Optimism in Coaching – How Athletes & Coaches View Effectiveness

  Podcast Interview with Dr. Andrea Becker on Perceptual Differences in Optimism & Coaching Effectiveness

Coaching is a tremendously dynamic process.  One who studies coaching effectiveness is Dr. Andrea Becker from California State University at Fullerton.  She will be the first to tell you that there are many different variables to coaching effectiveness.  She’s been interviewed before for Podium Sports Journal on the “Athlete’s Experience of Great Coaching” and discussed many of those factors that contributed to John Wooden’s success and other great coaches.

One of her recent examinations into coaching effectiveness also examines the perceptual differences that both athletes and coaches have in assessing their own optimism.  That coaches tend to perceive themselves as more optimistic then their athletes do, IS A FACTOR IN COACHING EFFECTIVENESS.

This podcast speaks to this dynamic and the kinds of things athletes and coaches would all value in determining those contributing elements to success on a number of different levels.  Authenticity, an accurate perception of how a coach views themselves, and identifying the kinds of assessment tools that will both accurately and efficiently measure these dynamics are part of the discussion.

Take a listen and see what you think:

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Dr. Andrea Becker

Dr. Andrea Becker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology. She received her PhD in Sport Studies from the University of Tennessee (2007), and her BS and MS degrees in Kinesiology from California State University, Sacramento. As an undergraduate, Becker competed as a Division I softball player, and later co-author a softball specific mental training book titled, Focused For Fastpitch. Currently, her primary teaching responsibilities and research interests are in the area of Sport and Exercise Psychology. More specifically, she studies aspects of coaching (i.e., coach-athlete interactions, expectancy effects) and performance enhancements (i.e., optimism, focus, emotional control). Dr. Becker is an active member of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, and also serves on the editorial board for a journal titled, The Sport Psychologist. In addition to her academic responsibilities, Dr. Becker is a certified sport psychology consultant (CC-AASP). In this capacity, she provides sport psychology services to athletes, coaches, and teams.


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