About Mario

Mario Soto is a Sport Psychology Consultant with an extensive background in performance sports such as basketball, baseball, martial arts (3rd degree in Shaolin Kempo Karate) as well as being a professional working actor for ten years earning his union status in all three guilds (SAG, AEA, and AFTRA).  He has coached, played, or worked at the youth, high school and collegiate level (locally & internationally) and holds a master’s degree in Sport & Performance Psychology Consulting from California State University Fullerton under the tutelage of the some of the most well respected Sport Psychology consultants in the world – Dr. Ken Ravizza, Dr. Traci Statler, Dr. Andrea Becker, and Dr. Len Wiersma.

Mario Soto has worked with a multitude of teams, athletes, coaches, and artists (musicians and actors) at the amateur, olympic and professional levels assisting them in dealing with stage fright, stress reduction, self-doubt and low esteem, improving performance routines (pre/present/post), goal setting, mental toughness, focus, imagery and visualization, motivation, confidence, dealing with pressure, over/under arousal, team dynamics, cohesion and helping foster culture change.

The diversity of people Mario has worked with have included actors and musicians, top boxers from Freddy Roach’s world famous Wild Card gym, Mixed Martial Arts fighters, Olympic and collegiate athletes as well as local high school and club teams in the disciplines of soccer, baseball, basketball, golf, equestrian riding (jumper, hunter, dressage, & barrel racing) softball, track and field, cross country, swimming, tennis, sailing, wrestling, rugby and lacrosse.

He has lectured and consulted around the country on topics like “Being a great sports parent”,  “How to coach and relate to today’s athlete”, and “Turning yourself into an elite performer” and held seminars on improving one’s performance in the workplace for sports officials and businesses.   His practice is headquartered in Southern California, but he travels extensively working to educate, empower, and inspire those who wish to seek an edge by unlocking their potential.

“Anyone can benefit from getting out of their own way.  We’re just a bit overwhelmed by life’s distractions, the misperceptions of pressure and sometimes the inability of letting go of our past mistakes.  It’s my hope to provide people with the tools and confidence to believe in themselves, create realistic expectations, and develop the discipline to stay on their journey towards excellence.” – Coach Mario

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This scene speaks to the truth of so many of us men. And yes, within the subpopulation for men of color it's a stigma that by seeking help we are somehow less than or weak. Nothing can be further than the truth. Our true strength comes from addressing our inner pain and our real growth comes from speaking and reflecting on what the source of that pain is, how it has affected you, and how you plan to use that pain as a tool of success. Coaching, teaching, learning is therapy. Search for those listeners who are worthy to hear what you have to say. #youmatter #mariosportsdoc ... See MoreSee Less

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During our coaching session we talked about being present and I referred to what my graduate students refer to as a “marioism” - be where your feet are. But Katy shared a better take - “be where your seat is”. ... See MoreSee Less

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Anyone can see a track runner’s results, accolades and broken records, but few see the effort they put in every day on the track. Anthony Grover is a high school All American, 3 time state champion who has excelled at the sport of running.

His former head coach has been quoted, "Anthony Grover is the ultimate competitor, balancing God given talent with a stellar work ethic and a competitive fire only true champions possess. He's the real deal”. The Wake Forest commit and I speak about the power of a strong mindset, controlling the inner voice, visualization and the pursuit of being one of only a handful of high school runners to break the 4 minute mile.
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