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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2 days ago

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Something special about going home and spending quality time with family. A gift I will forever treasure, and that I know everyone in the world wishes they could experience in these challenging days. Stay safe, wear the mask so more of you can make positive memories with your loved ones. #allweaskistowearamask ... See MoreSee Less

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5 days ago

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May we all pause and give thanks to what we have, to those who helped get us here and reflect on what we can all do to make our country a bit safer, kinder and more united. ... See MoreSee Less

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6 days ago

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This to me, is a love letter to baseball by someone I’m so lucky to have worked with. It describes one person’s journey, what it means to be a real teammate, and feeling good about moving on. This is the type of kid coaches dream about having on their squad - the unsung hero that just plays the game, cheers on his teammates and runs his sprints just as hard even when he doesn’t get innings. #thedude ... See MoreSee Less

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7 days ago

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Thank you Southwest Airlines for keeping the middle rows empty and making me feel a bit more safe on this trip. In return I will reward you with more business later this month. ... See MoreSee Less

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