People of Inspiration in Sport
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Celebrating one year at the WeCOACH helm and the leadership learnings we can take away from two decades of experience elevating, educating, and executing in collegiate athletics.
Athlete Assessments’ Client Manager, Temika Smith reflects on her first experience at the Women Coaches Academy, hosted by the NCAA and WeCOACH.
Jacqueline Mueller, Ph.D., catches us up on her globe-hopping 2022, sharing insights into two female-specific development programs and highlighting the versatility of DISC Profiling in sport.
Every successful team, coach, and athlete has experienced the disappointment of multiple losses on their journey to victory. So what did Head Volleyball Coach, Kate Wood do to get her team across the line to accomplish their ultimate goal of obtaining a championship win? We sat down with Kate to find out!
Becky Carlson, Head Coach of Quinnipiac University Women’s Rugby, on her 12 years building the sport from the ground up and the importance of understanding others to help them understand themselves.
Sarah Leberman, Professor of Leadership at Massey University, and co-founder of Women in Sport Aotearoa, on authentically connecting with your culture to build meaningful connections and skills as a leader.
Jeff Troesch, Mental Performance Coach, on how getting the best out of any athlete or coach starts with looking at the uniqueness of how to be effective in sport, and even at the highest level it’s important to open your mind to other ways of doing things.
Mental Performance Consultant, Nikola Milinkovic, talks effective adaptations, leaning into your strengths, and the importance of the coach-athlete relationship in practice.
Melissa Phillips, Head Coach of the London City Lionesses on understanding yourself as a coach to provide the foundation for athlete self-awareness, and how she uses DISC to enhance team and individual performance through purposeful recruitment and positioning.
Bob Tewksbury, Mental Performance Coach and baseball legend, on why the most successful athletes are those who can be adaptable in their behavior and how he develops this ability in his clients.
It’s well-known that most athletes do not spend their competitive sporting years thinking about what they might do next, so when they do reach that stage, whether by choice or by circumstances beyond their control, they are often left wondering how to transfer their level of on-field success to their off-field career. A common theme has emerged from many athletes who have successfully transitioned, they have not done it alone, and this is where Carrie White and AthLife come in.
Mental Performance Coach, Rick Sessinghaus, on using behavioral profiling as a foundation for effective coaching, producing championship winning athletes, and highlighting the strengths of each DISC Profile in golf.
David Weingarten, Manager of Community Affairs and Engagement at the Los Angeles Rams, on creating your own timing by taking a chance, and what being a graduate of the University of Washington Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership Masters’ Program can look like.
Johnathan Franklin, Director of Social Justice and Football Development for the Los Angeles Rams, on life-altering instances, laying the foundations for your future, and the importance of community outreach in sport.
Against the backdrop of a thundering home-crowd stadium, the Los Angeles Rams won the Super Bowl. But a lesser-known thundering roar, fueled by the echoes of the “Who’s house? Ram’s house!” chant, is building throughout the Los Angeles community due to the championship winning work of the LA Rams Community and Engagement team’s Pathways to Success Program.
To determine what the defining factors are of a successful mentoring program, we explore some of the top initiatives from different corners of the world. While ratios, cohorts, sports, and program structures differ within these formalized mentoring programs, what remains consistent are the considerable benefits reaped by all involved.
Having the capability to lead plays a critical role in this effectiveness, so how do we actually develop leadership across diverse populations, ensuring to include those who may be reticent or hesitant to take on a leadership role? Jacqueline Mueller, a leadership expert renowned for bridging the gap between theory and practice acknowledges there’s no effective ‘cookie-cutter’ approach for teaching leadership, but simply put she says, “I try to invite participants to reflect on themselves and to find a way of leading that works for them.”
What do a six-time Olympian, former NFL player, national level gymnastics coach, and an aspiring Athletic Director have in common? If you guessed they might all be sporting A-listers, you’re very close, try just some of the Ohio State University Masters of Sport Coaching current class list.
We spoke to Dr. Jacob Tingle, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Business Administration at Trinity University, about creating teaching traction through a podcast series for his course content.
Talking to Christopher Atwater, Assistant Professor at a university renowned for creating opportunities for its students, I was reminded of the simplicity of the effect and magnetism of positivity when he shared this recollection of the way he himself was mentored shaping his career.
During the pandemic, safety required the suspension of face-to-face teaching, consequently some 25,000 universities closed their doors, forcing an estimated 250 million students worldwide to continue their studies online. Globally, teaching professionals were forced to rethink the way they delivered course material and connected with students.
When Madeleine Albright so famously said, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women” she obviously hadn’t met or been involved with a unique group of women coaches brought together by Basketball Australia. Here, it’s quite the opposite.
Here’s a positive to come out of Covid-19! Our client, Head Coach of the Utah Utes Volleyball team, Beth Launiere, took on a different challenge last year and collaborated with Leo Hopf to co-author the book, ‘Stop Competing And Start Winning: The Business Of Coaching’.
The faces occupying each Zoom square on Athlete Assessments’ first Client Collective were distinguished by their choice of beverage – Eastern Time in the United States saw clients sharing their happy hour with us, water bottles for those on Mountain Time, Pacific and Central Time, in the UK it’s a late night cup of tea and comparatively, time zones in Australia saw clients reaching for their morning latte.