October 11thIMG Academy - Performance Center
Joshua LifrakMental Skills Programming with the Chicago Cubs
November 8thThe Francis
Joshua Lifrak is the Director of the Mental Skills Program for the Chicago Cubs. He has been in this role since 2014 and currently has a staff of 5 members. He is in charge of making sure the members of the Chicago Cubs reach their full potential – both as players and as a people.
Prior to joining the Cubs Josh was at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, where he spent the last 10 years building mental skills training programs. While at IMG, Josh worked with the baseball, basketball, tennis and track and field programs and developed mental conditioning workshops for coaches and mental conditioning practitioners. In addition, Josh has worked with MLB players, NBA and NFL draft picks, the US Soccer U-17 Men’s National Team and many college programs, including the Florida St. football and basketball teams, the University of Alabama football team and the USC football and tennis teams. Josh earned a BA in Sociology from University of Rhode Island and a Masters in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sport Psychology from Ithaca College.
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November 16thCapstan Financial
Colonel Danny McKnight
December 13thThe Francis
Colonel Danny R. McKnight, U.S. Army, Retired, was born in Columbus, Georgia…moved to Rockledge, Florida in 1959…graduated from Cocoa High School in 1969 and Brevard Community College in 1971. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate from Florida State University in 1973, where he earned a BS Degree in Management. In 1985, Danny earned his Masters Degree in Higher Education from the University of Florida while assigned as an Assistant Professor of Military Science in the ROTC Department. Among his numerous military assignments were the following:
His military career also included combat duty on two occasions – Panama 1989 and Somalia 1993 (basis for the Book and Movie “Black Hawk Down”). Colonel McKnight’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (2 awards), the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Master Parachutist Badge with Combat Star, and the Pathfinder Badge. After completing 28 and one-half years of service to our country, Colonel McKnight returned to his hometown in Florida. He has served in two Homeland Security related positions in Brevard County…as the Homeland Security Coordinator for the County’s Emergency Management Office, then as the Homeland Security Training Coordinator in the Criminal Justice Center at Brevard Community College. Colonel McKnight now focuses all his efforts on being a nationwide motivational speaker. He and his wife, Linda, reside in Rockledge, Florida.