Advanced Career Education (ACE) Seminar

Advanced Career Education (ACE) Seminar: Competencies Needed to Keep Your College Head Job 

New college head coaches need a variety of skills to be successful. To get a college head coaching job you must have proven success in player development, teaching fundamentals, establishing systems, and understanding statistics. The ACE Program goes beyond these fundamental proficiencies and digs into other “non x’s and o’s” competencies needed to be successful as a college head coach.



Wednesday, December 14, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. 

Topics & Speakers:

“A coach will impact more people in one year than the average person will in an entire lifetime.” – Billy Graham

Head coaches have the power to impact their athletes, their staffs, their athletic departments and their communities. Being an elite coach capable of positive impact requires elite leadership skills. Join this interactive workshop with Dr. Larry Widman, a psychiatrist with nearly 20 years working as a high performance mindset coach, and Kirsten Bernthal Booth, the Creighton Women’s Head Coach entering her 20th season leading a perennial AVCA top 25 team, who will prepare you to become the leader you need to be. This workshop will: 

Showing year-over-year improvement and development is key for a all coaches, especially those in the early stage of their careers. Taking time to properly review your last season—by discussing, evaluating, planning—can be the springboard to helping you prepare for the next season. By being strategic and smart in your review, it will pay your dividends! Bo Hanson and Liz Masen share their extensive experience and insights to practically take you through this valuable process. Be prepared for a hands-on approach for the benefit of your upcoming year!


ACE Program Information:

The AVCA has identified eight competency areas for new college head coaches that focus on building a program and culture that uses volleyball to add value to both the institution and community. 

The ACE Program was created for AVCA-member college head coaches in their first five years as a college head coach but veteran head coaches and assistant coaches are welcome to attend.. The AVCA will offer at least two 90-minute sessions at each AVCA Convention covering two of the program’s eight competencies.

After each event the AVCA will send a letter of acknowledgment to the Athletic Director of every college head coach that attends an ACE Seminar and college head coaches that complete sessions on all eight competencies will receive a certificate.

Interested? Make sure you sign-up for the ACE Seminar & Full Convention registration package. Please click here for an FAQ document and overview of the ACE Program.

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