René Vidal (born March 18, 1970) is the founder of Uníque Capacíty, a St. Louis-based executive coaching company. A former nationally-ranked junior tennis player and six-time NCAA championship tennis coach at Boise State, Colgate, and Mississippi State, he is the author of Execute to Win: How Leaders Get Resultsand Play Smart to Win in Business.
Vidal is recognized as “one of America’s top coaches” (Dick Gould, Stanford).
His style has been described as focused and unbending.
Early life and education
Vidal was born New York City in 1970 and grew up in Dix Hills, Long Island. He is the son of Angelo Vidal, a teenage orphan turned successful business owner in commercial printing. His mother Carmen, a Brooklyn native and cancer survivor, kept the books. In 1992, he graduated from Florida International University (FIU) with a degree in public administration. After graduation, he went to work for the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA’s) Player Development Headquarters in Miami where he learned sport science, leadership psychology, and the fundamentals of high performance coaching. In 1994, he embarked on a successful collegiate coaching career before going into business on his own.
- Principal Author – Execute to Win: How Leaders Get Results (2018)
- Principal Author – Play Smart to Win in Business (2015)
- Author – The Power of Focus eBook (2014)
- Author – Play Smart to Win: Better Tactics Lead to Better Results (2013)
Credentials, Affiliations, & Achievements
- Founder, Uníque Capacíty
- Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Executive Coach
- Read “Victorious Vidals” in The CHS Globe
- 3 Big Sky Championships at Boise State
- 2 Patriot League Championships at Colgate
- 1 SEC Championship at Mississippi State
- 5 NCAA Tournament appearances
- 2019 Elite Eight at WASHU
- Patriot League Women’s Coach of the Year at Colgate
- IMG-appointed Technical Advisor, Williams Sisters book: “How to Play Tennis”
- Coached professional tennis player Jesse Levine (ATP Career High #69)
- Recognized as “one of America’s top coaches” (Dick Gould, Stanford)
- USA High Performance Coach
- Keynote Speaker, major industry trade associations
- Leadership Development Workshops at Fortune 500 corporations
In 2014, Vidal led a modest $15,000 tennis fundraiser to support the American Diabetes Association (ADA). His father was Diabetic.
René Vidal has been a featured leadership guest on STL-TV Live, Fox 2 News, Amazing Business Radio, and the Something Extra Podcast.
He lives with his family just outside downtown St. Louis.