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Workshop on Coaching Education Offered

February 3, 2016

While numerous people are familiar with the names Gary Kubiak and Ron Rivera facing off in Superbowl 50 in a few days, most coaches – from youth leagues to college – are not as well known to the masses. But what famed coaches and the coach of your child’s soccer team coaches have in common are the abilities to build teams, develop skills, and motivate their players.

How do coaches learn that? By using the latest research in the often overlooked field of coaching education. Emporia State will host two speakers in a workshop for coaches, athletic directors, recreation directors, and administrators this spring for a one-day coaching education experience.

The seventh annual More than the X’s and O’s workshop will be held Tuesday, April 5 on the Emporia State campus.

“A coach has a tremendous influence in developing athletes and the opportunity to work with athletes and make a positive difference is priceless,” said Mark Stanbrough, Director of Emporia State’s Coaching Education program. “Good coaches continue to seek knowledge and realize the importance of more than the X’s and O’s by systematically developing the physical, mental and character skills of the student-athletes they work with.”

Wes Simmons and Jeff Hulse will be speaking at the workshop.

Simmons will share new research developed through 3Dimensional CoachingTM. This coaching curriculum is based on extensive research regarding different coaching philosophies and the cultural influence of coaches in the lives of the people they impact.

Simmons played college football at Northwest Missouri State University, where he started on back-to-back NCAA DII National Championship teams. He began his coaching career at Northwest Missouri as a defensive assistant for three years while completing his master’s degree in Athletic Administration. His career has shifted from coaching athletes on the field to coaching both athletes and coaches in other areas of life. He serves as the NW Missouri Fellowship of Christian Athletes area director in St. Joseph, MO.

Hulse will address “Successful Team Building.”  Hulse, 2013 National Federation of High School Softball Coach of the Year, is currently teaching physical education and coaching softball at Belton High School in Missouri. He has taught at the elementary school, middle school and high school levels. He has coached football, basketball, track and field, tennis, softball and served as athletic director. As the head softball coach at Olathe East High School he compiled an amazing .935 winning percentage with a record of 332 wins and only 23 losses.                                 

This workshop is hosted by the Emporia State Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation. To attend, people need to register through This workshop is also available for university credit. To find out more, contact Mark Stanbrough at, 620-341-5399.



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