1st Edition

Developing Sport Coaches

Edited By Christine Nash Copyright 2023
    288 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Evolving from the concept of coach education, which is generally accepted to be the more formal, didactic mode of transmitting information to coaches and prospective coaches, coach development is a relatively new field of research and practice. Developing Sport Coaches is a new text that supports the holistic longterm development of sport coaches as well as help aid existing sport coaches to understand their development.

    Research in coach learning and coach education has raised important questions about the effectiveness, relevance and value placed on traditional coach education by sport coaches in relation to their practice. The dissatisfaction expressed by many coaches, at all stages of coaching practice, has led to the inception of coach development. This text enables coach development to be studied in higher education institutions as well as enabling organisations to embed coach developers within their organisations.

    Written for the sport coaching and expanding coach development market, this book will be used by higher education institutions students as both a core and additional text to advance research and knowledge in this area. At the same time, this book is also a useful reading for practising sport coaches, coach developers and organisations who are currently examining their structures and processes to move their coaching provision from a formal coach education delivery to a more bespoke offering.


    Coach Development: The Current Picture

    1 Setting the Context

    Penny Crisfield and John Bales

    2 Career Development of Elite Coach Developers

    Christine Nash

    3 International Perspectives on Coach Development: A Global Snapshot

    Melissa Thompson, Michel Milistetd, Shigeki Sarodo, Pelle Kvalsund, and Hikabwa Chipande

    4 Coach Education and Development: The What and How to

    Kristen Dieffenbach and Stiliani “Ani” Chroni

    5 Transitions into Coach Development: You Coached

    So You Can Develop

    Kristen Dieffenbach and Stiliani “Ani” Chroni


    Approaches to Developing Coaches

    6 Knowledge Auditing for Coaches: Where Are the Gaps?

    Miguel Crespo and Rafael Martínez-Gallego

    7 Apprenticeship and Coaches’ Development: The Potential of Recognizing the Workplace as Learning Organizations

    Michel Milistetd, William das Neves Salles, and

    Heitor de Andrade Rodrigues

    8 The Importance of Critical Thinking in Coaching: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

    Loel Collins and Chris Eastabrook

    9 Sensemaking for the Coach Developer

    Jamie Taylor and Christine Nash

    10 Accelerating Expertise: Principles for Coach Developers

    Christine Nash

    Systems Approach to Coach Development

    11 Volunteer-Led Sport (And Coach) Development:

    A Case Study of Pickleball in Scotland

    Pippa Chapman, Nanette Mutrie, and Sharon MacKechnie

    12 The Coach Developer as a System Builder: Maintaining a High-Performing Sport System

    Cameron Kiosoglous

    13 Diversifying Coach Development

    Diane M. Culver, Siobhan Rourke, and Tim Konoval

    14 Cultural Competence and Intercultural Effectiveness in Coaching and Coach Development

    Andrea J. Woodburn, Vladislav A. Bespomoshchnov, and Mika Saarinen

    15 Evaluating Coach Education and Development Programmes

    Hans Vangrunderbeek and Liam McCarthy


    Where Next for Coach Development?

    16 Coach Developers as Agents of Change

    Christine Nash



    Christine Nash (PhD) is the Head of Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences (ISPEHS) in the Moray House School of Education and Sport at the University of Edinburgh, UK.