By: Ian Connole
HANOVER, N.H. — Dr. Ian Connole, the senior associate athletics director for Dartmouth Peak Performance (DP2), today announced the addition of Dr. Stephen Gonzalez in the position of assistant athletics director for leadership and mental performance.
Gonzalez brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his previous roles working with collegiate student-athletes and military populations to this position. As a member of the DP2 staff, Gonzalez will oversee leadership programming and team building as well as broad implementation of mental skill and resiliency training with individuals and teams.
Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Gonzalez was an assistant professor of sport psychology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York and the head of mental performance for the NCAA Division III Brockport Golden Eagles athletics department. As head of mental performance, Gonzalez oversaw the leadership development, team building exercises, and mental skills development for 23 teams and over 650 student-athletes. Gonzalez also was a mental performance consultant for NCAA Division I Rochester Institute of Technology’s men’s ice hockey program.
Before going to Brockport, Gonzalez was the lead performance expert and master resilience trainer for the United States Army’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) program at Fort Stewart, Georgia. While with CSF2, Gonzalez was tasked with enhancing the readiness and resilience in active duty infantry soldiers.
“The DP2 leadership and mental performance program is truly one of a kind, and we are incredibly fortunate turn it over Stephen Gonzalez,” Connole said. “He brings excellent experience in leadership and mental skill development, plus is relatable, innovative, driven and authentic. His service-minded approach and commitment to resiliency-building make him the ideal person to mentor our student-athletes in their journeys to become leaders for life.”
Gonzalez completed his Ph.D in the psycho-social aspects of sport at the University of Utah, his master’s in sport psychology at Georgia Southern University, and his undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. While at Pitt, Gonzalez was an NCAA Division I distance runner on scholarship for the Panthers.
Gonzalez is a Certified Mental Performance Constant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and a member of the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry. Gonzalez’s mental training of clients over the past decade have included athletes competing from professional and elite levels to the youth ranks.
“Coming to Dartmouth is an excellent opportunity to continue my life mission of bettering human lives through sport,” said Gonzalez. “To be entrusted with developing Dartmouth student-athletes to enhance their leadership capabilities and athletic performances, as well as help the transfer of these skills to post-graduate life, is an incredible honor. I’m excited to join the Dartmouth family and my DP2 teammates.”
Gonzalez is joined in the Upper Valley by his wife Amy and their children Sergio (6) and Azalea (4).