William Smith College student-athletes will get an early start to kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday. Four seminars for the Herons begin with a self-defense course for juniors and seniors. First-years and sophomores will meet with Dr. Tiffany Jones ’99.
Kickoff, both literally and figuratively, is at 11:30 a.m., when the Class of 2012 will take a self-defense seminar with Tina Felice in Bristol Field House. The Class of 2011 will follow at 1:15 p.m.
At 2:30 p.m., the Class of 2014 will meet with Jones for her presentation titled, “Communicating with Technology.” At 3:30 p.m., Jones will present, “License to Lead” to the Class of 2013. Both presentations will take place in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
Jones is a sports psychology consultant. Her areas of expertise include developing mental toughness and teaching coaches how to incorporate mental training skills into practice. Jones has worked with youth programs, high schools, and colleges around the country and has helped prepare student-athletes for life’s transitions after high school and college. In 2008, she was the psychologist for the title-winning Team USA at the U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from William Smith with a double major in psychology and English and a minor in women’s studies. Jones was a four-time varsity letter winner for the Heron soccer team and a two-time NSCAA All-Region selection on teams that competed in two NCAA championship rounds. Jones earned a master’s and a doctorate with a specialization in sport psychology from Springfield College, where she also served as an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team for five years.
The seminars are part of the on-going Peak Performance Plan, a comprehensive educational initiative to enhance the lives of Heron student-athletes and coaches. The curriculum includes personal and athletic development through the education and empowerment of women and coaches of female student-athletes.