2017 National Coaches Forum: Introducing Featured Presenters - Phil Edwards & Stephen Harvey

Nov. 14, 2017, 8:37 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - November 14, 2017 - There are still openings to register for the 2017 National Goalkeeping and National Coaches Forum. USA Field Hockey invites our Level 2 and higher Coach Members to attend the 4th annual National Coaches Forum at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa., Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9, 2017. Join us at this great event and opportunity to network with, and be inspired by, top experts in the field of coaching and teaching. This week, we highlight two of our main presenters, U.S. Women’s National Team Assistant Coach & U-21 USWNT Head Coach Phil Edwards and Dr. Stephen Harvey.




Edwards joined the U.S. Women's National Team coaching staff in February 2017. He has served as the Junior High-Performance Goalkeeping Coach for the U.S. U-17, U-19 and U-21 National Teams. In 2013, he was the assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team program. Two years later, he acted as the performance analyst for the senior men’s and women’s national teams at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.


Previously, Edwards was in the collegiate sports system as the assistant coach for Boston College from 2015 to 2016, as well as the associate/interim head coach of Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. In these role, he generated student-athlete development framework, supporting performance analysis and a video feedback system.

As an athlete himself, Edwards was part of England’s U-18 National Squad in 2000 and went on to represent Loughborough University on the pitch while majoring in BEng Materials Engineering. 




Dr. Harvey is currently an associate professor in sports coaching at Ohio University. He is a former junior international field hockey coach and currently works with USA Field Hockey and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in a coach development and education role. Recently, he successfully completed international coach educator/developer qualification and was previously a coach educator with England Hockey, the National Governing Body of field hockey in England. Dr. Harvey is also a licensed physical education teacher in England.


Dr. Harvey completed his PhD at Oregon State University (2003-2006). In 2016, he was honored as a research fellow by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America due to his extensive contributions to research in both physical education and sports coaching. His main research interest surrounds game-based approaches to teaching and coaching. However, his work in coaching has additionally been focused on the systematic observation of coaching behavior and how coaching behavior is tied to coach biographies. Dr. Harvey has maintained an interest in educational technology and co-developed an app (Axis Coaching) that a trained observer can use to investigate and record a coach's behavior. Finally, Dr. Harvey's interest in educational technology has led to him researching with and about teachers and coach’s social media use.


Presentation Topic #1 - Dr. Harvey & Edwards - Teaching Games for Player Learning

This practical session will practically engage participants in various games and game forms developed using Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU). Coaches will explore the utilization of

the skill of questioning, and the features of game modification.


Presentation Topic #2 - Dr. Harvey & Edwards - Developing a Framework for Effective (and Affective) Game Design

This presentation will build on information delivered during the previous day’s practical presentation on TGfU. It will offer insight into how coaches can maximize learning in practice and transfer into competition using effective (and sometimes affective!) practice/game design. Coaches will be supported in developing a game design framework that they can utilize when planning, implementing and reflecting on their practice sessions.