Episode 014 National Coaching Standards Lori Gano-Overway

Lori Gano-Overway, PhD has been involved in developing national coaching standards.

Lori discusses the origins, history and purpose of the national coaching standards starting with their development under AAHPERD, now SHAPE America and its progression to NCACE under the USCCE. (She also explains the alphabet soup).

The national standards are currently under revision and will be open to review until the end of October 2018. They can be found at the SHAPE America website. The revised standards are scheduled to be unveiled in April 2019 at the SHAPE America.

Coach Developers Network Chat Special Episode

On this special episode recorded in March 2018, I speak with three professors who head up coaching education programs at Xavier University, University of Denver and Michigan State University.

We discuss their programs, how they came to be and what they hope to gain.

All three have a masters in coaching program that are largely online.

If you are interested in pursuing a masters degree in coaching, this interview might offer some insights into what to expect even if you are interested in a program at another university.

The guests are Brian Gearity from University of Denver, Ron Quinn from Xavier University, and Andy Driska from Michigan State University.

Episode 013 Trickle Down Professionalism with Travis Dorsch

Travis Dorsch, PhD, is the founder of the Families in Sport Lab at Utah State University. Travis was a consensus All-American punter at Purdue University and former NFL player.

Current research includes a complementary focus on: (a) the role of youth sport participation on family relationships and family interaction (i.e., sport socialization); (b) Evidence-based parent education in competitive sport, in youth, adolescent, and early adult settings; and (c) the role of internal factors (e.g., motivation) and external factors (e.g., families and social contexts) on sport, physical activity, and recreational behavior.

What was your sports life like as a kid and how does that compare to what you are finding now?

How have you seen youth sports change since you were a kid both from your research and observations?

In your TEDx Talk from March 2018, you reference Dan Arielly’s work on motivation. Please share that snippet on how play became a job.

Now that you research this, what are you finding in terms of parent engagement.

What does the drive for the scholarship or to become a pro from the parents potentially do to a kid’s sports experience?

What is the connection, if any, between parental involvement (more spent) and kids’ attitudes toward sports?

What tips can you offer those of us seeking to engage parents to get them on board with being supportive but not sucking the fun out of sports?

Episode 012 The Gift of Failure with Jessica Lahey

Jessica Lahey discusses her book "The Gift of Failure" and how it changed her as a parent and a teacher.

We explore how failure makes children better learners and touch on the works of Carol Dweck and Daniel Pink.

The gist is that parents and coaches should allow children more time to learn on their own versus jumping in and solving the problems.

For coaches this might mean asking questions more than just telling them what to do. The latter will be useful in the short run, but it stunts learning in the long run.

Episode 010 US Lacrosse ADM and Parent Engagement

TJ Buchanan is the Senior Manager for ADM-Technical Director discusses the history of lacrosse (it is THE original American sport), American Development Model (ADM) and some of the programs US Lacrosse is pursuing with athletes, coaches and parents.

TJ also summarizes a meeting of representatives from several NGBs (and one sports parent representative) to discuss how to engage parents. A key point here is that we are (pretty much) all dealing with parents of youth athletes so let's have a common message. Also a goal is to get as many kids as possible in sports for as long as possible and to have the best possible experience.

Links mentioned during the podcast

USA Swimming's Flex Membership with a great video promoting multi-sport development

US Lacrosse ADM site (with lots of available information) 

Link to Amanda Visek's paper about what kids want out of sports (winning is not #1) Fun Integration Theory

TJ Buchanan email

Episode 009 Norwegian Sports Culture with Stephen Seiler

At the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea in 2018, Norway earned 39 total medals setting a record for the Winter Games. Many stories were written in the US press about how Norway became so successful.

In this podcast I discuss Norwegian sports culture with Stephen Seiler, PhD. Stephen is an American sport scientist who has lived in Norway for over 20 years. He offers his perspective on how Norway goes about developing athletes, the truth about keeping score in youth sports, funding and team culture. Since Stephen is very knowledgeable about sports in the US and Norway, he can offer a great perspective on the differences.

You can follow Dr. Seiler on Twitter: @stephenseiler

Episode 008 Practice to Perform Better or to Practice Better John Kessel

John Kessel is the Director of Sport Development for USA Volleyball. He also consults with many sports around the world including Major League Baseball teams.

John is knowledgeable in motor learning and the neuroscience of learning. In this episode he will challenge your views on how to run a practice. He says to minimize drills (if not completely do away with them) and to keep people active, no more lining up people to wait their turn. He talks about how to make learning more efficient.

Some notes:

How we learn faster: it is not about being the right way or wrong way, but about being more efficient.

Say what you mean, mean what you say, but do not be mean in saying it.

Principles first, methods second

Train game-like

Eliminate the words "try", "don't" and "but".

Put the player's name last when giving feedback

Below are some links mentioned in the talk.

John Kessel's Growing the Game blog

Gabriele Wulf OPTIMAL Learning work (full download available as of May 3, 2018)

Atul Gawande is a physician who has written several books and been on the Freakonomics podcast several times.

Train Ugly website

Backwards Bicycle TED Talk




Episode 007 Coaching ParaSports with Cathy Sellers

Cathy Sellers recently retired (April 2018) as the High Performance Director for the USOC Track and Field Paralympic program. She has an extensive background as a track and field coach and coach educator.

In this episode Cathy discusses some of the challenges and rewards in coaching a parasport athlete. She goes over the stages of growth of a coach, gives some history of the Paralympics, how to adapt to coaching an Paralympian, etc.

Episode 006 First Tee Golf

Ryan Graff is the Vice President for Program Development for First Tee. First Tee's mission (from its site): "... is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf".

 Ryan explains a little of the history of the First Tee program and how it integrates building character into its curriculum while also teaches kids about golf in a fun and accessible manner.


Episode 002 The US Center for Coaching Excellence Kristen Dieffenbach, PhD

Dr. Dieffenbach is the executive director of the US Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE). The USCCE is a new organization that seeks to improve coaching education and development in the United States. 

In this episode Kristen tells a little about how the USCCE came to be from it being part of other organizations into its own stand alone entity.


Episode 001 The Adult Learner with Chris Packert

Chris Packert works in coaching education for US Ski and Snowboard. Chris is a long-time ski coach and also teacher.

Chris discusses how to deliver educational content the adult learner (which most coaches are).

This is the audio version of his presentation. To see the video version, please visit my You Tube channel where you will also find other content.