Mentoring for Coach Development

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Mentoring for Coach Development

The following is a paper I wrote a few years ago regarding the role of mentoring within coach development.

Introduction

Mentoring occurs when a coach works with another coach to help them to change their practice for the better (Layton & Australian Sports Commission., 2002). The following report will discuss the use of mentoring to develop coaches, the roles that a mentor takes on and some guidelines for creating an effective mentor-coach relationship.

Aims and Benefits

A key aim of a mentoring relationship is to contribute to the transformation of experience into knowledge and expertise (Jones, 2006). The purpose of mentoring is to move a coach from being a dependent, novice problem solver to an independent, expert problem solver (Barnett, 1995). It is a process oriented relationship, which involves knowledge acquisition, application and critical reflection (Zachary, 2002). The mentor works to assist the coach to become…

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