Winning Ways of Women Coaches
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BookWe’ve entered a new era of women in coaching. Women coaches across the globe have triumphed, using their expertise, experience, and sustained success to break down barriers and establish new standards of excellence in their coaching roles.
Winning Ways of Women Coaches reflects this new era. Some of the most exceptional women coaches in the world have contributed to this groundbreaking book, each examining a different coaching topic from her unique viewpoint. Representing 15 different sports—including professional football and baseball—and earning more than 50 national championships and dozens of world and Olympic titles, these coaching pioneers provide the acumen and inspiration to succeed in the coaching profession:
- Lonni Alameda
- Rachel Balkovec
- Becky Burleigh
- Denise Corlett
- Melody Davidson
- Kelly Inouye-Perez
- Roselee Jencke
- Valorie Kondos Field
- Melissa Luellen
- Teri McKeever
- Missy Meharg
- Felecia Mulkey
- Carla Nicholls
- Carol Owens
- Carolyn Peck
- Ellen Randell
- Nancy Stevens
- Tara VanDerveer
- Amber Warners
- Jen Welter
Whether you’re searching for proven coaching techniques, creative new approaches, or sage troubleshooting advice, Winning Ways of Women Coaches will prove to be your most valuable resource. After reading this book, you’ll discover that it’s your ability to instruct, develop, and care for your athletes—not just your knowledge of Xs and Os—that will propel your career and separate you from the rest.
Showcasing women coaches who have reached the top of their profession and embodying the idea of “If she can see it, she can be it,” Winning Ways of Women Coaches will reinvigorate current coaches and inspire would-be coaches to make the leap into coaching.
AudienceAspiring and current women sport coaches.
Table of ContentsPart I. Coaching Career Path and Considerations
Chapter 1. Checking Your Coaching Competencies
Valorie Kondos Field
Chapter 2. Getting a Coaching Position, Growing as a Coach
Chapter 3. Changing Coaching Roles, Advancing Your Career
Chapter 4. Thriving as an Assistant Coach
Chapter 5. Coaching and Raising a Family
Chapter 6. Managing Yourself
Part II. Program Development and Management
Chapter 7. Working With Administrators
Chapter 8. Building and Sustaining a Winning Program
Chapter 9. Establishing a High-Performance Culture
Chapter 10. Developing and Implementing a Strategy
Chapter 11. Recruiting, Organizing, and Mentoring a Staff
Chapter 12. Planning, Scheduling, and Delegating
Chapter 13. Selling Your Program
Part III. Athlete Engagement and Growth
Chapter 14. Recruiting Athletes to Your Program
Chapter 15. Defining and Adjusting Athletes’ Roles
Chapter 16. Leading Effectively and Coaching People Up
Chapter 17. Taking an Athlete-Centered Approach
Chapter 18. Strengthening Coach–Athlete Relationships
Chapter 19. Growing Athletes Holistically
Chapter 20. Keeping It Fun While Instilling the Values
About the EditorCecile Reynaud, PhD, was the head coach of the Florida State University (FSU) volleyball team from 1976 until her retirement in 2001, compiling an impressive 635 wins and seven conference championships in her 26 years at the helm. She was twice named Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year (1992, 2000) and has been inducted into the halls of fame of numerous sport organizations, including the FSU Athletic Hall of Fame (2009), the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame (2017), and the USA Volleyball (USAV) Hall of Fame (2020). In 2016, she received the Harold T. Friermood “Frier” Award, the highest award given by USAV.
Her career spanned international competition as well. She served as an assistant coach for the World University Games (1983) and went on to coach the U.S. Junior National Team (1985). Reynaud held the positions of deputy competition manager for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta and competition secretary for the Goodwill Games. In 2012, she served as the team leader for the USA Women’s Sitting Volleyball National Team at the Paralympic Games. In 2013, she was the team leader and assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team for the FIVB World Grand Prix, and in 2014 she served as the team leader for the Men’s U.S. Volleyball Team at the U21 World Championship in Mexico.
In a leadership capacity, Reynaud has served on the boards of directors of USAV and AVCA and is a past AVCA president and USAV chair. She has also served on the Performance Enhancement Team for the USA Volleyball Sitting Volleyball National Team and the Commission on Youth Athlete Safety for USA Volleyball. She has served on the boards of directors for the Side-Out Foundation, the FSU Varsity Club, and her local sexual and domestic violence organization. In addition, Reynaud served as board president of WeCOACH, the premier membership organization dedicated to the recruitment, advancement, and retention of women coaches of all sports and levels.
After her coaching career, Reynaud was a research associate professor at FSU, where she taught graduate and undergraduate classes in the sport management department until her retirement in 2015. She serves as color analyst for collegiate volleyball matches on various television networks and has authored several books, including The Volleyball Coaching Bible (Volumes I and II), 101 Winning Volleyball Drills, Coaching Volleyball Technical and Tactical Skills, and She Can Coach! as well as numerous volleyball DVDs.