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Alecia alongside kids playing basketball

Creating Positive Sports Experiences

11/18/2019 - 3 minute read

With the help of Concordia Irvine’s Master's in Coaching and Athletics Administration (MCAA) program, Alecia Ivery is connecting kids to the joy of sports as both a coach and a leader in an organization called Girls in the Game (GIG).

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Tags: coaching, alumnus

Chad Johnson

Transformational Coaching

11/1/2018 - 3 minute read

Chad Johnson, MA '16, a self-described “hometown kid” from Orange County, is taking the helm of one of the biggest and best high school football programs in the nation at Mission Viejo High School. Johnson comes equipped with his Master's in Coaching & Athletics Administration (MCAA) degree from Concordia University Irvine, which he says helped change his view of coaching.

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Tags: coaching, alumnus

Soccer coach talking to his players

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

A baseball coach and athlete

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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