This week on the Way of Champions Podcast, we welcome David and Keith Mayer, authors of the book Gold Dust: How to Become A More Effective Coach, Quickly: How to become a better communicator. We discuss intentionally evolving as a coach, writing a book with a family member, and why good coaches are great teachers. You can follow David and Keith on Twitter and be sure to check out their Podcast “Gold Dust” or their website


As two ex-soccer players who represented professional clubs, David and Keith both followed similar paths in their playing careers. They both played in England, and David played in Spain. Both David and Keith had relatively successful college careers in America. David was a two-year captain at a #1 ranked Division 1 school, while Keith captained a winning National Championship team and was named MVP in 1982. They both suffered very similar injuries throughout their careers, both retiring at young ages.


After retiring from playing, both David and Keith started coaching. Keith became one of the youngest UEFA A License coaches in England at the time, passing in 1985. Keith was mentored by and was a close friend of one of the greatest coach educators of all time, Dick Bate, who sadly passed away in 2018. Keith worked alongside Dick, presenting on Pro License courses, among other things.

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Highlights from the Podcast:

  • David and Keith discuss what it was like to end their career as an athlete
  • How do you intentionally evolve as a coach?
  • Why do some coaches decide they do not need coach development?
  • Keith shares the story of writing the book with his son
  • The Broiler Room and The Lone Wolf, stories from Gold Dust
  • Good Coaches are Great teachers
  • Silence between the notes where you can gather the most effective moments in coaching
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