This book is about helping coaches coach. "Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes" discusses how to improve coaching success and athletic performance through the application of teaching principles and theories. Delving deeper than simply offering an explanation of what athletes learn and what coaches teach, it provides insight into the principles of psychology that drive the emotions, motivation, expectations, self-worth and relationships of athletes. It also looks at how those same psychological principles can be applied to the motor learning process and the improvement of sport expertise and coaching success. By considering the theories that drive success, developing coaches gain focus, motivation and guidance as they learn how a thoughtful coach provides the structure and discipline to make athletes more successful on the field of play.
Jeffrey J. Huber, PhD, is head diving coach and an adjunct assistant professor in the departments of counselling and educational psychology, and kinesiology at Indiana University. Huber has taught courses in educational psychology to both undergraduates and postgraduates of teaching and coaching courses. A collegiate coach for over 35 years, Huber has been the recipient of the Big Ten, NCAA, USA and USOC National Coach of the Year awards. Huber was named the U.S. National Coach of the Year 11 times and has served as U.S. coach for the Sydney (2000), Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008) Olympic Games.
Part I. Athletes and Theories of Motivation; Part II. Athletes and Theories of Behaviorism; Part III. Athletes and Theories of Cognitive Learning; Part IV. Athletes and Theories of Humanism; Part V. Developing Your Coaching Skills and Philosophy.