W. Wayne Monroe, Jr., Founder and President
Dream Big Sports Academy, Inc.
Born in Lynchburg, Virginia, but grew up humbly in rural Rustburg, Virginia, President and Founder of Dream Big Sports Academy, Inc., W. Wayne Monroe, Jr. had a vision of improving the developmental and leadership skills of student-athletes through revolutionary core, agility, and speed training techniques, mentoring, and leadership development. Drawing from his own personal and youthful experiences, Wayne has incorporated his fundamental principles of success into programmatic form to share with other young aspiring athletes who dare to DREAM BIG!
As a young man growing up in rural Virginia, motivated by life experiences, Wayne developed a relentless passion for sports and education. As a result, Wayne graduated with sports honors from Rustburg High School and received a full scholarship to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. At Liberty, Wayne graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Administration and became a four year letterman for the Liberty University Football Team under Head Coach Sam Rutigliano, former Head Coach of the National Football League's Cleveland Browns. Wayne went on to further his education at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida where he earned a scholarship to participate in their Master of Science in Sports Management program. In June of 2007, Wayne received his Master of Science Degree in Sports Management. Currently, Wayne is working on completing his Master’s in Educational Leadership, at the University of West Florida.
In 2006, Wayne’s dream of leading young people came true as he assumed the responsibility of Head Football Coach and Physical Education Teacher at John I. Leonard High School, an 8-A High School, located in Palm Beach County, Florida. Shortly, after taking the reins as head coach, Coach Monroe identified a growing problem concerning the new modern day student-athlete. The first concern focused on the modern student- athlete’s lack of understanding of the definition of the term “student-athlete.” The second concern was the athlete’s lack of understanding of the leadership process, and what it takes to become a viable contributing member of society. Thus, Dream Big Sports Academy, Inc., a sports training organization, was born to address these concerns and the growing needs of the community.
As a former Division IAA collegiate athlete and current coach, mentor, athletic trainer, and life coach, I know and understand the pivotal role and value team and individual sports can play in the development and optimal maturation of young people. Dream BIG Sports Academy, Inc. recognizes each time a coach or athlete steps into a practice, or onto the field on game day, an opportunity for learning presents itself. Those involved, from athletes to coaches, to parents and administrators, must be charged with fostering winning results that span beyond the win-loss record. From a research perspective, Dream Big Sports Academy offers a distinct position in the marketplace in that it seeks to create synergies between theory and practice; to integrate knowledge into informed coaching, training, and play/execution. We all share stories of similar experiences about the glory days of when we participated in athletics. Often these stories lead back to reminiscing about key people or figure heads that had a profound impact on our lives. Coaches, teachers and principals are often at the top of the charts. But perhaps the most stunning revelation was we often remembered our little league coaches, experiences, and the process.