Austin is a Minnesota native coming from Fergus Falls, MN. Austin played hockey and baseball at the varsity level his junior and senior year of high school, garnering all-conference honors in baseball for the Otters both years. He was also awarded the Lee Franklin Memorial Scholarship for his contributions to the Otter hockey program upon graduating.
After graduating from high school, Austin played two years of baseball at M-State, Fergus Falls. He was awarded M-State Male Student-Athlete of the Year in 2015. Austin’s baseball career ended as a Spartan when the rigor of collegiate sports became too abrasive for his congenital heart condition.
Upon finishing his baseball career, Austin finished his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2017. During that time, he was an undergraduate assistant for the Maverick Baseball Program, helping them to regional appearances in 2016 and 2017. Austin continued his education at Mankato, earning his Master’s degree in Sport & Performance Psychology, while taking over as a volunteer assistant for the Mavericks in 2018 and 2019. He was responsible for the titles of Bullpen Coach and Mental Performance Coach; again helping the program get back to regional play.
In 2019, Austin became a full-time Mental Performance Coach at The MindStrong Project, a company that uses scientific research and high-level principles to enhance the mental and physical experience of athletes all around the world. Austin and his team at the MindStrong Project work with athletes in the NHL, MLB, and NFL daily to improve and sustain high performance.
Austin has coached baseball at the youth level since he could drive, and has now worked with hundreds of youth, high school, college, and professional athletes through his Master’s program and the MindStrong Project. Austin is thrilled to join the Icemen program and share his passion for excellence.