Dr. Gary F. Russell


Current Occupation
CEO/Owner of: Russell Companies, Inc. NASC, Inc. (North American Sports Companies), The Focus Group Limited, MLS Camps and Sporting Essentials

Achievements - Personal Honors

  • Husband to his wife, Nanci, and father to his four children—Carrie, Brett, Chris and Rebecca—who have always been, and will continue to be, the inspiration for his life’s vocation
  • Member of former President Reagan's Just Say No initiative
  • Co-creator with the Gallup Organization of Strengths-Based Coaching
  • Co-creator with the Boys Scouts of America of Soccer and Scouting
  • International keynote speaker at numerous workshops, seminars, conferences and symposiums
  • Operator of youth soccer programs since 1969
  • Researcher for over three decades in the area of human behavior
  • Creator of Kidriculum®, a child-centered curriculum that can be tailored to any sport
  • Author of numerous published articles on sports and child development
  • Author of Big Rocks:  Balancing Life and Work
  • Creator of Interactive Perceptual Psychology (IPP®)
  • Creator of The Focus® Model
  • Creator of The F10 Factor Analysis


  • B.A. in Sociology from Kutztown State College in Pennsylvania
  • Masters in Counseling from Duquesne University
  • Doctorate in Education from California Coast University.


  • Teacher, principal and coach
  • Professor at Ashland University, Notre Dame College in Ohio, and East Stroudsburg, University of Pennsylvania
  • Founder of The Center for Professional Advancement
  • Founder of North American Sports Camps
  • Founder of MLS Camps
  • Founder of The Focus Group Limited
  • Founder of Sporting Essentials
  • Worked with some of the biggest names in the sports world including Major League Soccer, the National Football League (NFL) and Jack Nicklaus’s Golden Bear International in America and The Football Associations in England and Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom, as well as Southampton F.C. and Watford F.C.
  • Worked with  high profile corporations, including the Boy Scouts of America, JCCs of  North America, American Youth Soccer Org (AYSO), Soccer Association for Youth (SAY), The Gallup Organization
  • Consultant for schools, businesses, corporations and sport organizations