Coaching has evolved, and so has how we develop coaches. As director of coach development at Sport Singapore, Troy Engle has tried to set up a new approach to developing both coaches and the coaching culture in the city-state. He joins us on this week’s GAINcast to talk about his project, his philosophy of developing coaches, and the challenges of coaching across cultures.
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Troy Engle is the director of coach development at Sport Singapore. He has been in Singapore for the past four years and prior to that held numerous roles as a track and field coach and coach educator in the US.
- 1:00 – Engle’s background and path to Singapore.
- 3:45 – The evolution of Engle’s role in Singapore. “The best way for coaches to learn is not in the classroom and they don’t like to learn in the classroom. It needs to be practice-based and knowledge they feel is relevant. “
- 6:30 – Understanding sport in Singapore.
- 9:45 – Kiasu: overcoming fear of failure and learning to ask questions.
- 15:30 – Finding the right fit for foreign coaches. “The sports that have been successful have been ones that brought in foreign coaches to support the local system, not supplant it. “
- 19:00 – Learning about the local culture
- 23:30 – Getting coaches to share: “If you bring in coaches to win competitions, that’s all they’ll focus on winning. If you hire them to share, then they’ll share. “
- 26:00 – Identifying coaching talent: “Everybody can’t be an Olympian, but coaches should be scouting for coaching talent, not just Olympic talent. We need talent ID for future coaches. “
- 27:30 – The coach developer concept: “Coaches need to step out of their comfort zone as a skills instructors. “
- 35:00 – Foundational concepts in Engle’s approach: “The coach has three areas of knowledge: technical knowledge, interpersonal knowledge, and intrapersonal knowledge. ” “The outputs of coaching are competence, connection, character and confidence. “
- 38:00 – Changing habits and improving sleep, technology usage, and parenting.
- 46:00 – Multisport athletic development and translating the theory to practice.
- 50:15 – Take home points to improve coaching.
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- You can reach out to Engle on Twitter at @CoachTroyEngle. You can also learn about CoachSG and find coaching resources on their webpage.
- Engle reference Wade Gilbert several times in the episode. Gilbert was a guest on GAINcast 7 and GAINcast 121. You can also check out his book Coaching Better Every Season: A Year-Round System for Athlete Development and Program Success.
- Vern has been working in Singapore to assist Singapore Swimming Association and performance director Stephan Widmer. Widmer was a guest on GAINcast 110.