Learning to Mentor in Sports Coaching is an innovative, user-friendly, practical and theoretical guide for educating sports coaches as mentors. It is the first book to employ design thinking techniques to develop a new approach to mentor education in sports coaching.

Providing theoretical grounding in mentoring conversations, design thinking and case study research, the book centres on a series of redesigned mentoring conversations between some of the world’s leading sports coaching experts, coach educators, mentors and mentees. It covers topics such as: 

  • supporting novice volunteer coaches’ learning
  • the learning needs of novice volunteer coaches and novice professional coaches
  • professional communities of learning in coaching
  • the impact of coaching behaviours on learning environments
  • autonomy-supportive learning environments
  • coaching children, young people and adults 

Closing with a critique of the sports coach mentor as design thinker, Learning to Mentor in Sports Coaching is important reading for any upper-level student or researcher working in sports coaching, sports pedagogy or youth sport, and any coach looking to integrate sound mentoring theory into their professional practice.

part I|54 pages

Sports coaching

chapter 1|21 pages

An ecological, reflexive and praxis oriented mentor-training programme

The role of the mentoring conversation
ByFiona C. Chambers, Tandy Jane Haughey, Gavin Breslin, Deirdre Brennan

chapter 2|31 pages

What is design thinking?

A case study of using design thinking in a sports coaching context
ByBrian Cuthbert, Trevor Vaugh, Fiona C. Chambers

part II|174 pages

Sports coaching

chapter 4|16 pages

A mentoring conversation in community sports coaching

Martyn Cooke (mentor) and Lisa Snape (mentee)
ByLaura Gale, William Taylor, Martyn Cooke

chapter 5|19 pages

An Irish case study conversationRugby

ByFiona C. Chambers, Gary Byrne, Ultan O’Callaghan

chapter 6|20 pages

Giving voice to the nodding donkey

A critical-humanistic approach to mentoring from down under
ByGlenn Fyall, Jackie Cowan, Hugh Galvan

chapter 7|18 pages

A Portuguese case study conversation

ByJoão Costa, Marcos Onofre

chapter 8|19 pages

The coffee club

ByChristine Nash, Clifford J. Mallett

chapter 9|16 pages

A Canadian case study conversation

Mentorship in elite women’s ice hockey
ByGordon A. Bloom, Jordan S. Lefebvre, Peter Smith

chapter 10|15 pages

An Irish case study conversation

Gaelic games
ByWesley O’Brien, Brian Cuthbert, Niall McCarthy

chapter 11|29 pages

A university academic mentor–mentee relationship in practice

A Northern Irish sports coaching degree
ByTandy Jane Haughey, Robin Gregg

part III|15 pages

Sports coach mentor as design thinker

chapter 12|13 pages

Lessons learned

Sports coach mentor as design thinker
ByTrevor Vaugh, Joanne Moles, Fiona C. Chambers