About Coach McGuire Dr. Rick McGuire is the Director of the Missouri Institute for Positive Coaching. He recently retired as the Director of Sport Psychology for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Missouri, and Graduate Professor of Sport Psychology in the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology. For 27 years (1983-2010) he was Missouri's Head Track and Field Coach. Under McGuire's tutelage, Missouri athletes earned 143 All American recognitions, 110 conference champions, 29 USA National Team members, 7 NCAA Champions, 3 collegiate records, and 5 Olympians, with two winning Olympic Silver Medals. He is the founder and was the chairman for 27 years of the USA Track and Field Sport Psychology program, and served on the staff for 11 USATF National Teams, including the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games in Barcelona and Atlanta. Rick also served as a member of the NCAA Track and Field Committee, and was President of the NCAA Division 1 Track and Field Coaches in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. In 2014, the USTFCCCA awarded Rick with their highest honor, the George Dales Award, for lifetime service, achievement and contribution to the coaching profession. In 2016, Rick was inducted into the University of Missouri’s Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.
As a professor, Rick established Missouri’s graduate masters and doctoral programs in Sport Psychology, along with providing a popular undergraduate sport psychology class. For these efforts he has been recognized with the Missouri Students Association Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the College of Education’s Pillar of Excellence Award for receiving the High Flyers Awards for Teaching Excellence for 15 consecutive years. He was also honored with the University of Missouri Alumni Association’s prestigious Faculty-Alumni Award. Rick has been a significant contributor to the cause of coaches’ education, has written extensively, and is a prominent speaker at coaches’ organizations meetings, clinics and seminars. He has established the “Missouri Institute for Positive Coaching” to support, study, research, teach, promote and in all ways encourage the importance and the impact of highly effective positive coaching. Rick is a founding member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), was in the initial class of AASP Certified Consultants, and has been honored with the recognition of AASP Fellow. He is a long-standing member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and Division 47, and received the Bruce Ogilvie Award for Distinguished Practitioner. For over 30 years he has been a member of the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry. He received his doctorate in 1983 from the University of Virginia, where he studied under Bob Rotella, world renown golf sport psychology consultant. Rick has numerous publications, including his most recent 2016 work The Power of Positive Coaching, and his 2012 ground breaking books, From the Whistle to the Snap: Winning the Mental Game of Football! and Winning Kids With Sport: Teach … Model … Practice … Inspire. Rick and his wife Jane continue to make their home in Columbia, MO, while their two adult children, Wendy and Mick, live and work in the San Francisco area.
"I've coached for 24 years at an institution that prides itself on teaching leadership and character all across every facet of it's curriculum and extra-curricular activity, yet I've never met an individual who taught those qualities and lived them more effectively than Coach Rick McGuire. "Rick's had tremendous influence among track coaches at every level and all across the Country, shaping so many coaching philosophies, including my own. Rick teaches a balance between learning and competition, education and athletics, that all in interscholastic and intercollegiate coaching should emulate. "I consider Rick my most valued mentor. Whenever I'm struggling with some aspect of coaching or teaching, I refer back to one of Rick's articles, or my notes from a previous talk or conversation, or better yet, give him a call-- the values Rick not only teaches but personifies always have a way of grounding me." Ralph Lindeman Nine-time conference coach of the year Head Track and Field Coach United States Air Force Academy