Welcome to our website for Silent Mind Sports, a company dedicated to teaching athletes mental skills. We would like to tell you a little bit about our self and hopefully interest you in some mental coaching.
My name is Dave Neer. I am the founder and CEO of Silent Mind Sports. I am an avid sports fan having participated in most sports at one time or another in my life to date. Growing up in Chicago, I played baseball, basketball, football, and golf with some softball thrown in. Even though my dad had visions of one of his five boys playing in the Major Leagues, none of us did and I ended up doing more in golf than any other sport.
I have a Masters in Sport Psychology as well as certification in mental game coaching from Peak Performance Sports. I also have taught Sport Psychology and coached at the college level for several years. So I have coupled my sports experience and love for any and all sports with my education in sports psychology/mental game coaching and teaching/coaching background and developed a business to teach the mental side of sports to athletes of all ages and sports.
So, why the name, “Silent Mind Sports”? Certain things occur in our lives that have an impact on what is to come after. Many times we aren’t even aware of the influence of these events on our future. Sometimes they are the spark that creates an entire movement in the symphony of our life. For me, it comes from three events in my life. The first event is my reading of an article that asked, “What do Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods have in common?” The answer was, the silence of their mind when they are playing.
The second seminal event is my teaching a college level Health class. In this class we were discussing the importance of psychological health to our overall physical health. I would always talk in this class and my Sport Psychology class about the necessity of finding a time during the day to empty our mind and quiet everything down – that we all, to stay healthy, needed at least 10 or 20 minutes a day to be silent. We need to stop the chatter in our heads. It is a well-known fact that when we exercise our muscles that we need to stress them, but then we need to rest them and it is during this rest, this quiet that they grow and develop. Many of the great inventions of the world were discovered during that moment of quiet between waking and sleeping. Ah, the quiet time is so important – without it we will burn out and with it we can reach our potential.
The third life moving event is the watching of the movie, “Peaceful Warrior”. In this movie, the lead character, a man named Socrates, continually tells his student to “take the trash out”. He is trying to get him to clear his mind and live in the moment. If there is any one thought that continually arises in the talk of excellence in sport or any performance, it is the concept of quieting the mind, being in the zone, stopping the chatter, letting go, going with the flow, being in the moment, etc., etc.
Voila, we have “Silent Mind Sports” – we need to learn and develop and get ourselves and others in the zone more often. This is the goal of my company – it is to teach my students to be in the now – to take the trash out – and live in the moment. To know the sound of one hand clapping.
Welcome to “Silent Mind Sports”!!
From His Student-Athletes
“I played for Coach Neer for two years. With his help in improving my mental game, I became the #1 player at the University the following season. Coach and I still work together and I am still moving up to higher levels.”
“Playing for Coach Neer, I lowered my competitive scoring average from 90 to 75, won the Northern California Regionals and finished 6th in State by changing my thinking!“
“We won conference, regionals, and the State Championship — taking West Hills from obscurity to the heights of Community College Golf. From there, we went on to the University level. Coming through Coach’s program, we found that we are at a higher level in our game than others here due to our work on the mental game.”