One of the country’s most respected sports psychologists, Dr. Andrew Jacobs works with athletes of all ages, from youth athletes to collegiate, professional and Olympic competitors. Called “a pioneer in mental training,” he was one of the first sport psychologists to work with a US Olympic team, a professional team and a university athletic department. During his years as the US Cycling Team’s sports psychologist, they won a record nine medals at the 1984 Olympics — the first cycling medals for the US in 72 years.
Dr. Jacobs has served as the team psychologist for the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Comets, the University of Kansas, and the University of Missouri Kansas City. He’s worked with individual athletes and coaches from a variety of professional teams as well as the Australian National Swim Team. Additionally he has served as a consultant for the US Swimming and Weight Lifting Federations, the PGA and USTA and the US Olympic Committee’s Sports Psychology Registry.
Off the field, he helped develop the Cycle Reebok program. Along with the Menninger Leadership Center, he helped to design “The Fifth Quarter,” a program to aid professional athletes with their lives after they retired from their sports careers. Since 1992, Dr. Jacobs has been a radio talk show host. For the past 18 years he has hosted “Dr. Andrew Jacobs Sports Psychology Hour,” on Sports Radio 810WHB.
Dr. Jacobs received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology: San Diego. He has been in private practice in Kansas City since 1981.
“Sports are my passion and have been since I was a kid. I grew up playing baseball and basketball and but specialized in tennis and these days I’m a recreational golfer. My most significant sports role model was my uncle, Hirsch Jacobs. When he died in 1970, he was the winningest trainer in horse racing history and had been elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. He taught me that the greatest lessons you learn from sports come not when you succeed, but how you come back after you’ve failed.”