Jul 5, 2020
This week on the Way of Champions Podcast, we
welcome Chris Snyder and Nadine Dubina from the US Olympic and
Paralympic Committee. We dive into how to put fun back into
coaching, how to handle push-back from coaches about coach
development, and early sport specialization.
Chris Snyder is the director of coaching
education for the United States Olympic Committee. In his current
role, Snyder focuses on supporting the USOC sport performance
department and Team USA coaches His responsibilities include
discovering and providing resources to enhance sport culture and
the National Governing Bodies that service sport in the United
States. Previously, Snyder served as the manager of coaching
education and training for U.S. Lacrosse in Baltimore. He has
coached competitive sports for more than 12 years.
Nadine Dubina is the Manager of Coach
Development for the United States Olympic Committee. Passionate
about people, learning and sport, Nadine blends these values with
an experiential learning facilitation style to create coach
development workshops, courses, and presentations that are unique,
practical and purposeful. Nadine believes in and collaborated on
creating the 6 guiding principles of the USOC’s Quality Coaching
Framework and uses this as the basis for all of her coaching work.
She has an ongoing role in the USOC’s National Team Coach
Leadership Education Program (NTCLEP), Coach Accelerator Program
(CAP) and International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program
(ICECP). Nadine earned an M.A. in Sport Psychology and is currently
pursuing her Ed.D in Coaching and Teaching Studies. She was a
competitive gymnast and has coached and judged gymnastics at
various levels for 10 years.
Highlights from the Podcast:
What does a day at the USOPC look like for Nadine and
How do we out the fun back into coaching?
What is the push-back in the coach development
How can a coach can build on the experiences of previous
High-performing vs High-performance
“If you want to be a good coach, you better be a good
When is a good time for an athlete to start
What if a kid doesn't want to specialize in one sport?
Why shouldn’t we (with kids under the age of 12) put all the
best kids on one team and beat other teams?
"The worst thing a club can do: pus a bad coach with the
lowest level athletes."
How does setting an age-date disadvantage certain kids?
What is it like at the USOPC leading up to the next
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