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Competitive mindsets are built through

purposeful training 

My role as a mindset coach is to teach athletes how to unlock their greatest potential,

to help build intrinsic confidence, identify the areas where athletes get stuck, 
and to guide them toward finding their flow state on and off the court.

One on One and Team Coaching

Athletes these days spend hours and hours training their body and their skills for their sport but often don't invest in the most important tool for high performance– the quality of your MINDSET


I am a former professional indoor and beach volleyball player, a coach for over 20 years, and a certified life coach and sports mindset coach. During my athletic career, I've experienced both solid unbreakable confidence and also the most fragile insecure place of doubting myself and my ability while on the world's biggest stage. I am deeply committed to teaching athletes how to retrain their brains so they can unlock their true potential. My sweet spot is volleyball mindset coaching but I work with all sports. Just wrapped up a program with a 70-year-old pickleball player.

You're never too young or old to optimize your mindset. 


Mindset Training Topics

  • Performing well under pressure

  • Dealing with social approval

  • Creating routines & rituals

  • Building visualization techniques

  • Dealing with failure

  • Finding a flow state more often

  • Increasing self-confidence

  • Finding their voice 

  • Breaking down perfectionism

  • Recovering from mistakes   

  • Recovery from injury

  • Transition from high school sports to college

  • And much more...

Holding a Ball

Private 1 on 1

In Bend, Or

All Sports

Soccer Player in Action

Single Team Sessions

See menu below for options

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Team Programs

In-person in Central Oregon

Will travel in the PNW for teams

Sports Team Portrait

Upcoming Workshops (sport-specific & multi-sport events in Bend, OR)
will be posted here. Schedule a consult to set up a private event tailored to your team's needs


"Ann Rivera first started working with me when I had just broken my leg at the start of my senior high school season. She worked with me to get through the immense struggles of that season, by focusing on healing and growth in other areas. She helped me become much more mentally tough so that I was prepared when I finally returned to the court. Besides helping me with my internal battles, she sets a great example of what it means to be strong and powerful. The way she carries herself and walks in her passion is truly inspirational. Her coaching has gotten me through my first collegiate pre-season. The connection I have developed with her is very strong, because of how she walked a very similar path as I am planning to do."
-Greta Davis 

We knew Ann as a beach volleyball coach. When my daughter started to really struggle with confidence, choices, and direction, I reached out to Ann not even knowing that she was a life coach for teen girls. Their first session was transcendent. My daughter emerged with a plan that she had created with Ann and seemed to even stand taller the rest of the day. It was an amazing catalyst for a positive shift. 


Her work with Ann this year has helped her learn how to shine her own light, and to center herself when she encounters conflicts, both internal and external. 


Part of her work with Ann was to envision both her inner villain (critic) and to see herself as her own superhero. In order to do that, she had to focus on the traits she wanted to develop instead of those that held her back. That is exactly the kind of thing that Ann does - she guides teens through a framework where they feel empowered to self-actualize. She teaches them the skills to let them be the superhero of their own story.


In my family’s story, Ann has been a major superhero. She came to us in a time of need and continues to offer support and mentoring. I cannot recommend her highly enough. 


Jill W.

Head Coach Summit Volleyball Program

"Ann Rivera was an integral part of our success this past season for Summit Volleyball. There was a noticeable improvement in all players in their mental game and in the team as a whole. Through working with Ann the players and team became more confident, consistent, positive and empowered. She has a wonderful way of bringing out the best in players and they looked forward to her mental coaching sessions. The tools that Ann has taught our Summit volleyball players is not only invaluable on the court but will be lifetime tools these young ladies can carry with them forever. I highly recommend Ann and her Mindset Coaching to any team, organization or person seeking positive mental growth."


Alex. T

AIA Baseball Program
& JV Quarterback Summit High

"Ann Rivera, I don't know where I would be without her in my life. She has helped me so much to improve on the field and off the field. Ann has given me so many tools to be the best version of myself. I am so fortunate for Ann and glad she's in my life."


Abby T.

Varsity Summit High School

"Where do I begin? Ann is the best of the best and I'm not just saying that. She has talent like no other. She has helped me through so much from volleyball to what's going on in my life that I'm struggling with. She knows exactly what to say and gives me the tools I need to overcome my challenges. If you get a chance to have Ann in your life please take the opportunity to do so. She's an amazing human inside and out. She's incredibly intelligent and I promise you will not regret it. The tools Ann gives me are simple as changing my habits to my mindset on and off the court. I've been working with her for a year and I'm a whole new better person. I love Ann and so will you!


Cassie C.

Defensive Specialist NPJ

"Ann has worked with my daughter on both her technical and mental game, and the results have been powerful. Having the tools that Ann taught her to handle the big moments in a game played out on the courts at Nationals this summer, both as an individual and a team player. For any player looking to take their game to the next level, I highly recommend working with Ann!" 


Hannah R.

Eastern Oregon University
Defensive Specialist

I can’t say enough amazing things about Ann Rivera and her involvement in Hannah’s athletic mindset!! After COVID and some struggles with her HS volleyball coach, I knew I had to do something before she left for college. I emailed Ann and she took Hannah under her wing and it made a world of difference. If you have a student/athlete that is struggling to get past a slump, now is the time to reach out to Ann. She is worth it!! She isn’t a one-and-done coach, she will be by your kid's side as long as you want!


Sophie M.

Western Oregon University

"As a teenage girl who struggles with confidence, having a mentor to give me little "nuggets of wisdom " has helped to improve my mentality, both on and off the volleyball court. As a newly inducted varsity player,  I had trouble adapting to coaches, players, and the commitment, which caused my confidence to dip all the way down to rock bottom. With the help of Ann and her incredible knowledge and insight, I powered through the most difficult season of my life, a season where quitting seemed like the best option. Her passion for helping young athletes reach their potential is tangible and her tips are applicable to all areas of life. What more could you ask for in a mental coach."

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