Inspirational Life Coach and Best Selling Author
Motivational and inspirational Life Coach, Kevin Touhey has been considered an underdog for most of his life. Born in Passaic, NJ and currently residing in Medford, NJ, Touhey grew up in abject poverty along with nine brothers and sisters. His father held over 50 jobs, spending a period of three years totally unemployed.
Touhey attended six different grammar schools by the time he was in the 5th grade and lived in eight different homes by the time he was ten. According to family psychologists and addiction experts, this is the profile of someone who usually ends up addicted and institutionalized. This is not the profile of a scholarship college basketball player, successful author, Hall of Fame college basketball coach, inspirational workshop facilitator, and motivated speaker and life coach. Touhey has been defying the underdog label since day one.
The, "you will never pull this off" comment was one Touhey heard often when he decided to write and launch a campaign to market his first book. He once again defied the odds like he has done all his life.
Touhey's new book, The Miracle of Optimism, became available on Amazon.com on January 22, 2008. At the end of the day, this new book from a previously unknown author, finished at #2 on the "Amazon.com Hot New Releases" book chart and #3 in Nation Wide Personal Transformation releases. This new book defied the odds and shot straight to the top, much like Touhey's previous career as a college basketball coach and current career as an inspirational Life Coach.
Touhey has been working with students, athletes, coaches, educators, and high-level business leaders and their employees for over 30 years. He has been a highly successful collegiate athletic director, basketball coach, and student life director at a number of colleges, as well as a certified Life Coach for over 14 years.
In his book, which includes his personal journey along with interactive exercises to help readers realize their own potential, he shares a story of how he and his siblings had to beg for food or they went to bed hungry. To him "the miracle of begging," was to learn, albeit the hard way, the importance on depending on yourself to survive.
Understanding his background, his career is that much more fascinating. Touhey was the Head Junior Varsity coach and Assistant Varsity Coach of the University of Pennsylvania's basketball team from 1985 to 1988. He was Director of Athletics, Head Varsity Coach, and Director of Student Activities at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from 1979 to 1985. Served as Assistant Director of Student Activities and Assistant Basketball Coach at Cortland State University from 1977 to 1979. Additionally, Touhey was Director of Community Education in Wharton, NJ from 1975 to 1977.
Touhey received a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Administration from Kean University of New Jersey in 1974 and a Masters in Sports Management from Cortland State University of New York in 1978. He is accredited in Business and Personal Coaching through Coach University of Houston and Energy Management and Physiology through The Heartmath Institute in California. Touhey is also a New Jersey Development Provider, allowing him to educate high school teachers who need subsequent learning.
Touhey has served as an inspirational optimistic Life Coach since 1993, conducting workshops, speeches, and individual coaching sessions for professionals -- teachers, administrators, athletic department staff and business leaders - as well as high school and college students.
Kevin was elected to the Hall of Fame at Mount Mercy in 1990.