Hi and welcome to VIDA Mindset & Performance!
I am Cindy Swatek, otherwise known as Coach Swatek. I’m the mom to two athletes, I am married to Matthew who was a high school and collegiate volleyball player, I ran track and played softball in junior high and high school, and I played volleyball in junior high, high school, club, college, and as an adult. I have coached volleyball for for 29 seasons at nearly every level from youth to collegiate club and it has been a huge passion in my life. I love working with athletes as much today as I did when I first started my coaching career. I have also worked as a Master Resilience Trainer-Performance Expert with the US Army where I learned so much about how our tactical athletes improve their performance.
I became intrigued with Sport Psychology when I was a collegiate volleyball player at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. I had struggled with some injuries and felt that I was missing something in my game even though I was working extremely hard during practices and matches. I was always THAT player who would try to “win” every drill and I would stay after practice to work on my skills, but it didn’t always pay off. I was definitely lacking mental skills.
I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education at Baker University. I was a high school volleyball coach and physical education teacher for awhile, until I took some time to be a full time mom and the founder and director of a non-profit organization. I graduated from the University of Kansas with a Master's degree in Sport Psychology.
I excel in inspiring athletes, performers, and individuals committed to elevating their performance.
My expertise involves guiding individuals to:
I have been an athlete, a coach, a referee, and also the parent of athletes and my experience of participating in sport in various capacities helps me to better understand the dynamics of sport. These skills are not just limited to sport, though. I played the violin for 8 years and I understand first-hand the importance of being mentally prepared for performance. I’d also love the opportunity to help those in the musical performance realm become more mentally tough because I know that having the correct mindset can be beneficial to you, too!
I have had some very influential coaches and mentors lead me in my life and they have helped me become the person I am today. I love my job because I get to pay it forward and help others see their potential and strive to become the best person they can be.
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As the parent of a multi-sport athlete, I cannot express how appreciative I am of how Cindy helped my son! He gained confidence and he seems like a whole new player. Cindy taught him the tools he can use across all sports platforms, as well as in the classroom and in other scenarios. He is now more of a leader to his peers and his teammates and coaches have noticed the positive change. Cindy also helped his team mentally prepare for Nationals. I HIGHLY recommend her! She's amazing!!
Cindy has been extremely helpful and beneficial to my career. I am a stronger person inside and out of the arena! I would highly recommend working with Cindy!
You made me a better player, started my love for coaching a sport I adore, and have a been such a rock in my life. I don’t know how I’ll ever be able to thank you for that.
I have rarely coached against teams who were as mentally tough as her teams. I always respected how she coached her teams and knew that every match would be a hard-fought battle.