Special episode (024) on Coach Developer Academy Teach and Learning Facilitation workshop

In this excerpt from Episode 023, Kristen Wright and I (Sam Callan) discuss our experience at the Coach Developer Academy workshop put on for USA Hockey in April 2019.

We discuss what we expected and what we got out of it. Kristen talked about how the active listening and review and feedback process were her takeaways. I shared that I had heard it was a long and draining few days. For me the micro-coaching was a great experience.

To learn more about the Coach Developer Academy process, visit the USCCE website.

Episode 017 The Adulteration of Children's Sports Kristi Erdal Colorado College

Kristi Erdal, PhD is a professor at Colorado College. We speak about her recently published book, The Adulteration of Children's Sports. The book is published by Lexington Books and can be found at Use the discount code LEXAUTH18 to receive a 30% discount!!!!!

We discuss:

What led her to write the book?

What are the key takeaways?

How did we get to where we are where youth sports are worth in excess of $10 billion and are adult led?

What happens to kids when adults get it wrong in youth sports? What can we do to "turn the ship"?


Project Play talks

US Center for Coaching Excellence Summit Information

Kristi Erdal Bio

Episode 016 The Vehicle for Someone Else's Journey with Sergio Lara-Bercial

Sergio Lara-Bercial, PhD is a reader at Leeds Beckett University and also involved with the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and the iCoachKids program. Sergio is a retired professional basketball player and former Team GB women’s basketball coach. He earned his PhD in Positive Youth Development in 2018.

During our conversation Sergio talks about the etymology of “coach” and says about coaching that it is “the vehicle for someone else’s journey”.

We discuss:

His background as a player and transition to a coach

His interviews with coaches who are “serial winners” from across sports. Human Kinetics has a webinar with Sergio on his work.

How he became focused on youth sports after a career in high performance sport and the gap that he saw in working with 5 to 12 year olds

The iCoachKids project and the upcoming MOOCs with the first one set to launch in late 2018.

MOOC #1 Developing Effective Environments for Youth Sport

MOOC #2 Child & Youth Centred Coaching

MOOC #3 Coaching Children: Planning, Doing and Reviewing

The iCoachKids literature review is also available with a practical guide.

Sergio tweets from @DrSergioLaraUK

You might also be interested in following @iCoachKidsEU on twitter as well.

Another website of interest might be

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.