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Who Is
Joe DeGano and MX Coach?

I'm Nobody and I won't pretend to be somebody - I didn't win a championship and that is why you don't know who the heck I am!  You won't be impressed with my amateur, professional or current vet-class racing racing results.  I'm just an ordinary person like you who stumbled upon motocross racing and that was the one thing that I couldn't get enough of.  As an amateur racer I was another invisible rider outside of the top 10, they used to call me "Squid-DeGano", but my love and personal satisfaction of racing and all things involved in racing had me keep going, even though I was Nobody. 


Joel MacDonald was my first motocross coach, a local expert racer from Bayville, NJ, this is where I discovered the distinct power of coaching!  It's hard not to well-up with emotion every time I share this story as Joel made an extraordinary difference and I would never see myself or what is possible the same way again! Fundamentally what I got from Joel was his unwavering stand for me, his belief in me no matter what.  From that moment on I was clear that I wanted to be the kind of person that Joel was for me.  My racing now became about being a student of motocross and discovering everything I could about racing in every aspect I could find. Little did I know back then that I had started on my path of being a professional motocross Coach.  Even though I was Nobody trying to be Somebody I have returned to being Nobody.  Although that probably makes no sense to you, if you work with me you will understand the function of that statement.  At MX Coach we partner with our students to realize the Unimaginable and we have a 21-year track record that illustrates breakthrough and high-performance results. 


Joe DeGano founded MX COACH in 2001. Originally from New Jersey he moved to southern CA as soon as he graduated High School to fulfill his dream of being a Motocross Champion. He obtained his AMA professional racing license in 1988 contesting the 125cc Nationals and has been involved in motocross, motorcycle racing and the motorcycle industry ever since. DeGano has had the opportunity to be mentored, coached and work with many top professional coaches, athletes, consultants and high-performers giving him a unique view and approach to high-performance.  DeGano brings his life's work of discoveries and experience to each MX COACH student. 

MX Coach is distinct as being true Coaching, which is a world of difference from working with an Instructor or a Trainer. In motocross those words are synonyms, at MX COACH you will discover the night and day difference of working with a professional Coach.


A Coach takes into account the whole of the big picture and partners with each student to fulfill on that big picture vision, or goal. And we will instruct you and train you, however the context of Coach has an impact that mere instruction falls short of.  Said another way, a Coach sees and relates to you as your future, not as who you currently consider yourself to be.  Our approach is unmistakable as is the results our students realize!  


Guiding Principals:

  1. Research & Development – the commitment to continuing education, training and improved technology to deliver the most current and effective curriculum.

  2. Excellence – to do our best, be prepared and provide quality and value in every aspect.

  3. Value – to give clients more than they expected and lasting results. 

  4. Leadership – to lead powerfully and fully express our passion, wisdom and intention to serve others. 

“Man and Superman”

This is the true joy in life. The being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish, little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

Joe DeGano Personal Story

As you know I never won any National Championship, didn’t even get close, but my Declaration of Being a Champion and my Bold Promise of winning the 1987 AMA 125cc Championship called me down a path of discovery. Playing a big game like that had me be a bigger person, beyond who I considered myself to be.  My Declaration and Bold Promise (my stand) I would later discover to be the source and most powerful thing I did, all with my mouth pointing to an unimaginable future.  The actions to fulfill it followed. 

Remember I sucked as an Amateur racer and the environment around me could not hear such a ridiculous Declaration, given my ordinary race results.  I stood in my commitment and took the next actions. This boldness to keep going even though I was confronted by many fears and doubts has a sort of genius to it, in the action of keep going, the unimaginable showed up time and time again.  Making requests, accepting offers and making Bold Promises gave me access to what is at the source of what we commonly call - miracles, good luck, coincidence or genius.  Now I call those Speech Acts and that is one example of what my students gain access to.  A powerful and sourceful way to navigate one's racing sport or career.  

I learned so profoundly that results and history had nothing to do with my future. I could create my future literally out of nothing based on what I wanted in my life not what I thought would be possible. That one distinction completely transformed my life! The amazing news is that I got so many distinctions at this training that my life would no longer be the same. I was still the same person, but my view of life shifted and what opened up was a buffet of possibilities that I got to choose. That is freedom!

This was the catalyst for my intense interest and study of human behavior as this made the most profound difference in my life. Not just in how I felt but how the results I want and am committed to appear in my life. Decades later I have been applying all that I have learned in human behavior, personal development and mental training against the backdrop of motocross and athletic performance. I can confidently say I have much to contribute in this realm and as a client of MX COACH you have much to benefit!

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