LtCol (Retired) Ingebrigt A.L. "Andy" Riise joined M60 in 2012 and is currently serving as the Chief Science Officer. Known for his high energy and sense of humor, his philosophy is coaching through servant leadership and competition to promote growth across the six domains of the Total Warrior Intelligence Model. He believes people are awesome and is inspired by the movie “Swingers,” music by the Beastie Boys, and comedy by Will Ferrel and Jim Gaffigan.
He is knowledgeable and experienced in coaching and helping leaders and their teams to achieve optimal performance. His expertise is in the evidence-based best practices of Sport and Performance Psychology with an emphasis on mental toughness and stress inoculation. His additional areas of expertise include consulting, team building, design thinking, curriculum design, and individual/organizational assessments.
Originally from Oakdale, CA, Andy attended the US Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, NY where he earned his Bachelors degree in Legal Studies. He was a fullback and two-time letterman for the Army Football Team. Through this experience he learned that as Douglas MacArthur said, “on the fields of friendly strife, are sown the seeds that on other fields, on other says, will bear the fruits of victory.”
Over the course of his decorated 20-year career, he’s served a variety of leadership positions highlighted by three combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan and serving five years with two elite Special Forces units as Joint Terminal Attack Controller and expert in Targeting.
His teaching experience includes serving as an instructor at West Point’s Center for Enhanced Performance where he collaborated with the University of Pennsylvania to develop resilience programs for the Army and Air Force. He later served as a guest instructor at the US Air Force Academy’s Department of Behavioral Science and Leadership.
His final assignment was serving as a director of an academic department at university-level school house responsible for preparing thousands of mid-level Army leaders for next level assignments. He also contributed to the Tactical Athlete Performance Center, a multi-disciplinary program designed to enhance Soldiers performance. He also supported the 75th Ranger Regiment as a mental performance coach.
He is currently a Professor of Practice at Texas A&M University’s Coaching Academy in College Station, TX. In this capacity he teaches undergraduate students and supports coaches and athletic programs across the state of Texas. He is also the Director of the Veterans Coaching Program.
He holds a Masters Degree from Argosy University in Exercise Psychology with an emphasis on Sport and Performance. He holds several certifications to include executive education from the Stanford University’s Global School of Business and Certified Mental Performance Consultant from the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. He’s contributed to several research studies and peer-reviewed publications to include being co-author and contributing editor to the M60 Book, Deliberate Discomfort.
He is an advisor to several Veteran Service Organizations committed to helping veterans and their family members. Along with his wife and four children he volunteers with youth athletics, Boy Scouts of America, and serving their local community greater Houston, TX.
- US Army
- BA, United States Military Academy at West Point
- Masters Degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Argosy University
- Fort Benning, GA