#92: Lorenzo Beltrame - A great coach cares for their students

Season #4

Lorenzo Beltrame and Emma Doyle met in Italy when they were both speakers at the Italian Coaches Symposium in Rome. They instantly connected on their passion to help players maximize performance by enhancing their mental toughness skills. What does Lorenzo think makes a great coach?

  • Care (for your students)
  • Knowledge (because you care - you want to always be learning so that you can help your players)
  • Confidence (that you know what you are talking about when your players look to you for help)

He asked us to reflect on,

Why do you do what you do?
What excites you when you wake up in the morning?
Why do you get out of bed in the morning?

Thank you Lorenzo for your humility, and enthusiasm, and for making us better coaches and people.  


Throughout his coaching career, Lorenzo has worked with dozens of ATP and WTA touring professionals including Jim Courier, Pete Sampras, and Cara Black. He has traveled extensively coaching players in major professional events including the four Grand Slams, Davis Cup, and Hopman Cup. He has developed numerous top juniors and collegiate players who were recruited by prestigious institutions like Harvard, William and Mary, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Army, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Samford, University of Chicago, and University of Georgia among others.

An award-winning coaching authority, Lorenzo served as Director of Athletic Performance Coaching at the Johnson and Johnson Human Performance Institute, formerly known as LGE Performance Systems in Orlando, Florida from 1996 to 2016.

While working at the Johnson and Johnson Human Performance Institute, Lorenzo has collaborated with Dr. Jim Loehr for over two decades and has been responsible for the designing, development, and delivery of the Mental Toughness Certification Program for coaches. Having worked with Olympic, professional, and collegiate athletes as well as with their coaching staff in a wide variety of sports (tennis, football, basketball, golf, rowing, shooting, archery, car racing, squash, soccer, surfing, water polo, cricket etc.) Lorenzo has developed a vast experience in mental toughness training for both team and individual sports. Lorenzo past and current clients include the Italian Tennis Federation, the Evert Academy, Harvard University, University of Southern California, University of South Florida, University of Virginia, Us Soccer, MLS, Rollins College, Indian Olympic archery and shooting team, and world-class individual athletes and musicians.

Lorenzo is featured as a guest instructor on seven instructional DVD shows produced by the United States Professional Association (USPTA). The shows are part of the “On Court with USPTA” series and frequently aired on the Tennis Channel. He is a sought-after speaker, and he is frequently invited to present at numerous national and international conventions and symposia in which he addresses athletes, coaches, medical Doctor of Professional teams, psychologists, and corporate executives.

Lorenzo completed an MBA in Leadership and Sustainability at the University of Cumbria, UK; he is a USPTA Master Professional and a PTR International Master Professional, and he is certified as Maestro by the Italian Federation. He is a USTA specialist in competitive player development, and an ACE-certified personal trainer.

In 2007 Lorenzo was awarded the Coach of the Year and “Doc” Counsilman Science Award by the United States Olympic Committee. This award recognizes a coach who utilizes scientific techniques and equipment as an integral part of his/her coaching methods or has created innovative ways to use sport science. Lorenzo was awarded the 2015 Florida Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) Member of the Year, and PTR Professional of the Year in 2016.