The Coaching Development Pathway

I originally posted this five years ago. I think given the state of coaching today it is worth reprinting.

Frank Dick developed this coaching development pathway. It is a clear pathway, but more importantly it signifies it is a growth process. There is no set timeline; it occurs step-by-step based on mastery at each step the coach must earn their way through the pathway. Please note: the titles are from Frank Dick, the descriptors are my own. Read more

GAIN 2017 – Apply Now

is a community of professionals eager to learn and willing to share ideas and information. GAIN is not about more exercises, sets, reps and training methods it is about passionate people who pursue excellence with honesty, integrity and respect to make a difference in the lives of the people we coach and teach. This is the tenth year of GAIN; it started 2007 with twelve attendees and four instructors and has grown to sixty attendees from all over the world and fifteen faculty. Read more

GAINcast Episode 41: GAIN Time

Next year will mark the 10th edition of GAIN. On this week’s episode we reveal next year’s faculty, give an overview of what GAIN is about, and walk you through a day at GAIN. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 78: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for thanks, and on this week’s episode we give thanks to some of our mentors by sharing a few stories about how one moment can be pivotal in an athlete’s development. Read more

GAINcast Episode 40: Visiting the USSA Center of Excellence

Last month Vern visited the US Ski and Snowboard Association’s Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah. While there he had a chance to sit down with their performance staff to share experiences, ideas and more. This is the first in a series of episodes from his visit. In this episode Vern has a roundtable chat with coaches Mike Bahn, Tracy Fober, Tschana Schiller and Michael Bingaman. Read more

Vern Sitting

Some Thoughts, Reflections & Advice on Coaching

Keep Learning

There is no one way or an answer

Be Humble

Know what you know and learn what you don’t know Read more

Illusions of Causality

In 2007, I ran my fastest ever wind-legal 100-meter time. I also recorded what was, at that point, my lowest ever body fat score. It would seem, therefore, that the two are linked; my 100m time improved because my body fat had reduced. Right? Read more

Sport Science in Perspective

Most scientific studies are isolated studies out of context of the spectrum of human movement demands. Science needs to measure an isolated component in order to conduct “valid” scientific experiments. I understand that those are the rules of the game for the scientist, but outside the lab in the real world of performance the rules are different. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 73: Take the Plunge

Every week we discuss a variety of strength and conditioning topics on the podcast, but being a good coach is as much about experience as anything we will chat about. As coaches we need to jump in situations that might leave us exposed, but in the exposure we gain experience. On this week’s podcast we talk about gaining experience, setting up your own system and how much time is really needed to put together a training plan. Read more

Learning From the Past

Much of what I stand for is not new, we already know it, it has worked in the past in a myriad of environments but has been rejected as old fashioned, not high tech, not scientific. We have abandoned proven methods in the name of progress. Certainly in every field of endeavor everything old is new again, but because of our society’s rejection of the past we have not studied the coaches who paved the way for us. Read more