The Elitefts™ Sports Performance Coach Education Series is a comprehensive educational resource for coaches in the collegiate, high school, professional, and private settings. This series will take a fundamental approach to various topics that will enable coaches the additional skills to enhance their coaching abilities, improve marketability in the industry, and drastically increase the impact they have upon their athletes.

Objective of this Video

The goal of this video is to help coaches develop a comprehensive and meaningful curriculum to serve as a guideline to mentor and develop young, aspiring strength and conditioning professionals.

Presentation Outline

Sample 15-Week Development Plan

  1. Acclimating to Setting  Weeks 1 -2
  2. Acquiring Knowledge  Weeks 3-5
  3. Generating Questions  Weeks 6-8
  4. Formulating Opinions  Weeks 9-11
  5. Developing a Philosophy  Weeks 12-15

 PHASE I - Acclimation

Acclimating to Setting

  • Expectations
  • Act professional
  • Schedules
  • Be realistic, be responsible, and don’t flake
  • Terminology
  • Drills, Buzz Words
  • Sport Coaches
  • Submersing in the culture of each team

PHASE II - Education

Acquiring Knowledgeelitefts foundations

Safety Concerns

  • Spotting
  • Emergency Procedures

Scientific Foundations

1. Bio Motor Abilities
2. Bioenergetics
3. Basic Biomechanics
4. Basic Nutrition
5. Periodization

Exercise Technique

  • Olympic Movements
  • Structural Movements
  • Foundational Movements

Program Design

  • Needs Analysis
  • Resource Limitations
  • Exercises, Frequency, Order, Load, Volume, Rest

Coaching Methods

  • Before & After the Session & Set

PHASE III - Research

Generating Questions

  • Who are your best resources?
  • What Don’t you Know?
  • Why is it important?
  • When is it appropriate to ask?
  • Where are you getting the information?

PHASE IV - Principles

Formulating Opinions

  • What is important to You?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What would you use and what would you throw out?
  • How do you use philosophies from all of the strength disciplines.

PHASE V - Philosophy

Developing your own Coaching Philosophy

  • Establishing realistic and attainable goals
  • Knowing what you believe in and knowing why you believe in it
  • Knowing who, what , and where your resources will be

4 Areas of Intern Development

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Assignments & Evaluation

  • Scientific Foundation Team Teaching Session
  • Exercise Technique Presentation
  • Resource Review
  • Sports Specific Program Design
  • KIC Evaluations
  • Level System Classification
  • 5 Innovative Assignments for Interns


K.I.C. Evaluations

Basic Knowledge

  • Can They?

Taking Initiative

  • Will They?

Communication Skills

  • How Do They?

Knowledge Base

Exercise Technique

Level 0

  • The intern cannot explain or demonstrate basic exercise technique to athletes.

Level 1

  • The intern can explain and demonstrate basic exercise technique to athlete.

Level 2

  • The intern can identify technique flaws.

Level 3

  • The intern can address technique discrepancies with corrective strategies.

Taking Initiative

Level 0

  • The intern does not interact with student athletes during training sessions.

Level 1

  • The intern will occasionally interact with student athletes or prepare for the next training group mostly when asked to by another coach and with set up.

Level 2

  • The intern will interact with student athletes most of the time and occasionally prepares for the next training group mostly when asked to by another coach and with set up.

Level 3

  • The intern coaches athletes at every opportunity and consistently organizes equipment and starts training sessions without being asked to.

Communication Skills

Level 0

  • The intern has NOT built a positive rapport any student athletes.

Level 1

  • The intern has built a positive rapport with some student athletes based on social circumstances.

Level 2

  • The intern has built a positive rapport with most student athletes based on respect for the S&C program.

Level 3

  • The intern has built a positive rapport with all student athletes based on trust and respect for the student coach.

Job Satisfaction

Patrick Lenconi “3 Signs of a Miserable Job”


  • Are your interns recognized as young coaches?


  • Do your interns understand their jobs are important?


  • How do your interns know if they are proficient at their job?

Internship Development

  • Friday Seminars
  • Round Table Lunches
  • Third Thursdays
  • Professional Development Educational Trips
  • Clinics & Conferences
  • Certification Opportunities
  • Community Service


Show Up On Time All the Time

  • Don’t flake. Be here when you say you will be here

Work Hard

  • Take the initiative to provide the best training environment.

Work Together

  • Have the other Interns’ backs even over your own team.

Work with Everyone

  • Train athletes from different teams and build a rapport.

Work Toward Being a Better Coach

  • Try to improve everyday, in every aspect of coaching.

Work at Your Weaknesses

  • Engage issues and compete outside your comfort zone

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