It is not often you get the opportunity to speak to a coach that has the task of supporting and assisting some of the best coaches in the world, across a multitude of sports, but that is what Chris Snyder does. Chris is the Director for Coaching Education in the Sports Performance Division of the United States Olympic Committee. His responsibilities include discovering and providing resources to better benefit sports culture and the National Governing Bodies that service sport in our great nation.

In addition, Chris is focused on supporting both the Sport Performance Department and Team USA coaches as they strive to be the best they can be. Chris has coached for over ten years at both the collegiate and high school ranks, and is currently an assistant coach at Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs, Co.


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In our wide-ranging talk, we discuss:

2:00 – Chris going from “worst coach ever” to USOC Director of Coaching

10:00 – The big difference between veteran coaches and rookie coaches

14:50 – “We teach coaches X’s and O’s AND we teach them coaching”

19:00 – What Coaching Educators can learn from London Cab Drivers

24:30 – How preaching the “soft values” matters for Olympic Sports

30:00 – What FUN is (and is not) to Olympians

35:00 – On The USOC Quality Coaching Framework

44:00 – Chris’ advice to coaches wanting to change the system

48:30 – What Chris would tell his younger self

How to reach Chris:

[email protected] – Email Chris to get the USOC Coaching Newsletter – Check out the USOC American Development Model


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