Lou Vickery is a former professional baseball player and speaker/trainer. Lou has previously been the host of a national radio show. After high school graduation, Lou signed a professional baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Over a ten-year career, Lou also played for the New York Yankees organization and coached in the Cincinnati Reds organization.
Lou got his B.S. degree from Troy State University (AL), graduating after his baseball career. He coached a year in Troy, then spent four years with Merrill Lynch as an Account Executive. Lou moved into the training and development field with Pat Ryan and Associates of Chicago, Ill in l974. After 1980, he did contract training for numerous national organizations and over a thirty (30) year period worked with over 2,800 companies in 44 states and two foreign countries. Lou has spoken in every city in the USA with a population of over 150,000 people.
After retiring from the training and development business, Lou spent 15 years as a radio host of Lou in the Morning. He retired in 2017. Lou is presently hosting a weekly TV show on BLU TV entitled UP TALK. You can find it at UPTALKTV.COM
Lou is the author of twelve books. Those books that are presently in print include A TOUCH OF GRAY… THE RISE OF THE POARCH BAND OF CREEK INDIANS… REACH BEYOND… MOTIVATORS FOR SALESPEOPLE… WINNERS’ EDGE. Lou’s first theater production: LAUGH, GIGGLE AND GRIN WITH UNCLE LOUIE AND FRIENDS has been presented in several theaters.
Lou spent 15 years as a radio host of Lou in the Morning. He retired in 2017.
Lou is a retired member of the National Speakers Association, Society of Professional Trainers, past president of the Atmore Rotary Club, and retired Chairman of the Atmore Area Hall of Fame.
Lou has two sons, Lance and Kevin, two stepdaughters, Shannon and Amanda, and one stepson, Leland. 5 grandchildren, Drew, Max, Harper, Ryder, and Raleigh. He resides in Fairhope with his wife Dana Vickery.
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Winning The “Head” Game
Key to Elite Athletic Status
by Coach Sonny Smith and Lou Vickery
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Athletics start with the body, but ultimately, it is the nature of the mind that speaks to the level of achievement an athlete experiences in sports. WINNING THE “HEAD” GAME is a mixture of motivational, inspirational and informative works that primarily apply to the “what” and “why,” instead of the “how,” of sports.
Coach Sonny Smith (former college coach of NBA Hall of Fame player, Charles Barkley) and a member of eight Hall of Fames, along with Lou Vickery, former professional baseball player, have drawn upon their sixty-plus years of involvement in sports, both at the amateur and professional level in the writing of WINNING THE “HEAD” GAME. Their mission is to provide the necessary ingredients to help athletes and coaches build a bridge from where they are to where they would like to go in athletics.
The book is uniquely designed. It includes five parts. Part One: Sonny on Sonny is an autobiographical sketch by Sonny about himself. This affords the reader a chance to get up close and personal with a side of Sonny that very few people have been exposed to, or were aware existed.
Sonny and Lou didn’t write WINNING THE “HEAD” GAME for athletes based on their present athletic status and boundaries. Parts 2 through 5 highlight topics like winning personal traits, goals, attitude, team core values, preparation hanging tough, emotional control, learning from both winning and losing, and other topics bound to jump start an athlete at any level of play. The text is written for those who see themselves as “a work in progress,” who are looking to expand unseen abilities and possibilities, moving potential to reality.
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