Totino-Grace High School speaker series with Dr. John Tauer

Totino-Grace High School in Fridley welcomes Dr. John Tauer, University of St. Thomas psychology professor and men’s basketball coach, as the second presenter of their annual Speaker Series on Monday, Sept. 11. The event will take place at the school at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Dr. Tauer will present on the topic of his most recent publication, Why Less is More for WOSPs (Well-Intentioned, Overinvolved Sports Parents): How to Be The Best Sports Parent You Can Be.

Dr. Tauer’s unique background as a national champion coach and tenured psychology professor with an expertise in motivation led him to write a book on the topic. He will share lessons from nearly two decades of college coaching and teaching, along with a quarter century of working with kids at basketball camps to shed light on how parents can work with their children to help them learn the valuable lessons sports are intended to teach. Throughout his talk, Tauer will cite real-world examples and connect them to psychological theory to help us understand why youth sports spin out of control all too often. The talk promises to be informative and entertaining, and will encourage each of us to step back and examine our own behavior when it comes to our children and their athletic goals and dreams.

Dr. John Tauer is a tenured faculty member of the University of St. Thomas and one of the only head college basketball coaches in the nation who also has a doctorate in sport-related psychology. He is one of a small number of coaches nationally to have played in, been an assistant coach, and been a head coach in the Division III Final Four. Dr. Tauer has led the Tommie men’s basketball program to outstanding and impressive results including two national titles, an unprecedented 12 consecutive MIAC championships and a win percentage of higher than 80%. Coach Tauer was twice named a Division III National Coach of the Year and received three West Region and three MIAC Coach of the Year Awards.

Tauer was an All-MIAC player, first team All-West Region, and Academic All-America for the Tommies and was inducted into the St. Thomas Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. Tauer graduated from Cretin-Derham Hall, where he was a member of state champion teams in both basketball and baseball and served as a captain and named all-state in both programs.

An NCAA Postgraduate Scholar and Academic All-America honoree, Tauer earned Master’s and PhD degrees in Social Psychology at UW-Madison. Tauer returned to St. Thomas as a faculty member in 2000 where he currently serves as a Professor of Psychology, focusing his study on factors that affect academic and athletic motivation. He recently published a book on youth sports, parents, and motivation, titled Why Less is More for WOSPs (Well-Intentioned, Overinvolved Sports Parents): How to be the best Sports Parent You Can Be. His work on parents, sports, and children’s motivation has been featured in several news outlets, including MPR, Sports Illustrated podcast This Is Your Brain on Sports, the Star Tribune, and in The New York Times.

For additional information about the Totino-Grace Speaker Series, contact Kelly Refsnider at 763-571-9116, ext. 212, or [email protected]
Totino-Grace High School is located at 1350 Gardena Avenue NE in Fridley.