Mentally Strong Consulting is a team of trained sport and performance psychology professionals who are here to help you gain the high-performance edge to help you be the best version of yourself.
Cindra Kamphoff, Ph.D., CMPC
Cindra Kamphoff, Ph.D., CMPC, is a keynote speaker, trainer and professor who is a go-to high performance coach for leaders, executives, and championship teams.
She provides mental training for the Minnesota Vikings, as well as collegiate teams. She works individually with executives, CEOs, professional athletes, and others who are interested in gaining the high-performance edge.
Based on nearly 20 years of research and consulting, Cindra’s focus is helping people gain the high-performance edge by embracing passion and purpose in their work, sport and life. She is the President and CEO of Mentally Strong Consulting and is the author of the new book, Beyond Grit: Ten Powerful Practices to Gain the High-Performance Edge, and corresponding workbook.
Kamphoff is the founder and director at the Center for Sport & Performance Psychology and professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Cindra has a Ph.D. in performance psychology and is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. She is also a member of the National Speakers Association. Her work has appeared in New York Times, Sports Illustrated, The Huffington Post, USA Today, and Runner’s World Magazine. She is the founder of the High Performance Mindset podcast available on ITunes and Stitcher Radio.
Cindra is a former collegiate athlete and now an avid marathoner who has competed in 15 marathons including 5 Boston Marathons. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two boys.
You can learn more about Cindra on her website: CindraKamphoff.com
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Cassie Weaver, M.A.
Cassie Weaver received her M.A. in Sport and Exercise Psychology in May 2018 from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She joined Mentally Strong Consulting with ample experience as a mental performance coach, health and nutrition coach, and collegiate volleyball coach. She is currently completing her CMPC certification.
Weaver has spent the past four years as a NCAA collegiate volleyball coach at the Division II and Division III level. She played collegiate volleyball for Concordia University, St. Paul (2010-2014) where her team won four NCAA Division II National Volleyball Championships. Prior to college, Weaver was a USAG Level 10 gymnast at TAGS South in Apple Valley, Minnesota. She competed at regional and national meets in the all-around and was a MN State Bars Champion in 2007.
Cassie also completed an internship as a mental performance coach at IMG Academy, an elite training facility, in Bradenton, Florida. At IMG, she developed and led team workshops with elite athletes of all ages. She primarily worked with football, tennis, lacrosse, baseball, basketball, and soccer athletes. Throughout her internship, she learned about specific mental strategies and tools that parents can use to help themselves and their athletes develop a high-performance mindset.
Cassie leads team mental performance workshops with high-school and collegiate teams, and collaborates with coaches and/or athletic directors to help their respective athletes gain a high-performance edge. She also works one-on-one with elite, college, and high school athletes. Cassie finds energy and joy working with these athletes because they are highly driven and are always looking to “level-up” their performances.
Cassie spends her free time staying active outside, participating in adult volleyball tournaments, and taking classes to personally and professionally advance her career. She plans to obtain her Ph. D. in performance psychology.
Ashley Raulli, M.A.
Ashley Raulli received her M.A. in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Minnesota State University in Mankato. Throughout her graduate program, she gained experience delivering mental training workshops to teams and worked individually with athletes at the high school and collegiate level. For her capstone project, she examined research on the coach-parent-athlete triangle. This triangle represents the interrelationships between coaches, parents, and athletes and its impact on youth sport performance. In addition, she was the graduate assistant for the Center for Sport and Performance Psychology. She also was a club and high school volleyball coach during her two years in Mankato. She is currently working towards her CMPC certification.
Ashley started her journey to Sport Psychology at University of Iowa where she received a B.A. in both Exercise Science and Psychology. During her time at Iowa she gained leadership experience in various organizations, coached basketball and volleyball, and interned for a sport psychology consultant to ensure Sport Psychology was the path for her. Throughout her internship experience, she realized the fun and value sport psychology can bring to sport organizations.
Ashley is passionate about working with high school and collegiate athletes, coaches, and programs to help them reach their full potential. She believes culture and relationships within a sports team or organization can have a huge impact on their success. This is why she enjoys coaching so much herself! Ashley is passionate about educating all members of a sports organizations on the power mental training can have for everyone.
In her free time Ashley enjoys exercising (weights and HIIT training), reading, and coaching volleyball and basketball. She also plans to pursue certifications in public speaking and personal training.
Austin O’Brien, M.A.
Austin O’Brien earned his M.A. in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato (2016) where he gained experience working with high school and college athletes. Since then, he has worked in both business and health coaching settings helping adults develop positive work and lifestyle habits. He is currently pursuing CMPC certification.
His interest in the mental side of athletic performance comes from being a lifelong athlete. Austin is actively competing as an elite distance runner in races from 5,000 meters to the marathon. He is coached by Tom “Tinman” Schwartz and recently raced in the 2020 US Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying with a time of 2:18. During his college career, he was a three-time NCAA DIII All-American at Central College and is the current national record holder in the Distance Medley Relay. Like you, he has big athletic dreams and is eager to relentlessly pursue them.
Austin has developed a special interest in how mental toughness can be used as skill in both sport and life. He helps athletes improve their sport experience and performance while encouraging them to use the same skillset to promote success in other areas of their life. Austin excels in working with high school, college, and elite athletes competing in endurance or individual sports.
Personally, he and his wife live in Des Moines, Iowa. They enjoy traveling, hanging out with family, and playing with their energetic Corgi named Walter.
What Others Are Saying
“If you are serious about self and/or team improvement, Mentally Strong provides the infrastructure to get you there.”
-Mark Watkins, President and Founder, Geneva Capital
“After about five minutes, the level of engagement and excitement in the room had exceeded anything I have ever experienced.”
-Alex Grundhoffer, North American Title Company
“Our program is more focused, disciplined, and positive because of Mentally Strong’s work. We want our players using these concepts for life beyond baseball as well.”
-Sean DuBe, Head Coach, New Prague Baseball