Growing Champions for Life® enlists the help of former athletes and coaches to serve as advisors and to share their expertise with us. Their experience and perspective on the sport journey is extremely relevant and helpful in our work with sports parents, sports families and youth sport organizations.
Partner in Gymnastics/Cheerleading
Wendy Bruce Martin earned her credibility at the highest level in her sport by bringing home the Bronze Medal from the '92 Olympics in gymnastics. Today Wendy shares the lessons she learned by coaching young athletes and their parents about building confidence, overcoming fears and achieving personal goals. Wendy maintains that she "wants to empower athletes and their parents so they are in control of their own successful destiny.
Partner in Tennis and Golf
Amy Pazahanick acquired a national ranking as a junior player and earned a college scholarship to Coastal Carolina University. She earned numerous honors for her athletics and academics while at CCU. She was named an ITA scholar athlete, team MVP, and played in the 2007 NCAA Championships. After collegeAmy taught with Silvia Tennis Academy where she was the Director of Junior Development from 2008-2012. She is certified by the USTA in Sports Science and High Performance Player Development. Amy is also certified by the Human Performance Institute in Mental Toughness and by the Professional Tennis Registry. In 2012, she started Agape Academy within White Columns Country Club in north metro Atlanta. Amy’s tennis articles have been published nationally and internationally and she has spoken at various schools and universities on entrepreneurship, leadership, and self-development.
Matt Vogel has been a USA swim coach for 35 years and is currently an ASCA Level 4 coach. A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, He is the current Head Coach of Coastal Maine Aquatics.He enjoyed a 16 year competitive swimming career, which included 2 Olympic gold medals, 1 world record, 1 NCAA Div I championship, 2 SEC championships, 7 YMCA National titles and was a member of the 1978 National Championship Tennessee Volunteers. During his coaching career Matt has developed Olympic Trials, Sr. and Jr. National qualifiers, and has had 1 Junior National champion. He is the kind of coach that enjoys being in the moment on pool deck whether it be at practice or a meet.
Partner in Baseball
Jeff Deardorff distinguished himself throughout his Florida high school baseball career and won a bronze medal playing for Team USA. Drafted into professional baseball after his senior year, Jeff spent six years with the New York Yankees honing his skills and gaining a player's perspective on the game. Today Jeff serves as a professional scout for the Yankees and contributes his vast knowledge about the game to help parents and athletes go from good to great.
Partner in Baseball
Kevin Davidson graduated from American Heritage High School with All American honors in 1998. He continued with his winning ways at Rollins College where he was also an All American, twice. Kevin was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2002, was named Minor League MVP by the Astros in 2003 and spent six years in professional baseball. He continues to be involved with youth baseball.
Partner in Soccer
Amanda Cromwell attended the University of Virginia, where she earned Soccer America's MVP award twice, captured two All-America selections and was named a finalist for the Hermann Trophy. She was a member of the U.S. team that took third at the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden and an alternate on the 1996 gold medal winning Olympic team in Athens, Georgia. Cromwell has also lent her playing talents to the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) from 2001-2003. Cromwell formerly served on the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Partner in Basketball
Andrew DeClercq earned All-County Honors playing high school basketball. He finished his collegiate career as the first University of Florida player to ever accumulate more than 1,300 points, 950 rebounds and 175 blocks and set a school record by starting in all 128 games that he played. Nominated for the 1995 John Wooden and Naismith National Player-of-the-Year awards, he led the Gators to a school-record 29 victories and helped them advance to the school first NCAA Final Four (1994). Andrew was drafted as the 34th overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in the 1995 NBA draft and played for the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic over a 10 year career. Andrew was named One of the Good Guys in Pro Sports by the Sporting News in 1999.