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California Coaches Conference

Master's in Coaching & Athletics Administration

June 24 - 28, 2019

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The California Coaches Conference, hosted by Concordia University Irvine’s MCAA program, is an opportunity for coaches and athletics administrators across the country to gather in Irvine, CA for sport-specific, hands-on training. The conference offers 13 sport specific breakout courses (listed below) that allow coaches and athletics directors the opportunity to gain even more knowledge in their desired field using a hands-on approach.

Keynote Speakers

Tim Hamel

Tim Hamel

President, California Assoc. for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Mr. Tim Hamel, M.S. is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at CSU, Fresno.

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Jim Kunau

Jim Kunau

Executive Director and Head Football Coach, Rancho Christian High School

Jim Kunau is an assistant professor in the MCAA program.

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Mickey Hatcher

Mickey Hatcher

Former MLB Player and Coach

Mickey Hatcher was a Major League Baseball player for 12 years (1979-1990) with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins.

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Krysten McCaughey

Krysten McCaughey

Performance Dietitian, EXOS

Krysten McCaughey, MS, RD is a Sports Performance Dietitian based in San Diego, CA.

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Tim Hamel

President, California Assoc. for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Mr. Tim Hamel, M.S. is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at CSU, Fresno. Specifically, he is entering his 18th year at Fresno State and instructs in both the Physical Education Teacher Education Option (PETE) and Sport Psychology area. His courses include: Introduction to Kinesiology, Non-traditional games and outdoor activities, Physical Education for children, Measurement and evaluation, and Sport and exercise psychology. Also, he has served as the PETE Option Coordinator and currently serves as a co-faculty advisor to the Kinesiology Pedagogy Club (KPC) for Physical Education undergraduate students. He has served in several Board of Director positions within the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) and now serves as the organizations President. He received his Masters of Science Degree in Kinesiology – Applied Sport Psychology at CSU, Fullerton under the direction of Dr. Ken Ravizza. Further, he is an active consultant with coaches, athletes, athletic directors and teams in various performance domains and levels including youth, high school, collegiate and professional. His research interests include teaching/coaching effectiveness and the performance enhancement. He has been a peer reviewer for both the Journal of Sport Psychology in Action and the International Sport Coaching Journal.

Jim Kunau

Executive Director and Head Football Coach, Rancho Christian High School

Jim Kunau is an assistant professor in the MCAA program. He holds a master’s degree in international management and traveled to over 40 countries before teaching in California Lutheran University's MBA program. He also has extensive teaching, coaching, and leadership experience at the high school level. At Orange Lutheran High School in Southern California, Jim served as Athletic Director, Director of Leadership Studies, and as Head Football Coach for 21 years. During his tenure at Orange Lutheran, Jim earned National, State, and Regional Coach of the Year honors. He has spoken on Organizational Leadership and Developing Character all over the country. Jim serves as Executive Director as well as head football coach at Rancho Christian School. He and his wife Betsy have one daughter and reside in Temecula, CA.

Mickey Hatcher

Former MLB Player and Coach

Mickey Hatcher was a Major League Baseball player for 12 years (1979-1990) with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins. Following his playing days, Hatcher turned to coaching. He was part of the Texas Rangers staff from 1993-1994 and the Anaheim Angels from 2000-2012 as well as spending time coaching in the Minor Leagues. As the hitting coach for the Angels, his hitters in 2009 set several franchise records including batting average (.285), avg. with RISP (.297), hits (1,604), runs (883), and RBI (841). Hatcher was a part of two World Series teams, once as a player with the Dodgers in 1988 and another as a coach with the Angels in 2002. He was a vital part of the Dodgers championship run batting .368 (7/19) with two home runs and five RBI in the World Series.

Krysten McCaughey

Performance Dietitian, EXOS

Krysten McCaughey, MS, RD is a Sports Performance Dietitian based in San Diego, CA. She earned her Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Loma Linda University. She specializes in sports performance nutrition and is passionate about working with athletes to help them reach their highest potential.

In her current role as the Sports Performance Dietitian at EXOS San Diego, she collaborates with coaches and physical therapists to create individualized nutrition plans to help athletes of all levels achieve optimal performance. In addition to preparing collegiate football athletes for the NFL Combine, she also works with athletes in the NFL, MLB, MiLB, NBA, MLR and WTA and currently serves as a Performance Dietitian for the NFLPA’s The Trust. Krysten consults with other professional sports teams, including the San Diego Legion Professional Rugby team for their inaugural season and previously worked with the Los Angeles Clippers dietitian for 2 years.

Sport-Specific Breakout Sessions

Applied Exercise Science and Strategies:

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Track & Field
  • Cheer
  • Cross Country
  • Water Polo
  • Softball

Speed, Strength, and Conditioning


It was worth every second. This is a gold mine for coaches. Concordia is at the forefront of what’s needed in the athletic realm. Even if they have their master’s degree, I think every coach should go through this program. The principles they teach in Concordia’s MCAA are the ones I’ve lived by for 32 years, so to be solidified in those is an awesome feeling.

Harold Strauss
MCAA student

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Essentials

For questions about event registration please contact Kent Noyes at kent.noyes@cui.edu or by phone at (949) 214-3580.

Conference Rates:

  • Graduate credit (4 graduate level units): $540/unit
  • Non-Degree Seeking credit (4 graduate level units): $540/unit (there is no federal financial aid available for non-degree seeking students)
  • Individual attendee (non-credit): $125
  • Entire athletic staff (non-credit): $149 (early-bird rate)
  • Staff roster due by June 13, 2019 or there is a price increase to $199
  • Concordia University/MCAA Alumni: Complimentary (not for academic credit)

Where will the conference be held?

The California Coaches Conference will be held at the Concordia University Campus in Irvine, California.

Concordia’s hilltop setting is located fifty miles south of Los Angeles, eighty miles north of San Diego, and six miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. The beautiful campus sits atop a spectacular plateau overlooking Orange County.

Where can I stay?

Concordia University Irvine is able to provide housing for the conference on our main CUI campus in the dorms based on a first come, first served basis. Rates are $30 per night, per person. If interested, contact Davis Garton (davis.garton@cui.edu) or call him at 949-214-3143. Current students may sign up through housing.cui.edu.

Hilton Garden Inn

The Hilton Garden Inn is a proud partner of the California Coaches Conference and is conveniently located near Orange County's John Wayne Airport and our campus. CCC attendees are offered a discounted single room rate of $149 per night which includes complimentary parking.

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Where do I park for the event?

You will enter from one of two gates. At the security booth, indicate you are attending the California Coaches Conference. You will receive a map indicating the two lots that are available to park in.

For more information about the CCC, please direct any questions to:

Kent Noyes
kent.noyes@cui.edu
(949) 214-3580

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