Jack H. Llewellyn, Ph.D.
A world-renowned sports psychology consultant, author, professor, business coach and motivational speaker, Llewellyn is founder and president of the Atlanta-based Center for Winning Performance.
Dr. Jack Llewellyn helps clients use the same approach and strategies used by world famous athletes to properly assess their abilities, correctly focus on the right processes to reach goals, thrive on stress and recover quickly from adversity in order to become top performers.
He gives more than 40 speeches each year, working with some of the country’s most prestigious companies and organizations. Whether helping a sales team gain greater focus or an executive learn to thrive on stress, Dr. Jack gives both companies and individuals the mental training tools needed for winning athletes.
A sports psychology consultant for more than 30 years, Dr. Jack Llewellyn began to receive national recognition when he was credited with turning around Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz’s career in 1991. Smoltz was 2-11 halfway through the season when he began working with Dr. Jack. Thanks to the techniques he learned, Smoltz went 12-2 in the season’s second half and became one of the premier pitchers in Major League Baseball winning the Cy Young Award in 1996.
Due to his success with Smoltz, the Braves organization hired Dr. Jack as the team’s mental development coach. On the field and in the clubhouse, his subtle suggestions and ability to help players overcome challenges was often cited as critical in the Braves’ turn from also-ran to perennial contender with 14 consecutive National League Division Championships and the 1995 World Series win. Currently, he remains under exclusive contract with the Washington Nationals.
In 2002, he was brought in to work with NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, who was number six in the NASCAR ranking. But the end of the 2002 season, Stewart was number one and had a series-high 15 top-five finishes, culminating in being awarded the Winston Cup Series Championship. In 2011 he won his 3rd cup.
Other sports clients have included Paul O’Neill of the New York Yankees, as well as players with the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos and Houston Astros. He has also counseled NBA, NFL and NHL players, professional boxers, PGA/LPGA golfers, USTA tennis players and Olympic athletes. He was appointed to the IOC Polyclinic as an on-call sports psychology consultant during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Dr. Jack is a frequent news contributor on sports psychology, appearing regularly on CNN and in major newspapers across the country.
His business guidance is equally successful. Using the same techniques applied to some of the world’s finest athletes has helped to inspire dramatic new results for executives. His clients cover a broad spectrum of industries and have included Fortune 500 companies (IBM, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Georgia Pacific, Johnson & Johnson); financial services institutions (Prudential, Bank of America, Chase Bank, GE Capital Servies, American Express); pharmaceutical companies (Novartis, SmithKline Beecham, TEVA Nueroscience); energy companies (Southern Company, Duke Energy); as well as organizations such as the FBI, ATF, Harrah’s Resorts and many national associations.
He has authored five books: Psychology of Coaching: Theory and Practical Application; Let ‘Em Play: For Parents and Coaches of Young Athletes; Coming in First; Winning Sure Beats Losing; and Life’s Spiritual Journey.
Dr. Jack Llewellyn received his bachelor’s of science degree from Maryville College, his master’s and EDS degrees from Eastern Kentucky University, and his doctorate’s degree from Florida State University. He resides in Atlanta and has four children.