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February 4, 2020

Achieving excellence in coaching by learning from the best

{Sponsored} Lawrence Judge, Ph.D., epitomizes coaching excellence. His experience includes coaching NCAA champions, Olympians, Paralympians and over 100 All-Americans for over 30 years. At the November 2019 World Championships in Dubai, his athletes ...

January 22, 2020

Patrick Mahomes’ high school coach credits multisport participation for rise

Patrick Mahomes is a rare breed of athlete, and the coaches at his Texas high school knew it. [caption id="attachment_28578" align="alignright" width="209"] Photo: Jeffrey Beall, Wikimedia Commons[/caption] In addition to his performance on the...

football team bench
January 21, 2020

Transitioning athletes into team managers

At the conclusion of tryouts, coaches often have major decisions to make — who makes the team, and who doesn't. In most situations, you can’t keep everyone. It isn’t practical. There's no possible way to include an unlimited number of player...

January 13, 2020

Minnesota HS hockey coach quits midseason over parent pressure

A Minnesota high school girls hockey coach stepped down last week, saying the pressure from some parents was too much to manage. John Marshall High School has seven games remaining on its regular season schedule, but head coach Josh Chapman said i...

football referee
January 9, 2020

Kentucky bill would increase penalties for referee harassment

Three Kentucky lawmakers introduced a bill Tuesday that would enhance penalties against those who harass or assault sports officials. The proposal, coined the "Good Sport" bill, would amend state law to make assault of a sports official a Class D ...

January 7, 2020

‘Compete-Learn-Honor’ enhances mental, emotional training

Every coach needs to establish their own coaching philosophy. I developed mine for our junior varsity tennis team years ago, but the feedback I’ve received is that it’s applicable for all sports. My philosophy is simple: Compete-Learn-Honor. Th...

January 2, 2020

Missouri lawmaker sponsors 2 bills to protect referees

A Missouri legislator is sponsoring two bills that would provide more protection for referees against unruly fans. State Rep. Jerome Barnes, who served 26 years as a referee, submitted two proposals last month that he hopes will curb verbal abus...

football coach
January 1, 2020

Projecting authority as a new coach

In education-based athletics, coaches are teachers — or at least, they should be. And a young coach just beginning their career is no different than an inexperienced classroom teacher. Both go through similar learning curves, adjustments and obstac...

December 24, 2019

Coach & Athletic Director’s top stories of 2019

As we turn the calendar to the new year, the Coach & Athletic Director team wanted to take a look back at 2019’s most popular articles. Some of the year’s biggest stories involve sport specialization, angry parents and outrage against re...

December 17, 2019

6 tips to help coaches bounce back after a loss

Even coaches with great teams will lose every now and then. And, of course, there are seasons where the losses are never ending. In either case, every coach has to deal with the occasional loss, and it's important to know how to quickly bounce bac...