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IMG Academy mental conditioning coach Christian Smith gives step-by-step on handling pressure at the Ryder Cup

IMG Academy mental conditioning coach Christian Smith is an expert on what it takes to excel on the biggest stages of golf. With the Ryder Cup taking place this week, Smith offered insight on how to mentally manage that pressure. 

Frame the pressure - With the proverbial weight of a country or continent on your shoulders and the world watching, the pressure can feel overwhelming. Remember, you've earned the opportunity to shoulder that pressure. Embrace it. 

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Ten IMG Academy Ascenders selected to Under Armour All-American Game

Today at a special ceremony, 10 members of the IMG Academy Football program were honored for their inclusion in the 2017 Under Armour All-American Game. The presentation was part of a three month American Family Insurance Tour for the game.  

IMG Academy alumnus Cherif Dieye scores first college goal for Louisville in dominant 6-1 win over Virginia

IMG Academy alumnus Cheirf Dieye, a member of the class of 2016, is already making an impact at the University of Louisville. The freshman midfielder notched his first collegiate goal to help the Cardinals cement a dominant 6-1 win over the No. 16 ranked Virginia Cavaliers. Coincidentally, the lone goal for Virginia results from another former Ascender’s efforts when class of 2013 grad, Pablo Aguilar, sent a pass up the field that forward Wesley Wade chipped in to keep the Cavs from being blanked.

IMG Academy Cross Country hits the road at George Jenkins Holloway Park Jamboree

The IMG Academy cross-country program continued the season this past Saturday at the George Jenkins Holloway Park Jamboree in Lakeland, Fla. This is the second time this season that the cross-country team has raced at Holloway Park, and everyone made great improvements from the last time racing on this very difficult course.

IMG Academy cruises past Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson, 38-0

The Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson Cobras (3-1) traveled to Bradenton looking derail the consensus No. 2 nationally ranked IMG Academy Ascenders’ (5-0) perfect mark. After a scoreless first quarter, QB Kellen Mond notched four total touchdowns to rout the Cobras, 38-0.

The Ascenders got on the board early into the first quarter with a 20-yard field goal from Cooper Graham. On the Ascenders’ next possession, Kellen Mond burst up the middle for a  13-yard blast, his sixth rushing score of the season.

Student-Athlete of the Week: Driven to succeed, Christian Pluchino controls his own destiny

Senior Christian Pluchino arrived at IMG Academy in 2013 as a freshman. He was definitely ambitious, as he endeavored to play both lacrosse and football for the Ascenders. However, the New Jersey native found his home on the gridiron, and became the first-ever freshman to start a game for IMG Academy Football in 2013. Since then, he’s proven himself on the field and in the classroom.

IMG Academy Cross Country makes strides at Venice Invitational

The IMG Academy cross-country program continued the season this past Saturday at the Venice Invitational in Venice, Fla. Yet again, Chandler Bergeron and Patrick Dougherty had very impressive performances in the girl’s and boy’s races, respectively. The rest of the distance squad included Sarah Nicol and Gabriel Josyula who all raced in the varsity division.

IMG Academy wins Armour Bowl with 35-14 rout of Washington D.C. St. John's College High School

The No. 2 nationally ranked IMG Academy Ascenders (4-0) were matched up in another top-25 bout with the Washington D.C. St. John’s College High School Cadets (3-1) for the Armour Bowl. The Cadets entered the contest ranked No. 17/18 by Max Preps and USA Today, respectively, and were looking to retain the Armour Bowl shield won the last time the two programs met in 2014. This time, however, IMG Academy controlled the game from start to finish and evened the score with the D.C. power by a margin of 35-14.

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IMG Academy Cross Country gets 2016 fall season underway with impressive outing at Seffner Christian Invitational

The IMG Academy cross-country program kicked off the season over the weekend at the Seffner Christian Invitational in Lakeland, Fla. Chandler Bergeron and Patrick Dougherty had very impressive performances in the girl’s and boy’s elite fields, respectively. The rest of the distance squad included Sarah Nicol, Jacob Harford, and Gabriel Josyula who all raced in the Varsity Open division.

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