Dr. Cassidy Preston
Founder & High-Performance Coach

Dr. Cassidy Preston is the founder of Consistent Elite Performance and is a full-time High-Performance Coach helping elite athletes, teams, and businesses increase their performance and well-being.

As a former OHL & PRO hockey player, Cassidy combines his personal experiences with the current research in Sport & Performance Psychology to create relatable and practical strategies for his clients to apply.

Cassidy is personally motivated and invested in helping people develop the intangible soft skills of mental toughness and leadership because of how much he struggled with them throughout his career.

One of the greatest challenges he embraces is helping people first understand exactly what these soft skills are and, then, how they can work on them. Most people are either not aware of their mental toughness and leadership skills or they don’t know how they can actually work on them.

Lastly, Cassidy is dedicated to helping his clients improve their performance and well-being through customized programs that include the necessary accountability and support. His autonomy-supportive approach ensures his clients take ownership of their mental toughness and leadership skills to build healthy and lasting habits.

Education

  • Ph.D., York University, Sport & Performance Psychology
  • M.Sc., University of Toronto, Sport & Performance Psychology
  • B.Sc., York University, School of Kinesiology and Health Science
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Nicholas Santino, BSc
High-Performance Coach

Nicholas Santino is a PhD Candidate at York University in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science. From his specialized psychology research program, to his PhD studies, Nicholas has gained a tremendous foundation of knowledge and appreciation for the human experience. His passion for psychology has cumulated to a commitment to studying and applying positive psychology and stoicism. This commitment has led Nicholas to conduct many research studies focusing on understanding why and how some people thrive and prosper while others do not. His admiration for evidence-based solutions has propelled Nicholas to produce studies revolving around mindfulness, grit (perseverance and passion), performance, quality participation, social relationships, and well-being.

Nicholas’s devotion to positive psychology is equal to his love of sport. Growing up in the Greater Toronto Area, Nicholas played competitive hockey and was greatly influenced by watching his brother excel through Junior A and NCAA hockey. Nicholas is devoted to mobilizing his knowledge of psychology to help athletes and all people live happy and fulfilling lives, reach their utmost potential, and achieve consistent elite performance.

Education:

  • Ph.D.(c), Kinesiology and Health Science, York University
  • M.Sc., Kinesiology and Health Science, York University
  • B.Sc.,  Specialized Honours in Psychology (Magna Cum Laude), York University

Jimena Lopez, MA
High-Performance Coach

Jimena Lopez is a full-time Mental Performance Coach. In her practice, Jimena combines her athletic and academic experience to provide mental performance training to athletes of all ages, sports, levels, and backgrounds.
Sporting background:
At 9 years old,  Jimena started her career as a high-performance athlete in elite gymnastics. At 14 years old, she earned her position on Team Canada. She has battled injury and rehabilitation, the pressure of competing at a high level, and finally, retirement. Having experienced the athlete’s life cycle in its entirety has given Jimena the experiential knowledge she uses in her mental performance career.
Academics:
Jimena has a BA in kinesiology and psychology from Western University. She also has an MA in psychology with a specialization in health and social psychology from Maastricht University where she graduated with honours. She is currently being certified by the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA) as a Mental Performance Consultant. This process has allowed Jimena to work with athletes from a variety of sports in an individual and group setting.
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Adam Carter, BCBA, MA
High-Performance Coach

Adam Carter is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), issued by the Behavior Analytic Certification Board (BACB). From his research and coursework in psychology and behavior analysis, Adam has gained an invaluable insight into the interaction between the human mind and body. His love for these subjects has led to conducting research on eliminating anxiety-based behaviors in children during fearful situations, as well as a published research article in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Adam’s desire to pursue these research areas and his love for sport has cultivated in his passion to be a mental-performance coach. Through growing up in a competitive sports environment, including playing competitive team sports (hockey, soccer) and individual sports (boxing, tennis), he has as a rich history in both helping himself and others through mental struggles. His biggest passion as a coach is to help unlock the full potential of an athlete – which is so often hindered by a lack of mental skills. He believes in the devotion to practicing mental skills just as much as one would practice physical skills.

Education:

  • B.A., Honours in Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour and Economics, McMaster University
  • M.A., specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis, Brock

Taylor Staden, BA
Associate Coach

Taylor Staden earned his undergraduate degree in Sport Psychology from Laurentian University. A lifelong athlete, Taylor had always been passionate about health and wellness, playing hockey both competitively and recreationally growing up, alongside other sports such as basketball, baseball and soccer. This passion had eventually led Taylor to pursue a career in mental performance consulting.

Taylor runs a podcast called “Mental Dive” in which he interviews athletes, consultants and others involved in sport about the ‘mental side’ of competition. Taylor has interviewed individuals from leagues such as the NHL, MLB and OHL, as well as those who have competed at the national stage.

Taylor has acquired consulting experience by working with both ‘AA’ and ‘AAA’ minor hockey teams in both group and 1-on-1 settings. Taylor also has experience conducting workshops with youth basketball athletes from the ages of 6-18, diversifying his skillset. Presently, Taylor is working towards his professional accreditation with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA).

Education

  • B.A., Laurentian University, Sport Psychology

Matt Comand, MA
High-Performance Coach

Matt Comand is an experienced High-Performance Coach working with elite athletes, coaches, teams, and executives. He is skilled in Athletic Development, Leadership Development, Mental Skills Training, and Team Cohesion. He has over 5 years of experience as a Sport Psychology Professor at Humber College. He is currently an assistant coach with the Aurora Tigers Junior A Hockey team. In 2013 he earned his Master of Arts in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver.
 
Matt is passionate about helping individuals and teams achieve their optimal potential and more thoroughly enjoy the process of achieving consistent excellence. He enjoys bringing people together to help solve specific problems and achieve team goals.

Dr. Meghan Harlow
High-Performance Coach

Dr. Meghan Harlow is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at York University, having recently completed her PhD at York with a focus on Positive Youth Development through sport. Previously, Meghan attained her Masters in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa in their applied Consultation and Intervention in Sport Program, preceded by a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Western University.

Meghan is a former National Level gymnast, born and raised in the Toronto area. She draws from her own unique experience in sport when relating to and working with youth athletes. Through teaching invaluable mental skills, Meghan hopes to optimize youth athletes’ performance and enjoyment in sport.

Meghan is also currently a part-time professor at Humber College, teaching applied Sport Psychology.

Sandy Mosher, MSc
Associate Coach

Sandy Mosher is a PhD Candidate studying at York University in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science.

Sandy’s research focuses on youth athlete development. Her current research aims at defining and measuring early specialization in young athletes. She is also involved as a research assistant helping the Academy of Student Athlete Development to better understand their athletes.

Sandy played competitive hockey and basketball before doing her undergraduate degree in Psychology. She comes from a successful sports family where her dad coached Volleyball at the Olympic, National and Varsity levels.