Shaun Larkin, M.A.

Coordinator of Skill Development

Born and raised in Southern California, Shaun played and graduated from La Quinta HS (Westminster) and Cypress CC. Both stops produced league championships, All-Conference/All-State honors, and conference MVP’s. He then completed his amateur playing career at Cal St. Northridge. The Matadors were the 2002 Big West Champions and were led by his 1st All-Conference performance and National Player of the Week honors. Shaun also set an NCAA Record for Most Consecutive Times Reaching Base (18).

Upon graduation with a BA in Communication Studies, Shaun was drafted in the 9th round by the Cleveland Indians. He played 6 professional seasons reaching AAA. By the conclusion of his minor league playing career, Shaun had earned All-Star game recognition, multiple player of the week/month awards and was part of two championship clubs. He began coaching at the AA level (07-08).

From there, Shaun was able to amass coaching experience at the high school and Division 1 collegiate level before returning to the professional ranks in 2013. He has served as a hitting coach, manager, and currently holds the title of Coordinator, Skill Development for a Major League Organization.

Shaun has coached and been a part of teams with multiple Major League players, coaches and staff. His experience on the field covers a broad spectrum of skill sets, abilities, and levels of development. In conjunction with the playing and coaching experience, Shaun has integrated his advanced education (MA Performance Psychology) into his coaching philosophy and practice design.

In the past year, Shaun has been featured on multiple podcasts (Ahead of the Curve, ABCA Calls from the Clubhouse, The Talent Equation, Sports Psych Show) and has been a guest speaker at several conferences (Sport Movement Skill Conference, Main Stage at ABCA Conference, THSBCA Conference).

Shaun’s expertise and understanding of Skill Acquisition, Practice Design, and Mental Skills make him one of the most sought after voices in the athletic community.


Denise Larkin, M.A., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Born and raised in Southern California, Denise has spent the past twelve years working with individuals with behavioral concerns. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Developmental Psychology and Liberal Studies (Education) from California State University, Fullerton.  She then completed her Master's Degree and certificate program, both in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Ball State University, Indiana. Denise is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA).

Denise has worked as a Behavior Interventionist, Behavior and Educational Assistant, Program Manager/Clinical Supervisor, and Assistant Clinical Director.  In these roles she directly implemented individualized ABA programs, including the use of methodologies such as Natural Environment Teaching (NET), Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Pivotal Response Training (PRT), and Applied Verbal Behavior (AVB).  Her programming was designed toward decreasing behavior excesses and teaching skill acquisition goals across the home, school, clinic and community settings.  

Denise has provided direct supervision and training of behavior interventionists, families, teachers, and future behavior analysts.  In her supervisory roles, she has conducted multiple different skill assessments including Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs), and created individualized programs to target maladaptive behaviors, communication, socialization, self-care, play, motor development, and academic skills. Denise monitored and provided training to staff across multiple settings, including the classroom, home, community, and clinic settings.

Denise’s passion is to disseminate ABA to applied sports settings to enhance coaching and training procedures.