Entering her first season with the Gators, Volunteer Assistant Coach Danielle Downs will provide the team with conditioning from another angle--mental preparation. Downs, who has worked with a handful of student-athletes on an individual basis, will work the men's program this year.
While working for her Bachelor of Arts in Ohio, Downs was an all-conference and all-state academic athlete in women's soccer. She has had a number of projects printed in multiple publications such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Psychology of Sport and Exercise and Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. She is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology and the American Psychological Association.
Downs received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1995 for psychology and sociology. In 1998, she received a Master of Arts degree in applied behavior change psychology from the State University of New York, College at Brockport. She will claim her Ph.D. in exercise and sport psychology from Florida in the spring of 2002.