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What is your coaching story?

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  • Jaimie

    Hi everyone, my name is Jaimie Sinfield, I'm 51 and my sport is American Football in the UK.

    I'm English born, and was introduced to Gridiron in the early 80's due to Channel 4's weekly coverage, and it wasn't long before my desire to play this great sport, took me to the Arun Leisure Centre in Bognor Regis, and specificly the South Coast Sharks AFC. I loved the sports specitifity regarding positions, it's physicality's, and more importantly the tactical X's and O's of the game.

    I had many eventful years as a player, good times and bad, but when I hang up my cleats, I left the game generally intact with nothing but a bleeding heart, and it was this that got me into coaching.

    I started at Youth Flag, which at the time was Semi Contact, winning a National Title, before representing England at International level. Around the same time, I was part of an Offensive Coaching Staff and OC for the very first all female full contact game to be held in the UK.

    Not long after, the Senior game came calling, and I had stints with different clubs along the South Coast. I'm currently Coaching with the University Of Chichester Spitfires AFC.

  • Richard2591

    https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=516BAD6F40494B0D!2377&authkey=!ADL2OYmRKV4XsrE&ithint=video%2cmp4

    Here's a quick video I've made for my coaching story!

  • robertkmaaye
    On 25/05/16 2:15 PM, Richard Allen said:

    https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=516BAD6F40494B0D!2377&authkey=!ADL2OYmRKV4XsrE&ithint=video%2cmp4

    Here's a quick video I've made for my coaching story!

    Love this Rich!

  • Thanks for sharing Rich.

    I love your honest account - humbling words brought to life with images. Its an inspiring piece for anyone start in out in coaching but also, great for stimulating reflection in those who are already coaching.

    Acting Community Manager
  • charlesinfurna

    Hello everyone.  My name is Charles Infurna.  I am the throwing coach at Nazareth College, a small private Division III institution located in Rochester, NY.  I am starting my fifth year as throwing coach at Nazareth.  

    I began coaching after graduating from college, back in 2004.  I was asked to stay on at SUNY Fredonia as a Graduate Assistant, tasked with coaching the throwers on the track and field team.  I had no idea what I was doing when I started, but it worked out well while I was at SUNY Fredonia.  Fredonia is a small public University located in Fredonia, New York (Western New York).  I coached there for a few years until my wife and I moved back to Rochester, NY, where we are both originally from.  

    I was fortunate to coach a National Champion 20lb. Weight Thrower while at Fredonia, in 2009.  Julia threw the Weight 18.29m.  She was also a 58m Hammer Thrower.  Since I started at Nazareth College, I have been just as fortunate with coaching Luis Rivera, the 2016 Division III Indoor 35lb. Weight Throw National Champion.  He threw the Weight 20.45m.  He is also a 60m Hammer Thrower.

    My passion is coaching.  I have started focusing more time on the relationship aspects of coaching, specifically coach-athlete relationships.  I used a coaching model as the theory behind my dissertation work.  

    I hope to learn more from everyone here involved with ConnectedCoaches.

    Thank you,

    Charles

  • robertkmaaye
    On 05/10/16 2:38 PM, Charles Infurna said:

    Hello everyone.

    Welcome to the community Charles...great to have you on board!

    On 05/10/16 2:38 PM, Charles Infurna said:

    focusing more time on the relationship aspects of coaching, specifically coach-athlete relationships

    You might find a couple of Sophia Jowett's blogs right up your street!

    On 05/10/16 2:38 PM, Charles Infurna said:

    I hope to learn more from everyone here involved with ConnectedCoaches.

    Reading your story I'm sure you've lots of experiences to share yourself! Thanks for sharing. I hope you enjoy your ConnectedCoaches experience and find it useful.

    Cheers

    Rob

  • imac

    Hi. Got started in martial arts  in my mid thirties with my then primary school age sons. Coaching was a natural progression as we went up through the grading system, and I enjoyed supporting others to develop as they came into the sport.  The club folded and we were looking for another activity we could share. They fancied giving kayaking a go, we joined the local sea kayaking club and have been active members ever since. We all enjoy the outdoors and being active, and it's good to pass on that enthusiasm to others and help them through those first steps when it feels like there's too much to get your head round!.  I helped out with coaching informally for a couple of years  as I was heavily involved in the running of the club and a number of big club events, and now I've stepped back from club management I have moved on to take UKCC Levels 1 and 2 coach training and assessments, completing level 2 in June 2016.  I'm now one of four level 2 coaches in the club. I also hold a post-graduate certificate in education. 

  • robertkmaaye
    On 29/01/17 1:06 PM, Iain MacBride said:

    Hi. Got started in martial arts  in my mid thirties with my then primary school age sons. Coaching was a natural progression as we went up through the grading system, and I enjoyed supporting others to develop as they came into the sport.  The club folded and we were looking for another activity we could share. They fancied giving kayaking a go, we joined the local sea kayaking club and have been active members ever since. We all enjoy the outdoors and being active, and it's good to pass on that enthusiasm to others and help them through those first steps when it feels like there's too much to get your head round!.  I helped out with coaching informally for a couple of years  as I was heavily involved in the running of the club and a number of big club events, and now I've stepped back from club management I have moved on to take UKCC Levels 1 and 2 coach training and assessments, completing level 2 in June 2016.  I'm now one of four level 2 coaches in the club. I also hold a post-graduate certificate in education. 

    Welcome to the ConnectedCoaches community Ian! Great to have you on board smile

    With moving from two sports so different as Martial Arts and Kayaking it sounds like you'll have some great experiences to share. Really looking forward to your contributions!

    I hope you enjoy being a ConnectedCoaches member and find it useful

    Cheers

    Rob

  • paulcrocker

    Hey guys,

    im a level 2 ice skating coach. I’ve skated my whole life and never intended to coach but now I couldn’t do without it!

    its provided me a chance to give back to the sport a bit of what it gave me - confidence, determination, work ethic, friendship, love and a fulfilling reason to get out of bed everyday. It’s where I met my best mates and my wife!

    In short I’ve coached around 11 years now, I’ve had skaters compete at national and international competitions and won an award in 2017 as “young coach of the year” from our “British Ice Skaters Association”. Recently I have been involved with the Special Olympics winter games which has lead to me having the opportunity to go to Austria as a Team GB coach. Only last Saturday me and a fellow coach organised the first ever national disability skating camp to raise awareness of how rewarding our sport can be for coach and athlete with a disability. I’m head coach at our local rink and an honorary member of the club that operates there.

    i currently teach all ages from 3-77 in groups and 1-2-1 and look after 2 synchronised skating teams.

    I have found this site so useful and hope I can help bring something here for you guys.

  • robertkmaaye

    Welcome to the community Paul great to see you’ve become a member and share a bit of your journey…it sounds like coaching has given you an awful lot, which is fantastic!

    Well done for getting stuck in and starting conversations (for anyone interested check out Paul’s first conversation ‘Can you, as one coach, do it on your own’) we need more members like you!

    On 25/08/18 5:11 PM, Paul Crocker said:

    I have found this site so useful and hope I can help bring something here for you guys.

    Thanks for the kind words about the site. Hopefully you continue to find it useful!

    All the best

    Rob

  • LawrieOK

    Welcome Paul - looking forward to reading more of your contributions.

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