The main purpose of this article is to present a student-centered learning approach for developing a working coaching philosophy. The strategy provided is appropriate for coaching educators to use with students as well as practicing coaches to reflect on their own development through personal experience and practice. It stems from the constructivist approach to learning and guides the reader or student through an active process of recollection, reflection, and critical thinking. During this progression, a personal construct of understanding is created from impact moments that have occurred to-date involving their sport and/or coaching experiences which shape their own philosophy.
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Kelly Witte is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she is also the Athletic Coaching Education Minor Coordinator. Prior to her current position she spent eighteen years coaching both volleyball and softball at the collegiate level. Her teaching interests include: Theories of Coaching, Psycho-Social Aspects of Coaching, Conditioning for Interscholastic Sports, and Application of Mechanical Principles to Coaching.