Boise State XC / Track and Field Assistant Coach Attends National Conference


BOISE, Idaho – Boise State Assistant Cross Country Skiing and Track Coach Cody Sohn attended the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) 36th Annual Conference, October 6-9.

The AASP is the premier association that ensures that every artist has the resources to strengthen their inner advantage through the advancement and application of excellence in mental performance and mental health. To do this, AASP cultivates an inclusive field of Certified Mental Performance Consultants (CMPCs), licensed mental health professionals, educators and researchers.

CMPCs possess the expertise, skills, and confidence to help performers develop and use mental, life, and self-regulatory skills to enhance the enjoyment of their talents and / or personal development in their work. performance area.

Sohn led a panel discussion with Bronco Head Cross Country and Track Coach Corey Ihmels and senior student-athlete Olivia johnson. In her discussion, Sohn pointed out how the performance theory she uses is supported by one type of learning method, and by combining the two, over time Johnson has developed her knowledge and use of mental skills. .

Johnson became an end user of these mental skills and grew up to gain knowledge of Boise State’s cross country and track processes. She learned to be an effective leader and to talk about action skills among her peers, as well as her understanding of the goals of the program.

Sohn joined the Broncos’ cross country and track programs as a full-time assistant coach / CMPC in the fall of 2018. Both assistant coach and WACC, Sohn has the advantage of watching training teams in a cultural context that recognizes change, signals a necessary correction or intervention, and identifies challenges and opportunities along a timeline.

Last season, Sohn’s goal was to transition from her role as a facilitator and support the transition of her student-athletes from passive to active agents in developing their own mental skills.

His perspective focused on reflecting on relevant theories and discussing with other coaches and student-athletes the application of theories to motivation, attachment and interpersonal processes in athletes.

For example, Sohn provided student-athletes with resources, asked questions, and encouraged student-athletes to engage with each other in analysis and collaboration through cognitive awareness and experience. . It also sparked activities that enriched, extended and strengthened learning. When interventions were needed or self-regulation was required, Sohn facilitated both.

Additionally, Ihmels and Sohn discussed with their student-athletes the heightened expectations of artists who need to be challenged, and even at times uncomfortable, as they implement mental skills and tools for promoting performance. positive results in sport and performance.

Sohn came to Boise State after working as a Northwest Project Manager for Team Red White Blue (RWB) – a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting veterans to their communities through activities. physical and social.

Prior to working with the RWB team, she spent six years as an instructor and trainer in performance enhancement and resiliency techniques at Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness in Fort Benning, Ga. There, Sohn worked with military personnel and their families on psychological skills to improve performance and build personal and professional resilience.

A graduate of Arizona State, Sohn was a member of the Sun Devils’ cross country and track teams. She has competed in the NCAA Cross Country Championships every year of her career, including finishing second on the team in her senior year. On the track, she finished fourth in the 3000m steeplechase at the Pac-10 championships in 2002.

Sohn also holds a master’s degree in sports and performance psychology from Denver.


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