Meet Gabriel Zelico


Oak Park, CA

About Me

Mental performance coach putting the person before the athlete, teaching evidence-based mental skills and mindsets to boost confidence in school/work, sports, and life.

Why I Want To Be A Coach

As a hockey goalie and former cross-country runner, I’m no stranger to the mental gymnastics that goes on in athletes’ minds. Once I learned more about sport psychology and tools I can use to ease my nerves and self-doubt, I felt like a new athlete – a new person! I didn’t learn this material until I was in college; I, along with so many of my peers, would’ve loved to learn these tools to approach school, sports, and life with a more effective mindset. I graduated from California State University, Fullerton with my master’s in sport psychology, focusing my graduating project on a workbook to facilitate injury rehab using mental skills. I’ve worked with athletes across the country in a variety of sports. When we work together, you’re in the driver seat – our discussions are according to your agenda and priorities, not mine.

My Coaching Philosophy

Improve the quality of your thinking, improve the quality of your performance. The more we can spend time lifting ourselves up through our thoughts, not breaking us down, the more success will come our way.

I Best Describe My Coaching Style As…

Engaging – conversations are never lectures – both people are engaged in conversation to get the highest quality coaching. This entails you describing events, asking questions, and even cutting me off mid-sentence when a light bulb goes off in your brain!

My Favorite Book is…

Grift – Angela Duckworth

My Favorite Movie/TV Show is…

Get Out / Arrested Development

My Favorite Podcast is…

Huberman Lab / No Stupid Questions

My Proudest Accomplishment is…

Setting a franchise record for my college against UCLA last year in shots faced/saves made – ended in an NHL network interview!

I’m Most Grateful For…

My parents and their support

What I Look For In The Athletes I Coach

A learner’s mindset – ready to ask questions and motivated to improve their craft