Hello readers! My name is Vadim Jacobson and I am thrilled to announce that I will be helping out Dr. Tim Herzog as an intern for this upcoming year. I will be learning about how to run a consulting practice, and will be directly assisting with marketing, social media, and writing a weekly blog about various topics in sport and performance psychology!

I am a lifetime resident of Annapolis, Maryland and have been a swimmer for as long as I can remember (I am not sure if that’s an indictment on my memory or a testament to my 16-year long swimming career). Mid-distance/distance freestyle and backstroke were my specialties as I trained and competed for the Naval Academy Aquatic Club through middle and high school. Upon graduating Broadneck High School in 2014, I enrolled at George Mason University.

After two years at George Mason, where I studied Kinesiology and swam on the swim team, I transferred to Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. Knowing that I wanted to pursue a career in sport and performance psychology, it was at Seton Hall that I shifted my studies from Kinesiology to Social and Behavioral Sciences, with a minor in Psychology. My swimming career also took off at SHU, where I was part of back-to-back team conference titles, the first of which was the first championship in program history, as well as individual and relay conference titles.

Having graduated from Seton Hall in the spring, I am currently a swim coach at Naval Academy Aquatic Club, where I coach swimmers aged 11-16. Still passionate about the sport of swimming, I will continue my training, with help from Ryan Morrissey and the rest of the staff at PEAK Custom Fitness Solutions, with goals to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. I also plan to further my education at the graduate level in sport and performance psychology, and will be applying to several programs this fall with hopes to enroll in the fall of 2019.

I am extremely excited to learn from such an esteemed and knowledgeable professional with a sport psychology background (which I learned from Dr. Herzog  and Dr. Kate Hays that it is NOT “sports psychology“. Dr. Herzog and Dr. Hays have published some great work together) as Dr. Herzog and am equally as excited to share my knowledge and passion for sport and performance psychology with all of you!