2019 USCCE Summit


Mim Haigh
Sports Writer – Athlete Assessments

The United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE) Summit, June 17 -19, Colorado Springs, Colorado

A driving force behind coach development, The United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE), is hosting its annual North American Coach Development Summit at Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 17 -19.

The three-day Summit features significant learning opportunities, there’s panels, group discussions, workshops, and presentations from top researchers and practitioners across all levels of sport. The program includes ‘Action Tank’ sessions designed to spark engagement around important topics in the field of coaching education and coach development.

In alignment with the Summit’s 2019 theme, Coach Developer: Educating, Mentoring, Leading’, Senior Coaching Consultant, Bo Hanson, 3 x Olympic medalist and 4 x Olympian, will host a session in the Great Program Practices series. The presentation titled, Driving Results and Accountability in Coach Development through One-on-one Coaching is a how-to in delivering individualized coach consultation sessions. Bo will be presenting on Monday, June 17 at 4:30pm in Salon E.

During the session Hanson explains exactly why experienced coaches need development programs that are tailored specifically to their learning needs. He delivers content, shares experience and insights gathered from the 1,500 one-on-one coach consultations with college, professional and national level coaches that he conducts each year and has done for over a decade.

Hanson identifies the number one development need for the more experienced coach as having a professional development format tailored to their needs. An individual format is essential because coaches are always accommodating different dynamics within their teams, negotiating broader political situations, they have a high need for confidentiality and tight time frames for creating winning outcomes.

One-on-one consultation and development allow for a spaced learning approach (over time), ensuring the coach applies their new knowledge to their individual situation. Importantly, it also drives accountability as the coach reports back to receive feedback, discuss and strategize their next approach and coaching challenge.

Coaching Professionals attending the session benefit from a highly experienced practitioner sharing personal insights and delivering effective strategies for working one-on-one with coaches and the opportunity to engage in relevant Q&A. 

The session was designed for coach developers who deliver coaching education and work with coaches at a collegiate, elite club, professional and Olympic level.

The Summit also features master class sessions which are unique 75-90 minute interactive sessions that provide professionals with an opportunity to take a deeper look at core issues with their peers in a facilitated setting. Plus, the program includes 3 keynote speakers, each professional leaders in coaching education and coach development.

Keynote speakers include; the influential John Kessel, USA Volleyball Director of Sport Development; tremendously successful coach, Frank Serratore, United States Air Force Academy, Men’s Hockey Coach who is one of just 21 coaches, (5 active) in the history of NCAA hockey with 400 or more wins at a Division I institution; and author of the book, Practical Sports Coaching, Dr. Christine Nash who is also Head of the Institute for Sport, Physical Education & Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

Conference organizers invite anyone to attend the Summit who is passionate about quality coaching education, coach development, and long-term athletic development, but they are predicting coaches, directors of coaching, coach educators, sport science researchers, and sports pedagogy specialists interested in professional coach development will be attending.

As a Summit sponsor, presenter and exhibitor, both Athlete Assessments’ Bo and Liz Masen will be at the Summit to catch up with clients and talk coach development techniques.

In supporting the United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE) we will catch you up on the organization’s ethos.

Who is the USCCE?

The United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE) is a nationally focused not for profit organization dedicated to elevating and enhancing the professions of sport coaching, coach education and coach development. The organization has two branches; one which develops ‘great’ practice guidelines, shares resources, supports professionals who provide coaching education and coach development while the other supports coach development through the accreditation of coach education and training.

Passionate advocates for coach development, Bo and Liz are looking forward to the Summit.

At Athlete Assessments, we’re here to provide you with excellence in service and here to help you be your best. If there is anything we can assist you with, please contact us. See you in Colorado!

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Bo Hanson

Senior Consultant & Director

Bo Hanson’s career within the sport and the business sector spans over 25 years, delivering leadership, management, and coach development. In addition to his own athletic career comprising of four Olympic appearances and including three Olympic medals, Bo has worked for many years with coaches and athletes from over 40 different sports across the globe. Bo was also the winner of the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD) 2023 Award for L&D Professional of the Year, for his dedication to L&D and transformational work across various industries.

After a successful career in sport including four Olympics and three Olympic Medals, Bo co-founded and developed Athlete Assessments in 2007. Bo now focuses on working with clients to achieve their own success on and off ‘the field’, and has attained an unmatched track-record in doing exactly this.

BoRowing-Atlanta Olympics

Now, watch us interrupt him for a round of quick fire questions.