MENTAL PERFORMANCE & LEADERSHIP COACH
Sebastian is a former NCAA Division I athlete, performance coach, and speaker who works with athletes, coaches, leaders, schools, and organizations to help them optimize performance.
Born and raised in Cheshire CT, Sebastian played a variety of sports growing up. At Cheshire High School, he captained the varsity football and basketball teams and was offered an opportunity to play football at Yale University. In 2012, almost as soon as the season had begun, his freshman campaign was cut short in the first game due to an MCL tear. After months of rehabilitation, Sebastian made a full recovery and was a full-time contributor in his sophomore and junior seasons. On October 24th, 2015 during his senior year, he tore his ACL, MCL, and meniscus after a low sideline hit. Over the course of the next year, the setback challenged him in every way and forced him to grow as a player, leader, and person. Returning to the field and contributing on the field in his 5th and final season is one of his proudest accomplishments.
In 2014, the Yale Football team began working with nationally recognized mental game coach Brian Cain. Sebastian took to the program immediately and was able to employ the tools, mindsets, and strategies first hand in the classroom and on the field. During his junior year, Sebastian interned for the McChrystal Group, a leadership and management consulting firm specializing in making organizational adaptability. This afforded him to observe and learn under retired four-star General Stanley McChrystal, considered by many to be one of the best military leaders of the 21st century.
In the spring of 2016, Sebastian completed his senior thesis under the supervision of Director Marc Brackett of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, designing a high school curriculum on Emotionally Intelligent Leadership and researching the relationship between motivation, emotion, and passion in sports performance.
In 2016, Sebastian graduated from Yale University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and began full-time work with the McChrystal Group. During his tenure at the McChrystal Group, Sebastian has managed multiple client projects and now leads the firm’s experiential learning line of effort, designing innovative and creative frameworks that engage learners, increase retention, and drive team cohesion.
For the past four years, Sebastian has been delivering the mental game to athletes, teams, and schools in the form of customized programs or individual keynote talks across the country. He has worked with various teams, including Southern Connecticut State University Women’s Soccer, Central College Volleyball (Iowa), Cheshire High School faculty, and select Connecticut high school programs such as Cheshire High School (football, baseball, lacrosse, and the 2016 undefeated Class LL state championship softball team), New Canaan High School Football (2016 Class L state champions), Stamford Peace AAU Basketball, and Guilford High School Baseball.
Sebastian is passionate about being part of a team, empowering those around him to attack their own goals, and arming them with the tools to succeed.