I recently commented on an article regarding coach expertise development, written by Richard Bailey (“Talking Education and Sport”). The big question: do coaches move through “stages” of expertise, or is their development completely linear? Most researchers speculate that development is generally stage-like.
I am particularly interested in the events that happen right before a rapid increase in coaching expertise. What are the triggers that cause rapid learning to occur? Some suggestions…
- The coach experiences an interpersonal event that challenges her philosophy, or challenges her deeply held beliefs about human behavior.
- The coach experiences a “system fail” that forces him to critically examine what went wrong.
- After meeting with a person who challenges the status quo on coaching practices, the coach is motivated to improve some aspect of her own coaching practice
- An athlete succeeds or fails in spite of a coach’s efforts