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

2 days ago

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“Inspire” is a key word in my message to coaches and parents. Our job is to help show players what’s possible and from the feedback it looks like mission accomplished. I can’t say enough about the @cbabaseballusa organization, staff (led by @joeysworld365 ) and the parents. They want to “be different” which is the message we all worked hard to help players buy into this weekend. Thank you for being bold and working to “disrupt” the club sports world. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

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I officially relived a “Ken moment” trying to hold court with the @hawaiipacificbaseball dealing with live music in the background, water activity and people walking by on the beach trying to see what was happening. Like Ken Ravizza’s first talk with the @angels many years ago in the basement of the stadium having to deal with sounds of plumbing and heaters, he showed that being able to stay dialed in is a skill that must be practiced. His example of not being faxed by the distractions helped show the importance of how quality focus routines block out distractions and help improve your performance. My sincere thanks to coach Brian, coach Carlos for the invitation and props to all of the players who dialed in from all over the country for this zoom call and were “locked in” themselves. We are going to make this season a special one - so do your homework!#belegendary”. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

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Let’s keep it going all over the county! Joie Gatlin and High Five win the $25,000 Silver Tour 1.45m Grand Prix, during the Blenheim Racing Fest in So .Cal. Better only gets better when pushed to be better by stepping outside of ones comfort zone. Proud of you Joie! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

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Success and conquering fear is getting contagious with @conoror85 and his clients specifically Ericka H. and this awesome rider Laura Anderson. First time moving up to 1.20 and crushing her course and goals!!! #proudcoach ... See MoreSee Less
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