Dave Gleason – Show Notes
Dave Gleason has been coaching young athletes for 2 decades, dating back to 1989 as a soccer coach to hundreds aspiring soccer players. In the mid to late 90’s Dave was strength coach for some of the most successful young tennis players in New England – many of them reaching top ten rankings regionally and nationally. Dave has served as a strength and conditioning coach for private swim club teams and has worked individually with hundreds of children 6-18 years old with a wide ranging ability level.
Dave Gleason is the owner of one of the top youth training facilities in the world in Pembroke, MA, and has worked with thousands of athletes ranging from the shy six year old to all-stars at the professionals level. He’s also an acclaimed international presenter on youth fitness and widely regarded as the fitness industry’s ‘go to guy’ for coaching kids ages 6-13.
Dave is the co-creator of the IYCA’s Youth Speed Development product. Dave’s contributions include the IYCA Youth Fitness Specialist Level 1 text – Essentials of Youth Conditioning and Fitness (Second Edition), the IYCA Complete Athlete Development and over 4 years ago the Game Play Performance (2012) program.
Dave is also an advisor and content provider to Reebok International and consultant to trainers, coaches, physical educators, youth sports organizations and public school systems K-12.
At the first part of his career, Dave recognized that he was following the dollar and realized he wasn’t being fulfilled by doing things that way.
“For me it was more about affecting kids lives in a positive way.”
Dave has always been involved with children, whether it be running summer soccer camps or creating foundations for youth in the health clubs he was working for.
Dave notes that the amount of competition in his niche has increased over the years. To deal with this, he is always striving to do what they do and do it better than anyone else.
“Our focus is 100% on the experience that people have when they walk in the door.”
As Dave transitioned from the adult training and coaching to what he is doing now, he believed in order to succeed he needed to become a better business owner.
As a business owner you have to be honest with yourself about what your strengths and weaknesses are and make decisions from and analytic standpoint. When your analytic thinking matches your heart, you know it is the right decision.
“Really successful people surround themselves with people that are better than themselves!”
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