Sport Psychology Professional Development Seminars (PDS)

The sport psychology Professional Development Seminars (PDS) are intended to give our students and the community at large an extra perspective of what the world of sport psychology looks like. We bring highly respected professionals from the field to speak on different topics related to sport psychology. These topics could include working with specific populations (endurance athletes, para-athletes, youth and their parents, the Military, coaches, professional athletes, Cirque du Soleil, and performers of all kinds), learning about important psychological concepts in sport (anger and aggression, self-awareness, balance and burnout, motivation, acceptance, commitment, and mindfulness), or learning important entrepreneurial concepts (how much to charge, how to market yourself, how to find a niche, and general facts about running a business). The PDS events also help the students build their network and resource list by connecting with the speakers.

Join us as speakers, Tracy Hamm and Courtney Carroll Levinsohn (JFKU Alum) discuss “Coach.”

What is Coach about?

Coach follows Tracy Hamm, who currently leads the women’s soccer team at San Francisco State, in her quest to earn the internationally renowned UEFA A coaching license. Hamm turned to Europe after her efforts to pursue a top license from U.S. Soccer were obstructed by requirements that candidates seeking waivers to bypass lower certification levels must have played three years of professional soccer. When she graduated from college in 2006, no professional women’s league existed in the United States.​

Run time: 25 minutes

Why we made the film

We want today’s children to grow up in a world where it’s normal to see women in positions of authority in sports—and not just as athletes. We hope Tracy’s story encourages our society to examine how some rules are written, however unconsciously, in a way that keeps women from reaching those upper echelons.



Date and Time

  • Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • 5:00PM - 7:00PM
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  • John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill Campus

Tracy Hamm

Tracy Hamm was named head coach of SF State women’s soccer in 2015. The Gators have recorded winning seasons ever since, and in 2018 the team made it to the postseason for the first time since 2010.

Before arriving in San Francisco, Tracy served as head coach at Santa Rosa Junior College and as assistant coach at her alma mater UC Berkeley (Cal), where she was a four-year letter winner and three-time All-Pac-10 academic honorable mention. She was drafted in 2009, the inaugural season of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), participating in FC Gold Pride’s preseason, and spent her second season with the Atlanta Beat. WPS has since been replaced by the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

The California native holds a bachelor’s in mass communications, as well as two graduate degrees: an Ed.M in counseling specializing in sport psychology from Boston University, and a master’s in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia Irvine.

In addition to leading SF State, Tracy is the head coach at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory. She is on track to earn a UEFA A coaching license in 2019.

Courtney Carroll Levinsohn, Executive producer and Founder, Growth Through Sport

A former captain and MVP of the women’s soccer team at UC Berkeley, Courtney created Growth Through Sport (GTS) to help athletes of all ages develop the competitive and emotional skills to both excel in sports and have fun doing so. Based in New York City, the organization also partners with local clubs to support sport as a vehicle for positive social change. Within the soccer community, GTS focuses on increasing access to the game by helping coaches, educating parents, and empowering players.​

Courtney coached the New York Athletic Club (NYAC) amateur women’s team to a National Cup championship in 2010 and currently sits on the board of Brooklyn City Football Club.

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