EDUO 9722: Developing Successful Life Skills through Athletics

Instructors: Dick Bach, Ernie Shaffer
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Course description

All coaches want their student/athletes to see themselves as winners throughout their lives regardless of their sports performances. This class will help the teacher/coach focus on that goal.

Required Text: Successful Coaching-4th Edition by Rainer Martens, Human Kinetics; 4 edition
(February 17, 2012)

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, the participants will have had the opportunity to examine a style of coaching that:

  • Places an athlete’s well-being above winning events or games.
  • Emphasizes the development of the student athlete into a mentally and physically healthy adult.
  • Assists individual athletes in setting personal goals for their sports as well as rewarding life goals.
  • Develops a rewards system for the athlete that is both extrinsic and intrinsic.
  • Creates a participation flow, for both starters and substitutes that enhances the athlete’s enthusiasm for the sport.
  • Promotes the change from thinking as a “loser” to thinking as a “winner”.


Dick Bach

B.S., M.S. Physical Education

Taught and coached 7-9 Jr. High students for five years.

Taught mathematics and physical education at the High School level for 35 years.

Had experience as a Department Head in physical education.

Helped to develop a state granted voluntary integration program.

Richard’s personal interests are golf and helping others succeed.

Ernie Shaffer

B.A., M.A. Administration

Taught Elementary 5 years, Jr. High 5 years, Senior High 5 years and Adult Ed. 2 years.

Administration Grades K-12 19 years.

Coached variety of sports grades 6-12.

Developed Leisure Living Program for Grades 6-12.

Leisure interests-fishing, reading, poker and Senior Softball.

  • Price: $149
  • 1 Semester Credit/Unit

Instructors: Dick Bach, Ernie Shaffer

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