Private Coaching Company Helps Athletes Achieve Their Personal Best

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Private Coaching Company Helps Athletes Achieve Their Personal Best

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Bill Eugene, NECIR Summer Journalism Student, Student at Milton Academy

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Basketball all-star, Stephen Curry, was told throughout his life that he was too small to ever make it to the professional level.

But then, he learned how to prove the critics wrong: using a private coach.

Now, Stephen Curry is working as an athlete ambassador with CoachUp, a 7-year-old Boston-based company that connects athletes with private coaches.

“We truly believe that private coaching is the secret to reaching the next level in sports and in life,” said John Kelley, CEO of CoachUp.

The company works with a wide variety of athletes, not only helping them improve their physical performance, but also building character, confidence, and strong work ethic. It was started by Jordan Fliegel, an entrepreneur who believed that coaching transformed his life, helping him rise from an average basketball player in high school to a professional athlete.

Now, the company has expanded to all 50 states, with coaches that charge between $20 and $100 an hour for their services. While some coaches have just graduated college, others have decades of experience.

“We really are in the business of connecting people,” Kelley said.

Curry believes that the key to real progress as an athlete is getting individual attention from a trained professional who can make a specific training plan, Kelley added. “It can open doors you never thought possible.”

“When we can make people feel like, through CoachUp, they could be the next Stephen Curry–now that’s a great message,” he said.