A.K.A "COACH M"
A BIT ABOUT ME...
I'm a coach, teacher and researcher with major goals of building transformative programs to help others reach their full potential. I approach each client with respect and empathy while using facilitation methods that combine my formal education, athletic experience and sport coaching background.
Athlete focus areas include bouncing back from adversity, building confidence, leadership, performance anxiety, sport injury and more.
I actually didn't set out to be a mental performance coach - starting a business, working with athletes, building courses...
Instead, my journey started when my own athletic career ended. After suffering multiple ACL tears from basketball, I found myself struggling with not only my physical recovery, but my mental health as well. I went from being a record breaking, all conference athlete who started every game in high school, to playing every game injured in my (very, very short) college career. My identity was shattered, I felt used by the coaches, abandoned by the physical training staff, and didn't know where to turn.
Shortly after, I transferred schools and stumbled across a Sport Psychology of Injury class. While I had no idea what sport psychology was, I knew I needed some help figuring things out. Little did I know, that class would unlock an entirely new world of sport for me. That single course led me to study with some of the top professors in the field and work with coaches/athletes all across the country. Then finally, after years of thinking of starting my own mental performance coaching business, I made it happen!
TOOK MY FIRST SPORT PSYCHOLOGY CLASS
COMPLETED MY 3RD ACL RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
VOLUNTEERED AS MANAGER FOR MSU, MANKATO WBB
BECAME THE STUDENT COACH FOR MSU, MANKATO WBB
CONDUCTED MY FIRST SPORT PSYCH RESEARCH PROJECT
GRADUATED WITH A B.S. IN EXERCISE SCIENCE
RECEIVED A MINOR IN COACHING AND SPORTS MED
MOVED TO CALIFORNIA TO ATTEND GRAD SCHOOL
MENTAL SKILLS CAMP ORGANIZOR + FACILITATOR
CLOVIS NORTH BBALL TEAM SPORT PSYCH CONSULTANT
WORKED AS AN ASST COACH FOR FRESNO CITY WBB
EARNED MY M.S. IN KINESEOLOGY FROM FRESNO STATE
DEFENDED THESIS ON TEAM COHESION PRACTICES
WORKED BOYS AND GIRLS YOUTH SPORT CAMPS
MOVED TO TISHOMINGO, OKLAHOMA
PRIMARY ASST COACH FOR MURRAY STATE NJCAA
TAUGHT HEALTH AND PERSONAL SUCCESS COURSES
MOVED TO MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
BEGAN WORKING WITH THE YMCA ASSOC. SPORTS DEPT
STARTED PUTTING TOGETHER MY OWN COMPANY
LAUNCHED THE BASKETBALL LINK TRAINING COMPANY
BEGAN MENTAL PERFORMANCE TRAINING OPTIONS
REBRANDED TO THE SPORTS LINK MENTAL PERFORMANCE
Research Conference Presentations
Milius, I., Gilbert, W., & Hamel, T. (2014). Building trust, closeness, and connection in coach-athlete relationships. Oral presentation at the 2014 National Coaching Conference held in Washington, D.C.
Milius, I., Gilbert, W., Lewis, D., Bloom, G., & Hamel, T. (2013) Profile and meaning of p-touch in collegiate women’s basketball: A case study. Oral presentation at the 2013 Central California Graduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium. Fresno, CA: California State University, Fresno.
Milius, I., & Kamphoff, C. (2011). Women coaches in high school sport: A national study. Oral presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research held in Ithaca, NY.
Milius, I., & Kamphoff, C. (2011). Women coaches in high school sport: A national study. Oral presentation at the Undergraduate Research Conference. Mankato, MN: Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Milius, I., Kamphoff, C., Armentrout, S. (2010). Gender representation on the cover of ESPN the magazine, 1998-present. Oral presentation at the Undergraduate Research Conference. Mankato, MN: Minnesota State University, Mankato.