Walla Walla Public Schools announces the First Annual Walla Walla Community Coaches Conference Monday, August 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Walla Walla High School. This is a free, one-day conference for district coaches and local youth parent/volunteer coaches.
The clinic features practical strategies for building stronger local sports programs with training on positive coaching, student-athlete skill development and leadership. Participants will also have an opportunity to interact with local high school coaches, YMCA staff and learn from guest speakers Mark Thompson, Bruce Brown, Sara LeDuc and Kelsey Brennan.
The morning session begins with risk management consultant Mark Thompson, who specializes in student bullying and harassment prevention. Thompson will share strategies and best-practice tips for misconduct prevention in athletics. After a short break, Sara DeLuc will provide important updates related to ASB Law and Procedures.
Participants will then hear from the Director of Proactive Coaching Bruce Brown who will share a vision for coaches, parents, and athletes about intentionally creating character-based team cultures. In addition, he will provide a blueprint for team leadership, and how best to develop confident, tough-minded, fearless competitors who train for excellence and significance.
“Bruce has been a leader in youth athletics for over 35 years,” said Dirk Hansen, Director of Athletics and Activities for Walla Walla Public Schools. “This is an exciting time in Walla Walla youth athletics and Bruce is sharing his experience and expertise to create a shared vision for K-12 and Walla Walla Valley athletics.”
After lunch, participants will have different break-out sessions to select. At these sessions, attendees will meet high school coaches and learn about drills and skill-building techniques that support program alignment and coordination. Specific events include instruction in wrestling, basketball, volleyball, safe weight lifting, baseball, softball, soccer, cross country and injury screening prevention. At the end of the day, participants will also be able to renew their first aid/CPR certifications with Kelsey Brennan.
“We are excited to provide this incredible day to our local coaches and parents who are dedicating their time and energy to the success of our youth” said Hansen. “We hope to grow this event and continue to provide a unified vision to keep our local children involved in athletics from community youth programs through their high school experience.”
Dirk Hansen, Director of Athletics and Activities for Walla Walla Public Schools