ABOUT matt Phillips (founder of pro athlete advantage)

Matt Phillips is a speaker, author, and high performance coach. He helps business leaders, athletes, trainers, and coaches develop their mental toughness so they consistently perform their best, day after day and year after year. 

A former professional baseball player in Austria’s Bundesliga (first league) and Division-1 baseball player in the United States, Matt discovered that peak performance requires a dominant “inner game”. Using his Mental Toughness approach, Matt teaches entrepreneurs, business leaders, athletes, and coaches/fitness trainers how to systematically build their confidence, drive, determination and perseverance so they can take their game to the next level.


Looking back at my baseball playing days, I often struggled with self-confidence and to be honest, sometimes felt lost on how to get out of my own head and perform at my peak. I know it was insecurity and that fear of failure that most athletes deal with, but what I started to learn over time was that there are certain techniques athletes can employ to help them get out of their own way, so they can play their best. While playing in college and professionally in Europe, I began to learn to use these best practices, and what I have learned, through mental toughness and leadership development, has benefited me in huge ways, both on and off the field. The lessons I learned while playing are now integral in my life beyond sports, especially in the business I run today.
At the end of the day, I am passionate about helping athletes gain confidence, drive, determination, and perseverance. I get PUMPED up giving athletes the tools I did not have when I played. That is exactly why I founded Pro Athlete Advantage...so that athletes all over the world can have the tools and resources available at their fingertips to take their game to the next level.

WHY I DO THIS FOR ENTREPRENEURS & business leaders...

Once my baseball career ended, I jumped into the corporate world, working and consulting for start-ups and Fortune 500 companies in both the United States and Europe.  I was 100% committed to climbing the corporate ladder, making more money, and getting that "title" that everyone seemed to be seeking.  To be completely honest, something was always missing. I found myself bored, frustrated, overwhelmed, and always wondering about the "next thing".  I was never content, mainly because I believed that there was something greater out there for me.  I knew there had to be more to life, the ability to truly use my gifts and talents each and every day.  I knew that my overall potential was un-tapped and under-utilized.

Do you know what was holding me back?  ME!  No one else...ME!  I finally had an epiphany during my career when I realized that if I want to discover what is truly possible, with my career, relationships, spiritually...in every area of life...that it was time to start digging in and re-training my brain and mindset.  I realized that I could leverage all the mental toughness training I had as an athlete.  I discovered that it was my mindset that was holding me back, just like what happens with athletes.  And that's why I work with entrepreneurs and business leaders at Pro Athlete Advantage!

I have discovered that a huge population of people are struggling in their career or with their business.  They also felt like I did, that they are leaving something on the table, that there's more potential within themselves, but they just don't know how to unleash it.  I want entrepreneurs and business leaders to learn the mental toughness tools that I implemented, help them form the right habits, and truly discover what is possible in EVERY AREA OF LIFE!  If we train our mindset, we tap into our potential!


It’s no secret that helping your athletes achieve great results leads to more engagement, more athletes sticking around for the long haul (and buying into what you are doing), and a stellar reputation that your coaching is the best in town.  

To get results like that, you’ve got to have a ‘secret sauce.’ This secret sauce is way more than epic workouts or a certain number of reps -- it’s actually knowing how to help your athletes motivate, push past the limits IN THEIR OWN HEADS, and get strong. 

MENTAL TOUGHNESS is the ‘secret sauce’…the key ingredient to take your athletes from good to great.

Whether you are a traditional sports coach (baseball, softball, volleyball, hockey, etc.), fitness trainer, or Crossfit coach, the more educated you are on mental toughness, and the more you have invested in intentionally and purposefully integrating mental toughness into your coaching, the better the results will be!

One of my passions is educating coaches and fitness trainers on the science behind mental toughness and teaching them how to uniquely integrate the tools into the entire life cycle of the coaching process.  That's the way you will get the most out of your clients.  In my Mental Toughness Coach Certification, not only do we define each person's unique coaching philosophy, but we add key mental toughness concepts to your arsenal (focused on detailed understanding and implementation).  

Coaches are the true, daily influencers of athletes, and I want to make sure they are fully prepared to drive results!
Now...at little more about me (from a recent press clipping):
Combined with his extensive experience in operations, finance, and accounting with Fortune 500 companies around the world, Matt's tactics and methodology will have a massive impact on you and your performance. He will no doubt leave you with a unique and worldly perspective due to living and working in the United States, Austria, and Switzerland.  

Through keynote speaking, team coaching, and one-on-one coaching with athletes and coaches, Matt helps each group to implement mental toughness and leadership skills that will grow each individual’s and team’s mindset for success. 

Matt also leverages these same mental toughness and leadership philosophies when working with businesses, from start-ups to Fortune 500. Just like for athletes, Matt works with business leaders, whether in sales, business development, accounting, operations, and other functions, to maximize their daily potential and beat out their competition.
Matt earned his Masters’ of Accountancy from the McIntire School of Business at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia and his BSBA in Finance and International Business from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Matt played professional baseball (Bundesliga) for the Diving Ducks in Wiener Neustadt, Austria and Division-1 college baseball at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Matt resides in Denver, Colorado and is blessed to be surrounded by his amazing wife and three children.
Contact Matt for Speeches

Here are a few interviews Matt has given, so you can learn more about him:

Meet the Pro Athlete Advantage Team!  Each person is integral to the success of our mission to build mentally tough leaders around the world.  Please click each picture to get to know our team!
Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner
& Head of Nutrition
Chief Operations Officer

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