Why and how you need to change your coaching style

Dan talks to Kevin Mulcahey about his experiences coaching novices and experts and how you need to change to meet their needs.

Kevin coaches Gaelic football and hurling, Ireland’s national sports, as an assistant or head coach at all ages and levels. He has also held multiple roles on three continents as a coach to various bands as assistant coach, S&C coach and performance coach in Australian Rules, Basketball, Football, Rugby, Tennis, Volleyball, Hockey and in many other 1-2-1 roles. over 28 years old.

He also runs Designing the Game on Facebook where he challenges coaches to think about their approaches to coaching. His primary role is S&C Owner-Operator and Sports Performance Coach at TMC Performance Coaching. You can catch Kevin @movementcoachkm on Twitter where he’s active and responding to DMs.

In the podcast, they discuss the following:

  • How does your approach to team coaching change when dealing with experts and novices?
  • Use “pivot” players in any sport.
  • A principle of play has normally been established by training experts of the past, regardless of the sport in which you play. How much do players need to know about a principle before they start working on it? And how to introduce it?
  • How to use deliberate practice in the right context.
  • How long do you let a team or player do something that is clear to you and ineffective, and despite your nudging, they keep doing it?

About Dan Cottrell

Dan is a Level 3 RFU Coach and Coach Educator. He is a coach with the Bristol Bears DPP programme, is the assistant coach of the University of Bristol women’s team and is a mentor coach for the mini and junior section of Broad Plain RFC. He was head coach of Swansea U15 schools and previously held coaching positions at Young Ospreys Academy and assistant coach of the Wales women’s team for the 2010 World Cup. rugby at Cranleigh School, Surrey. Previously he played rugby for Bath and Bristol.

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