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Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine’s Thoughts on Defending the Triple Option

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How Nick Saban’s Alabama Defense Defends the Triple Option

Watch and learn how Nick Saban’s Alabama Defense defends the Triple Option right here.

Video of the University of Alabama Preparing for the Triple Option Offense

Watch what Alabama did to prepare for the Triple Option right here.

American Athletic Conference Head Football Coaches Speak Out About Defending the Triple Option Offense

This below-listed 3 1/2 minute video gives feedback from AAC coaches on how they will attempt to defend Navy’s Triple Option Offense.  

You can watch the video right here.

In 2016, #5 Houston was at Full Attention for Navy’s Triple Option, and it Didn’t Matter

In 2016, Navy defeated #5 Houston 46-40.  Here is the USA Today article about the game.

The following are four quotes from University of Houston (now Texas) Head Football Coach Tom Herman about Navy’s Triple Option Offense:

  1. “You spend so much time playing that offense and retooling the defense that it is hard to get back to your normalcy the next week,” Herman said.
  2. “It will be a test,” Herman said. “Basically, it completely changes assignments, alignments and techniques. Everything changes for a week, and then you have to go back and play a normal defense.”
  3. “There’s less time, but the good thing is there is carry-over from last year,” Herman said. “What they do is not going to change from year to year. We’ve got to vary our looks a little bit because we did have quite a bit of success last year slowing down their running game. I’m sure they will have some wrinkles to combat that.”
  4. “I wouldn’t expect the numbers our defense has been putting up against the run against these guys, just because of the sheer volume of the time they are going to run,” Herman said.

You can read the full article right here.

Video of Alabama Linebackers Preparing for Georgia Southern’s Triple Option Offense

Georgia Southern rushed for over 300 yards versus Alabama in this game.

Nick Saban had interesting commentary after this game as well.  

You can see Coach Saban’s comments right here.

The below-listed video shows Alabama’s linebackers preparing for Georgia Southern’s Triple Option Offense.

Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly Admits when Facing Navy’s Offense: “You Can’t Have All the Answers”

Brian Kelly has been humbled by Navy’s Triple Option Offense.

Before Navy’s 28-27 win over Notre Dame in 2016, Brian Kelly admits that the Triple Option is beyond difficult to stop.

Read Coach Kelly’s pre-game comments right here.

Learn about the Triple Option Football Academy right here.

How Defenses Attempt to Stop the Triple–Blood Stunt

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The Blood Stunt is a popular way to stop the Triple Option, because it immediately forces the ball out of the Quarterback hands.

When the Quarterback recognizes the Blood Stunt, he gives ground, and he delivers the ball.

As Paul Johnson says, “Defenses can try to kill the Quarterback, but he’s not going to have the ball.”

Here’s an example of the Blood Stunt in action:

Stopping the Triple with the Blood Stunt Stopping the Triple with the Blood Stunt.  4-technique takes dive, 9-technique runs right for the Quarterback, and the Inside Linebacker scrapes over the top for the pitch at the snap.

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Two State Semifinalists, A State Finalist, and a State Champion in Texas have Come out of Dr. Cella’s Triple Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Lou CellaOption Football System Over the Last Four Years

Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Dr. Lou Cella, is a Sports Performance Specialist, and a 19-year coaching veteran of the college and high school level.

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Chuck Bullough, Syracuse Defensive Coordinator, Talks About Preparing for Georgia Tech’s “Pure” Triple Option

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Syracuse defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough previews the famous triple-option offense his defense will face against Georgia Tech as Coach Chuck Bullough’s father, Hank, is good friends with Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Lou Cella through the McNally Deal.

http://www.syracuse.com/axeman/index.ssf/2013/10/syracuse_football_chuck_bullou.html

You don’t see the triple-option offense that much anymore in college football, but Syracuse is going to see it this week against Georgia Tech.
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Syracuse University football defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough has seen a version of it in his travels as a defensive coach, but as he describes it, nothing as “pure” as the one his defense will see Saturday against the Yellow Jackets.

Bullough discusses how to defend Georgia Tech’s triple-option.

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How Follow Can Devastate the Okie Dog Pinch

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This diagram demonstrates how to utilize Follow to devastate Bear Bryant’s Okie Dog Pinch, which is still a common method to stopping the Triple Option.

Follow v Okie Dog Pinch. PR- Deep Defender PA- 3 PT- Base PG- Base to Ace (v. 1/2i/2) C- Veer to Ace (v. 1/2i/2) BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Follow Steps B- Veer PathFollow v Okie Dog Pinch.
PR- Deep Defender
PA- 3
PT- Base
PG- Base to Ace (v. 1/2i/2)
C- Veer to Ace (v. 1/2i/2)
BG/BT- Scoop
BA- Pitch
BR- Cutoff
Q- Follow Steps
B- Veer Path

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Two State Semifinalists, A State Finalist, and a State Champion in Texas have Come out of Dr. Cella’s Triple Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Lou CellaOption Football System Over the Last Four Years

Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Dr. Lou Cella, is a Sports Performance Specialist, and a 19-year coaching veteran of the college and high school level.

Over the last four years, Dr. Cella assisted in the turnaround of numerous high school football programs through his triple option-based camp system. Just months after Dr. Cella served as camp director,Cashmere (WA) and…

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Running Triple Option versus the Okie Dog Pinch

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The Okie Dog Pinch was invented by Bear Bryant in the 1970s back when the Playside Tackle always veered inside on Triple.

Then, in the 1980s, Oklahoma started veering the Tackle outside versus a 50 defense and the Triple Option evolved.

Still, many coaches defend the Triple Option this way, because they are attempting to take the ball out of the Quarterback’s hands as fast as possible.

Here is how Triple is run versus the Okie Dog Pinch.

Triple v Okie Dog Pinch PR- Deep Defender PA- 3 PT- Veer PG- Base to Ace C- Veer to Ace BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer PathTriple v Okie Dog Pinch
PR- Deep Defender
PA- 3
PT- Veer
PG- Base to Ace
C- Veer to Ace
BG/BT- Scoop
BA- Pitch
BR- Cutoff
Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2
B- Veer Path

Two State Semifinalists, A State Finalist, and a State Champion in Texas have Come out of Dr. Cella’s Triple Option Football System Over the Last Four Years

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How Do I Run the Triple Option Against a 3-3 Stack Defense?

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Here’s how:

Triple Option versus Odd Stack. PR- Deep Defender PA- 3 PT- Veer PG- Base to Ace C- Veer to Ace BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer PathTriple Option versus Odd Stack.
PR- Deep Defender
PA- 3
PT- Veer
PG- Base to Ace
C- Veer to Ace
BG/BT- Scoop
BA- Pitch
BR- Cutoff
Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2
B- Veer Path

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How College Defenses Attempt to Stop the Triple Option in Modern Times

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This diagram shows you how.

How College Defenses Attempt to Stop the Triple Option in 2014. 4-3 Defense--4 Across--Mike takes the pitch if Quarterback opens to 1-technique side.How College Defenses Attempt to Stop the Triple Option in 2014.
4-3 Defense–4 Across–Mike takes the pitch if Quarterback opens to 1-technique side.

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The Triple Option versus the Okie Dog Pinch

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Defenses will utilize the Okie Dog Pinch in an effort to make the Quarterback pitch the ball on the Triple Option.

This is what they will do, and what the Triple Option Offense does to thwart this.

Bear Bryant's Okie Dog Pinch. #1 takes the Dive; #2 takes the Quarterback; Inside Linebacker runs over the top at the snap to take the pitch. This was designed by the "Bear" to create a 3-on-3 versus the Triple Option. Bear Bryant’s Okie Dog Pinch. #1 takes the Dive; #2 takes the Quarterback; Inside Linebacker runs over the top at the snap to take the pitch.
This was designed by the “Bear” to create a 3-on-3 versus the Triple Option.

Triple v Okie Dog Pinch PR- Deep Defender PA- 3 PT- Veer PG- Base to Ace C- Veer to Ace BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer Path Triple v Okie Dog Pinch
PR- Deep Defender
PA- 3
PT- Veer
PG- Base to Ace
C- Veer to Ace
BG/BT- Scoop
BA- Pitch
BR- Cutoff
Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2
B- Veer Path

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Nick Saban on His Experience Defending the Triple Option Offense

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Watch it here.

Head Coach Nick Saban

Opening statement:

“In my opinion that was a good win for us. That’s a good little team we played out there today. When I say little team, I don’t mean literally. Those guys played hard and played with a lot of toughness. They really did a good job of running their offense. It’s a tough offense to get prepared for. It’s totally different than what we do all the time. We obviously didn’t execute the way we wanted to on defense all the time. We did a better job in the second half. That was really important. I think it was really important that our offense did a fantastic job of controlling the ball. They were always able to answer the bell and do a really a good job of not allowing them to have the ball. The time of possession was…

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The Most Common Defenses Against Which to Practice the Triple Option

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According to the data from our clients, there are specific defenses they see the most.  

Thus, these are defenses against which to practice the Triple Option:

1- Split (4-4 Defense)

Triple Option versus 4-4 Defense. PR- Deep Defender PA- 3 PT- Veer PG- Base to Ace C- Veer to Ace BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer PathTriple Option versus 4-4 Defense. 

2- 50

Triple Option versus 50 Defense. PR- Deep Defender PA- 3 PT- Veer PG- Base to Ace C- Veer to Ace BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1 Pitch 2 B- Veer PathTriple Option versus 50 Defense. 

3- Odd Stack

Triple Option versus Odd Stack. PR- Deep Defender PA- 3 PT- Veer  PG- Base to Ace C- Veer to Ace BG/BT- Scoop BA- Pitch BR- Cutoff Q- Veer 1, Pitch 2 B- Veer PathTriple Option versus Odd Stack. 

4- 4-4 Stack

Triple Left v 4-4 Stack Playside Receiver- Near Deep Defender Playside A LOADS #3 Playside Tackle- Veer Playside Guard/Center- Ace Backside Guard/Tackle- Scoop Backside A- Pitch Backside Receiver- Cutoff Quarterback- Veer #1, Pitch #2 B- Veer PathTriple Left v 4-4 Stack 

5- Triple versus 50 Eagle

Triple versus 50 Eagle Triple versus 50 Eagle

When running the Triple, spend your 2016 training camp working on these situations.

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Utilizing Your Coaching Staff to Run the Scout Team Defense Against Your Triple Option Offense

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This diagram demonstrates how to utilize the coaching staff as the scout team defense when the offense is running Live Bullets (two huddles versus a defense):

Coaching Staff as Scout Defense. Receivers Coach- Deep Defender A-Backs Coach- #3 Rotating Quarterbacks- #2 Quarterback Coach- #1 B-Back Coach- Action Key Offensive Line Coaches- first two backside defenders. Any other assistant coach- additional backside defenders.Coaching Staff as Scout Defense.
Receivers Coach- Deep Defender
A-Backs Coach- #3
Rotating Quarterbacks- #2
Quarterback Coach- #1
B-Back Coach- Action Key
Offensive Line Coaches- first two backside defenders.
Any other assistant coach- additional backside defenders.

Two State Semifinalists, A State Finalist, and a State Champion in Texas have Come out of Dr. Cella’s Triple Option Football System Over the Last Four Years

Triple Option Football AcademyOwner, Dr. Lou Cella, is a Sports Performance Specialist, and a 20-year coaching veteran of the Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Lou Cellacollege and high school level.  


Over the last five years, Dr. Cella assisted in the turnaround of numerous high school football programs through his triple option-based camp system. Just months after Dr. Cella served as camp director,Cashmere (WA) and…

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Back to Basics: Defining Defensive Positions for the Triple Option

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The below-listed diagram defines the key defensive positions for the Triple Option:

Defining Key Defensive Positions for the Triple Option.  1= Read Key for the Quarterback 2= Pitch Key for the Quarterback 3= Run Support. Most Dangerous Player Deep Defender= Defender who covers the zone over the top of the Playside Receiver.  He is not part of the count. Action Key= First down lineman inside of 1. Mike= First linebacker inside of the count. Will= First backside linebacker. Defining Key Defensive Positions for the Triple Option.
1= Read Key for the Quarterback
2= Pitch Key for the Quarterback
3= Run Support. Most Dangerous Player
Deep Defender= Defender who covers the zone over the top of the Playside Receiver. He is not part of the count.
Action Key= First down lineman inside of 1.
Mike= First linebacker inside of the count.
Will= First backside linebacker.

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Two State Semifinalists, A State Finalist, and a State Champion in Texas have Come out of Dr. Cella’s Triple Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Lou CellaOption Football System Over the Last Four Years

Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Dr. Lou Cella, is a Sports Performance Specialist, and a 19-year coaching veteran of the college and high school level.

Over the last four years, Dr. Cella assisted in the turnaround of numerous high school football programs through his…

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How Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine Advocate Defending the Triple Option

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Former New York Jets Head Football Coach, Rex Ryan has extensively written about defending the Triple Option.

Current Cleveland Browns Head Football Coach, Mike Pettine has done the same.


The following is how they would do it if they had to defend the Under-Center Triple Option at any level:

1. Assignment Football- must assign defenders to dive/QB/pitch in ALL defenses.

– Add secondary assignments to interior players.  (Ex. Defensive End has dive to Quarterback, Mike has Quarterback to pitch)

– Do option run throughs without a football to emphasize assignments.


2. Assign TWO players to a major threat. (Ex. v. a great Quarterback, put both Defensive End and Free Safety on him)


3. Set up rules for Defensive Backs- Secondary Support once pass threat is gone.

– Man coverage- based on Receiver’s split (>5 yards = pitch)

– Zone coverage- outside zones = pitch, middle of field = Quarterback to…

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How 10 FBS Schools Defend the Triple Option and How This Doesn’t Matter Because the Triple Option Is Still Going Strong Over 50 Years Later

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The Triple Option has been around since 1965 when Bill Yeoman installed the Split-Back Veer with the University of Houston.

Fifty-plus seasons later, the Under-Center Triple Option is still going strong.

Army, Navy, Georgia Tech, and Georgia Southern ran the Under-Center Triple Option as their Offense in 2013.

Facts are facts–the Triple Option isn’t going anywhere.  Navy had its best season in 50 years; Paul Johnson makes over $3 million/year at Georgia Tech; and the Citadel, a ROTC-based military colleges in South Carolina finished the season #13 in the FCS.

Nevertheless, here are 10 FBS schools and how they claim to stop the Triple Option.

  1. Miami
  2. Syracuse
  3. Florida
  4. Clemson
  5. North Carolina
  6. Georgia
  7. Appalachian State (FBS in 2014)
  8. BYU
  9. Duke
  10. Army

Utilize this information as a guide to prepare your players for what some of the best coaches in the world might do to stop the Triple Option Offense in 2016.

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Utilizing the Freeze Concept to Run the Triple Option Offense

Freeze is utilized when a defense is stemming, stunting, and blitzing in an effort to reveal themselves before the snap.

Once the defense reveals themselves, the Quarterback can put the offense in the best possible play. 

Freeze in Action

Freeze in Action

To learn all the advanced techniques of the Triple Option Offense, call 570.332.0265.


 

Two State Semifinalists, A State Finalist, and a State Champion in Texas have Come out of Dr. Cella’s Triple Option Football System In Four Years

Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Dr. Lou Cella, is a Sports Performance Specialist, and a 20-year coaching veteran of theTriple Option Football Academy Owner, Lou Cellacollege and high school level.  


Dr. Cella assisted in the turnaround of numerous high school football programs through his triple option-based camp system. Just months after Dr. Cella served as camp director,Cashmere (WA) and Timmonsville (SC) went to the state semifinals, Bayfield (CO) went to the state championship game, and Falls City (TX) won their first regional and first state championship in school history.


In addition, Hereford (MD), Johnson (NJ), Lakewood (SC), Petaluma (CA), Piedra Vista (NM), Poland (ME), Riverwood (GA), San Benito (CA), Seminole County (GA), and Temple City (CA)posted drastic turnarounds just months after Dr. Cella served as their camp director.


At the heart of the American Football Sports Science-Mental Conditioning Academy (AFSSMCA)and the Triple Option Football Academy is the mission to lead the high-performance football environment through sports science and mental conditioning coaching practices.


Contact: (570) 332-0265

Drilling the Rocket Toss with Skill Positions

The following diagram shows you how:

Rocket with the Skill Positions.

Rocket with the Skill Positions.

Two State Semifinalists, A State Finalist, and a State Champion in Texas have Come out of Dr. Cella’s Triple Option Football System In Four Years

Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Dr. Lou Cella, is a Sports Performance Specialist, and a 20-year coaching veteran of theTriple Option Football Academy Owner, Lou Cellacollege and high school level.  


Dr. Cella assisted in the turnaround of numerous high school football programs through his triple option-based camp system. Just months after Dr. Cella served as camp director,Cashmere (WA) and Timmonsville (SC) went to the state semifinals, Bayfield (CO) went to the state championship game, and Falls City (TX) won their first regional and first state championship in school history.


In addition, Hereford (MD), Johnson (NJ), Lakewood (SC), Petaluma (CA), Piedra Vista (NM), Poland (ME), Riverwood (GA), San Benito (CA), Seminole County (GA), and Temple City (CA)posted drastic turnarounds just months after Dr. Cella served as their camp director.


At the heart of the American Football Sports Science-Mental Conditioning Academy (AFSSMCA)and the Triple Option Football Academy is the mission to lead the high-performance football environment through sports science and mental conditioning coaching practices.


Contact: (570) 332-0265

Throwing Triple Pass Out to the Voided Flat

When the flat zone is voided for any reason, fake the Triple and throw the six-yard out to the A-Back:

When the Overhang Folds Inside on the Dive--Triple Pass Out. PR- Vert-Skinny (Playside Safety) PA- Six-Yard Speed Out OL- Slide Away BA- Pitch-Kick BR- 17-Yard Drag Q- Five-Step Drop, Throw to Playside A B- Veer Path-Kick

When the Overhang Folds Inside on the Dive–Triple Pass Out.
PR- Vert-Skinny (Playside Safety)
PA- Six-Yard Speed Out
OL- Slide Away
BA- Pitch-Kick
BR- 17-Yard Drag
Q- Five-Step Drop, Throw to Playside A
B- Veer Path-Kick

Two State Semifinalists, A State Finalist, and a State Champion in Texas have Come out of Dr. Cella’s Triple Option Football System In Four Years

Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Dr. Lou Cella, is a Sports Performance Specialist, and a 20-year coaching veteran of theTriple Option Football Academy Owner, Lou Cellacollege and high school level.  


Dr. Cella assisted in the turnaround of numerous high school football programs through his triple option-based camp system. Just months after Dr. Cella served as camp director,Cashmere (WA) and Timmonsville (SC) went to the state semifinals, Bayfield (CO) went to the state championship game, and Falls City (TX) won their first regional and first state championship in school history.


In addition, Hereford (MD), Johnson (NJ), Lakewood (SC), Petaluma (CA), Piedra Vista (NM), Poland (ME), Riverwood (GA), San Benito (CA), Seminole County (GA), and Temple City (CA)posted drastic turnarounds just months after Dr. Cella served as their camp director.


At the heart of the American Football Sports Science-Mental Conditioning Academy (AFSSMCA)and the Triple Option Football Academy is the mission to lead the high-performance football environment through sports science and mental conditioning coaching practices.


Contact: (570) 332-0265

How to Load on Triple Option

The following shows what to do when #3 is in the middle of the field:

Load Scheme. If #1 comes upfield, the Playside A goes right to the Free Safety.

Load Scheme. If #1 comes upfield, the Playside A goes right to the Free Safety.

Load scheme. When #1 cancels B-Back, Playside A cancels Mike Linebacker.

Load scheme. When #1 cancels B-Back, Playside A cancels Mike Linebacker.

Two State Semifinalists, A State Finalist, and a State Champion in Texas have Come out of Dr. Cella’s Triple Option Football System In Four Years

Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Dr. Lou Cella, is a Sports Performance Specialist, and a 20-year coaching veteran of theTriple Option Football Academy Owner, Lou Cellacollege and high school level.  


Dr. Cella assisted in the turnaround of numerous high school football programs through his triple option-based camp system. Just months after Dr. Cella served as camp director,Cashmere (WA) and Timmonsville (SC) went to the state semifinals, Bayfield (CO) went to the state championship game, and Falls City (TX) won their first regional and first state championship in school history.


In addition, Hereford (MD), Johnson (NJ), Lakewood (SC), Petaluma (CA), Piedra Vista (NM), Poland (ME), Riverwood (GA), San Benito (CA), Seminole County (GA), and Temple City (CA)posted drastic turnarounds just months after Dr. Cella served as their camp director.


At the heart of the American Football Sports Science-Mental Conditioning Academy (AFSSMCA)and the Triple Option Football Academy is the mission to lead the high-performance football environment through sports science and mental conditioning coaching practices.


Contact: (570) 332-0265