GAINcast Episode 50: Serial Winning Coaches (with Sergio Lara-Bercial)

Sergio Lara-Bercial had a simple question he wanted answered: what makes serial winning coaches so successful. As a senior research fellow at the International Council for Coaching Excellence he was able to sit down with coaches who produce Olympic champions and record holders time and time again. In this episode he talks about his background, the project, and what lessons he learned from talking with the best coaches in the world.

This Episode’s Question: What makes serial winning coaches so successful?

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Sergio is a Senior Research Fellow for the International Council for Coaching Excellence and Leeds Beckett University. After a professional career as a basketball player in both Spain and England, Sergio coached high performance basketball for eight years in the English Women First Division and was a Team GB Coach for five years between 2005 and 2009, going to five European Championships. In 2008, he started working for Sports Coach UK consulting for governing bodies of sport and supporting them in the development of their coaches.

Much of our conversation discussed his work on serial winning coaches, how the research came about, the logistics of it, and, of course, the lessons learned. One area of focus was on what motivates these coaches:

Money doesn't motivate serial winning coaches. They're want to know they did their best. @SergioLaraUK Click To Tweet A motivator for many serial winning coaches is that want to win where they couldn't as an athlete. Click To Tweet

More recently he has focused on coaching education for coaching kids, a neglected area now:

Too often we coach kids like adults since that's all we know. @SergioLaraUK Click To Tweet

We also discussed his own background as a basketball coach and what he has learned working both with men’s and women’s teams.

Women make you a much better coach. They need to know a bit more about why they're doing things. Click To Tweet We try to motivate boys just by fighting, not by bonding. They need bonding too. @SergioLaraUK Click To Tweet

For more from Sergio, listen to the full episode above. And please give us a review and subscribe on iTunes if you like the podcast.

Further Reading

  • Applications for GAIN are still being accepted, but space is filling up fast. It will take place from June 13 to 17, 2017 in Houston. Listen to GAINcast 41 for more details about GAIN or register here.
  • You can read more about serial winning coaches in Sergio’s articles on the topic. They are all available on Research Gate. You can also follow him on Twitter (@SergioLaraUK as well as the iCoachKids program (@iCoachKidsEU).
  • The ICCE’s Global Coach Conference will take place from July 31 to August 2 in Liverpool. You can learn more here.
  • For more on becoming a better coach, listen to our interview with Wade Gilbert on GAINcast 7. Gilbert is also a faculty member at GAIN again this summer.
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