Academic Success Coaching

What is Academic Success Coaching?

Similar to how an athletic coach encourages and supports you in becoming your best athletic self, our Academic Success Coaches can help you become your best academic self.

Academic Success Coaches help you develop skills and strategies to successfully navigate college and realize your full potential. Coaches will work with you to identify and utilize new learning tools and strategies to help meet your academic and personal goals during your time at University of Redlands.

Our coaches are different from academic advisors or counselors/therapists in that they help you develop academic and personal skills to become a stronger student. Through a series of one-on-one appointments, you will work with your coach to grow in academic strength, grit, and resilience to get you where you want to be academically.

Academic Success Coaches provide holistic support in the following areas:

  • Motivation
  • Goal setting and attainment
  • Effective study strategies
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Time management and task prioritization
  • Recognizing and marketing your strengths
  • Adulting

How to Get Started

Schedule an appointment with an Academic Success Coach on our booking page. If you have questions or need further assistance, please visit us in the Student Development Center on the ground floor of the Armacost Library or contact us at (909) 748-8069 or

Meet the Academic Success Coaches

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Roberto Lopez-Gonzalez (he/him/his)

Master of Arts in Education, School Counseling K-12 & College Emphasis, University of Redlands
Bachelor of Science, Business, Golden Gate University

I am a U.S. Army veteran born in Mexico but moved during middle school to California. I attended an out-of-state college but finished my BS in Business in California after returning from Active Duty. I was accepted to an MBA program but decided to pursue a career in Education instead. I am pursuing a Master of Arts in Education, School Counseling K-12 & College Emphasis at the University of Redlands. I enjoy helping people, and I am a firm believer that education can open opportunities with the correct amounts of support. As such, I have a passion for being that support that students need to succeed in college and on other goals that I can assist them with. I want to support students to be successful, and in my experience being a first-generation college student, I understand the need for the support that some students need. I love video games, some Anime, and my two Golden Retrievers, Thor and Athena.


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Vanessa Richardson (she/her/hers)

Master of Science, Organizational Leadership, University of Redlands
Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts, California State University, San Bernardino

My name is Vanessa, and as a first-generation graduate, I know the importance of receiving a diploma and the struggles it brings to attain it.  I received my master’s degree during the pandemic lockdown, which was no small task.  That's one of the reasons why I desire to help students along the way in their academic journeys.  When life throws us curveballs there's always support along the horizon. One of my greatest memories as an undergrad was performing in musicals like “The Wiz” with my colleagues.  I still enjoy performing in plays (when I have down time), attending the theater, watching movies, and hanging out with friends.



Sara Mahan (she/her/hers)  

Master of Arts in Education, College Counseling, University of Redlands
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Eastern University

My name is Sara. I’m a non-traditional graduate student who came back to school later in life. Growing up, my mother always told me that if I studied what was interesting to me, I would find a career that I loved. Though I enjoyed my undergraduate experience and was fascinated by what I learned as a Sociology major, I graduated college without a plan and continued to explore a variety of careers struggling to find the perfect fit. I look back on my undergraduate experience and wish that I had had more mentorship and guidance. Now, I homeschool my three sons and strive to provide them the support that they need to discover their passions and design the lives of their choosing. I hope to bring that same support to the students that I work with at Redlands. Prior to homeschooling my children, I was a massage therapist and a massage educator, and really loved working one-on-one with people. I love yoga, weightlifting, Zumba, playing guitar, sewing, and nightly walks in the desert with my family!


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Master of Arts in Education, College Counseling, University of Redlands
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University California of Riverside

Hello my name is Jovanny Aguilera. I am a first-generation Latino graduate student. My mother was born in Mexico, and my dad was born the day after my grandmother crossed the border. As a first-gen student, I faced much adversity and struggled to keep up with my courses. I remember having parent-teacher conferences about my poor academic performance from a very young age. This only sank in when it started affecting me in my freshman year of college. I was on the verge of being academically dismissed, and it was only when I found a counselor who believed in me that I decided to make a change in my life. It wasn't that I couldn't do it. I just needed someone who believed in me to provide me with the proper tools and guidance. After meeting this counselor, I was more motivated than ever to turn my life around and change. I went from only wanting to get an associate's degree to pursuing a master's degree and now considering a Ph.D. After graduating from my undergraduate, it was clear what I wanted to do and how I wanted to impact others. Now it is my turn to pay it forward, which is why I desire to help students in their academic journeys.