Mario Soto is a graduate professor of Sport Psychology and Performance at California Baptist University in Riverside, CA. In addition to his teaching duties, he is a full-time consultant to elite athletes, coaches, executives, and corporations around the world looking to enhance their level of performance.
Using passion, positivity, educational research, and firsthand stories from the multitude of high-level performers he’s coached or studied, Mario provides insight into the science and success of performance. Mario’s ability to connect and inspire individuals, teams, and leaders has yielded exceptional reviews from top sports organizations, elite athletes (Olympic, Pro, & amateur), businesses, and first responders. Mario’s background provides a unique perspective addressing the challenges of coaching, leadership, and performance tailored for individuals or organizations looking to be their best.
His coaching resume includes is a who’s who of elite performers especially in the world of sport. A small sample includes boxing legend Manny Pacquaio and HOF coaches Freddy Roach & Robert Garcia, multiple UFC fighters like champion Andre Arlovski, NCAA D1 champions Miss. State Baseball, Cal Baptist University’s 2 time Nat’l. champion Dance team, CBU Men’s Water polo (WWPA champs), Olympians Will Simpson (Gold), Sabine Schut-Kery (Silver) and Everardo Hegewisch (Bronze), USA Volleyball (men and women), current NFL players Juju Smith-Schuster and Adoree Jackson and a variety of first responders. His collaborative work with coaches this last two years saw five clients named Coach of the Year (NCAA D-1 and CA Juco baseball, wrestling, and men’s water polo and high school basketball – So. Cal).
Mario Soto received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and graduate degrees from California State University at Fullerton where he was mentored under the legendary Dr. Ken Ravizza. Recent certifications include: 1. Leadership and 2. Executive Performance from Cornell University and lastly, he is an approved mentor for AASP, the Applied Association for Sport Psychology. Since the 1990’s his years of experience working and consulting in healthcare, professional services, manufacturing, athletics, executives and first responders have positioned him to be one of the most knowledgeable speakers on performance, positive coaching, and mindfulness.