Garret Kramer is an American author and the founder and managing partner of Inner Sports, a Morristown, New Jersey, firm specializing in sports psychology. He is described as a "mental performance coach."
Early life and background
Born in Paterson, New Jersey and raised in nearby Clifton, Kramer graduated in 1980 from the Montclair Kimberley Academy, a secondary school in Montclair, New Jersey, where he played varsity ice hockey from 1977 to 1980. In the latter year Kramer was the leading scorer in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association and a first-team All-State selection. In 2008, he returned to Montclair Kimberley to succeed Michael Good as head coach of the team.
He earned a bachelor's degree in 1984 from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where he played ice hockey, competing in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. In the last year of his schooling (1984), he also coached the junior varsity team at Hamilton.
In 1995, Kramer founded an organization called Inner Sports, which mentors "athletes, coaches, parents, and organizations, on the states of mind that lead to success." Kramer "often conducts seminars about his revolutionary 'inside-out' approach to performance excellence."
Forbes magazine wrote about Kramer that "His revolutionary approach to performance has transformed the careers of professional athletes and coaches, Olympians, and collegiate players across a multitude of sports." Kramer has appeared on radio WFAN and WOR in New York, ESPN and television FOX and CTV.
Kramer is the author of two books, Stillpower: Excellence With Ease in Sports and Life (ISBN 978-1582703886)), which "argues that getting into an appropriate mental state is more important [in sports and athletics] than having a command of the skills and behaviors needed," and The Path of No Resistance: Why Overcoming is Simpler than You Think (ISBN 978-1-62634-117-3).
All-star hockey player Zach Parise wrote the foreword to Kramer's book and told Sports Illustrated in 2010 that he "still routinely" talks to Kramer about handling the ebb and flow of life in the NHL.
Kramer lives in New Jersey with his wife and three children.
- Emily Maltby, "Some Entrepreneurs Put In Olympic Effort," Wall Street Journal, February 8, 2010
- Michael Farber, "The Great Unknown," Sports Illustrated, February 22, 2010
- "The Path of No Resistance with Garret Kramer", DrKevinPecca.com, October 30, 2017. Accessed December 3, 2017. "[Q] Garret, where are you from? [A] I was born in Paterson, New Jersey. I grew up in Clifton, New Jersey. I was into playing hockey, pretty much that’s what I was into."
- Staff. "Garrett Kramer named new MKA hockey coach", The Star-Ledger, July 24, 2008. Accessed December 3, 2017. "Former Montclair Kimberley star Garrett Kramer has been named the new head ice hockey coach at his alma mater, replacing Michael Good, who held the position for three seasons. Kramer was an outstanding player for Montclair Kimberley from 1976 through 1980, leading the state in scoring in 1980 and earning first-team All-State status that season."
- "MKA Announces Appointment of Ice Hockey Coach," MKA.org
-  Linked In
- Matt Stoeckel, "Stillpower: Excellence With Ease in Sports and Life," Psych Central
-  Inner Sports website
- "Garret Kramer," Huffington Post
- "8 Surprising Characteristics of Winners at the London Olympics," Forbes, August 6, 2012
-  Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau
- Wayne Parker, "Stillpower—Excellence With Ease in Sports and Life, by Garret Kramer," About.com
- Antonio Villa, "Garret Kramer authors new book" College News, Hamilton College
- Kramer, "8 Surprising Characteristics of Winners at the London Olympics", Forbes, August 8, 2012
- "The Psychology Behind Coaches Like Mike Rice: Kramer television interview on "what drove the disgraced Rutgers basketball coach to lash out and abuse his players", On the Hunt, Fox News, April 4, 2013
-  Kramer, "Feeling the Fall of Lance Armstrong, BigThink.com, January 28, 2013
-  Kramer, "How Your Thoughts Influence Performance—On or Off the Playing Field," About.com
-  Kramer, "Do You Set Expectations for Your Organization? Here's Why They're Not Working," Lifehack.com
-  Kramer, "Deal With Failure: How to Turn Epic Fails Into Epic Wins," AskMen.com
-  "Stillpower: The True Path to Flow, Clarity, and Responsiveness," Garret interview with Jake Cook, 99U.com