Retired Senior Master Sergeant with the Arizona Air National Guard
Trainer - Arizona
Gary has coached a variety of sports at the youth level for five years. He has coached t-ball, soccer, flag football and basketball for a variety of organizations. Currently he is the assistant coach for a boy’s club soccer team, and recently earned his E level coaching license through the US Soccer Federation. Gary holds a third degree black belt in Shotokan Karate, and frequently taught classes for youth and adults. He has been an active competitor in a variety of sports including basketball, slow-pitch softball, karate and tennis. He competed for many years in the Arizona and Nevada Police and Fire Games, as well as one appearance in the World Police and Fire Games. In his previous career as an adult probation officer he was a firearms and lead defensive tactics instructor, coached officers in developing their mental skills and did extensive research on the topic of Optimal Performance. He has presented and facilitated safety-related topics around the state of Arizona, and presented nationally on three occasions. Gary lead the introduction of video recording and analysis, and heart rate monitoring/charting into safety training for the Maricopa County Adult and Juvenile Probation Departments. He was also deeply involved in the development and implementation of Reality-Based Training for both departments. He is a retired Senior Master Sergeant with the Arizona Air National Guard, and held the position of Superintendent of Training prior to retirement. He continues to be a learner himself, immersing himself in the game of soccer, reading on a daily basis and continuing to take drum lessons.