Making Sense of Coach Development Worldwide During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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  • 1 Cape Breton University
  • 2 St Mary’s University
  • 3 USRowing
  • 4 Drexel University
  • 5 Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
  • 6 Instituto Universitário da Maia
  • 7 Netball New Zealand
  • 8 Irish Rugby Football Union
  • 9 Hungarian Coaching Association
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The commentary brings together the perspectives of a group of coach developers from across the globe who form a community of practice (CoP) from their involvement as “Cohort 5” in the International Council for Coaching Excellence and Nippon Sport Science University Coach Developer Academy. The CoP includes people from three types of organizations: university professors of sport coaching programs, national sport federations, and national multisport organizations’ directors of coach education. While this CoP existed prior to the pandemic, the forced isolation has created a new structure and purpose to the CoP: The authors are all making meaning of the landscape of coach development within which they work by understanding the perspectives of others who work in their domain from across the world and the similar realities that they face in North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. The authors outline the key themes that emerged from their weekly CoP video conference meetings to shed light on how this pandemic has changed the way they think about coach development.

Callary is with Cape Breton University, Sydney, NS, Canada. Brady is with St Mary’s University, Twickenham, United Kingdom. Kiosoglous is with USRowing, Princeton, NJ, USA, and Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Clewer is with the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Vierumäki, Finland. Resende is with the Instituto Universitário da Maia, Castelo da Maia, Portugal. Mehrtens is with Netball New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand. Wilkie is with the Irish Rugby Football Union, Dublin, Ireland. Horvath is with the Hungarian Coaching Association, Budapest, Hungary.

Callary (bettina_callary@cbu.ca) is corresponding author.
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