North American Coach Development Summit

Check out the 2023 North American Coach Development Summit!

June 12-14, 2023, Birmingham, Alabama

Get Practical Information for Coach Development


The North American Coach Development Summit, formerly the National Coaching Conference, brings together the professionals from across the United States, North America and around the world who educate, develop, train and supervise coaches along with coaches, sport scientists and sport science researchers interested in professional coach development.

The Coach Development Summit program features practical application of research-based coaching information and best practice models that demonstrate the integration of sport science knowledge related to athlete and coach well-being, development and performance at all levels of sport from participation through peak performance.

The goal of the North American Coach Development Summit is to highlight PRACTICAL information that coaches and coach educators and developers can hear and use in practice immediately.

What to Expect at the Summit

Attendees at the North American Coach Development Summit can expect:

  • A dynamic program focused on interactions, discussions and networking. Come prepared to ask questions, explore solutions and share ideas with industry peers who are focused on enriching sport across the spectrum of participation through high performance.
  • Evidence based best practice and practical real world idea application.
  • Resources for building and enhancing coaching education programming
  • People passionate about going beyond ‘talk’ and who are focused on the growth of the support and development of coaching and coaches.

Open to People with Passion for Quality Coach Education


The North American Coach Development Summit is open to anyone passionate about quality coaching education, coach development, and long term athletic development.

Attendees and presenters include a wide range of coaches, directors of coaching, coach educators, sport science researchers, and sports pedagogy specialists interested in professional coach development. They represent a wide range of national governing sport organizations, non-profit and for profit programs and academics from across North America and around the world.


Types of Programs at the Summit

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Great Program Practices Presentations

‘Great Program Practice’ are 15 minute lecture presentations designed to share ideas, challenges, and solution strategies for educating coaches, providing coaching education and enhancing coach development with peer organizations (education based, not-for-profit and for-profit). Program submissions in this category should be designed to share and explore great practices from the program perspective. Organizations and programs are encouraged to share their current models of practice for coaching education or coach development.

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Research to Practice Presentations

‘Research to Practice’ are 15 minute lecture  presentations that bring together cutting edge research and real world application.  Program submissions in this category should be based on original applied research or research based reviews of great practices and should focus on providing concrete, real world take home applications for coach educators and coach developers as well as providing future research directions. 

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A ‘workshop’ presents an in-depth 60 minute exploration of a theme and should provide opportunities to share professional practice strategies through demonstrations and hands-on experiences for participants. Workshop abstracts must include: a statement of the specific learning objectives, teaching methods, specific techniques, and a description of materials that will be shared with workshop participants. Programs can be research and/or application based.

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Master Class

A ‘master class’ is a 90 -120 minute program that is an in depth exploration of an applied or research based topic in coaching, coach education and/or coach development.  Master classes should have a clear target audience (e.g. academic coach educators, non-profit sport organization leaders) and 2-3 specific objectives (e.g., developing coaching minor coursework, retention of volunteer female coaches).  Master classes are not lecture based and should be designed to stimulate discussion among a group of peers to explore shared challenges, develop research needs, discuss new concepts, etc.  Master class participation will be by pre-registration only and class sizes will be capped at a maximum of 20 participants to allow for quality interaction.  Priority will be given to master class submissions that can demonstrate clear outcome goals.

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‘Interactive posters’ present research findings, applied materials, techniques and/or proposed conceptual frameworks in the areas of coaching education and coach development.  Accepted posters will be on display during a dedicated time during the Summit program and the interactive time is designed to spark discussion and support networking.  Poster authors will prepare hanging posters and will be expected to present their work during the dedicated poster session interactive time during the Summit. Students are encouraged to submit projects, theses, or dissertations that are in the conceptual phase, in progress, or that have been completed. Student work submissions must include the collaborating academic advisor(s). The poster format should be A0 (1189mm x 841mm / 33.1 x 46.8 inches) and will hang horizontal.

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5 in 5 Presentations

Each presenter will have 5 slides and 5 minutes to present their subject. Time limits will be enforced and presentations will cease when the 5 minute timer goes off. After the first three presenters, there will be a 10 minute discussion period followed by the next three presenters and 10 more minutes of discussion. At the end of all presentations, there will be an open discussion of the topic(s) as a whole. Join for fast-paced presentations and exciting discussion!

Summit attendees have included coaching education leaders & developers from:

Adams State University

AKL Connection

Allegheny College

American Sports

Athlete Assessment

Ball State University

Biola University

Body Helix

Bridgewater College

Buffalo Sabres

Caleb University, Lagos, Nigeria

Canterbury Christ Church University

Cardiff Met

Cebu Football Association

Cirque du Soleil

Coaching Corps

Coaching Peace

Coastal Carolina University

Colby-Sawyer College

Community Rowing, Inc.

Deakin University

Drexel University

e.t.c. Consulting

East China Normal University

East Tennessee State University

Ecole Normale Supérieure de Rennes

Eleiko Sport, Inc.

Emporia State University

Erin Boynton Medicine Professional

First15 Sport Performance

Fresno State

Georgia Southern University


Healthy Kids Out of School

Illinois State University

IMG Academy

Indiana State University

Inside Out Initiative

Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness, UNC Greensboro

International Center for Coaching Excellence, ICCE

Jamestown Community College (SUNY)

Judo Association

Keil Power Skating

Kinesio Health Coaching

LA84 Foundation

LaGrange College

Leeds Beckett University

Lewis-Clark State College

Life University

Loughborough University, UK

Ludus Consulting

Manchester Metropolitan University

Marbury High School

Medina Academy

Michigan State University, Institute for the Study of Youth Sports

Missouri Institute for Positive Coaching

Mosaic Expressions LLC

Mount Baker Rowing & Sailing Center

Myanmar International School

National Federation of High Schools (NFHS)


NICA – National International Cycling Association

Northern Michigan University

Northumbria University

Northwestern State University of Louisiana


Ohio University

Old Dominion University

Oregon State

Pacific Lutheran University

People Academy

Pittsburgh Pirates

Positive Coaching Alliance

Professional Skaters Association

Red Deer College

Saigon South International School

Sam Houston State University

Seattle University

Shape America

Smith College

Special Olympics North America

Sport, Vlaanderen

St Mary’s University

St. John’s University

St. Philip’s Episcopal School

Steel Sports


Tarleton State University

Texas A&M University-Commerce

The Excellence Edge

The FA

The University of Southern Mississippi

Texas State University


Towson University


U.S. Soccer Foundation

Uganda National Council of Sport