Ivan Joseph

Ivan Joseph

Author / Director of Athletics

Ryerson University

New York, NY USA

The doctoral degree isn’t about the job or the outcome—it’s about the process. Don’t look for the job; look for the love.


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Ivan Joseph


My road in life took a while to figure out.
Born in Guyana, a small country in South America, but grew up in Toronto, Canada, where he was a nationally ranked high school track and field athlete.
When his family first immigrated to Canada, a farmer took them in so his father could work—says this experience shaped who he is today and taught him “to not rest until the job is done.”
He was kicked out of his university in Canada—says he was immature, never went to class, and failed to develop any meaningful relationships to help him succeed.
Inspired by his work as a volunteer soccer coach, he came to the U.S. to finish college with a major in physical education.
As a soccer coach, he has always been driven to win and succeed—became interested in the mental powers of motivation, self-confidence, and resilience.
Decided to pursue his doctorate in sports psychology and used his team as “guinea pigs” for researching his techniques, until he started noticing that it was working and his team was improving.
He has been awarded the 2006 NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) National Coach of the Year and is a three-time Coach of the Year in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
Currently serves as the director of athletics for Ryerson University, overseeing 12 varsity teams, 20 multi-tiered intramural leagues, and several sports clubs.
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Author / Director of Athletics

I am a coach, speaker, educator, and mentor, passionate about helping others build self-confidence.

Career Roadmap

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Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

I am responsible for the strategy, leadership and management of the Department of Athletics which is composed of 12 varsity teams, over 20 multi-tiered intramural leagues, several sports clubs and other extensive offerings. I am constantly working on developing new ways to improve the performance of our coaches, staff, and athletes. I also occasionally do motivational speaking events.

Advice for Getting Started

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Find out what you are doing during the summer right now for free and figure out how to make it your profession.

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The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I don't belong here."

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues