Developing a Coach Education Course: A Bottom-Up Approach

in International Sport Coaching Journal
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  • 1 The Hague University
  • 2 University of Utrecht
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A frequent critique of coach education courses is that they are designed by scholars with little input from coaches about what they think they need. The purpose of this paper is to describe the design and content of a coach education course that was grounded in stakeholder needs. Dutch amateur football coaches felt ill-equipped to handle conflicts and confrontational behaviors by players and/or parents. Therefore a coach education course was created to help coaches develop tools they could use to improve their interpersonal skills. The tools were drawn from the teaching strategies of Forgatch and DeGarmo (1999) and Rational-Emotive Education (REE) (Knaus, 1974).

Frank Jacobs is a lecturer/researcher at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. He holds a Master’s degree in pedagogy and another one in the theory of education. The focus of his doctoral work is on the social domain of coaching. In addition to his work at The Hague University he also develops and lectures in coaching programs of various national sport associations in The Netherlands.

Annelies Knoppers is professor at the Department of Governance and Organization Studies at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. She uses critical theory to explore diversity and gender in sport organizations. Her emphasis is specifically on the gendering of positions of leadership. She has conducted this research in the USA and in the Netherlands and has looked at coaches and sport managers in both paid and voluntary positions.

Rene Diekstra is emeritus professor of psychology at University College Roosevelt in Middelburg as well as professor of youth and development at the University of Applied Sciences in The Hague, The Netherlands. He was manager of the programme on Psychosocial and Behavioral Aspects of Health and Development at the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. He developed a number of international programmes on the promotion of youth health and development, such as the Youth Monitor, Skills for Life and Preventive Parenting. He is author of over 200 scientific journal articles and 38 books and an award winning researcher in the area of (youth) suicide prevention.

Marcin Sklad is associate professor of research methods and statistics and psychology at University College Roosevelt of Utrecht University, Middelburg, Netherlands. His current research focuses on psychological and cognitive mechanisms underlying effects pedagogical interventions and the evaluation of such interventions, with special attention to interventions aiming to prepare students to take an active role in society.

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