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Putting the art of coaching in practice

Earlier in the year Lee Eldridge asked me to write down four simple coaching points to help advise young coaches. Eldridge, a English performance coach based in Geneva, put my input together with coaches like Nick Winkelman, Dan Baker, and more into a piece on the art of coaching for UKSCA members. You can check out my responses below. Read more

GAINcast Episode 86: Forget Technique (with Jerry Clayton)

Few track and field coaches have put together as diverse a resume as Jerry Clayton. The University of Michigan head coach has coached 16 NCAA champions across nearly every field event, including a world champion in the high jump and multiple Olympians in the throws. The key to Clayton’s success is to focus less on the minutia of technique and more on getting athletes to feel the movement. On this episode of the podcast Clayton walks us through his approach to develop technique and strength. Read more

More on the Coaching Process

Some more thoughts on the coaching process:

Stop and Think

Before the day starts today take a minute and reflect. Read more

GAINcast Episode 84: Icarus

The recent documentary Icarus took an in-depth look at the recent Russian doping scandal through the lens of a relationship with the mastermind of the doping plan Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov. As controversy enveloped his Rodchenkov’s life, director Bryan Fogel was drawn to the center of the storm and we get an inside look at how far athletes go to beat the system. On this week’s episode we take a break from talking about training to discuss the film and the current state of doping and anti-doping. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 119: Conscious Career Planning (with Brett Bartholomew)

This year Brett Bartholomew wrote a great book about conscious coaching and building buy-in. Communication is just one area coaches need to be conscious about. Another area is career planning and development. On this episode Bartholomew joins us to discuss a variety of topics about how to become a better coach, make tough career decisions, learning online, and more. Read more

GAINcast Episode 81: Changing Practice

Daily practice is where the action happens in sport, but rarely do we look at how we can make it better. By changing how we practice, we have the best opportunity to change how we play the game. If we make practice better we can make game performance better. On this episode of the GAINcast week look at some recent examples of good and bad practice in the media and discuss topics like teaching, organization, feedback, and structure. Read more

GAINcast Episode 78: Talent Identification

Talent is a divisive topic, but it is hard to argue that you can create a champion without any talent. Properly identifying and nurturing that talent is therefore a key element of high performance. On this episode we discuss the complexity of talent, how to approach it as a coach, and Vern’s multi-step approach talent identification. Read more

Changing Practice

We all practice with the intention of getting better. But can we do better at practice? Can we get more out of practice? Changing practice offers the possibility of changing the game. Here are a few thoughts/ideas that will help make practice sticky and more effective: Read more

The Profession of Coaching

Coaching is a profession, not an industry. The younger generation of coaches who have been heavily influenced by social media and 24 hour sports channels do not seem to understand this. As a profession, there are standards and expectations. Read more