Episode 028 A New Approach to Developing Coaches with USA Hockey

In this episode I am joined by Ken Martel and Bill McCall (in separate inteviews). Ken is the Technical Director for the USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM) and involved in coach development. He has been a guest on the brother podcast to this one (SmartercoachingLLC) to talk about the ADM.

Bill works “in the field” for USA Hockey putting on coaching clinics. Bill has also coached lacrosse and track and field and has been through the US Lacrosse and USATF coaching certification courses.

With Ken I discuss some of the big picture changes coming from USAH. With Bill I discuss his experience in a recent workshop to train the USA Hockey coach developers in a new way to present educational clinics. My guess is that if you have attended most coaching clinics it involved a person standing on a stage or in the front of the room with a whole lot of Powerpoint slides pontificating about the “right” way to do whatever the topic is. Well, USA Hockey is working toward a different approach. Ken talks about some of the big changes, and Bill talks about how he has already taken some of the ideas and started implementing them in the coaching courses and in his day job.

If you want to hear another perspective on very similar training, I talked with Kristen Wright in episode 024 about the training session that she and I attended.

If you want to learn more about the USA Hockey ADM, check out episode 003 of this podcast with Kevin McLaughlin and/or episode 008 of the Smartercoaching podcast with Ken Martel.