2016 National Coaching Conference



2016 National Coaching Conference

The 2016 National Coaching Conference in Seattle from June 21st – 23rd will see Athlete Assessments’ Bo Hanson presenting alongside Sara Lopez, Co-Director for the Center for Leadership in Athletics and Program Director for the Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership (IAL) M.Ed. at the University of Washington, on the topic of Leadership of Your Team, Get Hands-on with this Interactive Case Study.

In its 19th year, the Conference, held at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium in Seattle, will bring together Coaches, Coach Educators/Developers and Sport Science Researchers for the enrichment of coaching and sport.

During Bo and Sara’s 60-minute workshop, be prepared to jump into a case study examining the challenges and opportunities of developing student-athlete leaders on your teams.

Bo said the leadership challenge was understanding leadership styles, identifying the variety of leadership roles on your team, and exploring strategies to develop student leaders that enrich your team’s success on and off “the field”.

“Today’s student-athletes have been brought up in a different environment to previous generations and haven’t had the same unstructured learning that fosters leadership. As a Coach, we need to adapt our behaviors and learn to communicate in a new way that encourages our athletes to step up to the plate,” he said.

“Every Coach knows the value of having a capable leader on their team. We know it helps positively impact team success and the type of culture which can deliver sustainable results over time. Great leadership also ensures future leaders are developed through positive role models they have seen whilst in their freshman through junior years.”

For more information this workshop and the 2016 National Coaching Conference visit their website.

SLopez_2012smwebBiography for Sara Lopez:  

Co-Director for the Center for Leadership in Athletics and Program Director for the Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership (IAL) M.Ed. at the University of Washington

Bringing an extensive background in sports administration and education, Sara’s role is overall management for the Center’s growing portfolio of activities and teaching as a Senior Lecturer in the Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership M.Ed. program. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Washington in 2012 with a research focus on the professional preparation and continuing education of intercollegiate athletics coaches.  Sara has been at the University of Washington since 2000, working initially with the DO-IT program (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology) as a Program Manager. Her role with DO-IT was the implementation of outreach programs supporting the inclusion of students with disabilities in their transitions from high school and success in higher education academics.

Her undergraduate degree from PLU is in Secondary Education with a major in physical education and minors in special education and health. Sara previously worked for USRowing as a Regional Coordinator and then as Director of Rowing Services. Following two years in Atlanta as the Assistant Competition Manager for rowing at the 1996 Olympic Games, Sara returned to Seattle and worked to expand teams and competition events as a Region Director with Washington Special Olympics. After rowing as a student-athlete at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), Sara entered coaching and continued for over 25 years with various junior, collegiate and masters programs. Currently, she coaches Conibear Rowing Club, a competitive masters women’s team in Seattle.

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