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Step Up and Lead (EDMA 176)

Course Overview

1 Hour of Credit

"Step Up and Lead" is designed by professional educators to assist coaches in developing strategies that foster and build effective leadership skills in themselves as well as in the athletes they coach. Course materials will guide coaches to explore the characteristics of leadership, the importance of leadership in team sports, various types of leadership, and the responsibilities of a leader.

The course will also help coaches develop effective techniques to use to encourage appropriate leadership skills in their athletes. Students will complete readings and view video presentations from leading experts in the field and apply what they've learned to their own programs. Practical application assignments are included.

What is leadership?

  • Characteristics
  • Behavior

Importance of leadership in team sports

  • From a coach
  • From the athletes

Where have all the leaders gone?

  • Examples of past leaders in sport
  • The difficulty in finding today's leaders

Developing leadership in yourself as a coach

  • Elements of an effective leader
  • Responsibility as an effective leader
  • Leading by example

Developing leadership in athletes

  • Types of team leaders
  • Mentoring leaders - the making of a captain


Tom Keating
Former Athletic Director, Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa
National Volleyball Coach of the Year, 2003
National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame
Eleven-time state champion volleyball coach

Also Featuring:

John Wooden - "Thinking Like a Champion"
In this video, Coach Wooden discusses his personal philosophies on life and athletics. From his childhood days on the farm to his hard knocks as a young coach, to his brilliant seasons at UCLA, this legend shares a lifetime of wisdom. Success, failure, ability, recognition, teammates, parents--find out what separates a true champion from the pack!

High School Coach Perspectives:

Tom Wilson, Varsity Football Coach
Dowling Catholic High School, Des Moines, Iowa

Scott DeJong, Varsity Girls Basketball Coach
Ankeny High School, Ankeny, Iowa

Duane Schulte, Varsity Football Coach
Xavier High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Click Below for the Course Syllabus



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