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: becoming a physical education instructor, or apprenticeship training. In the latter, aspiring young coaches seek out expert coaches to learn the ropes. These young coaches rely on the mentorship of the head coach to gain valuable insight into the field. 

In contrast, the coaches who emerge from the physical education field are qualified in pedagogy, sport science, and growth and development, but lack the real-world coaching experience to fulfill the school or community-based coaching needs of today.

Xavier’s CEAD program is unique from other coaching education programs; it takes an 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, the director of the coaching education program. The program is also designed in accordance with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), as well as the National Council for the Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) program's 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. The standards set by the NCACE cover:

  1. Philosophy and Ethics
  2. Safety and Injury Prevention
  3. Physical Conditioning
  4. Growth and Development
  5. Teaching and Communication
  6. Sport Skills and Tactics
  7. Organization and Administration
  8. Evaluation

My experience in the [CEAD] program has been very rewarding. The subject matter is completely relevant and applicable to all coaching professions, and it emphasizes our continued growth as students, coaches, and people. The dialogue that is fostered among the students through our Discussion Boards has led to many insightful conversations, and has created an opportunity for outside learning and development. I feel that this has and will continue to enhance my reflection practices as a coach, and enhance my understanding of coaching as a profession and as an educational endeavor.

David Albert