Dr. Larry Lauer is the mental skills specialist for USTA Player Development. Larry has a Ph D in exercise and sport science, specializing in sport psychology from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He has been a sport psychology consultant for over a decade with elite tennis players from juniors, college, and pros. Larry was an assistant coach and mental coach for Michigan State Men’s Tennis the past three years, helping the team reach the 2013 NCAA tournament.
Formerly, Larry was the Director of Coaching Education and Development in the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports (ISYS) at Michigan State University. At ISYS Larry conducted research on tennis parents, coaching, coach education, aggression in hockey, and life skills development in youth. He also was involved in training Detroit police officers and coaches to mentor youth athletes for the Detroit PAL. Larry was the lead editor for the USTA Mental Skills and Drills Handbook published by Coaches Choice.
An AASP Certified Consultant and listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry, 2013-2016, Larry was named one of the 100 Most Influential Sport Educators in America by the Institute for International Sport.