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Parent-Athlete-Coach Alliance (EDMA 175)

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Course Overview

Technology Requirements:
For this course you will need access to:

  • Adobe Acrobat or similar pdf reader
  • Microsoft Word

Students will receive a link to download course documents in a confirmation email sent via our registration system after paying for the course. Please look for this email.

1 Semester Hour of Graduate Credit
You have up to one YEAR to complete the course!

Parent-Athlete-Coach Alliance is designed to assist coaches in developing strategies to foster positive, effective relationships with the parents of the athletes they coach. Course material will guide coaches to explore changing backgrounds and roles of coaches and parents, identify various family dynamics, and to examine the perspectives of coaches, parents, athletes and administrators. The course will also help coaches develop effective communication strategies to use with parents, and ways to encourage appropriate parent involvement in their programs.

P.A.C. Alliance segments include:

  • Current Perspectives
    • The changing role of parents
    • The changing role of coaches
    • To coach is to choose
    • What parents want
  • Understanding Family Dynamics
    • "Over-involved" family
    • "Under-involved" family
    • "Balanced" family
  • Views and Insights
    • Coach
    • Parent
    • Athlete
    • Administrator
  • Proactive Strategies
    • Pre-season parent meetings
    • Team handbooks and handouts
    • Timely communications
    • Communication guidelines
  • Implementation
    • Looking back, looking forward
    • Putting the P.A.C. Alliance in place

This course is in DVD format which will be sent to you via USPS at no extra cost. You will be required to pay for the return of any DVD's that come to you upon completion of your course.


Please Note: This course does not require any textbook purchase. 


Greg Dale, Mental Training Coach, Duke University

Tom Keating, Principal, Xavier High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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
American Volleyball Coaches Association 700 Win Club

Tom Keating led the Wahlert Eagles to 10 state titles during his tenure there, becoming the first coach to win 10 state volleyball titles in the state of Iowa. Along with the 10 titles, Debuque Wahlert has been runners-up three times during his 20 years as head coach. This four-time Iowa Conference Coach of the Year has sent more than 20 players into Division I programs. In 1994, he coached the Mizuno High School All-American Team. With more then 700 wins and 11 conference championships, Tom Keating is considered one of the top high school coaches in the country.

The course also includes panelists: Denny Goettel, Activities Director, Washington High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Jim Jarchow, Activities Director, Senior High School, Dubuque, Iowa; Tom Lilly, Head Girls Basketball Coach, Xavier High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Mark Ehlers, Football Coach, Hempstead High School, Dubuque, Iowa; and Joe Callahan, parent.

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