Lake Erie Crushers Add Ashland University's Dr. Curt Ickes as Player Development Specialist

6/1/10 ASHLAND, OH -- Dr. Curt Ickes, associate professor of psychology at Ashland University, has been added as player development specialist to the staff of the Lake Erie Crushers baseball team, the 2009 Frontier League champions.

Ickes teaches clinical and sport psychology courses at Ashland University as well as maintaining a private practice. A graduate of Northwestern High School, Ickes earned an undergraduate degree at Ashland University before receiving graduate degrees from the University of Akron and Kent State University.

Ickes has a wealth of experience in the field of sport psychology. He has worked with the Ashland University baseball and softball teams, the College of Wooster baseball team and the Hillsdale High School baseball and softball teams. His book, "Mental Toughness: Getting the Edge," was published earlier this year and is available in the Ashland University Bookstore or online at<> and at

Ickes's specialty is the study and application of psychological factors that lead to optimal athletic performance. His work focuses on developing mentally tough personality attitudes and traits, as well as improving maximum focus and preparation for each individual pitch.

"Dr. Ickes gives our players an opportunity to develop the mental skills necessary to compete at the highest levels of baseball," Crushers manager John Massarelli said. "His teaching ability can give our players a competitive advantage that helps them reach their true potential."

The Lake Erie Crushers play ball at All Pro Freight Stadium located in Avon, OH.
Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.