Taking Sport Psychology To and Through the Coach

Rick McGuire, University of Missouri, USA

Theme: Consulting/private practice

Program ID: SYM-27

Presentation: October 5, 2013 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Room: Napoleon


As a freshman undergraduate I took Psychology 1, and hated it! I swore that I would never take another psychology course as long as I lived. Right out of college, I became a math teacher and a Coach. Nine years later, in the third summer of completing a Masters Degree, I tried to talk my way out of having to fulfill the psychology requirement. The Dean wouldn’t budge, and so I registered for Personality Theory. A week into the course, I realized that I could basically write the book! I loved the course! For every topic, principle or theory, I had the name of a kid that I had taught or coached. This was exciting! I realized that I not only didn’t hate psychology, but rather that this was the part of teaching and coaching that I loved – coaching the kid! Two years later, I applied to the University of Virginia to pursue my Ph.D. in Sport Psychology! I had no intention of becoming a Sport Psychologist, but rather I was studying Sport Psychology to make me a better coach! And I have never been disappointed! Every topic, every theory, every concept, every conference or clinic presentation, every reading, and every relationship in Sport Psychology has encouraged me, challenged me, and inspired me to confirm or add to my understandings and expertise in being a more effective and impacting Coach! And for 33 years since, I have experienced the thrill and challenge of taking everything that I understand in Sport Psychology, and translating it into the language of sport, and taking these understandings to the leaders of sport through Coach education! Kids meet sport at the Coach! For our field to flourish, we must meet the challenge of successfully delivering Sport Psychology to and through the Coach!

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