Tulsa Douglas, M.Ed.

I hold a master's degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Springfield College and a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Psychology from St. Olaf College.

With a background in sports coaching spanning a decade, I have had the opportunity to coach individuals of all ages, from elementary school to adults, in a variety of sports and competition levels. Currently, I serve as an Assistant Coach for the USA U20 Women's Ultimate Frisbee National Team.

I have experience working with athletes and teams in basketball, lacrosse, softball, soccer, squash, tennis, ultimate frisbee, pickleball, cycling, and sailing. 

As an athlete myself, I know what it’s like to compete at a high level. My accomplishments as an ultimate frisbee player include:

DIII National Champion

DIII Player of the Year

DIII All-American 2x

National Champion 2x

U24 World Champion

Semi-Professional Captain

My Approach

My practice is rooted in a holistic perspective, recognizing that athletes are more than just performers on the field. I value the whole person, acknowledging the interconnectedness of their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. I approach every athlete with curiosity to deeply understand their unique identities, backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.

My guiding principles revolve around creating an athlete-centered environment where individuals serve as the expert on themselves, and I serve as the sport psychology material expert. I want athletes to feel heard, valued as a co-pilot on this journey. This athlete-centered approach is at the core of my coaching philosophy. It means that I prioritize the athlete's needs, goals, and aspirations, tailoring my coaching to their unique journey. I understand that every athlete brings a distinct set of talents, challenges, and dreams to the table, and I am dedicated to acknowledging and nurturing these identities. 

I am a firm believer in evidence-based practice, relying on the latest research and proven methodologies to drive my practices. My commitment to data-driven approaches ensures that athletes receive the most effective and efficient training, helping them reach their full potential.

Lastly, I believe in empowering athletes to develop self-awareness and equip themselves with the tools to function independently. While I provide guidance, support, and tools, I also strive to nurture self-reliance, enabling athletes to take ownership of their growth and success. This approach not only fosters resilience but also ensures that athletes can thrive not just during their time under my guidance but throughout their entire athletic journey.