Coaches of the future need to be evidence based coaches, according to Dr. Ronald Quinn, our recent guest on the Way of Champions Podcast. Join us as we discuss many topics, including why he chose to focus on youth sports and not coaching professionals, teaching “positions” versus “positioning”, and the importance of having a coaching philosophy.


As a coach, Dr. Quinn served as the Xavier University Women’s Soccer Coach from 1993 – 2004 holding a 134 – 95 – 16 record over the 12 year period, winning two Atlantic-Ten Tournament titles and qualifying for the conference tournament nine of 12 seasons. Dr. Quinn has authored, co-authored or provided chapters to seven soccer coaching books. He has published over 25 articles on various aspects of youth coaching and has conducted numerous coaching education programs.


For his work over the past 30 years in coaching education, Dr. Quinn was awarded the 2006 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Youth Long-Term Achievement Award and in 2007 received the US Youth Soccer Dr. Thomas Fleck Excellence in Youth Coaching Education Award.


You do not want to miss this episode! We hope you enjoy it!


Other Highlights from the Discussion:
  • Why Dr. Quinn decided to focus on coaching youths, not professionals?
  • How do we train adults to work with children?
  • Bringing child development education to coach education
  • The early days of coach education (fax machine and video recorder)
  • How letting kids run around in soccer allows them to choose where they want to play
  • How separating the good kids from the not-so-good kids is counter to a society looking to be inclusive and accepting of diversity
  • Dr. Quinn discusses what the updated course will be like
  • The future is of coaches being “research based” coaches
  • The Difference between Talent Identification and Talent Development
  • The next great social movement in the US…Youth Sport
  • Why do parents still push towards sport specialization even though the research supports sport diversification?
  • Being Childlike or Childish


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