Graham Betchart

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Graham Betchart
Born (1978-04-30) April 30, 1978 (age 40)
Scientific career
FieldsSport psychology, sports coaching

Graham Betchart (born April 30, 1978) is a sports psychology mental skills coach and current director of mental training for Lucid Performance.[1] He is known for the concept "Play Present," which teaches that an athlete needs to stay focused on the task at hand and immediately move on to the next play despite results or outcomes.[2] He is also noted for the "MVP" program (Mediate, Visualize, Positive affirmation), a sports psychology mental training tool, as well as "WIN" (What is Important Now), which asserts that a player can only control attitude, effort, and focus.[3] Notable athletes Betchart has coached include Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Ben Simmons, the first overall picks for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 NBA drafts, respectively.[1]


  1. ^ a b Uluc, Olgun. "Meet Graham Betchart, the man inside the head of likely No. 1 NBA draft pick Ben Simmons". February 3, 2016. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  2. ^ Stein, Alan. "Play Present". April 5, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  3. ^ Giles, Matthew. "Meet the Sports Psychologist Training the Minds of the NBA's Top Draft Prospects". Vice. June 23, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016.

Further reading[edit]

  • Singal, Jesse (June 24, 2016). "Young Pro Basketball Players Are Seeking a Psychological Edge". New York. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  • Baig, Yousef (June 23, 2015). "Prolific Prep has new head coach, mental coach". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  • Porter, Andrew (July 7, 2016). "Ben Simmons' Mental Coach Graham Betchart: 'He Wants To Be Great'". CBS Philly. Retrieved July 8, 2016.