Not everyone is presented with a chance to turn their passion into their profession. However, Keondra Mallard is one of those who are fortunate enough to find an opportunity to turn her love for sports into a successful business venture.
Dubbed as the best speed performance coach in the nation and one of the best track and field athletes of her time, she is the founder of The Mallard Speed Doctor Academy. She has a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas, and a master’s in Sports Administration from Concordia University. On top of that, she is also the official Speed and Development Coach for the highly successful Duncanville High School Women’s Basketball Team.
The outstanding coach has a long list of impressive achievements under her belt. But, perhaps, her most notable accomplishment is becoming a Junior Olympic record holder for the 4×100 meter relay when she was only 15 years old. Additionally, she was ranked Top 10 in the nation’s 100 and 200-meter dash events.
As a decorated athlete herself, she knows firsthand the struggles of competing. When she was only starting, Keondra Mallard did not instantly become a superstar. She also had her share of setbacks and losses. However, what separated her from the competition is her desire to become the best.
To achieve her goal, the dedicated woman spent many nights watching and studying professional athletes. Learning a great deal from her research, she quickly came up with a game plan and came into training with a more precise goal. Because of this, her sporting career has soared to greater heights, and she has established herself as a world-class track and field athlete.
Since then, her passion for sports and her desire to learn continued to grow. She also developed an interest in coaching as inspired by her father, who has coached Olympic athletes and is considered a living legend in Texas.
Hoping to carry on their family’s legacy, Keondra Mallard created a brand that will allow her to share her expertise in the field of sports. Through The Mallard Speed Doctor Academy, she wants everyone to know that The Mallards mean business and that they are able to deliver results. Furthermore, she wants to show the world that they are highly successful people who wish to share that success with others, especially within the African American Culture.
The venture prioritizes and instills values like hard work, consistency, communication, acceptance, and results. This effectively allows students to develop into athletes who know the importance of being grounded on principles.
Above all, the renowned coach wants to highlight that her brand is more than just a business. She firmly believes in building authentic relationships with her students and teaching them about life and how sports is just another avenue for success.
As a celebrated sports authority, Keondra Mallard has proven that women can become leaders in the sports industry. She wishes to work with major sports teams such as the NBA, NFL, and other professional athletes within the foreseeable future. She also plans to become the go-to expert on the importance of being fast and everything relating to speed.