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Director of Coaching Education United States Olympic Committee

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courses and videos, a mobile app geared toward coaches and a curriculum adapted to the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model. The way coaches consume their information is vastly different than in 2004, but the quality of the Coach Development Program has not changed. In a world where YouTube videos and Google help teach coaches, Smith said the Coach Development Program offers credibility. “Now, I can find a breadth of ways to educate myself,” she said. “That has changed how we as developers of education have to approach the way people learn. … What US Lacrosse can do is provide the best of the best, but also put it together in some type of framework. If there’s no system or structure to how you get educated, you end up with gaps.” The US Lacrosse Coach Development Program has dedicated itself to giving coaches the best instruction. It provides coaches with the tools to coach any athlete — fostering a player-centered coaching philosophy, even more so after explosion of the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model last year.

More coaches are joining the Coach Development Program movement than ever. “The mission of the US Lacrosse Coach Development Program is simple — to provide the best-in-class programs, resources and standards to support the development of lacrosse coaches throughout the country,” said Kevin Greene, senior manager for the program. “With a passionate and dedicated team and our unparalleled access to the best minds in coaching, athlete development, medicine and education, we are able to provide critical resources to create and sustain a future that allows kids to have the best possible experience through the development of their coaches. Investing $55 each year for the last 10 years to maintain my US Lacrosse coach membership was and is the best thing I could do for the kids I coach.” USL


“Quality coaching is a coach that looks beyond the professional X’s and O’s. Somebody that is looking at the interpersonal relationship with athletes and then the intrapersonal relationship you have with your own core values. US Lacrosse’s program is built on those principles.”


Key Account Director, STX CDP Trainer, Club Lacrosse Coach

“Every year, the program evolves to meet the needs of the game as it is currently being played, officiated and coached. It’s constantly evaluated based on learning, coaching and teaching styles. There have probably been 26 revisions. Once you have that open mindset, you’ll get so much out of this program no matter what level you’re in.”

Some of the game’s biggest names have been a part of the Coach Development Program. Here are their experiences.

CDP 2005 First Level 1

instructional clinic (12 trainers)


Level 2 curriculum developed, online course offered (20 trainers)

2008 First Level 2 instructional clinic

2010 Training pool grows to 65 trainers


U.S. U19 Men’s Assistant (’16) Delbarton (N.J.) High School Coach

“What’s really lacking in the coaching profession is understanding the development levels of lacrosse. What can a beginning player handle developmentally versus someone who is 12 or 14? I’m an educator, and part of my job is to evaluate teachers and their pedagogical methods, and the [US Lacrosse] trainers were very pedagogically sound in their delivery.”

Level 3 curriculum developed, first Level 3 instructional clinic


Fundamentals of goalkeeping online courses launched (89 trainers)


Training pool grows to 168 trainers


First Level 1 online course offered


Director, Capital Lacrosse Club Former Division I Women’s Coach (Monmouth, Mount St. Mary’s, Delaware)

“Coaching an athlete is different than playing. Our job as coaches is not just to simply perform the skill and inform. It’s about transforming lives.”


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