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Andy Driska, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, MSU Kinesiology Coordinator for Sport Coaching & Leadership Affiliate for Opinions & tweets are mine 🏊‍♂️🚴‍♂️
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Andy Driska, Ph.D. Dec 4
Replying to @andydriska
There’s a role for both. I contend that amongst academics, too much focus has been put on education and we’ve ignored trainings and the essential roles they provide to society.
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Andy Driska, Ph.D. Dec 4
Replying to @andydriska
Then we need innovation in coaching. That comes from education, where we are taught to think differently. (And I would add critically.)
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Andy Driska, Ph.D. Dec 4
Really enjoying this talk from at Paraphrasing here: We need predictability in coaching. That comes from coach training. Training teaches us to think the same. There are some rights and wrongs and clear answers. ...
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Andy Driska, Ph.D. Dec 3
Replying to @RamonDi84509485
“The erotic gaze in the NFL draft.”
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Andy Driska, Ph.D. Dec 3
Replying to @RamonDi84509485
Wish I had more time for Foucauldian things. This was one of my favorites:
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Andy Driska, Ph.D. Dec 3
Replying to @RamonDi84509485
His ideas aren’t new necessarily, but a great articulation of what’s happened in the last 50 years to tear down the welfare state. Youth sports and community rec centers were the first things to go in the late 1970s.
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Andy Driska, Ph.D. Dec 3
Replying to @RamonDi84509485
Have you heard any recent interviews with Anand Giridharadas? Winners Take All is his new book. He refers to neoliberalism - specifically the anti-government-Reagan-era variety - as second-hand smoke. It convinced New Deal advocates that maybe government was incapable.
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Andy Driska, Ph.D. Dec 3
Is coach training an antidote to neoliberalism, or are more structural solutions needed?
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Andy Driska, Ph.D. Dec 3
Do you feel that better training for middle school coaches —> better middle school sport experiences for kids —> less kids (parents) looking for “professional” youth sport experiences?
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Andy Driska, Ph.D. Dec 2
Replying to @robtownsendPhD
Ruminating
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Andy Driska, Ph.D. Dec 2
Replying to @robtownsendPhD
Very interesting read. Been thinking about this quite a bit recently.
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Andy Driska, Ph.D. Dec 2
If you have not yet seen the National Strategy from , it's worth a read. Okay - most of you won't read all 112 pages, but check out the executive summary!
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Andy Driska, Ph.D. Dec 2
But if they don't work well with more competitive athletes, I suspect they'd be more likely to stop coaching altogether.
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Andy Driska, Ph.D. Dec 2
Agreed. Turnover could be explored in much greater detail. One issue - I suspect that great youth coaches are promoted by having them coach older, more competitive athletes. Analogy - promote our best kindergarten teachers by having them teach AP classes for high schoolers...
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Andy Driska, Ph.D. Dec 2
Replying to @MSUCoachLead @USCCE
Thanks for getting the word out. How many coaches do we have in the United States? Go ahead, look it up. I'm not sure you'll find a reliable number. That's part of a bigger problem - we don't have the most basic stats on who is doing what in the USA.
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Andy Driska, Ph.D. Dec 2
Replying to @jnorthleeds
Great news! Hope we can be helpful from our side of the Atlantic!
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Andy Driska, Ph.D. Dec 2
Thanks! I will show how a majority of sport governing bodies use for entry-level coaches in the USA. These programs serve thousands of coaches but have garnered little attention from researchers. I'll propose a few ideas for how that could change for the better.
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Andy Driska, Ph.D. Nov 27
Replying to @rrangana1
C’mon... how much care went into that experimental design!! 🐁 🧀
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Andy Driska, Ph.D. Nov 27
Replying to @Joe_Eisenmann
It’s okay. We don’t need an audience so much as we need to convince stakeholders that it’s important to have more of a centralized system.
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Andy Driska, Ph.D. Nov 27
Thanks for getting the word out Joe.
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