Author(s): Frank Pyke
No single resource can convey everything that a coach should know and do. So Coaching Excellence does the next best thing: it builds on the basics to provide you with a wealth of information so you can become more adept in your role as an excellent coach.
Eighteen experts offer the best knowledge, research and insights that you can apply in working with your athletes, players and teams. This comprehensive manual focuses on the three key facets of coaching:
1. Roles and responsibilities of a coach. One size doesn't fit all, so you will find several examples of successful coaches with quite varied personalities and skills.
2. Plans and methods that stem from the core values and that are implemented in achieving the major goals of the program. This requires ongoing evaluation of objectives and a commitment to achieving long-term success regardless of any pitfalls encountered in the process. Learn what this entails on a daily, weekly and seasonal basis.
3. Applications of the sport sciences to enhance fitness and the technical, tactical and mental skills of athletes. Don't look for a trip to the lab. All the research findings here have practical uses to take individual and team performances to new heights.
Throughout the text, you will find proven strategies, advice and insights. From evaluating and teaching skills to motivation, nutrition and safety, Coaching Excellence is the complete guide to becoming a complete coach.
Frank Pyke (deceased November 2011) played a leadership role in sport science, coach education and sport administration in Australia for more than 30 years. From 1972 to 1990 he taught at the University of Western Australia, the Canberra College of Advanced Education and the Universities of Wollongong and Queensland, the latter as professor and head of the department of human movement studies. He co-authored Cutting Edge Cricket and was the editor for Better Coaching Advanced Manual, both published by Human Kinetics.
Part I. Being a Coach; Chapter 1. Roles and Responsibilities of a Coach; Chapter 3. Qualities of Respected Coaches; Part II. Managing the Program; Chapter 4. Planning and Evaluating the Program; Chapter 7. Managing Risk; Part III. Developing the Athlete; Chapter 8. Evaluating the Athlete; Chapter 10. Implementing Training Methods; Chapter 15. Addressing Injuries and Illnesses.