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2019 National Coaches Forum Presenter: Dr. Nicole Gabana

Oct. 11, 2019, 2:33 p.m. (ET)

LANCASTER, Pa. – October 1, 2019 – Register now for the 2019 National Goalkeeping Coaches Forum and National Coaches Forum taking place at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. The National Goalkeeping Coaches Forum will be held on Thursday, December 12 and the National Coaches Forum on Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14. Join USA Field Hockey at a great event and opportunity to network with and be inspired by top experts in the field of coaching and teaching. Highlighted below is National Coaches Forum presenter Dr. Nicole Gabana, Assistant Professor of Sports Psychology at Florida State University (FSU) and Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC).


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Dr. Gabana is an Assistant Professor of Sport Psychology at FSU and Certified Mental Performance Consultant. She been published in numerous academic journals, book chapters and has presented her work at national and international conferences. Her research investigates the development and implementation of applied intervention programs designed to enhance student-athlete mental health, well-being and performance, including the integration of positive psychology in sport (e.g., gratitude, spirituality, resilience). Her recent work focuses on the implementation and impact of gratitude interventions in performance settings.

Dr. Gabana has been published in academic journals including the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, Psychotherapy Research, Personality and Individual Differences, Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology, and Neuroimage. She has also authored book chapters on positive psychology in sport, bullying among athletes, and multiculturalism in sport psychology practice. 

At FSU, she teaches courses in sport psychology and supervises graduate students completing their practicum in applied sport psychology. Dr. Gabana also provides performance consultation to athletes and teams in the Tallahassee community, as well as supervised mental health counseling services to athletes and the general population. 

Dr. Gabana received her Bachelor of the Arts from the College of the Holy Cross and her Master of Science from Springfield College and obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington.  

Classroom Presentation: Title: Knowing Your ‘Why’: Coaching for the Whole Person
High performance coaches face just as much pressure to perform as their athletes - sometimes more. Knowing your ‘why’ can help reinforce positive coaching habits and values-driven behavior. In this session, experiential activities and didactic instruction will be provided to facilitate discussion and self-reflection on what it means to coach as a “whole” person, and for the whole athlete person. 

This presentation will give coaches the opportunity to participate in self-reflective and interactive exercises to deepen their understanding of their own identities, and how this relates to sport and performance. Dr. Gabana will provide guidelines for developing a holistic approach to coaching that integrates a coach’s identity, philosophy and strengths, as well as the identity, needs and strengths of the athlete. Coaching as a whole person involves being in touch with one’s own values in order to guide positive behaviors and outcomes in sport. Coaching for the whole person means recognizing and appreciating the multi-faceted nature of the athlete person, including the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual dimensions.

Dr. Gabana will touch upon topics of mental health and well-being, self-care, purpose-driven behavior, communication and coping, in order to provide tangible tools for coaches to utilize in their practice.

"I am delighted to confirm Dr. Gabana will join us at the National Coaches Forum, December 13-14," said Craig Parnham, USA Field Hockey's Director of Coach Education and Learning. "I first met Nicole when she presented to a coaching group I was part of and I was highly impressed. She spoke on the topic of gratitude in coaching and its link to coach and athlete well-being, very interesting and relatable. Her research utilizing strengths-based approaches to personal development made us all reflect on our own coaching experiences and offered ideas on how we can improve and apply in our daily lives."

A detailed schedule and presenter information for both Forums will be released at a later date.

Interested parties can register for both Forums at a discounted rate. For more information, check out the National Goalkeeping Coaches Forum event page by clicking here and National Coaches Forum event page. #CoachesForum2019