Coach to Leader Program: Leadership Development Applied in the Daily Training Environment

Monday, May 12, 2014

Throughout 2014 and early 2015, the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) in partnership with Performance Coaching Incorporated (PCI) will be working with a select group of Ontario high performance coaches to enhance their leadership skills through a program called Coach to Leader. Facilitated by PCI’s Garry Watanabe, the Coach to Leader program is a comprehensive and individualized leadership program for high performance coaches who want to inspire athletes to reach their full potential and give their best performances ever.

Modelled after some of the very best leadership development programs in North America, this five-day in-person and ten-month-long supported program will enhance the application of leadership practices for our very best coaches. The biggest difference maker of this program is that it is not just a typical two-day workshop that gives information out, instead it is a full program spread over ten months where the learning and implementation is cumulative.

Starting in March 2014, the coaches began with the Sport 180 Assessment and completed the first two-day workshop session “Coaching for High Performance” in early April. Throughout the summer the coaches will be receiving various topical Coaching Companion Newsletters, as well as receiving other articles and supporting material from CSIO to provide aim and focus for their ongoing development. In late September the coaches will revisit their Sport 180 Assessment, followed by a debrief of their action plans and 180 Assessments with a senior facilitator from PCI in early October. The second in-person workshop phase of the program will take place in late October and will include a TAIS assessment and accompanying “SWOT Yourself” in-person session. Following the SWOT Yourself workshop, coaches will once again complete action plans and next steps to be reflected on and implemented moving forward in their daily training environments. The final phase of the Coach to Leader program will take place in January 2015 where coaches will work through the “Inside Edge” module and in-person workshop, looking at various tools and practices that they are able to implement on an individual basis.

We will continue to provide updates throughout this exciting program. Photos of the coaches in action at the Coach to Leader workshops will be uploaded to the CSIO Facebook Page and shared through social media (@CSIOntario and our Facebook Page).

The following High Performance Coaches attended the Coaching for High Performance Workshop in April:

- Jerry Tonello - Head Coach - Men, Wheelchair Basketball Canada
- Michael Frogley - Academy Director/High Performance Director, Wheelchair Basketball Canada
- Carol Love - Talent Development Coach, RowOntario
- Paul Beedling - Row To Podium Talent ID Coach, Rowing Canada/RowOntario
- Al Morrow - National Team Coach, Rowing Canada
- Michelle Darvill - Coach, Rowing Canada
- Philip Marshall - Coach, Rowing Canada
- Murray McCullough - High Performance Coach, Ontario Sailing
- Steve Mitchell - High Performance Coach, Sail Canada
- Dean Boles - Provincial Coach, Swim Ontario
- Pedro Guedes - Technical Coach & Director, Judo Ontario
- Angie Shen - Beach Development Coach, Ontario Volleyball Association
- Steve Anderson - Head Coach, Volleyball Canada Beach National Team
- Vickie Croley - Head Coach - Track and Field, Western University
- Sheilagh Croxon - Head Coach, Granite Club Synchro
- Timo Puiras - Head Coach, Cross Country Ski National Development Centre Thunder Bay
- Victor Wiltmann - Assistant Coach, Cross Country Ski NDC Thunder Bay
- Sean Kelly - Endurance Development Coach, Ontario Cycling Association
- Tonya Verbeek - Talent ID Coach, Wrestling Canada

“I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for inviting me to the Coach to Leader seminar over the past two days.

What an incredible coaching group we had followed with some incredible discussions. The networking with some of Canada’s best coaches for me was an invaluable opportunity that I cannot thank you enough for. Those relationships will continue to build and those people will be resources for me as I journey down my coaching career.

The information and amount of personal reflection the seminar required me to do truly outlined some key areas for improvement moving forward. Most of all, I walked away with a new outlook on my poor listening ability. Paraphrasing during discussion is a direct implication I will add to my communication style in hopes of becoming a better listener and ultimately a stronger coach!”
~Murray McCullough, Sailing Coach

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