Coach Beyond

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Youth view their coaches as role models and mentors.   We know that a child that has one or more caring adults in his/her life is more likely to succeed in adulthood.    Coaches have the unique power to guide young people not only on the playing field but also in life. Unfortunately, most coaches have been left unprepared on how to harness this power.

  • Only 29% of Ohio coaches feel confident in their ability to address athletes’ mental health concerns
  • Only 27% of Ohio coaches feel confident in their ability to help athletes regulate their emotions/to prevent burnout among athletes 
  • Only 24% of Ohio coaches feel confident in their ability to identify off the field stressors among athletes  (LiFEsports, 2022)
  • 70% of coaches in OHSAA are non-school employees with limited background in education and child development.

LiFEsports, in partnership with the Ohio High School Athletic Association, is working to change the landscape of coach training in Ohio.  Coach Beyond, a series of eight coach education sessions, is designed to ensure Ohio’s coaches are ready to “coach beyond...” 

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Next Up On Our Coach Beyond... Webinar Series

LiFEsports at The Ohio State University and OHSAA are thrilled to announce the next webinar in our Coach Beyond… webinar series titled “Leadership Development through Sport!” Please join us for this amazing event on December 12th from 7:00 – 8:00PM on zoom. We will be joined by special guests and WNBA stars Katie Smith and Sylvia Fowles!

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Learn more below about these sessions and how you can bring “Coach Beyond” to your school today!


Districts across Ohio have already started to make sure their coaches prepared to support youth both on and off the field.   

  • Akron Public Schools
  • Dublin City Schools
  • Elgin Local Schools
  • Granville High School
  • Hilliard City Schools
  • Logan Hocking Local Schools
  • Mansfield City Schools
  • Newark City Schools
  • North Union High School
  • Princeton High School
  • Wheelersburg Local Schools

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For any inquiries or questions for the LiFEsports staff, please feel free to contact us.

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Coach Beyond has been made possible by the
Susan Crown Exchange’s Million Coaches Challenge