Takahiro Omori, or Tak as many of his followers know him by, is a world class bass fisherman with an overall impressive resume. He has won six tournaments all over the United States and has finished within the top ten over 40 times. One of his most prestige moments in his career is when he became the Bassmaster Classic World Champion in 2004 at Lake Wylie, North Carolina. The truly talented bass fishing pro was able to take time out of his busy schedule to come to IMG and teach future NFL pro's a thing or two about what it takes to be a champ.
Said Steve Shenbaum, Head of Communication Training at the Academy,
âI truly enjoy watching these future professional athletes smile. They work and train so hard while they are at the Academy; this was a nice change of pace for them. They were able to go outside of their own usual elements and were able to have a great time.â
The ex actor/ comedian is an essential piece of the puzzle within molding these trainees into the TOTAL ATHLETE. Not only is Shenbaum the Head of Communication Training, he is also the Founder of game on, a unique communication company utilizing improvisation and role playing techniques to help junior/professional athletes, teams, and corporations improve self awareness and creativity while improving communication, social confidence and sense of humor. This program has been implemented and proven successful on seven # 1 overall draft picks including Yao Ming, Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Eli Manning, Alex Smith, Greg Oden, Erick Johnson, and John Tavares.
âMy main focus was trying to communicate and prepare my athletes for upcoming events, which of course distracted me from catching all of the fishâ said Shenbaum.
There was much controversy if his âoneâ catch of the day was official or not, as his celebration dance knocked the fish right off the hook and back into the lake.
The soon to be pro athletes included, Alfred Morris from FAU, Josh Norman from Coastal Carolina, and Matt McCants from UAB. Although it took a couple casts to get the hang of things, by the end of the session they seemed to become quite the naturals. Alfred Morris was even keeping up with Tak fish for fish, with each having a grand total of five catches on the day. Who knows, Morris may have even found a new career path.
All in all, this proves that at IMG we truly are here to make up the TOTAL ATHLETE. Whether it be through the training, the communicating, or the fishingâ¦IMG does it all.