Initiating a National Coaching Curriculum: A Paradigmatic Shift?

Review by: William A. Harper
By Tania Cassidy and Lynn Kidman

The Big Idea

When most anyone—whether in or out of the institution of sport—brings up the idea of coaching education programs, the quick response is “Yes, but . . .”. The “yes” is near-universal agreement that such education is necessary; the “but” is near-universal hesitation about what such programs should entail. The typical compromise results in creating programs that are big, dependent largely on generic and formal coaching courses, and entail elaborate qualifications and certificates. Cynicism usually follows. And coaching education programs can then become mere union cards instead of genuine developmental experiences for the coach.