Dr. Rick Neff is the owner and founder of Inner-Edge, LLC. He is recognized internationally and nationally as a leader in working with basketball players at all levels. Dr. Neff is also recognized for his work with athletes in other sports. Through his extensive study and integration of sports and clinical psychology, neuroscience, mindfulness, and the pillars of grit mentality, Dr. Neff has become known as the "Yoda" of mental skills training. His ability to connect with players sets him apart. He develops lasting relationships and is relatable. Dr. Neff works with members of Team USA Basketball & Team USA Baseball as well as current NBA, MLB, MiLB, Euro-League and MLS players, and has a partnership with several professional sports agents as their go-to mental skills coach for their players.
Dr. Neff is a noted guest speaker. He travels at the request of professionals such as Dwight Howard, John Lucas, Christopher Thomas, Duke Pryor, Roy Madu, Hoop Genius, and the Perfect Game among others, to speak to athletes about the importance of training the mind. Dr. Neff speaks to players about the mindset of transition. He has also spoken at numerous universities, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools about the impact the mind has on not only athletic but academic performance.
Dr. Neff is proudly partnered with Christopher "CT" Thomas, a nationally and internationally renowned basketball skills trainer. CT is the owner of 100% Hoops and World Domination Basketball based in Indianapolis, Indiana. CT trains NBA, College, High School, and Youth players around the world. CT is recognized as Nike Basketball's Top Skills Trainer. He is the NBA Pre-Draft trainer as well as a lead trainer for Jordan Brand, Maya Moore, LeBron James Camps, Kobe Bryant Camps, Kevin Durant Camps, John Lucas Camps, Boo Williams Basketball, Nike Skills Academies, Nike Global, Nike World Basketball, Nike Asia, Nike Europe, Nike China, Nike Taiwan, SEEDS Foundation in Senegal West Africa, Euro-League, and many more.
Dr. Neff is also partnered with Jeff Sparrow the owner of Point Blank Period. Point Blank Period is based in Birdsboro, Pa. and is the areas leading basketball skills development program. Jeff Sparrow, known as the Doctor of Defense, has worked with and developed numerous NBA, and elite level college and high school players.
Dr. Neff is proudly partnered with See The Rim Basketball Academy located in Tom's River, New Jersey. See The Rim is New Jersey's #1 basketball academy. See The Rim believes in complete player development from both the physical and mental side of performance. See The Rim has developed some of the top basketball players to come from the east coast.
Dr. Neff is partnered with Hoop Genius based in London, England. Hoop Genius provides the most up to date news on basketball training, culture, and analysis. Dr. Neff is a contributing author on the mental aspect of basketball training and is also a regular contributor on a podcast alongside Christopher "CT" Thomas of 100% Hoops & World Domination Basketball, breaking down the importance of combining physical skills development with mental skills development for basketball players.
Dr. Neff is proudly partnered with MaxOut Strength Studio located in Royersford, Pa. MaxOut's patented training techniques have developed some of the finest athletes to come out of southeastern Pennsylvania. Dr. Neff works directly with MaxOut affiliated athletes and teams.
Dr. Neff has also been a part of the Reading High School Boys Basketball Coaching Staff, serving as the team's Mental Skills Coach. Reading Boys Basketball won the Pennsylvania 6A State Championship during the 2016-2017 season and is home to Lonnie Walker IV, Donyell Marshall, Stu Jackson, among many other basketball greats.
Dr. Neff is the mental training coach for CrossFit UnFinished Project in Pottstown, Pa, as well as a contracted business performance consultant for Sales Talk, Inc. Sales Talk, Inc. is dedicated to helping organizations improve performance and serves Lowe's, Lockheed Martin, Fannie Mae, HSBC, Kellogg's and many more. Dr. Neff has also spoke at events for Edward Jones on the topic of performance psychology.
Dr. Neff has extensive clinical experience. Formerly the Director of Clinical Services at Penn Foundation before opening his practice on a full-time basis, Dr. Neff was a major clinical contributor to the upstart of the Montgomery County Behavioral Health Court as well as a clinical consultant for lawyers involved in criminal cases. Dr. Neff also worked for several years as a clinical therapist in outpatient settings specializing in the treatment of mood and personality disorders.
A Pottstown High School graduate, Dr. Neff earned his Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University. Dr. Neff earned his Bachelor of Science in Bio-Evolutionary Psychology from Penn State University. Dr. Neff is a member of the American Psychology Association, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Association for Applied Sports Psychology, and Division 47 Society for Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology.
In addition to being a respected clinician and mental skills coach, Dr. Neff is also a competitive CrossFit athlete having competed regionally. Dr. Neff was an accomplished multi-sport athlete in high school receiving recognition in football, basketball, and baseball. Dr. Neff went on to play college baseball standing out as a pitcher and center fielder. Dr. Neff previously sat on the Board of Directors for the Pottstown Police Athletic League and is a proud sponsor and supporter of Pottstown P.R.I.D.E., a youth developmental basketball league.
Dr. Neff is happily married to Pamela Palladino and they reside in Stowe, Pa. They enjoy traveling to experience the beauty and many cultures the world has to offer.