Best or Worst Podcast Episode #95 Getting to Know Sports Psychologist Stefan Shakiba

This week hosts Koji Steven Sakai and M. Martin Mapoma brought sports psychologist Stefan Shakiba. In this first episode, we got to know Stefan and got some tips on how to be a good sports parent and more.


Stefan Shakiba’s blend of experience in sports and as a Licensed Psychotherapist are unique in today’s field of sports psychology. His clients include athletes in Major League Baseball, the National Football League, Major League Soccer, Professional Tennis, Olympic Sports, and collegiate athletics. Prior to becoming a licensed clinician Stefan spent nearly three decades as an athlete. He was a ranked tennis player in Northern California, competed for traveling teams in soccer and football, and played baseball for over two decades. Additionally, his work experience in sports includes coaching high school tennis, conducting research for sports agents Steinberg Moorad and Dunn, and serving as the Director of Baseball Operations at the University of California, Berkeley. Stefan earned his Bachelors degree from the University of California – Berkeley, and holds Masters degrees from the University of San Francisco (Sports Management) and Pepperdine University (Clinical Psychology). He currently resides in Pasadena, California, where he continues to work both as a SPET coach and as a licensed therapist.

You can buy Stefan’s book, the ART of SPET at  

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Our society is so focused on celebrity, we sometimes forget that “regular” people lead interesting lives too! Best or worst moment of your life? Hosts Koji Steven Sakai and M. Martin Mapoma are here to let your story out. We put people on the spot. What are you going to hear? It could be funny, it could be poignant, it could be sad… you’ll know when we know.

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