Lester Keller, PhD Joins Mt. Hood Race Team & Academy
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Dr. Lester Keller, the current President and Founder of Journey Sports Consulting will join Mt. Hood Race Team & Academy (MHRTA) as an Academy Coach and Team Sports Psychologist. Keller currently runs his own youth sport consulting service assisting teams and individual athletes on the mental aspects of sports performance.
Dr. Keller was the United States Ski Association (USSA) National Regional Alpine Development Director and also served as the Sports Psychology Coordinator for USSA. Most recently Keller was the Alpine Program
Director at Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club in Jackson Hole, WY.
Seth McCadam, the current MHRTA Program Director, said “We are very excited and honored to have someone of Lester’s caliber join our program. His experience and knowledge will create a unique opportunity as we continue to build elite level programming on Mt. Hood. Lester is definitely someone who sees the potential that exists here at MHRTA, his creativity and innovation will add an additional tier to our program.”
“The addition of a PhD mental training specialist on staff at MHRTA is unique among U.S. ski programs and adds an important key component to helping our athletes reach their ultimate potential,” added McCadam.
Keller has been a leader in performance innovation, a professional advisor, coach and mentor for organizations and individuals involved in performance sports. Lester said he is thrilled to join the MHRTA staff exploring cutting edge ideas for coaching and teaching. “I think there is real opportunity here to implement some very creative ideas,” Keller said. “And I’m very inspired by the focus and enthusiasm that this group of athletes brings to their training every day.”
Lester will join the team full-time in November when the team travels to Canada for their Fall training camp and will continue his sports psychology consulting services on a part-time basis.