LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Continuing to expand its educational platform, the NFCA is excited to unveil Quick Out of the Box, a curriculum for new collegiate head coaches. This pilot program is designed to connect new collegiate head coaches with one another, as well as with veteran head coaches in a classroom setting.
There are many challenges when a coach moves into their first head coaching position. Coupled with the wide array of circumstances presented by COVID-19, NFCA Director of Education Joanna Lane realized this would be a perfect year to bring this program to the forefront.
“New head coaches have unique needs when it comes to mentorship,” Lane said. “There is a very small window to successfully instill a culture when taking over a program. The goal of this educational initiative is to shorten the learning curve and help the next generation of champions thrive in their new positions.”
Designed for first-year head coaches (no head coaching experience prior to 2020), the NFCA will be utilizing Google Classroom, Zoom and other online tools to help coaches connect and grow over the course of the year. They will have access to more than 50 long-tenured and successful collegiate coaches, who will offer their advice and share documents on a wide array of topics.
"Becoming a head coach means moving from a position of 'offering suggestions' to 'making decisions,' which can be overwhelming to a new head coach,” said NFCA Executive Director Carol Bruggeman. “This program will equip rookie head coaches with tools for success. We take great pride in creating and adding innovative educational offerings to serve our members."
Topics to be covered will include: team management, practice planning, recruiting, relationships with administrators, managing staff, budget planning, alumni outreach, fundraising, academic monitoring, discipline, documentation procedures, mental training, COVID-19 procedures, and social justice education.
As several veteran coaches put it… “I wish this had been around when I started.”