The purpose of this paper is to provide a critical discussion on the role of the coach developer. The discussion is framed within the context of the roles coach developers play within coach education and sport in the UK. We conclude with some reflective questions designed to promote discussion and debate on how to optimize the central role of the coach developer in shaping quality coach education and ongoing coach development.
Sarah McQuade is the owner and director of e.t.c consultants, an independent consultancy practice specialising in coach education and coach development. Originally from the UK, she worked with sports coach UK and led the technical development of the UK Coaching Certificate. She worked extensively with UK Governing Bodies and sports organisations supporting them to review and evolve their coach education and coach development provision. Now based in the USA, she is the director of Coach Development at USA Football. She recently completed her master’s in Sports Coaching at University of Northumbria and is now a doctoral student at Edinburgh University focusing on coach mentoring.
Christine Nash is currently deputy head of the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She is also programme director for the new online MSc in Sport Coaching and Performance. She was a national swimming coach in the UK, coached in the USA and is deeply involved in coach education in a variety sports. She sits on the Coaching Standards Group, the committee that endorses coach education courses in the UK.