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Welcome to the USCCE's Coach Developers' Network

CDN Info

The USCCE recognizes that not all coaching education and coach development professionals are affiliated with an organization, yet they have a lot to contribute to the movement to enrich coaching through coaching education and coach development. 

The Coach Developers' Network (CDN) provides resources and enhanced networking opportunities for students, academics and professionals who work with coaches, develop coaching education materials, deliver coaching education training, conduct coaching research or who are just plain passionate about quality coaching education and professional development for coaches across all levels of sport.

Thank you to Sam Callan at USA Fencing for his time and efforts organizing CDN events and recording the CDN Chats.  Thank you also to CDN committee member Cam Kiosoglous at US Rowing. 



The inaugural USCCE/ ICCE Coach Developer Academy was held in June 2018 with 22 coach educators and coach developers from around the United States.  The first workshop focused on Facilitation skills.  The USCCE also provides program assessment and program specific workshops.  Click for more details.

Stay tuned for exciting Coach Developer Academy announcements.

CDN Chats

Upcoming Coach Developers' Network Chats

Up coming events! 


Check back soon for more events - and don't forget to join us for the Summit!
Join live CDN chats by phone or online


Dial Into the CDN Chat:
   In the U.S.
call (605) 472-5628 and enter the Access Code: 411313#
   International Dial-in Numbers can be found at:

OR  Join the Online Meeting:
   Online Meeting ID: smartercoachingllc


The audio archive will be posted here one week after recording in case you are unable to attend the live CDN Chat

CDN Archives


All CDN calls are archived and free to download

Videos of past calls are available at the new YouTube channel

Audio of past calls is available at Apple Podcast  and at Google Play.


Archived CDN Chats  click on the links below for more information about each speaker.  Visit the sites listed above to watch or listen.


Episode 22 An overview of the upcoming North American Coach Development Summit - June 17-19, 2019 in Colorado Springs, CO (see Summit page for details)

Episode 21 Dr. Jennifer Royer, from USADA True Sport talks about their mission and offerings

Episode 20 Dr. Diane Culver, University of Ottawa, discusses Communities of Practice in coaching education

Episode 19 Daniel Pink, author of the best seller Drive, talks about this latest book When

Episode 18 Dr. Joe Eisenmann talks about long term athlete development and community engagement

Episode 017 Dr. Kristi Erdal talks about her recently released book The Adultification of Youth Sports

Episode 016 Dr. Sergio Lara Bercial from iCoachKids discusses ther work to education youth sport coaches in the UK and beyond using evidence based best practices

Episode 015 An update from the United States Center for Coaching Excellence - Dr. Kristen Dieffenbach provides an update on the USCCE initiatives and the 2019 North American Coach Development Summit

Episode 014 National Coaching Standards - Dr. Lori Gano-Overway of Bridgewater College and USCCE Education chair discusses the revision of Shape America's National Standards for Sport Coaches and the USCCE program accreditation process

Episode 013 Trickle Down Professionalism - Dr. Travis Dorsch,  Utah State University and the Families in Sport Lab. Dr. Dorsch discusses youth sports and parent involvement.

Episode 012 The Gift of Failure - Jessica Lahey, the author of The Gift of Failure, discusses how letting your child fail and figure things out on his/her own leads to more resiliency and more autonomous kids and adults. Lots of references to the growth mindset as well.

Episode 011 Culture Code - Daniel Coyle discusses his book The Culture Code and how to build culture.

Episode 010 US Lacrosse ADM and Parent Engagement -  TJ Buchanan from US Lacrosse discusses the US Lacrosse American Development Model (ADM) and how US Lacrosse implements it along with US Lacrosse's parent engagement efforts. (There are videos with this call so the YouTube option might be the better choice).

Episode 009  Norwegian Sports Culture -  Dr. Stephen Seiler, an American ex-pat living in Norway, discusses Norway's youth sports culture and sports culture in general  in light of the success of Norway's Winter Olympic team in 2018 in South Korea.

Episode 008 Practice to Perform Better or to Practice Better - John Kessel from USA Volleyball discusses better practice methods. Basically are you practicing to practice better or to perform better in game situations?

Episode 007 Coaching Parasports - Cathy Sellers, the former high performance director for USA Paralympics Track and Field, discusses working with parasport athletes.

Episode 006 First Tee Golf - ​Ryan Graff of First Tee chats about how the First Tee program introduces kids to the sport and the their coaching education approach

Episode 005 We Are Doing Coaching Education Wrong - ​Wayne Goldsmith a world leading coaching educator in Australia with over 30 years experience shares his thoughts on periodization and coaching priorities

Episode 004 Transformational Coaching - Dr. Jean Côté 

Episode 003 Implementing the American Development Model - Kevin McLaughlin, Senior Director for Hockey Development at USA Hockey discusses the implementation of USA Hockey's American Development Model

Episode 002 The US Center for Coach Excellence & the 2018 North American Coach Development Summit - Dr. Kristen Dieffenbach, USCCE president

Episode 001 The Adult Learner - Chris Packert, US Ski & Snowboard Coaching Education Curriculum Specialist discussing coaching education curriculum design for the adult learner

Special Episode Coach Developers Network Chat Online Academic Masters Program Challenges in Coaching Education: A discussion  - Listen to this recorded conversation with  Drs. Andy Driska (MSU), Brian Gearity (DU) and Ron Quinn (Xavier University), together with moderator Sam Callen (USA Fencing) as they explored:  What does a coach with a masters degree need to know, and how is this information conveyed to students who are learning online?  The growth of online programs to serve graduate students in the field of sport coaching and leadership offers a new way to reach working professionals.  But what does coach development look like for students in these programs?


All recordings are property of the USCCE and may not be used for commercial purposes or copied without the written permission of the USCCE. 

The views and opinions expressed in CDN Chats are those of the individuals speaking and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the USCCE and do not reflect enforcement by the USCCE.



Upcoming Events

 ICCE Global Coach Conference: Portugal June 2021  visit for details

 Call for programs opens May 2020

NSSU Coach Developer Academy at Nippon Sport Science University

read about the NSSU Coach Developer program in Tokyo, Japan here

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