Dr. Sharon Drake Petro is on a mission to help athletes and business professionals develop a champion mindset so they can consistently achieve their very best.

As Founder and Director of Head Coaching she has guided a diverse group of athletes, coaches, teachers and business professionals toward optimal performance.

Our Head Coach

Dr. Petro created Head Coaching in 1998 to help athletes learn and apply the mental skills needed to reach their potential. Her clients understand that more effective thinking directly relates to better performance, and they learn to control their thinking in ways that increase confidence.

An Athlete and Coach Herself

As a former athlete and coach competing in individual and team sports, Dr. Petro understands first-hand the pressures of competitive sport. In her 17-year career as a high school and collegiate coach, she achieved success at both the state and national level. She has coached women’s basketball and women’s tennis at the University of Notre Dame and was awarded the NCAA Division II Wilson Intercollegiate Tennis Coach of the Year in 1985. Dr. Petro chaired the Department of Physical Education and served as an Assistant Athletic Director at Notre Dame before pursuing her doctorate in sport psychology. In 2007, she was inducted into the Notre Dame Monogram Club as an Honorary Member.

A Passion for Teaching & Coaching

Realizing that her passion is teaching and coaching, Dr. Petro moved on to the University of Virginia earning her doctorate in Applied Sport Psychology. She received her training as a Professional Counselor at U.Va.’s Curry School of Education, served on the faculty of the U.Va. Counseling Center, taught Sport Psychology at both the Curry School and at American University. Additionally, she holds an M.S. and B.S. degrees in Health and Physical Education as well as an M.S. degree in Administration. Dr. Petro is the creator of The WIN Method: Your Guide to Optimal Performance and is the author of The Tennis Drill Book.

As a former Notre Dame coach and breast cancer survivor, Dr. Petro was the featured speaker at the Pink Zone luncheon on February 12, 2012 at the Purcell Pavillion.


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