Brent Zeller Bio
Brent Zeller is the author of Evolutionary Education: Moving Beyond Our Competitive Compulsion, a book that creates a clear vision for our species’ survival and transcendence by moving away from our current competitively based education system toward an excellence based, non-competitive model.
“For the majority of people, the competitive system results in self-doubt, fear, anger, sadness, overly aggressive behavior, performance anxiety, resignation, and limited benefits. It is essential that we move toward a new paradigm based on a non-competitive model that generates inner confidence, innovation, inspiration, excellence, peace, love, and joy,” says Brent.
Brent has seen the competitive system “up close and personal,” having spent most of his life immersed in the highly competitive sport of tennis. Hailing from Lancaster County, PA., he played tennis in high school. Zeller also competed on the tennis team and began teaching tennis at the College of William & Mary, where he graduated with a B.S. in geology in 1976.
Zeller played tournament tennis for eighteen years, attaining rankings locally, statewide, and regionally. He has been a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association since 1975. As a teacher, Brent has worked with thousands of people and logged over 25,000 hours of teaching and coaching experience. Over the years, he became convinced that introducing competition into the instructional process was detrimental to his students’ progress. In 1992, he removed all competition from his program, which allowed people to enjoy and succeed while learning to play tennis without the added stress of competition. He has been teaching his “Effortless Tennis” method for 36 years and is now applying this “effortless” method to other areas of life.
For four decades, Brent has devoted his life to the learning process, and that fabled state called “the zone.” He has done extensive research as a student, a teacher, an athlete, a musician, and through the study of philosophy, psychology, current events and history. Articles written by or about Brent have appeared in Education News, eSchool News, Entrepreneur, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Marin Independent Journal, Inside Tennis magazine, the Point Reyes Light, and various websites. He has had numerous interviews on Voice America internet radio.
Brent lives in Northern California. In his free time, he plays music, attends live music events, enjoys fine wine and dining, and spending time with friends.
For more information, visit www.evolutionaryeducation.com and www.effortlesstennis.com