Listen on the webiTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and Stitcher

Juan Gonzalez Mendia is a well known rugby coach and founder of Sudamerica Coaching (@sudcoaching), whose goal is to develop coaches, educators, professionals and volunteers through  education and mentoring programs within their sporting or educational organization, and bringing increasing awareness on  the importance of conscious, caring and people-centered environments. His organization works in 17 countries and with over 90 organizations including  Schools, Clubs, Universities, Regional Unions and National Federations.  

Juan’s current roles include Director of Rugby Performance at the Ukraine Rugby Federation, Head Coach for the Turkey Rugby Federation,  Coach Developer at the Development Player Pathway at Northampton Saints, Coach Mentor (Level 3 & 4) for the RFU, and World Rugby Coach Mentor. In our discussion today we discuss his coach development work, but then dive into a fascinating talk about engaging parents, building trust, an dhow at his club they do not have coaches, only Facilitators of Love and Learning!


Learn more at

This week’s podcast is brought to you by our friends at Sprocket Sports.  Sprocket Sports is a new software platform for youth sports clubs.  Yeah, there are a lot of these systems out there, but Sprocket provides the full enchilada. They give you all the cool front-end stuff to make your club look good– like websites and marketing tools – AND all the back-end transactions and services to run your business better so you can focus on what really matters – your players and your teams. 

Sprocket is built for those clubs looking to thrive, not just survive, in the competitive world of youth sports clubs.  So if you’ve been looking for a true business partner – not just another app – check them out today at

Become a Podcast Champion! This weeks podcast is also sponsored by our Patreon Podcast Champions. Help Support the Podcast and get FREE access to our most popular online courses, a $300 value. If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Podcast Champion, ( for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK, its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before released and bonus material, including:

  • Downloadable transcripts of our best podcasts, so you don’t have to crash your car trying to take notes!
  • A code to get free access to our online course called “Coaching Mastery,” usually a $97 course, plus four other courses worth over $100, all yours for free for becoming a patron.
  • Other special bonus opportunities that come up time to time
  • Access to an online community of coaches like you who are dedicated listeners of the podcast, and will be able to answer your questions and share their coaching experiences.

Thank you for all your support these past four years, and a special big thank you to all of you who become part of our inner circle, our patrons, who will enable us to take our podcast to the next level.


Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Tagged under: Coaching, mentorship, youth sports