Soccer Psychology Specialist
Soccer mental training expert Jaki Hitzelberger specializes in mental training for soccer players. She is a certified Mental Game Coaching Professional and is the director of Soccer Mental Training at Peak Performance Sports. She joined Peak Performance Sports’ team in the summer of 2011. She participated as a scholarship athlete at The University of Florida and Rollins College for the women’s soccer team. She works with high school, college, and professional athletes to improve their confidence, focus, and other mental game challenges that block success.
Jaki has extensive experience working with youth, high school, and professional athletes. She facilitated both individual and group mental training sessions for the athletic department at the University of Central Florida, Rollins College, and other major clubs and academies in the country.
In addition, Jaki has a B.A. in psychology and a Masters in Counseling from Rollins College. Jaki manages membership programs, assists in product development, and is the head of marketing and research for Peak Performance Sports.
Check out the soccer mental training programs at Peak Performance Sports.
What Athletes Are Saying About Jaki Hitzelberger
“Jaki is amazingly talented. She has a pretty cool way of guiding you to find those issues that are holding you back in your game. Through some pretty clever questions she’s been guiding me to discover the real issues behind my doubts and lack of confidence. With the tools she’s been giving me, I can say with full confidence I am on my way to signing a better professional contract.” ~Lucas Gonzales, Professional Soccer Player in Australia
“Our daughter participated in mental coaching with Jaki Hitzelberger and it has made a significant difference in her approach to soccer. Before working with Jaki, she lacked self-confidence and had a difficult time taking risks and being creative on the field. Through one-on-one sessions with Jaki, she learned a pre-game mental warm-up that has boosted her confidence, as well as in-game positive “self talk” that keeps her focused on playing in the moment and moving on to the next play when she makes a mistake. The mental coaching has re-ignited her passion for soccer and, simply put, she is more relaxed and happy on the field. Just as important, as parents of a young athlete, we have learned to stop coaching our daughter and to reinforce the positive aspects of her performance. Alleviating this added pressure has made all the difference in her game!” ~Soccer Dad, Arizona
“Our son plays academy level soccer. Jaki taught him how to focus on mini goals for each game and practice, how to lower his expectations and understand that mistakes are necessary to grow as a player, and helped his perfectionism. We saw a noticeable difference within one month with improvement each month thereafter. He was more confident, happy, and was having fun again at soccer. The confidence has helped him off the field as well to not have to be perfect in everything that he attempts. We can’t say enough about how grateful we are for Jaki!” ~Linda Black, Soccer Mom, Georgia
“I wanted to let you know that, after just a couple sessions with you, we are seeing a change in not only in our daughter, but also in the manner in which we handled things. I’m glad to see her starting to use skills that she once had in full force at her prior club as the “alpha dog,” if you will, but that have become dormant over the past 10 months. More importantly, I wanted you to know how much we appreciate what you are doing for our daughter.” ~David, Sports Dad