Coach's Playbook

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Turning a Team Around

3/24/2020 - 4 minute read

Although the average collegiate coaches' work-life at a single school in the US is well over a few seasons, I would like to share my ideas about turning a team around from poor mid-season form, with the hope that it may help those in need of a different approach.

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The Impact of Role States On Team Effectiveness

3/24/2020 - 12 minute read

Although the importance of sport psychology and specifically individual mental skills training is now widely acknowledged in football, little attention has been given to the psychology of the team and the group dynamics that surround the interaction of the players within the coaching environment.

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The Importance of Selecting the Right Coach

5/10/2018 - 3 minute read

Whether it's a baseball diamond, a basketball court, a pool deck, or any of the other facilities that houses student-athletes, each should be viewed as an extension of the classroom. As such, the head coach and his or her staff are educators in their own right.

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Tags: coaching, hiring

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Sports Management and Educational Athletics

4/20/2018 - 2 minute read

It is important to differentiate between two contrasting areas of emphasis within graduate sport studies.  Clarifying these differences will assist prospective students make an informed decision regarding the course of study that best is suited for them.

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Tags: coaching, sports

Soccer team lining up before a game

Culture Club

9/30/2016 - 2 minute read

When creating a team culture, says Jim Kunau, Leadership and Administration and Sports Ethics assistant professor of the Masters of Coaching and Athletic Administration (MCAA) program at Concordia University Irvine, the coach’s perspective is the starting point.

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Tags: coaching, leadership, communication

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Keep Your Head In The Game … Or, Not

9/28/2016 - 2 minute read

According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year U.S. emergency rooms treat more than 170,000 sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including concussions, which have been on the rise in recent years, particularly among young people.

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Tags: coaching, management, supervise

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