Where are the coaches?


This is the makeup of the coaches coaching our Olympic teams in Beijing – 22 are foreign born and 26 are US born. Nothing against foreign born coaches, but does this signify a crisis in coaching in the US? I think it does? Where are our coaches being trained? Where are they coming from? What is the career path to become a coach? We had better start training coaches and PE teachers or we will be in a bigger crisis than we are now, four and eight years from now. Just because you played a sport does not mean you can be a coach. You must be trained in the principles of coaching, sports science, practice organization and planning. Where in the US can someone who aspires to be a coach learn this? There are not many places anymore where you can learn to be a teacher or a coach. Online courses do not make it, last time I checked coaching is high touch with a lot of personal interaction. I am so thankful for the courses I had in college and the instructors that I had that drilled us on the basics. Dr Harabedian’s PE 30A and 30 B course at Fresno State in the spring of 1965 is an essential for everyone who thinks they want to coach. Not available anymore. We better start thinking where the next generation of coaches is coming from.
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Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

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Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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