About the Program

Swimming Coach

The role of the coach at every level in today's society is becoming increasingly complex and competitive. The historical approach indicates two paths to the coaching profession: one academic as a physical educator, and one described as apprenticeship training. In the later, aspiring young coaches seek out expert coaches to learn the ropes and rely on the education and qualities of the individual head coach. The coaches who emerged from the physical education field, although qualified in the areas of pedagogy, sport science, and growth and development are currently much too small to fulfill the school or community-based coaching needs of today.

Xavier’s CEAD program is unique from other coaching education programs in that it takes a more in-depth approach to coaching education and addresses the true purpose of coaching: athlete development. This is accomplished by applying the Integrated Coaching and Sport Education (I-CaSE) model developed by Ron Quinn, director of the coaching education program.  

The program is also designed in accordance with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) programs National Standards for Sport Coaches (NSSC). The NCACE is the accrediting body for coaching education programs at college and universities, community-based sport and scholastic sport. These standards include:

  • • Philosophy and ethics
  • • Safety and injury prevention
  • • Physical conditioning
  • • Growth and development
  • • Teaching and communication
  • • Sport skills and tactics
  • • Organization and administration
  • • Evaluation

"Participants include school and college coaches, club or community-based sport coaches, club-level directors of coaching and others involved in coaching education and athlete development."

Ron Quinn, EdD
Program Coordinator