This week on the Way of Champions Podcast we welcome back Dr. Wade. Gilbert, an award-winning professor in the department of kinesiology at California State University at Fresno and the author of Coaching Better Every Season: A year-round system for athlete development and program success. We started with an insightful discussion on Zoom fatigue, etiquette and breakout rooms, talked about the idea of disruption and how it impacts team unity, how to manage the uncertainty of players during this time.

Dr. Gilbert holds degrees in physical education, human kinetics, and education and has taught and studied coaching at the University of Ottawa (Canada), UCLA, and Fresno State. He has more than 20 years of experience in conducting applied research with coaches around the world spanning all competitive levels, from youth leagues to the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games. He is widely published and is frequently invited to speak at national and international events. Gilbert is a coach education advisor to USA Football and a regular contributor to coaching seminars for Olympic and national team coaches in the United States and Canada.

In addition, Gilbert is editor in chief of the International Sport Coaching Journal, published by Human Kinetics in conjunction with SHAPE America and the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE). As Human Kinetics’ coach education advisor, “The Coach Doc” writes articles and conducts webinars on a variety of coaching issues.

Connect with Wade Gilbert at the Fresno State website, and check out his Twitter Profile.


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Highlights from the Podcast:

  • Managing Zoom fatigue, etiquette and breakout rooms
  • Is there too much communication from a coach to a player?
  • How do Wade and Jerry manage he uncertainty of the players?
  • Managing expectations and motivating players to stay in shape
  • What do you do when two athletes on the team have fundamental beliefs about a topic outside of sports?
  • What are the rules of engagement for social media and fidgeting disruptive social media behavior?
  • Ending cancel culture and being able to disagree with someone in a respectful manner
  • How an idea from Abraham Lincoln can save your reputation in the future
  • Wade shares some things from his book Coaching Better Every Season

Resources Mentioned

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