We offer the only virtual Dynamic Coaching Network program connecting former collegiate and professional athletes to those struggling with mental health, substance use, or gender/race diversity concerns.

Coaches who have completed the DAS Dynamic Coach training program will help athletes navigate current situations and challenges through active listening, reflection, and creative problem solving using the Wise Choice technique.

Issues with mental health, diversity, and substance use are a typical challenge for many athletes. Having a Dynamic Coach at your side greatly reduces the stigma and gives each athlete tools to manage current and future challenges. Mental Health is Everyone’s Game!


Shane Pahukoa
B.A. Individual Studies

Shane received his bachelor’s degree and played football at the University of Washington from 1989-1992. He was one of three true freshmen in his class to earn playing time. While there, the team was 39-9. He started 29 games at free safety and was part of a defense considered among the best in PAC 10 history. Shane is one of the most valuable defensive players in Husky history. He was a three year starter and a four-year letterman for UW from 1989 to 1992 and a team captain. He won 3 PAC-10 Championships and 1 National Championship. Named to the 1st Team All-Pac 10 Academic team in 1990. He was also selected 2nd Team All-Pac-10 free safety in 1991 and 1992.

As a senior, his teammates voted him defensive co-captain. He helped lead the Huskies to a 9-3 record and a 3rd straight Rose Bowl (lost to Michigan, 38-31). He wore a cast all season due to a broken hand but was still 4th on the team with 58 tackles. After UW, he signed with the New Orleans Saints and played three years as a special teams starter and an occasional starter at free safety. His biggest game was against the New England Patriots and Drew Bledsoe, former Washington State QB, making 10 tackles and 2 interceptions.

Kia Bright

Kia is an overcomer who grew up in a small community with few options and resources. She went on to achieve a Bachelor’s in Communication and Master’s in Healthcare Informatics at the University of Central Florida (UCF). During her time at UCF she broke records as a stand-out elite Division 1 athlete.  
Upon completion of her last degree, Kia went on to continue her Volleyball career professionally. As a professional Volleyball player abroad, she had a successful career in Finland and the Philippines carrying the team responsibilities of lead scorer. Kia used her platform as an international professional athlete to reach and inspire others around the globe. Since retiring, Kia seeks ways to make a lasting impact far beyond the athletic court. She has faced many challenges along the way, but never let opposition limit her. She is a bold voice who advocates for starting those challenging conversations to enhance clarity and comprehension. Kia is a maverick with an agenda to transform her personal obstacles and experiences into learning tools. Her versatile skill set, and raw experiences equip her to lead and guide others.

Walter Bailey
Founder and CEO of Dynamic Athlete Solutions

After winning two Rosebowls and a tie for a third, Walter found himself in freefall from the top of his football career, crash landing into homelessness and unmanaged addictions. After conquering all the mental health challenges that led him to his rock bottom, Walter has made it his life’s purpose to help athletes and their support networks find the resources to navigate the many barriers they face managing mental wellness.


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