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Championing Athletic Success

With the goal of championing the success of athletic coaches and student-athletes of all ages, the Baldwin Wallace Center for Coaching Excellence provides education, training and support to help individuals achieve their personal and professional best.

Housed in Baldwin Wallace’s Department of Allied Health, Sport and Wellness, the Center offers opportunities for collaborative research, workshops, partnerships, training and activities that focus on coaching and player development, along with issues and trends that impact sports and society today.

Goals and Activities

The Center for Coaching Excellence operates as a resource for the community in Northeast Ohio and nationally that sponsor activities for athletes with a wide range of abilities.

Positive Development of the Total Athlete

Building a strong coach-player relationship that focuses on conscientious communication, respect and positive interaction is essential to the athletic experience. A partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance provides the community with access to resources that can help them become better leaders, team members and competitors in sports.

Community Building Through Sport

Baldwin Wallace’s Department of Allied Health, Sport and Wellness partners with organizations throughout Northeast Ohio to provide individuals of all abilities opportunities to participate in sports programs, among them:

Adaptive Sports Programs of Ohio
Baldwin Wallace works closely with Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio (ASPO) in a variety of projects ranging from in-class presentations to hosting the ASPO ExCEL Games on campus. ASPO promotes the health and wellness of individuals having a range of physical abilities. It hosts sports programs in Ohio and has partnered with the U.S. Olympic Committee to launch Paralympic Sport Ohio.

ASPO Excel Games
The ExCEL Games is a Paralympic track and field event held at Baldwin Wallace each spring. Athletes of all ages and physical abilities participate in an official capacity while enjoying all of the benefits of friendly competition and camaraderie.

Research Opportunities

Among research opportunities, the Department of Allied Health, Sport and Wellness collaborates with USA Football. Baldwin Wallace students help to collect data on participants involved in a modified Rookie Tackle football league. They work in paid research positions as field data collection technicians and handle research communication and logistics at designated sites. They also oversee the data transfer to USA Football in Indianapolis.

Education Through Athletics

Elevating the practices and standards of the coaching profession through comprehensive education is at the core of the Center for Coaching Excellence. Programs include:

Athletic Coaching Minor
Baldwin Wallace's athletic coaching minor provides students with the opportunity to gain practical knowledge and experiences in all aspects of coaching, including program management and player and team development. The minor utilizes research-based coaching pedagogy from the Positive Coaching Alliance, an organization that promotes positive, character-building experiences for athletes.

Domestic & International Outreach

Developing a greater understanding of the social, political, and economic impact of today’s ever-growing global sports industry is invaluable to educational enrichment and career preparation. Baldwin Wallace sponsors study abroad experiences as well as programs and speakers that provide students with outstanding opportunities to interact with leaders spanning diverse cultures and professions.

Global Sports in Ireland and Scotland
This university-sponsored trip provides students with exceptional hands-on experiences with leaders in the global sport industry, including athletic coaching and business.

International Coaching and Teaching in Ireland
In conjunction with University College Cork, Bishopstown Boys School and teams in nearby Cork City, Baldwin Wallace sponsors a three-week study abroad experience that enables students to teach and coach at the international level.

Program and Speakers
The Center for Coaching Excellence hosts multicultural guests on campus. Among recent visitors was a delegation from Azerbaijan who discussed the use of sport as a tool for social change.

What's the Score? Podcast

What’s The Score is a monthly podcast featuring interviews with coaches, administrators and other professionals who share their experiences and expertise on how to achieve your personal and professional best.

The podcast, presented by the Center for Coaching Excellence at Baldwin Wallace University, is co-hosted by Kerry Bebie, founder and director of the Center for Coaching Excellence, and Thomas Moore, Director of Marketing in the BW Division of Community Learning.


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More Information

For more information about the Center for Coaching Excellence, contact:

Kerry A. Bebie, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Coaching Excellence

Phone: 440.826.3746