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Athlete development is a broad field.  PAADS wants to help tell the stories of the different people from different backgrounds who work in this unique industry.

Athlete Development Specialists aren’t cookie cutter and we want the stories we tell to be reflective of that.

We hope you enjoy our podcast series and urge you to reach out if you think someone needs to be included in the conversation.


September 2018

A Conversation with Kathy Martin

Kathy is a mental health counselor and sports physiotherapist with over 30 years’ experience in elite sports and expertise in the health and well-being needs of adolescent and young adult athletes. She holds a Masters’ degree in Counseling, a Bachelors’ degree in Physiotherapy, and is a titled A.P.A. Sports Physiotherapist. She also has a Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare and a Bachelors’ degree in Arts (Fine Arts). She is currently the WTA’s Senior Director Athlete Assistance. She is a member of International Olympic Committee (IOC) expert group on harassment and abuse prevention in sport. Kathy provides assistance and resources for WTA players in the areas of emotional health and safety. Athlete Assistance helps players learn useful skills to improve their on-court performance such as: stress management; solve problems; balance training, stress and recovery; communication skills; develop healthy relationships; manage time and goal setting. She develops policy and implements strategies, including education programs and resources and background checks, which aim to enhance player safety and well-being. She was the Player Welfare Officer for the International Tennis Federation (ITF) (2009-2016). Her previous tennis appointments include: Australian Fed Cup Team physiotherapist (1994-2000); Sports Medicine Services Manager for Tennis Australia (1998-2004) and 2000 Australian Olympic Team Physiotherapist. Her previous WTA roles WTA include: Primary Health Care Provider and Manager, Player Development. Prior to tennis, she was physiotherapist for the Australian Ballet Company and School, and the Victorian College of the Arts. She worked in women's health physiotherapy as part of the team at the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne. She also ran a private sports and performing arts physiotherapy practice.


April 2017

A Conversation with Dr. Janice Hilliard

Dr. Hilliard is an industry leader in athlete education and development. For three decades, she has demonstrated success at evaluating, designing and implementing innovative educational curriculum and life skills programming for athletes at the collegiate, Olympic and professional levels. She is passionate about empowering athletes to maximize their athletic opportunities and preparing them for life beyond sport and leadership positions in society.

A dynamic workshop presenter and motivational speaker on the topics of athlete education, life skills development and career transition, Dr. Hilliard has been a guest on Connecticut Channel 12 Our Lives Community, Maverick Sports Talk radio, Tiffin University radio, and featured in the Michigan State University and University of Houston College of Education alumni newsletters. She is a graduate of the Sports Management Institute and Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists (PAADS) Leadership Academy.

Dr. Hilliard is a frequent guest lecturer in undergraduate and graduate sports management classes, mentor and career coach for collegiate and former professional athletes and actively involved in educational initiatives in her community. 

If you would like to contact Dr. Hilliard, please feel free to shoot an email: or call 914-843-4868.


March 2017

A Conversation with Annelie Schmittel of the Oakland Raiders

Annelie Schmittel currently works in Player Engagement for the Oakland Raiders, providing guidance, education and support for the personal and professional growth of players throughout their athletic careers.

Annelie's primary research area is crisis communication in sports. She maintains secondary research interests in the influence of social media technologies in the sports environment (sports organizations, athletes, fans, media outlets), and athlete development. We hope you enjoy her conversation with Dan Jackson, a 10 year veteran of the Australian Football League


February 2017


A Conversation with Dr. Lauren Loberg of NFL Player Engagement

The importance of developing programs designed to impact professional football players is critical work at the NFL's Player Engagement department.  Dr. Lauren Loberg is an Athlete Development Specialist with a background in applied sports psychology.  

Coming to the NFL from private practice and the US Ski and Snowboard Association, Dr. Loberg has a strong track record of driving positive athlete outcomes.  We hope you enjoy her conversation with Dan Jackson, a 10 year veteran of the Australian Football League.


December 2016


A Discussion About Athlete Development Coming Out of the Game

A conversation between former Australian Football League player Dan Jackson and recently retired National Hockey League player Jay Harrison.  Jay and Dan talk about issues related to excelling in their respective sports and what they did in order to keep their mental edge and how what they did beyond the game was critical to their long-term success.