Susan is an advocate for athletes who are wired differently and struggle to participate or reach their potential in sports. She specializes in ADHD, learning differences and anxiety.
Susan brings to the work her perspective as a swimmer, coach, teacher, lawyer and mom to an avid and talented young athlete with ADHD and dyslexia — and NBA dreams. She is most inspired by her son, who, because of his wiring, has struggled under the demands and expectations of selective sports programs.
After graduating from Duke University, Susan began her career coaching club and summer league swimming and teaching elementary and middle school.
She later earned a Master's in Education from the University of Virginia and a law degree from Georgetown University.
At Georgetown and while in private litigation practice, she represented students with learning differences who were not receiving the services to which they were entitled in the District of Columbia public schools.
Susan also has been inspired to do this work by the exceptional and dedicated professionals who have taught her to understand and be a better mom to her son and to help him navigate the world of competitive sports.
She aims to equip others with what she wishes she knew when she was a coach, trying to support and bring out the best in the many athletes who didn't fit the mold.
Read more about how Susan got here and about what Own Beat Athlete brings to the coaching community in her blog article, What I Wish I Knew.