Tom Hanson, Ph.D.

SEC Contributing Member

Dr. Tom Hanson is the founder of the Play Big Academy and author of the book “Play Big: Mental Toughness Secrets that Take Baseball Players to the Next Level” which introduces players and coaches to energy psychology. He also wrote Heads-Up Baseball, which has sold over 75,000 copies, and a business fable called “Who Will Do What by When: How to Improve Performance, Accountability and Trust with Integrity.”

Dr. Tom got his Ph.D. specializing in sport psychology from the University of Virginia in 1991 and was a tenured professor and head baseball coach at Skidmore College in upstate New York before starting his own business coaching executives and athletes.In 2001 he worked full time for the New York Yankees and his client list includes the Texas Rangers, and  Minnesota Twins as well as Microsoft, American Express, and Fannie Mae. He specializes in eliminating the “yips” – an extreme anxiety condition that afflicts baseball players, golfers, tennis players and more. He lives in Tampa, FL with his wife, Master Certified Coach Birgit Zacher Hanson and their two adorable kids.