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Dr. Dennis Janzen

Subject Expertise: Coaching
Education: PhD in Sport Psychology from University of Southern California
Hometown: Reedley, CA, but lives in Lynden, WA today

have been graciously blessed to have a coaching and administrative career in competitive athletics that has spanned over 40 years.  Seeing someone do something they had never thought possible is the ultimate joy.  Many years ago, a wise person told me that, “Players will do what you train them to do.”  I’ve never forgotten that…and for many years, that simple but powerful philosophy has shaped how I coach, lead and teach.  What really allows people to attempt to master difficult, challenging tasks when the risks of failure are strong?  What keeps people persisting after they have experienced failure?  How can a coach or leader create an environment in which the drive to succeed is greater than the fear of failure?  These are very common challenges.  I’ve been blessed to coach a wide range of athletes – from Olympians to young ten year olds.  My goal is to create the best learning experiences possible for people who wish to grow in the area of athletics coaching and administration.