From center stage to the sidelines: What role might previous athletic experience play in coach development?

Traditionally, playing experience in sport has been used as a springboard into the coaching profession. Specifically, playing experience has been discussed in research as facilitating the transition into early coaching roles, fast-tracking through coach education programs, and being viewed as a desirable factor in high-performance sport. However, explorations into the intricacies that make this playing experience so valuable have been minimal. Thus, this Insights article is meant to foster discussion within the coach research community regarding the role of playing experience in coaching pathways from a position perspective. This unique area of inquiry may offer insight to those concerned with coach pathways, coach development, and coach education. To promote this discussion, the following article will present some avenues through which previous playing experience could be explored. In addition, the authors will present a study that was conducted with high-performance head ice hockey coaches who formerly played goaltender and offer interesting directions for future research inquiries. Notably, the authors will consider playing experience in connection with career advancement, potential implications for hiring processes, considerations for coach education, and possible barriers to coaching opportunities.
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Subjects: coaching coach profession educational training icehockey
Notations: training science academic training and research sport games
Tagging: Karriereplanung Karriere
DOI: 10.1123/iscj.2019-0091
Published in: International Sport Coaching Journal
Published: 2020
Volume: 7
Issue: 2
Pages: 261-267
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced