As any master coach will tell you, successful sports coaching is never “arrived at”, and requires constant coaching development. Here you’ll find articles and case studies dedicated to best practice sport coach development.

A Coach’s Role is Critical

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete AssessmentsA coach’s role is critical in the context of our society. What I want to share with you in this article is my philosophy on the role of sport and the significant contribution coaches make. This is particularly important for your sport and every sport. My belief, is sport is a medium to teach lessons to our athletes (particularly the young ones). Lessons about life. These lessons learnt in sport can and should be transferred to other areas of our lives so we can all become more effective and meaningful contributors to society. Sport can expand on the quality of the lessons. So the role of the coach is to help their athletes learn these lessons about life. Each coach may teach a slightly different lesson. We do not all have to teach the same lessons, just as long as our athletes are learning. […]

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Creating a High Performance Coaching Style

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete AssessmentsEvery coach has their unique approach or style to coaching. Whether or not this leads to a high performance coaching style, where their athletes are reaching their full potential, comes down to a few core elements. The commonality between all master level coaches is that they have a very strong  understanding of their natural coaching style and also what adaptations they need to make for individual athletes and situations. This is what differentiates them and how they can achieve  consistently high performances and improvements from their athletes. […]

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Sports Coach Philosophy in your Sport Coaching Minor

By Liz Hanson and Kate Roskvist Top Coaches Have a Coaching Philosophy, Do You? Find a phenomenal coach with a wealth of experience (and full trophy cabinet), and ask them what their coaching philosophy is. They will immediately provide you with a succinct account of what principles they adhere to and the standards they hold. Ask a mid-career coach with a developing reputation the same question, and they’ll likely articulate their vision and how it’s evolving. Ask a fledgling coach and they will look at you quizzically and shrug their shoulders. […]

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Best Sports Coaches: What Level are you Coaching at?

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments The 2008 Beijing Olympic Study, undertaken by the Canadian Olympic Team, shed light on the factors leading to either personal best performances or Olympic Medal performances during those games.  We have extensively used this research within our coaching development programs and in a dedicated article to demonstrate the need for coaches to be working on ‘all levels’ to ensure athlete development and ultimately, consistent high performance.  One of the upshots of having worked with professional teams, college teams and Olympic teams over the last decade is the array of interesting patterns we have noticed. […]

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8 Characteristics of Expert Sport Coaches

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Ever spent time wondering how expert coaches operate?  In this article we take a quick look at what the “Experts” do that makes them Experts.  This research was derived from how experts conduct themselves across a wide domain of industries and areas of endeavor. Expertise is universal and we apply this to coaching sport.  When reading this article, I’d encourage you to ask yourself consistently, “Do I do that?” As always, we are purely trying to help coaches become the best coach they can be and if this article helps or prompts you to aspire to be better, then we feel we have achieved our goal. […]

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Developing Women Coaches: Moving Forward

By Kate Roskvist – Athlete Assessments When we read Deborah Brake’s research paper on “Discrimination Inward and Upward: Lessons on Law and Social Inequality from The Troubling Case of Women Coaches”, we were inspired to provide you with some of the key findings. The paper begins by recapping some of the numerous and well known advantages Title IX has brought to women coaches and sport in America. […]

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Sports High Performance Program Planning

By Jason Drummond The following content has been adapted from a research paper written pursuant to a NRL High Performance Coach accreditation assessment task. Within a high performance program it is necessary to function within a high performance plan. The function of any high performance program plan is to facilitate the increased performance of players both individually and as a team (Canavan, 2011). The plan provides a blueprint for the way an organization will achieve this. It includes both operational and strategic planning components. […]

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Professional Development Topics for Coaches

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments The Professional Development Coaches Actually Want Recently Sports Coach UK released The Coaching Panel, the results of their survey of 1,200 coaches. It was interesting to see some of the insights The Coaching Panel had on coaching and what coaches are most interested in. It is always our intention to pass on the most interesting relevant, and recent information on coaching, so we hope you enjoy this brief insight into their report. We were not at all surprised to see that: […]

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Professional Development for Sports Coaches

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Professional Development for Sports Coaches is critical. The best coaches know that to be the best, they must continue to develop professionally. But with the many types of Professional Development available, it can be difficult to discover the most effective way to improve coaching skills. With this in mind, we thought it would be valuable to pass on the results of ‘The Coaching Panel’, a recent survey by Sports Coach UK of 1,200 coaches. Within this study, one section focused on the Professional Development that Sports Coaches found most valuable in their careers. The study found how popular each source of learning was with the 76% of coaches who had undertaken Professional Development in the past twelve months. Sources of Professional Development for Sports Coaches “The most popular sources of learning were consistent with what previous research has told us. Coaches are most likely to use their own coaching practice for learning (e.g. talking to and observing other coaches and reflecting on sessions). Using the internet continues to increase in usage when compared to previous research (such as the Coach Tracking Study in 2011). Coaches are also twice as likely to use the Internet as social media as a source of learning.” […]

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Transitioning from Athlete to Coach: Jonny Wilkinson

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Transitioning from Athlete to Coach requires significant coach development. Success as an athlete does not automatically translate to success as a coach. Recently we saw a great article in The Telegraph, about the transition Jonny Wilkinson is making from athlete to coach. [...]