The USOPC coaching education team launched the USOPC Sport Club Leadership program in response to the growing importance of the sport club environment in offering participation opportunities and developing elite athletes. The USOPC has partnered with the University of Delaware, Drexel University and National Governing Bodies to offer a course designed for leaders of local youth sport clubs and organizations so they will further understand the importance of both the management and leadership of an organization as well as the science, theory, and applied practice associated with athlete development that the sport club can provide.

The USOPC Club Leadership program includes three free webinars through the fall as well as a virtual weekend workshop to be held in November. The free webinars will be led by Dr. Matthew J. Robinson, professor of sport management at the University of Delaware and the author of the Human Kinetics text Sport Club Management; and Dr. Cam Kiosoglous, professor at Drexel University and coordinator of sport science with USRowing.

Robinson has educated over 2000 soccer club leaders over the past 13 years through the United Soccer Coaches’ director of coaching diploma course and has also led club development workshops or has given presentations at the national conventions for the National Governing Bodies for basketball, lacrosse, field hockey and ice hockey. Robinson has also worked with coaches and sport leaders from over 100 countries in 22 different sports through his role as the director of the USOPC-supported International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program.

Kiosoglous is an assistant professor and program director of the sport coaching leadership at Drexel University. He has coached on the USRowing national team since 2002 and is a four-time US Olympic coach at the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. Cam started coaching in Canberra, Australia, in 1991 and moved to the US in 2000. He has worked with a variety of organizations in coaching development and his research interest include coach learning, reflective practices and professionalization of coaching.


The program is directed at the leaders of sport club in any sport. In fact, there is great opportunities for sharing across sports in the sessions. This leadership can be in form of individuals serving as CEOs, executive directors, directors of coaching, business officers or those who serve as leaders on the boards of sport clubs and organizations.


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January 28, 2021 Rethinking Your Club Post Pandemic: Practical Strategies for Moving Forward

Moderator: Andrew Donnery and Cam Kiosoglous

The Pandemic has served as a test for sport organizations where some have fared better than others.. The session will focus on discussing strategies club can utilize as they move forward in developing policies, procedures, staffing plans, resource allocation and revenue streams funding based on what was learned and how the landscape has changed because of the pandemic.  

February 11, 2021 Motivating, Leading and Inspiring your Staff: Both Professionals and Volunteers

Moderator: Cam Kiosoglous and Matt Robinson

The Pandemic has affected a clubs most valuable resource, your volunteers and professional staff. The impact has ranged from burnout at one of the spectrum to disenfranchised at the other. The session will focus on motivating, leading and inspiring these people through understanding the motives, skills and talents of your people and implementing strategies so that your people can each be the best that can be in what they do best for the betterment of your club and its athletes as the clubs moves into the future.

February 25: Engaging in and Impacting the Local, Political Landscape for the Betterment of your Club

Moderator: Matt Robinson and Andrew Donnery 

The Pandemic has led to political decisions being made outside of the club that have impacted the club. The session will focus on strategies on how to engage with key stakeholders and decision makers so that the club is part of the local decision making process in the future. 


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Participants will be asked to view presentations in advance of the weekend and the workshop will be an interactive experience of sharing amongst club leaders from various sports in breakout rooms under the direction of the Workshop Faculty.

March 12 – 5-8 p.m. EST 
March 13 – 12-4 p.m. EST
March 14 – 12-4 p.m. EST

Using the ADM as Your Clubs Guiding Philosophy
Strategic Planning: Being Proactive and Looking Long Term Financial Realities and Strategies of Club Sport
Risk Management and Safe Sport Participant Retention
Staff and Volunteer Enrichment and Development Athlete Development and Talent Identification Marketing: Consumer Behavior and Value Proposition Corporate Partnership and Fundraising
Club Governance
Effective Club Leadership: Balancing Roles of CEO/CFO/Mentor/Coach Actions Now to be Prepared for the Future

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