Meet The Captains’ Coach Team


Ben Smith - Founder

Ben founded The Captains’ Coach in 2017. He currently serves as a detachment commander in the Army as a Psychological Warfare Officer (PSYOPS). He is a national champion, a coach, a father, a husband, and a part of the John Maxwell Team. He is passionate about sports and works daily to find new insights and research to help athletes and team captains improve their mental toughness and leadership.

Luke Poulos

Podcast Co-Host

  • Systems Engineering Degree from West Point

  • 2- Year Team Captain for High School Lacrosse Team

  • D1 Army Lacrosse Player 2012-2016

  • Certified MFT and MRT (Master Resiliency Trainer)

Jackson Clark

CCC Program Manager

  • Master’s Degree in Sports Leadership

  • VCU Rugby Team Captain

  • Strength and Conditioning - Performance Coach

Jessica Mays

Marketing Director

  • Bachelor’s of Marketing from VCU School of business

  • D1 Field Hockey Student-Athlete

  • Senior Marketing Intern for VCU Athletics

Andrew Smith

Lead Sports Technology Resident

  • Computer Science Major

  • Longwood Rugby/ Wrestling Captain and President

  • C++, Python, & WebGL Programmer



Advisory Board

Dr. Nate Zinsser

Sports Psychology Advisor

  • Director of West Point’s Performance Psychology Program

  • Certified Mental Performance Coach with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology

  • Doctorate in Sports Psychology from U.V.A

Steven Valdez

Strategy Advisor

  • Co-Founder of SSUPP Foods

  • Founder and Managing Director of Capital & Career Accelerator

  • Program Manager for a large financial institution

  • Management Advisory Consultant for PWC