"I appreciate the insights of Coaching Athletes to Be Their Best, and its focus on the motivational power of a common purpose.”

Hall of Famer Joe Torre

Four-time World Series champion manager of the New York Yankees and MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer




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About Coaching Athletes to Be Their Best

The measure of a great coach is bringing the best out of athletes. This is the first guide to motivational interviewing (MI)–the proven approach to harnessing the power of conversations to build relationships and trust–for coaches, sport psychologists, training and rehabilitation specialists, and other affiliated staff. Revealing why conventional ways of giving feedback and addressing conflict are often counterproductive, the book presents tried-and-tested methods for getting through to athletes and helping them to thrive.

Leading sport psychologists and MI experts–including Jonathan Fader–provide effective strategies to fire up motivation, promote ownership of personal goals, address problem behavior on and off the field, enhance performance, and improve teamwork. Included are step-by-step examples and inspiring stories from coaches at all levels.

What People Are Saying

"This book is a 'must have' for coaches in all sports. As a coach, I want to guide my athletes to greatness, and get frustrated when I am unable to effectively do so. This book provides insight and instruction on how to use MI to help my athletes determine their own course of action and become the performers they want to be."

Matt Rhule, Head Football Coach, Baylor University

"This book provides a brilliant approach to relationship coaching that will resonate with coaches and today's generation of athletes, allowing both to reach new levels of performance and quality of experience."

Kathy Delaney-Smith, All-time winningest Ivy League basketball coach, Women's Basketball, Harvard University

"MI can enable coaches and psychologists to unlock the solutions that lie just beneath the surface of everyday challenges. I highly recommend this book."

Michael Gervais, PhD, sport psychologist; cofounder, Compete to Create


Dr. Jonathan Fader is a licensed performance psychologist. He served two seasons as the Director of Mental Conditioning for the New York Football Giants and also served as the team psychologist for the New York Mets for nine seasons. He is part of The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Mental Performance Initiative. Fader is a frequent contributor to the national conversation on performance, regularly appearing on Good Morning America, CBS this Morning, CNN, Fox News, Bleacher Report and others. Represented by the Lavin Agency, he speaks to groups on improving performance.