About Me

Hi there, my name is Kyla, nice to meet you!

I am a professional coach who works with motivated athletes just like yourself that are recently retired or preparing to retire from their sport. Leaving the sport you have dedicated your entire life to is challenging to say the least. The transition to post-athletic life will be difficult, but I am here for you. My goal is to not only ensure that you will get through this transition, but thrive in your life post-athletics. 

A little bit about me- I currently reside in Portugal with my husband and pup. However, we love the nomadic life and are always living some place new and exciting. Some of my hobbies include hiking, traveling, writing and dancing. If you are interested in reading about my personal journey in elite athletics, check out “My Story” below. Aside from this section, everything will be about you and your future. I am only here to guide you, to support you, and to lead you to finding renewed joy and success. Looking forward to chatting with you soon!

My Story

The Beginning

Born in a suburb of New York City, I spent my early years playing many sports, dancing, and acting in the theater. But, from the age of 8, tennis became my entire life and I loved it. I spent hours a day on the court and showed up to every event in tennis clothes and braids in my hair. I loved the popping sound of the tennis ball hitting my strings. I loved running about the court with my friends. And, I especially loved the feeling of winning a match and the collection of trophies that started to crowd my bedroom dresser.

The Next Level

Taking my athletic career to the next level, at the age of 10, I left my family and friends behind in New Jersey and moved to Florida to train at IMG Academy. This is where training began to intensify. I spent 6 hours per day, 6 days per week training. I was homeschooled to accommodate a packed schedule of practice and tournaments. And, a support system developed around me– a tennis coach, a fitness coach, a nutritionist, a physical therapist, and a mental coach. It was a lot, but at 16, my hard work paid off and I was recruited to play D1 tennis at some of the best schools in the country.

The Downfall

My support system was so excited and proud of me, but my body was breaking down with countless injuries and unresolved problems with my health. At 17, my athletic career ended prematurely, which was painful in itself, but nothing prepared me for the pain and the struggle of the transition back to “normal” life. Where do I dedicate my time and energy to now? What will my future look like? Why do I feel so alone? With questions still unanswered, I graduated cum laude from Northeastern University where I studied Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Business was my new competition. I prepared for interviews and gave my career the same tenacity I did my sport.

The Aftermath

A year out of school, I was seemingly doing well making six figures in my tech career. However, behind the scenes, I was struggling with the impacts and the void that remained from my former life as an elite athlete. I dedicated much time and energy to finding answers to the problems I was having. I spoke to other athletes, read up on scientific research studies, and did my own research. What I found out was surprising. Most retired athletes were facing very similar problems and challenges with very little to no support or resources available to them.

The Revival

Slowly, but surely I took the necessary steps to put the pieces of my life together. I used my research to help myself, then to guide my friends, and now I work to help other retired elite athletes, as well. Years removed from my elite tennis days, I am thankful for the opportunities it had allowed for me, for the lifelong friendships, for instilling strong values and work ethic into me. With a newfound purpose and joy in my life, I am excited to see what the future has in store.