At Gold Medal Squared, we believe that the most important decision you need to make as a coach is HOW you will make coaching decisions.   We also believe that decisions are best made when they are based on principles rather than opinions, fads, or simply "that's how we've always done it".   

In this course, we go through a very high-level overview of one the main areas of science on which we based our coaching principles and decisions.   Motor Learning is an area of psychology that studies how humans acquire, develop, and perfect motor skills, and we'll use the researched areas of this field to guide our coaching.  In this course, we'll cover:

  • The three big areas of Motor Learning that apply to our coaching.
  • The value of demonstrations, and how to integrate keys with our coaching.
  • How the brain works, and how skills are created, stored, and perfected in our brains.
  • The specificity of skill (motor programs).
  • Branches of research that stem from specificity:  Whole/Part, Random/Blocked, Transfer, State Dependency, External/Internal.
  • The role of reps and feedback in athlete development, and ways to increase both.

Our staff takes you through the basics of this science and brings you up to speed on the current research.  We'll bring you insights gained over 30 years of coaching athletes at every level, with clear video examples and whiteboard explanations.    

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Chris McGown
Chris McGown
Co-Founder, Gold Medal Squared

Chris got his first experience coaching volleyball in 1991, working alongside his father Carl doing High School summer camps.   Working each summer with those youth teams put in place an early love for seeing players improve, and an appreciation for how much could be accomplished with good coaching.

After almost a decade working in the corporate world as an engineer, Chris found his way back into coaching in 2003, when he joined Gold Medal Squared full-time.   He spent 2009-2015 as a coach at BYU, returning to the school where he was a player in the 90s.   He spent two years as a volunteer with the women's program, and four years as the head coach of the men's program.   In 2013, he was named the AVCA National Coach of the Year.   

In addition to heading up our Coaching Clinic products at GMS, Chris currently consults and occasionally coaches with teams at every level.   JHS, HS, Club, NCAA programs, professional, and National Teams.   Most recently, he was an assistant coach with the Netherlands women's national team, where they were silver medalists at the 2017 European Championships.