBA player.


Adonal Foyle is widely respected by his peers and fans as one of the most intelligent players in the NBA and a real renaissance man. He is an activist with a deep commitment to improving the society in which he finds himself. Foyle makes numerous community service visits and founded two non-profit organizations: Democracy Matters, a non-partisan campus-based project working to get big money out of politics and people in; and Kerosene Lamp Foundation which uses basketball to empower at-risk youth to grow into healthy and well-educated adults. A host of organizations have honored his philanthropic efforts including the NBA, the NBA Players Association, the Mayor of Orlando and Sporting News. Most recently, he was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame and COSIDA’s Academic All-America Hall of Fame, and named Runner Up Central Floridian of the Year (2010) by the Orlando Sentinel. Adonal also serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the National Basketball Retired Players Association – Orlando Chapter.


You can follow Adonal on Twitter: @afoyle3131 Instagram: @afoyle3131 Facebook: @foylesforum or via his website:

Wee Chat with Chris McLachlin, coach

In this new episode of Wee Chats, it features Chris McLachlin, renowned HS volleyball and basketball coach from HI and Stanford volleyball coach. Chris (or CMac) is well known as the High School basketball Coach for President Obama. Listen to hear about the mental aspects of the game that CMac thinks is important and to hear what he thinks the president has used later in life.


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Wee Chat with Jeff Greenwald, sport psychology consultant – Part 2

Wee Chat with Jeff Greenwald – Part 2 focuses more on his experiences as a top tennis player and what happened when he won ITF Senior World Championships. He talks about what strategies he used and how he kept his confidence high.

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Wee Chat with Jeff Greenwald internationally recognized sport psychology consultant

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Interview with Jeff Greenwald

Jeff Greenwald is an internationally recognized sport psychology consultant, author and licensed therapist specializing in mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. He has also been a world-ranked competitive tennis player. Jeff was ranked #1 in the world by the ITF in the men’s 35 age division and #1 in the U.S. in singles and doubles by the USTA in 2002. He is the author of both Fearless Tennis and The Best Tennis of Your Life. Jeff has been an adjunct faculty member and supervisor at JFKU for graduate students in the sport psychology program. He earned his B.A. at the University of California at Santa Barbara and his Master’s Degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in sport psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Jeff has been a guest speaker for numerous sports organizations and a consultant for the United States Tennis Association. He lives with his wife and two children in Marin County, in northern California.


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Interview With Roger Draper Part 1: How to Prepare For a Presentation And Other Big Events

Roger Draper, the Chief Executive of the Lawn Tennis Association shares about how he gets ready for a big event such as preparing for a presentation.

He shares how the principles used as a tennis player are similar to those of being a chief executive such as

  • keeping your energy levels high
  • visualizing your performance
  • preparation
  • paying a lot of attention to detail

This interview was recorded April 2012.