Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Program for Coaches and Potential Coaches


Being a successful coach in 2019 is about more than measuring wins and losses. To help current and future coaches navigate these changing expectations, the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) is hosting the inaugural “Coaching Beyond the Game” event at West Chester University’s Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. “Coaching Beyond the Game” will help current and potential K-12 athletic coaches in the region gain new strategies to improve their impact on and off the field. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker and former Philadelphia Eagles coach Dick Vermeil and coaching expert Lindsay Helm, obtain new strategies to help meet the growing needs of student-athletes and network with other professionals.

“Coaching Beyond the Game” was conceptualized by the CCIU after receiving feedback from local athletic directors about the complex challenges facing coaches. Dr. Joseph O’Brien, executive director of the CCIU, used the feedback to help develop this new concept. “Our student-athletes are dealing with so much more than just the wins and losses on the field, and many of today’s coaches don’t feel equipped to support them,” Dr. O’Brien explained. “During meetings with dozens of athletic directors across multiple counties, we consistently heard the same challenges. The goal is for ‘Coaching Beyond the Game’ to empower these athletic leaders to make a greater impact on their athletes as a whole.”

One of the highlights of the event is that attendees will have the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker Dick Vermeil. Vermeil, who coached the St. Louis Rams to victory in Super Bowl XXXIV, spent 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs. He will share his experiences as a coach and offer take-aways for those currently coaching and those aspiring to be coaches.

In addition to Vermeil, attendees will also hear from guest speaker Lindsay Helm, co-founder and co-owner of Stand Strong Training Center in Downingtown, PA. Helm is a lifelong athlete who grew up in Downingtown, PA and helped lead the Downingtown High School Girls Soccer team to back-to-back state championship victories. She went on to row Division I crew at Cornell University, where she won a gold medal in the EAWRC sprints. Helm is a master trainer for Coach Training EDU and trains coaches around the world in Academic Life Coaching, Wellness Coaching and Sports Mindset Coaching. Helm’s presentation will offer coaches tips and tricks to help improve their ability to impact their student-athletes on and off the field.

Attendees will also learn about a new coaching certification program being offered by the CCIU, the Athletic Leadership & Coaching Development Program, which will utilize a cohort model to help coaches engage in topics surrounding the physical, mental and academic development of student athletes. Additionally, program participants will be able to engage in professional and career development with expert instructors who will leverage their coaching experience with topical expertise. Current and aspiring coaches will leave the program with a certificate from the CCIU and a professional portfolio showcasing work completed throughout the program.

“Coaches play a vital role in many students’ lives, building their self-esteem and teaching them invaluable life skills,” said Dr. O’Brien. “The CCIU is recognized as an educational leader across the state, so why not extend that into the athletic realm as well.”

This event is open to all levels of current and aspiring K-12 athletic coaches. General admission for the event is $20, with a college student discount rate of $10 with the presentation of a valid college ID. All attendees must register by April 19, 2019. Seating is limited for this event, so early registration is encouraged. To register for the “Coaching Beyond the Game” event, please visit www.cciu.org/CoachingEvent.

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