Cognitive Performance Coach
Special Operations Cognitive Enhancement Program Fort Bragg
United States Army
Consultant to MLB's Cleveland Indians

Ceci Craft the Mental Performance Coach for the Cleveland Indians, will be speaking at the 2020 Women in Leadership conference

Ceci Craft is the lead Cognitive Performance Coach (CPC) for the Special Operations Cognitive Enhancement Program on Fort Bragg. She leads a team of 13 CPC in helping develop the mental strength and flexibility for the Army Special Operations population there. She also is a consultant to the Cleveland Indians supporting their amateur draft process.

Ceci received her B.A. from Bates College in Maine where she captained the women’s soccer team in 2005. She then went on to attend the University of Wales, Bangor, one of the premier Sports Science institutions in Britain. At Bangor she received her MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Science. Ceci’s work at the University of Wales, Bangor focused mostly on Transformational Leadership Behaviors and its effects on role function within a team.

From 2014-2019 Ceci was a mental performance coach for the Indians. In this role she assisted players and staff at the Major League and AAA levels of the organization in the continued development and integration of programs and services that enhance mental performance and development. She worked closely with organizational coaches, coordinators, strength and conditioning personnel, athletic trainers, and front office staff to integrate mental performance into assessment and training plans for players, teams and programs. Ceci also worked closely with the scouting department to support the amateur draft.

Recently Ceci returned to her earlier roots working for the United States Army. Previously she had been part of the program there for six years from 2008-14, working  for the Special Warfare Center and School, primarily with Special Forces soldiers, and was the “Head of Performance” for the Special Operations Cognitive Enhancement Program (SOCEP). During her time with SOCEP Ceci worked with many different types of course and Units to include the Special Forces Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (SF NCOA), Psychological Operations, Civil Affairs, Asymmetric Warfare Group, 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th Special Forces Group, Small Unit Tactics and Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat training. While Ceci enjoyed all aspects of her work with SOCEP, her passion and area of expertise is working with Soldiers on the application of performance psychology techniques in the field.  


Mindset Matters: Developing a High Performance Mindset to Improve Performance

Understanding and employing mindset principles is important for anyone looking to improve performance. Many who excel in business, sport and in life live intentionally and know their mindset makes a difference in reaching goals and being at your personal best. When a performer thinks about improving they can choose to focus on improving their craft, improving physically or improving mentally. In this session you will learn from both science and applied learning on how to understand the power of our minds and become a high performing outlier. You will learn tools to:

  • Cultivate your ideal mindset, especially one that is authentic to you
  • Perform when the stakes are high
  • Maintain a laser-like focus on your standard of excellence
  • Overcome struggles with common fears
  • Manage anxiety so it doesn’t hold us back