How do you define a quality coach?

Is it number of wins? Are we expert coaches because of the amount of time we have coached the game?

Wade Gilbert and Jerry Lynch have a candid conversation with John about what it really means to be a quality coach and the definition is not what we have used all these years. Time spent coaching and number of wins have nothing to do with being a quality coach.


Wade Gilbert, PhD, is an award-winning professor in the department of kinesiology at California State University at Fresno.

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.

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Show Notes

5:45 The path Wade took to be the author of the new USOC Quality Coaching Framework

10:45 What is Quality Coaching?

18:30 Jerry talks about the concept of connection in coaching

24:15 Convince them they have all the answers and provide the environment for it to happen

29:15 John Wooden’s reason for his success…

338:45 John’s “One thing that I wish my coach knew about me that would help is…”

50:15 Wade discusses Karch Kiraly’s ugly practices

63:00 What piece of advice would John, Wade and Jerry give a young coach


Get in Touch

Fresno State Website: Fresno State

Human Kinetics Website: Human Kinetics

Twitter: @WadeWGilbert

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