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About Dr. Jacobs

Andrew Jacobs in blue jacketDr. Andrew Jacobs has helped thousands of athletes from the recreational and competitive youth level through high school and college to professional and Olympic level competitors achieve their winning edge by showing them how to stay motivated, develop a positive mental attitude, remain focused under pressure and achieve their personal best performance.

Dr. Andrew Jacobs works with:

  • Student athletes who want to succeed in school and in sports.
  • Parents who want to become a positive support system.
  • Coaches who must learn how to be a motivator, a psychologist and a good listener …. all at the same time.
  • Professionals, who want to reach the pinnacle of their chosen sport, perform to their full potential and learn how to balance their professional and personal lives.

Dr. Andrew Jacobs individualized training plans help athletes:

  • Build up their confidence so they feel in control of their emotions.
  • Think positively so they’ll be able to compete in a calm and confident manner.
  • Become focused so their minds don’t wander during competition.
  • Use breathing to relax, focus and rid themselves of negative tension.

LYNETTE WOODARD

"When I met Andy Jacobs I had big dreams, even though most people would have said achieving them was impossible. Andy was one of those special people who helped motivate me and showed me how to clearly focus. He has a positive spirit that’s really contagious and you always feel that he truly cares about you and what you’re trying to accomplish.”

1984 Olympic Gold Medalist

First woman to play in the Harlem Globetrotters

Lynette Woodard

TOM GORDON

"Dr. Jacobs helped me get mentally prepared to take the mound every day. When I’m pitching, I need to focus on each pitch, one pitch at a time. I need to concentrate on myself and what I have control over, nothing else. His program helped me learn how to be consistent, totally focused and pitch to the best of my ability.”

Three time Major League All-Star
Former Major League record holder with 54 consecutive saves

Tom Gordon


Youth Athletes

“The most important lesson a young athlete can learn is not how to be a winner but how to make losing into a life lesson in success.”

Dr. Jacobs works with youth athletes at both the recreational and competitive level, high school athletes, parents and coaches. His main focus with young athletes is to help them better understand the pressures and demands of their sport, identify their strengths and weaknesses and learn how to deal with the fears and distractions that can keep them from achieving their goals.

With Student Athletes

  • Confidence building.
  • How to stay motivated in the face of adversity.
  • Developing a positive realistic attitude that can overcome negative self-talk.
  • Dealing with distractions that can keep them out of the zone.
  • Identifying goals, fears, strengths, and weakness and turning them into tools for reaching their potential.

With Parents

  • How to be a positive support system for their athletes and not the pushy sports parent that no kid or coach wants to be around.
  • “Dos and Don’t for Parents” – Click Here to read.

With Coaches

  • Developing the skills that allow them to be a motivator, a psychologist and a good listener …. all at the same time.
  • “Why Should You Have a Preseason Meeting with Parents” – Click Here to read.

PETER MALONE
“What makes Andy Jacobs so exceptional at what he does — he’s neutral. For him, it’s all about the athlete and not about the trainer, the parent or the coach. He’s there to help athletes deal with their inner selves so they can take full advantage of all the resources available to them. He doesn’t set goals for them but helps them formulate a plan that is theirs alone and one they can really own as they work toward achieving their dreams.”

Retired ASCA Hall of Fame Coach, KC Blazers Coach. He has coached swimmers in every Olympics from 1984-2012, including 4 Gold Medalists.

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JOHN BREGIN, Jr
“From his years as a junior tennis player, Andy has a deep understanding of the challenges (both mental and physical) facing competitive young athletes and this has given him a unique insight into the mindset of aspiring young athletes in any sport.”

Coach of many Missouri Valley and nationally ranked junior tennis players

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College Athletes

Dr. Jacobs has more than three decades of experience working with college athletes and coaching staffs. He was the first sports psychologist at University of Kansas and has most recently been the sport psychologist at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Dr. Jacobs works with college athletes on:

  • Balancing their academic, athletic and personal lives.
  • Understanding their role as a team player.
  • Building the confidence to finish their athletic career in a positive way and move onto life after sports.
  • Maintaining their confidence as they move into a career as a professional athlete.
  • How to stay motivated in the face of adversity.
  • Developing a positive realistic attitude that can overcome negative self-talk.
  • Dealing with distractions that can keep them out of the zone.
  • Identifying their goals, fears, strengths, and weakness and turning them into tools for reaching their potential.

RICK BENBEN
“Andy Jacobs uses a real common sense approach to working with our team members and he presents strategies that are workable for them both on the field and in life. He gives them the skills they’ll need as they move forward with all sorts of challenges, whether it’s competitive sports, work, family or day-to-day life.”

Head Men’s Soccer Coach,
University of Missouri Kansas City

Rick Benben

CANDACE WHITAKER
“I had the privilege of working with Dr. Jacobs when I was the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Missouri Kansas City. He focused on two areas with our team: Communication and Mental preparation. He took our student-athletes through steps to help them mentally prepare themselves for practice and games and he was also a great medium to discuss topics or issues that might otherwise not have been brought to light.  Our team’s communication and trust grew stronger through sessions with Dr. Jacobs.  We enjoyed our season, learned to deal with differences and were successful.”

Former Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Texas Tech University

Candice Whitaker


Professional Athletes

Dr. Jacobs has more than three decades of experience working with professional athletes — from Major League baseball, football and basketball players to soccer, hockey, golf and tennis pros. He was one of the first sport psychologists to work with a US Olympic team. During his years as the US Cycling Team’s sports psychologist, they won a record nine medals at the 1984 Olympics — the first cycling medals for the US in 72 years.

Dr. Jacobs has served as the team psychologist for the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Comets, and numerous athletes and coaches from a variety of professional and Olympic teams as well as the Australian National Swim Team. Additionally, he has served as a consultant for the US Swimming and Weight Lifting Federations, the PGA and USTA and the US Olympic Committee’s Sports Psychology Registry.

In working with professional athletes, Dr. Jacobs guides them to:

  • Find a balance between their personal and professional lives
  • Reach their maximum level of performance
  • Identify the barriers, frustrations and stressors that can keep from being their best
  • Achieve their career goals while preparing for a successful life after sports
  • Handle injuries, recovery and rehab

STEVE HEGG
“It was the mental preparation we did with Andy that made all the difference for our team. We went through every scenario that could possibly happen at the Olympics, so we were prepared for everything and anything when it came time to race. And that preparedness meant that in spite of the crashes and mishaps in our qualifying rounds, the team had mental toughness to come back and medal.”

1984 Gold and Silver Olympic medalist in Cycling

Steve Hegg

BRUCE CHEN
“Andy helped me out during one of the toughest times in my life, not just in baseball but in my life off the field. Talking with him was like talking to a friend — a friend who not only helped me build up my confidence, but who could be trusted to keep everything I told him confidential.”

17 year MLB Veteran Pitcher

Bruce Chen