About Don Greene Ph.D

Don Greene was a champion springboard diver who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (1970). After completing Airborne and Ranger training, he was selected for the Army’s elite Green Berets. Before he resigned his captain’s commission, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his meritorious service with the 5th Special Forces Group.

Don received his Master’s Degree from George Washington University (1975) and Doctorate in Psychology from the U.S. International University in San Diego (1984). His doctoral dissertation demonstrated that the sports psychology technique of Centering significantly improved the performance of police SWAT officers in stress-shooting.

Don’s mentors were Robert Nideffer, Ph.D., who’d created the Test of Attentional and Interpersonal (TAIS) and Bruce Ogilive, Ph.D., who’d created the Athletic Motivation Inventory (AMI). Dr. Ogilvie is widely considered as the “father” of modern day sports psychology. He was the first psychologist to work with teams in the NFL, NBA, and major league baseball. Dr. Nideffer designed the Centering process and Attentional Control Training, after earning his black belt in Aikido in Japan, and his Ph.D. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Greene was the Sports Psychologist for the U.S. Olympic Diving Team (1984), the World Championship Swimming Team (1986), Golf Digest Instruction Schools (1987-1992), the Vail Ski School (1993-1994), and 27 National Championship athletic teams. He also worked with professional golfers, tennis players, and Grand Prix drivers, as well as college football, baseball, basketball, and golf teams (Stanford, Texas, Cal, SIU, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Arizona).

In 1989, along with Dr. Bruce Ogilvie, he began groundbreaking research on the learning styles and competitive styles of elite athletes. In 1996, after 3 separate studies with more than 4,800 athletes, the Learning Styles Inventory (LSI) and Competitive Styles Inventory (CSI) proved to be reliable and valid assessment instruments for use with competitive athletes.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Greene taught instructors at the Golf Digest Schools, the Vail Ski School, the Baseball School, and the Skip Barber Racing School, and did teaching clinics for the American Swim Coaches of America, the Professional Golfers Association, and the Professional Ski Instructors of America.  As a result of that experience, he developed the Teaching Styles Inventory for Coaches, which he recently revised after working with Coach Craig Poole and his athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in San Diego.