Lyn McDonald, M.A., is a Mental Skills Coach and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. He grew up in the San Antonio area where he played football, basketball, golf, and pole vaulted in high school. He played in the San Antonio All-Star Football game his senior year, believing it was the end of his football career. Lyn then went on to Texas A&M where he studied Psychology. During his junior year at Texas A&M, Lyn was persuaded by a friend to try out for the prestigious and wreckless 12th Man Kickoff Team. Although he was undersized for college football, Lyn made it through the try outs of over three hundred students and started football once again. It was at that time that he also started to study Sports Psychology and the power of the mind in sports. He began to realize that he could use mental skills tools to overcome the size, strength, and speed of his opponents. Lyn excelled academically, while also spending countless hours of practice with the football team, eventually earning first team All-SWC Academic Team status. In addition, Lyn played 4 years on the Texas A&M Handball Team; a team that won the National Championship.

After graduating from Texas A&M Lyn did graduate work at Michigan State University, studying under some of the most well-known Sports Psychologists in the country. He did a great deal of research in the area of imagery and the useful role that it can play in sports. Eventually, he returned to San Antonio to accept a scholarship at Trinity University and he obtained a Master’s of Arts degree in the area of School Psychology. He continued to follow his love of sports and wrote a thesis on the role of extracurricular sports participation, self-esteem, and academic achievement. He began working as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology twenty years ago and he continues to work in this field, helping students achieve their full potential. In addition to working in the public school system, Lyn has also worked as a Psychological Associate in a clinical psychology practice for the past fifteen years.

Lyn has utilized his psychology expertise with athletes, teams and individuals, during the past ten years. He has also coached track and was a High School Head Golf Coach for eight years. He actively consults with multiple teams and coaches and he stresses the importance of self-awareness and the development of poise under pressure. Like any physical skill, he helps athletes understand that mental skills can be developed and improved over time with practice. There are not short cuts, but those who want to perform at their optimum level can achieve this through a little extra effort and mental skills development. “Coach Mac”, as he is often referred to by his athletes, is passionate about helping athletes reach their potential and he does so in a manner that is easy to understand, relaxed, and fun.

Athletic background:

– High school football, Basketball, and Track
– Member of Texas A&M Handball Championship team
– Member of Texas A&M Football Team, 12th Man Kickoff Team
– SWC All-Academic Team

Educational background

– B.A. in Psychology at Texas A&M University
– M.A. in School Psychology at Trinity University
– Graduate studies in Sports Psychology at Michigan State University

Career background

– Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, High School, Middle School, and Elementary School
– Psychological associate, private practice
– Head Golf Coach
– Mental Skills Coach