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1st Edition

Developing Sport Coaches

Edited By

Christine Nash

  • Available for pre-order on May 12, 2023. Item will ship after June 2, 2023
ISBN 9781032169880
June 2, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 long-term 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 HE institutions students, as both a core and additional text to advance research and knowledge in this area and at the same time, it is also 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.

Table of Contents

1. Setting the Context 

Christine Nash

2. Career Development of Elite Coach Developers

Christine Nash

3. International Perspectives on Coach Development: A Global Snapshot

Melissa Thompson, Michel Millistedt, 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 & Stiliani "Ani" Chroni

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

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

16. Coach Developers as Agents of Change

Christine Nash


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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.