Published: June 7, 2019

MSU to host summer school for coaches

Contact(s): Jennifer Nalepa Sport Coaching and Leadership Online Programs, Beth Brauer University Communications

This year the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University will host the 5th annual Summer Coaches’ School on June 27-28 at the MSU Brody Center. The Summer Coaches' School brings together sport coaches and leaders for two days of instruction on topics relevant to coaching youth athletes.

The Institute, partnered with the Michigan High School Athletic Association, conducts workshops and presents information to advance the knowledge and skills of coaches and sport leaders to help them perform at their best. Workshops are led by MSU faculty, coaches, outside experts and MSU graduate students — all with expertise in working with sport coaches and leaders.

The theme of the 2019 Summer Coaches’ School is Generation of Change: Coaching Today’s Athletes. Research by MSU has shown that today’s generation of youth athletes (Generation Z) have unique characteristics that can help guide effective coaching strategies.

Participants at the Summer Coaches’ School will learn how to adapt their coaching to the needs of today’s athletes while simultaneously challenging them to grow as both athletes and individuals.

Workshops at the Summer Coaches’ School include presenters who will share their wisdom and research on topics such as athlete mental health, navigating social issues in sport, working with parents, training and conditioning athletes, using positive reinforcement, developing mental skills and maximizing potential as a coach. This year’s presenters include Coach Cathy George, MSU women’s volleyball head coach and the winningest coach in MSU history, and MSU alums Andrew Mac Intosh with the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality, and Jim Kielbaso with the International Youth Conditioning Association.

The cost for a single day of Summer Coaches' School is $80 and $130 for both days. Group rates are available. Contact Jennifer Nalepa with any questions.

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