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Coaches' Institutes


May 30th - June 1st, 2017, Haverford, PA


High School

In response to your feedback, in 2017, Strive is launching a new program in lieu of our High School Coaches' Institute. Please read about our Coaches' Summits and contact us to learn how to bring one to your community!

Coaches' Summits

College & High School


We're excited to launch Strive's Coaches' Summits in 2017. This new program, driven by your feedback, is better designed to meet your needs.  Summits are regional/league-based day versions of our Coaches' Institutes - bringing the same experienced facilitators, research-based curriculum and professional development experience to your community.

Please contact our Director of Curriculum and Programming, Pam Herath, to learn more:

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The College Coaches' Institute

Program Overview

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Commuting to the Institute: $700 Staying Overnight: $800
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Strive's Coaches’ Institute offers athletic program leaders rare time to step out of their daily routine to work with their peers and seasoned facilitators on individualized program improvement. The Institute is designed to be an intimate, highly customized experience so coaches leave armed with clear action plans to take back to their community.

The College Coaches' Institute is a 3-day conference-style program, offering attendees an immersive, campus-based experience. Participants customize their daily coursework with a mix of seminars and session electives, and also have evening forums for insight and inspiration specific to the college landscape. The Institute dedicates the last portion of development to recapping tight takeaways from the coursework and developing action plans for each coach. Plans are as diverse as the program participants. Some address mission and values creation for schools and teams; others map out an approach for handbooks and expectations; still others provide a springboard to develop rituals and traditions for team culture. Strive is committed to every coach leaving not just with hours of theoretical input, but clear plans for integration so there is real, actionable value coming back to their athletic programs.

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See Our College Coaches' Institute Schedule +

DAY 1 | Tuesday, May 30, 2017

11:00am - 1:00pm | Registration and Optional Lunch (staff)

1:00pm - 2:00pm | Essential Coach Communication Skills & Program Overview

2:00pm - 3:15pm | Defining Success and Re-Establishing Priorities

3:15pm - 3:30pm | Break

3:30pm - 5:00pm | Leading and Following: Dispelling the Myths

5:00pm - 6:30pm | Break/Dinner

6:30pm - 8:00pm | Leadership Self-Assessment: Strengths, Style and Next Steps

8:00pm - 10:00pm | Social Hours


DAY 2 | Wednesday, May 31, 2017

7:00am - 8:00am | Yoga for Athletes: Theory and Practice (optional)

8:00am - 9:00am | Breakfast

9:00am - 9:15am | Team Builder for Student-Athletes

9:15am - 10:45am | Motivation I: Athlete, Coach and Team Energy

10:45am - 11:00am | Break

11:00am - 12:30pm | Concurrent Seminar A: Cultivating Hunger & Designing and Implementing
11:00am - 12:30pm | Concurrent Seminar B: Avoiding Burnout Dynamic Practices

12:30pm - 1:30pm | Lunch

1:30pm - 3:00pm | Effective Team Culture I: What does it Look Like?

3:00pm - 3:15pm | Break

3:15pm - 4:45pm | Concurrent Seminar C: Selecting and Developing Team Leaders
3:15pm - 4:45pm | Concurrent Seminar D: Gettin’ Gritty: Defining & Developing Mental Toughness

4:45pm - 6:15pm | Break/Dinner

6:15pm - 8:00pm | Effective Team Culture II: Alignment & Division III Case Studies

8:00pm - 10:00pm | Social Hours


DAY 3 | Thursday, June 1, 2017

7:00am - 8:00am | Yoga for Athletes: Theory and Practice (optional)

8:00am - 9:00am | Breakfast

9:00am - 9:30am | Interpersonal Leadership Initiative & Debrief

9:30am - 11:00am | Coaches and Athletes Managing Stress and Failure

11:00am - 11:15am | Break

11:15am - 12:45pm | Motivation II: Mistakes, Carrots and the Growth-Mindset

12:45pm- 1:30pm | Lunch

1:30pm - 3:30pm | Action Plan, Implementation, Accountability and Closing

Please note that the day-to-day schedule is subject to change, but dates are final.


Pam Herath 

Director, Curriculum & Programming

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One of the founders of Strive’s Coaches’ Institutes, Pam is a skilled facilitator with a rich career in coaching and teaching. Pam has led hundreds of dynamic workshops and seminars in sports and academic arenas, with special expertise in diversity, gender, health/wellness, sexuality, mindfulness, and affecting change. Prior to joining Strive, Pam was Dean of Students for four years and Athletic Director for 16 at the Burke School in Washington, DC. A record-setting college volleyball athlete, Pam has led championship winning volleyball teams and still enjoys fierce competition on the court. Pam’s coaching and teaching experience includes basketball, track and field, yoga, health, and leadership. Pam graduated from Radford and earned her master’s in physical education, exercise science at James Madison University. When not traveling the country inspiring coaches and athletes for Strive, Pam can be found competing as a triathlete.


Jim Ehrenhaft

St. Alban's School (DC)
Teacher/Coach and Strive Senior Facilitator

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Jim has taught and coached at St. Alban’s School in Washington, DC for close to 30 years. As Head Cross Country Coach for St. Alban’s and its sister school National Cathedral, and former Head Track & Field Coach for both, Jim has led both schools to multiple championship titles at state, private, and independent school competitions. Jim was named Washington Post Coach of the Year 7 times in cross-country and track. Jim has taught religion, history, and English classes at St. Alban’s and studied at Haverford and earned a master’s degree in religion from George Washington University. He has been a Strive facilitator since 2009.


Jeremy Edwards

Co-Founder, Program Associate

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A co-founder of SportsChallenge Leadership Academy (now Strive), Jeremy has led hundreds of workshops and seminars on leadership around the country and was instrumental in establishing the Sports Challenge summer program. Prior to working at St. Andrew’s, Jeremy was Dean of Students for 8 years at the Burke School in Washington, DC, where he created their high school leadership program. Jeremy also served as Sports Information Director at Haverford College, where he attended undergrad and captained the basketball team. Jeremy has a master’s degree in Leadership Studies at Stanford University and coached professional basketball in Europe.

A look inside our institutes

What our participants say

The DIII Coaches’ Institute is different than any workshop or clinic I have ever attended. Instead of focusing on technical aspects of the game, the NCLI focuses more on conscious culture creation, and other mental aspects of competition. It was an extraordinary experience. The Academy helped reshape my thinking and provided me with concrete concepts to take my program to the next level.

— Karin Harvey | Women’s Head Basketball Coach | Montclair State