To Start With...
For the last five years, Kingdom Coaching has served leaders and student-athletes in college athletics, helping them be all they can be.
The stress and strains are at an all-time high and we think everyone needs someone to help them navigate this journey.
Travis Wyckoff is our President and Founder. He specializes in working with leaders, primarily coaches and athletic directors, helping them to be a leader worth following, from the inside out.
As a former coach, Travis has been in the shoes of these leaders. Over the last five years, he has worked with over 100 of the best leaders in college athletics. Instead of us telling you what he has done, HERE is a page of testimonies to do the talking.
Johnny Russell is our director of student-athlete development. Johnny is uniquely gifted to bring some of the most important topics to life. His work with student-athletes is critical.
By helping them discover their true identity and understand better who they are as a leader, Johnny is helping them thrive on their campus but also preparing to launch them into the outside world.
Ashley Kiplinger is our Director of Operations. Ashley's gift of connecting to people and at the same time being elite with details, makes her the perfect fit!
My name is Travis Wyckoff. Here is a glimpse into who I am.
- I started Kingdom Coaching in September of 2017.
- I am currently working with college coaches and athletes at all NCAA levels (D1, D2, D3), athletic directors at all levels, and leaders in the corporate setting.
- I coached college baseball for 11 years.
- I coached at:
- University of Iowa
- Creighton University
- Des Moines Area Community College
- Dallas Baptist University.
- I played college baseball at Wichita State from 1993-1996.
- After my college career, I played three years in the minor leagues with the Miami Marlins.
- I spent six years on staff at Stonegate Church
- I oversaw leadership development and the group's ministry while at Stonegate.
- I have been married to my wife Cherice for 22 years.
- I have three kids, Trevor (20), Cooper (18), and Ellie (15).
- You can follow me on Kingdom Coaching Twitter HERE
- You can subscribe to my Coaching DNA podcast HERE
- You can follow me on Instagram HERE
- You can catch me on Facebook HERE
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT TRAVIS
A Few Thoughts on Leadership
- Being yourself is a massive key to success.
- Building an elite environment is the most important aspects of leadership.
- The hardest person to lead is yourself.
- Most people will not do the simple, small disciplines every day to grow into an elite leader.
My Favorite books (Click on the link to view):
- Trillion Dollar Coach
- Super Thinking- The Book of Mental Models
- Surprised By The Power Of The Spirit
- Behind The Bench
- InsideOut Coaching
- Energy Leadership
- Mental Models by Farnam Street
- Pebble of Perception
- Thinking Fast and Slow
- I love to read and hang with my family.
- I like to work out. Not too much though. And no running!
- I don't hunt or fish and I absolutely do not camp. (Maybe the craziest idea ever)
The best article I have read lately
Favorite Podcast (short description)
- Coaching DNA (No explanation needed, Phenomenal podcast)
- The Knowledge Project (Don't tell people what to think, teach them how to think)
- Emotionally Healthy Leader Podcast (How to be a great and healthy leader)
- Andrew Huberman - Huberman Lab (All about neuron-science, health, and biology)
- Coach Your Brains Out (Good friend John Mayer host and has great guest!)
- That Will Never Work (Entrepreneur podcast)
Things I Think
- Writing helps my thinking. Writing is the quickest way to reveal how little I know about a particular subject.
- Leadership/coaching is really hard.
- Playing the long game is better than short game.
- I need time to sit in silence and solitude.
- Your kids will do more of what you do than what you say.
- Elite leaders are gifted but maybe even more than that, they are super intentional...intentional with people, growth, & creating a great environment in their program.
- There are unbelievable leaders at all levels of college athletics.
- To be really present with people is not normal and can make a big impact.
- Growth requires tension.
- Your daily habits determine how you spend your life.
- The people you hang with determine your life's trajectory.
- If someone gave me life-changing money where I didn't have to work, I would still want to work with coaches.
ABOUT KINGDOM COACHING
I coached college baseball for 11 years… to varying degrees of success. Some years were really good, some were really bad... and everywhere in between.
After I got out of coaching, that is a whole other story in itself, I spent six years on a church staff. Those six years were the greatest growth years of my life. I worked for a guy named Rodney Hobbs and he developed me in areas that I had never been developed in before.
Self-awareness, winning influence, leading people without a paycheck, having hard conversations, running effective meetings, time management, energy management, on and on I could go. And at times he was just a great, wise sounding board. I would go to his office and bounce ideas and questions off of him daily.
I had been around some great coaches and worked for some great AD’s, but I never had in coaching what I had in ministry.
After six years of ministry, I felt led to start a consulting business working with coaches called Kingdom Coaching. I wanted to be a massive value add to college coaches like Rodney Hobbs was to me.
The way the college sports are set up, it is really really hard for a head coach or an AD to do what Rodney Hobbs did in my life.
Knowing the landscape of college athletic departments, I came to realize that in most situations, it takes an outside person with the singular focus to help develop the coaches.
And so I want to be that person. I have a laser-like focus on developing, equipping, and resourcing college coaches. I am convinced everyone needs their Rodney Hobbs.