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The Coach's Road

Derek Read and Rick Schreiber

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The Coach’s Road is hosted by Derek Read and Rick Schreiber, ice hockey coaches based in the US and Germany. In this show we discuss topics that a well-rounded and successful coach needs to know in order to develop people, athletes and players. Coaching is not just about the championships or wins and losses, it is first and foremost about developing humans. Every coach has a different road, and we hope to provide information and insights to help you find the right directions for yourself. We ...
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Scott "Fitz" is a radio host in Rochester, NY and a filmmaker who has battled depression and celebrates sobriety. His podcast is his attempt to surround himself with positive successful people and to just have an organic conversation. Join him as he takes an organic approach to the standard interview. No preparation, no script. Letting the conversation have a mind of its own: a Blathering.
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This conversation features Joe Bonnett and Dave Caruso, two pieces of the coaching staff for Team USA’s Ice Hockey Team in the 2024 Youth Olympic Games! We have a great conversation around the games and learning from and carrying on the success of USA Hockey at the World Juniors and Women’s U18 World Championships. We also talk about their guiding …
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This episode features a great conversation with Thomas Koulentes and Stan Bowman about a core value process that goes beyond selecting a set of words. They talk through their experience of the process that Thomas took the Chicago Blackhawks Management team through and how he encouraged them to own the values they created. We also discuss about the …
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This conversation features Professor Cliff Mallett from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. With Prof. Mallett we talk about the recent serial winning coaches study, what they learned about serial winning coaches, and how we can apply their learnings in our coaching. A big part of the study and our conversation is about striving, s…
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This episode features Pyry Lukkarila, Head of Coach Development for the Finnish Ice Hockey Association. We explore the coach development system in Finland Ice Hockey and the crucial skills needed to be a coach developer. We also touch on how Pyry got interested in coach development and the aspects of the field that excite him in his work. We have b…
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I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Chris Wilmot, a man with an incredible journey in both the film and sobriety communities. We shared our experiences in the film industry, our personal struggles, and the importance of gratitude in overcoming life's challenges. Chris, whose family has a rich history of political involvement and succes…
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This episode features David Min, Player Development Coach for the Kraken Youth Hockey Association. We speak with David about his story in hockey and coaching. This includes the impact hockey had on him coming from South Korea to North America at 5 years old. We also talk about how he got into coaching and a bit on how his experiences in the game sh…
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This week we have our yearly reflection on our previous season. Last year Rick was with Frisk Asker and Holmen Hockey and he tells us about his experience and learnings spending time there. Derek was at Jar Idrettslag and, same as Rick, shares his experiences and learnings. Some similarities from working in the same country and culture but some dif…
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In this episode we speak for a second time with Markus Åkerblom, now the Head Coach for HC Thurgau in the Swiss League. The first time Markus joined us he was the Assistant Coach for the Swedish National Team and so we speak to him about why he sought out the challenge of coaching in Switzerland, his experience at the Olympic Games in 2022, and how…
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In this fascinating episode, we explore the unconventional journey of artist and photographer James Christopher Knight. From Rochester to Boston, Los Angeles, Paris, and back to Rochester, James shares his experiences in the arts, communications, filmmaking, and playing in rock bands in LA. We discuss the importance of following our passions, the e…
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This episode is a great conversation with Espen Sæther, development consultant for the Norwegian Ice Hockey Federation. We spend time talking about his background and values, the importance of letting go a bit of control as a coach, the importance of winning and losing, and how to measure success. The Coach’s Road Podcast is proud to be presented b…
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In the film Jaws, Matt Hooper tells Mayor Larry Vaughn that sharks are a "Miracle of Evolution", in that all they do is swim, eat and make baby sharks. Today's Blathering guest is a miracle of evolution because Ryan Dacko has evolved over and over again. His latest evolution has given us The Jaws Obsession Podcast and The Book of Quint. The latter …
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This week we chat with Kalle Valiaho, the IIHF’s Development Director. We take on a global perspective and talk about how the IIHF is supporting the development of the game of hockey through work and support towards federations. It is a great chat that really shows development from a big picture! The Coach’s Road Podcast is proud to be presented by…
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This episode features Martin Fossli, Norway’s U16 boy’s National Team Head Coach and Head Coach of Frisk Asker U18/NTG! We talk with Martin about the impacts of his teacher education on his coaching, developing confidence as a coach, the environment in NTG and the National Team Programs. We also talk about how he is restructuring the NTG program in…
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Anthony Caruso has an interesting story about life, recovery, art - and his perspective on joy is inspiring. Join us as we Blather about how Anthony found his way to a new life through art and recovery. You can find him on social media platforms and also www.artofrecovery.meBy ROC Vox Podcast Network
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This episode features Branislav Bendik, Head of Coaching in Banska Bystrica in Slovakia. You may remember Brani from our 7th ever episode, the skill development round table. We now talk with Brani about his work in the club, how he is developing a coaching culture, and the development of their players! It was great to catch up with Brani and hear a…
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Jowita Bydlowska is no stranger to struggle. She has harnessed her struggles into her writing. In this Blathering, I have a candid conversation about her first book, Drunk Mom - her writing style, living as a single mom and author, plus why she believes her most recent book "Possessed" lives up to its name. I highly recommend her books = her writin…
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This episode feature Sports Psychologist, Johan Fallby, from Sweden. With Johan we chat about the nuances of creating a sound and challenging environment, how self-determination is needed to make it to the top, and how how to build internal drive. Then we talk about the role of parents in the process of developing young athletes and how we can invo…
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David Stack is an introvert who turned his shyness into a popular YouTube Channel, Stack's Urban Harvest. Listen as Dave and Fitz talk about Regenerative Gardening, making something out of nothing and his dedication to helping others. I am grateful to have been close friends with David for 20 years! Find David here: https://www.youtube.com/c/Stacks…
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This week we have a catch up episode with Derek and Rick. We chat about our starts in Norway and our new positions and the opportunities they give us. We also chat about what is important for us going into this season and what our plans for the season are. Finally we chat a bit about how we are trying to build up hockey sense in our players. The Co…
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This episode is a chat with Adam Truhlar, Sport Psychologist and Author of Fearless: Rewiring the Brain of Young Athletes. In his book, Adam goes through the mental development model that starts with building the motivation of the young athlete and how to follow through to help the athlete have success throughout their career. We also talk a bit ab…
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This week’s episode, we talk with Kyle Williams, the Chief Empowerment Officer for A Long Talk. A Long Talk is an organization with the goal of putting an Antiracist at every dinner table in America and to educate to end hate. With Kyle we talk about the experiences that lead to the beginnings of the organization and how we can become more antiraci…
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This week on the show we chat with Cory Schneider, Assistant Coach at Clarkson University in New York. We chat about how his pathway as a coach helped prepare him for the role he currently has with Clarkson. Specifically how he has been able to learn from some great coaches on how to scout and recruit players for your team. The Coach’s Road Podcast…
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SORRY WE ARE LATE! This time on the Coach’s Road Podcast we have our first conference room breakdown with Quintin Bollue, Jar Idrettslag’s Hockey Director in Norway. These episodes will come around time to time and will just be conversations in the conference room with coworkers, coaches, and other people around Norway! Fun chat today with Q and ho…
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This week we chat with Dakota Keene, Coordinator of Hockey Operations with the American Hockey League (AHL). Dakota has the ambition to become a General Manager within ice hockey and we chat about that role and his plan to get there. Than we shift to talk a bit about his current role with the AHL and player safety. The Coach’s Road Podcast is proud…
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When I asked Lisa Nolan to describe herself in 3 words, she answered: Approachable, Engaging and Firm. Not only are these words spot-on, but after this conversation, I came to realize that these three words have important meanings when dealing with Domestic Violence (DV). As the Director of Prevention Education, Lisa is all about reaching people an…
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In this episode we talk with Steve Thompson, USA Hockey’s Regional Manager for Goaltending Development. We chat about the requirements for goaltending, how coaches with no background in goalies can help their goalies, and how to develop goalies. We also get into ice time, bench activities and a lot of other tips for helping out goalies! The Coach’s…
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The first week of August is International Clown Week! (Aug 1-7) and i bring this to your attention not because I am a clown - it's because I know a great clown and she's my guest today! Lillian Knight Faison is a professional Nurse and knows a think or two about healing. She believes that laughter is one of the best ways to heal the human spirit an…
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This week we celebrate our 100th episode with a special episode with Aku Nieminen and the DP19 class! Aku answers questions about his career and gives advice to the DP19s as they start their own! We have some great questions from the DP19 students about being let go, leadership, balancing family and work, skills needed, and more! We are very gratef…
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In this episode we speak with Reko Luojumäki, lecturer at University of Jyväskylä here in Finland. Reko shares with us his knowledge about psychobiosocial states and how they relate to sports. We talk about how functional and dysfunctional states impact performance and how they differ for each individual. We also chat about what things we can do as…
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This week we have a reflective chat about this last season with the Junior Pelicans. We chat about what went well, what we learned, what we can improve and what our favorite memories are from the year. It is always nice to chat about the season once it is over and we hope everyone enjoys the episode! The Coach’s Road Podcast is proud to be presente…
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This week we are joined Vitor Ciampolini, a PhD candidate in Physical Education. We talk with Vitor about how coaches can approach coach education opportunities to take away something for their practice. We then talk about Mille, A Coach Developer from the Brazilian Rugby Federation who Vitor shadowed. Through Mille’s story we learn about being lea…
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This conversation features John Riley, Player Development Coach for the Philadelphia Flyers Organization. With John we begin by exploring his path through hockey to the NHL level including his time as a math teacher. Then we talk about the holistic evaluation and how he helps players to develop but not deal with the pressure by themselves. We finis…
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In this episode we are joined by Stig Arve Sæther, Associate Professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. With Stig we talk about Talent Development, a topic that is crucial in coaching and is quite complex. Stig offers some great insight into what talent really is, the difference between a static and dynamic view of talent, why the…
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This week we are joined by Dr. Lea-Cathrin Dohme from Cardiff Metropolitan University. With Dr. Dohme we discuss the development of Psychological Skills and Characteristics in young athletes. The conversation touches on the distinction between skills and characteristics, identifying athlete needs, roles and expectations for coaches, and the impact …
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This week we have a simulcast with the hosts of The Sound of Coaching (Valmentajan Äänellä) Henna Tanhuanpää and Nea Sunila. We have a conversation about our thoughts on coach education, coaching philosophies and learning in coaching. It was great to get to know more about Henna and Nea and what they do and how they think! The Coach’s Road Podcast …
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This week we are joined by Dr. François Rodrigue, A Coaching Performance Advisor in Ottawa. With Coach Frank we talk about reflective practice and how engaging in reflection can help coaches connect the science and art of coaching! Coach Frank provides some easy to use tools for reflection and some good advice for deepening reflection and making su…
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This week we talk with Dr. Kirsi Hämäläinen, Principle Lecturer at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences and Vice President of ICCE Europe. During her time with the Finnish Olympic Committee, Dr. Hämäläinen was tasked with created a coach development network and that is what we talk about today. The process of building the network, critical pi…
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This week we are joined by Dr. Jennifer Turnnidge from Queen’s University in Canada to talk about transformational leadership and coaching. We talk about transformational leadership behaviors and how we can become more transformational. Then we talk about how we get people accustomed to transformational behaviors and how much of our coaching is tra…
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Amanda Ashley has made a wonderful name for herself in the music community, here in Rochester and all over the country and even the world. From her work with kids and the LGBTQ+ community to her soulful music projects and her podcast, Amanda has worked hard at spreading joy and peace wherever she goes. Join us in a Blathering that will be music to …
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This week we welcome on Dr. Erin Kraft, from Queens University in Canada. With Dr. Kraft we talk about Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in sport. We talk specifically about the Alberta Women in Sport Leadership Impact Program and the impact that had. We also talk about the importance of representation, the importance in championing and believi…
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This week we welcome back on Mika Saarinen, Senior Lecturer in the Degree Program of Sports Coaching and Management. With Mika we talk about his teacher studies, coach education, reflection for students and what learning looks like. Then we talk about how he builds relationships with the students and what is role in the degree program is. The Coach…
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This week we welcome back on Vetle Dalberg to continue our conversation about The Polar Bear Model in Norway and specifically about their Coach Development Model. We get into what their coach education includes, how they support coaches taking theory into practice, how they create a safe environment for the coaches, and finally how they support the…
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This week we talk with Dr. A.J. Sturges, Director of Performance Psychology for the Chicago Blackhawks. With A.J. we talk about performance psychology, encouraging help-seeking behaviors, psychosocial development. A.J. also provides some recommendations on how junior level hockey in North America can be improved to better support psychosocial devel…
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This week we bring back some students from the Degree Program in Sport Coaching and Management. Joining us are Aku Hannula, Karolina Nowakowska, and Ruben Rampazzo, three DP19 students in their second year of the program. Similar to the first student episode we talk about their takeaways from the program, their favorite memories and their ideas for…
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#100 - Luck brought me to this episode. KL Wells is the Founder and CEO of Voices In Courage, an organization devoted to supporting the families of people who suffer from addiction. Finding support and guidance for those who are helping to care for a loved one who are in the dark depths of addiction was next top impossible, which is why KL Wells st…
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This week we talk with Dr. Larry Lauer, a Mental Skills Specialist with the USTA Player Development Inc. Larry developed the Tough and Clean Hockey Program and thats exactly what we explore today! We expand on his presentation from the conference in December and then throw him some scenarios and ask for his advice on how to handle them. The Coach’s…
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This week we close out our series with AJ Woodburn by reacting to each others interviews and reflecting on the bits we were struck by. It was great to have this series with AJ and it was great to listen to each others stories! Thanks to AJ for the time! The Coach’s Road Podcast is proud to be presented by CoachTools, a tool to improve coaching and …
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This week it is Rick’s interview with Prof. Andrea Joy Woodburn from the Université Laval in Quebec, Canada. AJ asks us some interesting questions getting us to reflect on our journey as young coaches and young coach developers and what is next for us! The Coach’s Road Podcast is proud to be presented by CoachTools, a tool to improve coaching and p…
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