COACH STORIES

COACH STORIES

2 Seasons

Welcome to "Coach Stories," a captivating SPKN Original Series that will inspire and leave you moved. Join us as we unveil a collection of unforgettable and impactful stories shared by coaches, athletes, administrators, and more. Prepare to be blown away by the wisdom and depth of these narratives.

In each concise episode, you'll discover a wealth of lessons that resonate with our shared humanity. From moments of inspiration to tales of love, sorrow, and beyond, these personal and observed experiences will leave you filled with profound insights.

Quench your thirst for knowledge with these powerful stories that have the potential to transform your workplace and everyday life. Dive into the narratives that elevate the field of sport, featuring thought leaders and everyday voices. Immerse yourself in the wisdom they impart.

Unlock the transformative power of storytelling and gain valuable insights to enhance your coaching practices and personal growth. These "Coach Stories" provide a unique opportunity to expand your horizons and explore the depths of human experiences.

Experience the beauty of "Coach Stories." Let these narratives inspire, educate, and empower you. Don't miss out on this extraordinary collection that celebrates the art of coaching and the universal lessons it imparts.

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COACH STORIES
  • IAN GOLDBERG's Coach Story

    Meg and Dr. G. welcome Dr. Sophia Jowett & Ian Goldberg to discuss coach-athlete relationships. Sophia is a Professor of Psychology at Loughborough University, specializing in coach-athlete relationships. Ian Goldberg is the Founder and CEO of iSport360, an app that allows coaches to set goals, p...

  • DR. SOPHIA JOWETT's Coach Story

    Episode 23

    Meg and Dr G. welcome Dr. Sophia Jowett & Ian Goldberg to discuss coach-athlete relationships. Sophia is a Professor of Psychology at Loughborough University, specializing in coach-athlete relationships. Ian Goldberg is the Founder and CEO of iSport360, an app that allows coaches to set goals, po...

  • JADE SIPHOMSAY's Coach Story

    Episode 26

    Sara Doell and Jade Siphomsay join Meg and Dr. G to discuss coach-athlete relationships. Jade is the captain of the University of San Francisco Women’s Golf team and Sara Doell is the Women’s Golf coach at the University of San Francisco and Author of Amazon Bestseller “Your Future Self Will Than...

  • SARA DOELL's Coach Story

    Episode 25

    Sara Doell and Jade Siphomsay join Meg and Dr. G to discuss coach athlete relationships. Jade is the captain of the University of San Francisco Women’s Golf team and Sara Doell is the Women’s Golf coach at the University of San Francisco and Author of Amazon Bestseller “Your Future Self Will Than...

  • ALEX SARAMA's Coach Story

    Episode 21

    Alex Sarama is a basketball coach/consultant and the founder of Transforming Basketball. Alex began his coaching at the age of 14, and has since dedicated himself to implement research based coaching. In this episode Meg and Dr. G learn about the Constraint Led Approach and Ecological Dynamics an...

  • ALLISON MAURER's Coach Story

    Episode 20

    Allison Maurer is a Sports Dietician who has advised multiple sporting organizations including the Pittsburgh Pirates and the University of Tennessee. She is currently the Associate Athletic Director for Student Health and Wellness at Knoxville Catholic High School. In this episode, Allison provi...

  • JIM HARBAUGH's Coach Story

    Episode 19

    Jim Harbaugh is the Head Football Coach for the University of Michigan. Coach Harbaugh played in the NFL for 14 seasons before dedicating himself to coaching. Jim was head coach of Stanford, San Diego and the San Francisco 49ers before returning to his Alma Mater, the University of Michigan. In ...

  • CHRIS WADDELL's Coach Story

    Episode 18

    Chris Waddell is a Paralympic Medalist, Author and Speaker. Chris provides insight on his journey to continue pushing boundaries with sit skiing, and adventures such as becoming the first paraplegic to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.

  • DR. MICHAEL COTTINGHAM's Coach Story

    Episode 17

    Dr. Michael Cottingham is Associate Professor and Director of Adaptive Athletics at the University of Houston. Dr. Michael Cottingham describes the culture of adaptive sports, as well as challenging the viewer to reconsider how they recognize the achievements of disabled individuals.

  • DR. SHAWN ARENT's Coach Story

    Episode 16

    Dr. Shawn Arent is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise Science at University of South Carolina Sport Science Lab. Shawn has worked with a multitude of teams, coaches and athletes including professional baseball, hockey and soccer players. In this episode Meg and Dr. G learn abou...

  • CLARISSE MACHANGUANA's Coach Story

    Episode 15

    Clarisse Machanguana is a professional basketball player from Mozambique. She played in the WNBA (1999-2002), as well as internationally representing Mozambique. In this episode, Meg and Dr. G learn about Clarisse’s journey to becoming a professional basketball player and how important sport was ...

  • KAWSER AMINE's Coach Story

    Episode 14

    Kawser Amine is a former member of the historic Afghanistan Women’s National Soccer Team and currently serves as an activist for women’s rights. Kawser explains what has changed in women’s sports since the fall of Kabul in 2021, and how it has impacted young women growing up in Afghanistan. Kawse...

  • ALI DURHAM GREEY's Coach Story

    Episode 13

    Ali Durham Greey is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Ali is the co-editor of two volumes with Helen Lenskyj: Justice for Trans Athletes and Trans Athlete Resistance. Ali is a retired member of the Canadian national boxing team and is actively invol...

  • DR. HELEN LENSKYJ's Coach Story

    Episode 12

    Dr.Helen Lenskyj is Professor Emerita at University of Toronto. Helen works as a researcher, writer, public speaker and community activist. She has authored several books highlighting the adversity women and LGBTQ+ athletes face in the Olympics and sports culture.

  • DR. ROBIN SCHOLEFIELD's Coach Story

    Episode 11

    Dr. Robin Scholefield has provided sport psychology services to student athletes for the past 24 years at the University of Southern California. She is the Director of Culture, Wellbeing & Sport Psychology for USC Athletics and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, KECK School of Medicine. Her dut...

  • MEGAN BARTLETT's Coach Story

    Episode 10

    Megan Bartlett has spent more than 15 years supporting organizations that use sport to promote youth development and giving coaches the tools they need to help kids heal. She has co-created innovative coaching initiatives, built capacity with community-based organizations, and has partnered with ...

  • DR. SYLVIE PARENT's Coach Story

    Episode 9

    Sylvie Parent, PhD, is a full professor in the Department of Physical Education at Université Laval and she holds the Research Chair on Safety and Integrity in Sport. Her research focuses on violence in sport. More specifically, her current work focuses on four (4) thematic: 1) measuring the prev...

  • DR. GORDON BLOOM's Coach Story

    Episode 8

  • CHANTAL VALLÉE's Coach Story

    Episode 7

    Coach Chantal Vallée research findings on the topic of Transformational Leadership and coaching success have been the basis for many findings on leadership culture and organizational transformation.
    Chantal got her chance to apply her research when she was named the head coach of the University o...

  • JEN SOUTHALL's Coach Story

    Episode 6

    Jen Southall is a strategist for inclusion and equity of disabled athletes. She is currently the running back and center back for the Oregon Ravens of the WNFC and the only deaf player on the roster. Jen has played a variety of sports and she provides insight into the experience of a deaf athlete...

  • ANDREW MARANISS' Coach Story

    Episode 5

    Andrew Maraniss is a New York Times bestselling author of nonfiction for teens and adults. His first book, Strong Inside, was the first sports-related book to win the Lillian Smith Book Award for civil rights and the RFK Book Awards Special Recognition Prize for social justice. His second book, G...

  • ALLISON WAGNER's Coach Story

    Episode 4

    Allison Wagner is an Olympic silver medalist at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games in the 400 Individual Medley, NCAA Champion, recognized as an Academic All-American while at the University of Florida, and pioneered the use of a new back-to-breast turn that is now used by all elite-level individual ...

  • DR. LAURA LEWIS's Coach Story

    Episode 3

    Dr. Laura Lewis comes to USADA from the high performance sport network in Australia. She joined USADA in 2020 as the Director of Science, but worked remotely for the first year due to the pandemic. She moved with her family to Colorado Springs in September 2021. Laura is a Sport Physiologist by t...

  • DR. TREVOR COTE's Coach Story

    Episode 2

    Dr. Trevor Cote is a Licensed Clinical Sport Psychologist in Massachusetts. He completed his graduate training and specialization in Sport and Performance Psychology at Denver University for his master’s and Boston University for his doctoral degree. Over the past 10 years working as a researcher...