SAN JOSE, California – Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a nonprofit organization that seeks to combine winning with teaching life lessons to young athletes, has scheduled two evening workshops in October that will feature Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan as a guest speaker.
The free workshops for hockey coaches and figure skating coaches will be held on Oct. 23 and 24 at Sharks Ice at San Jose, located at 1500 South Tenth Street. The workshops will run from 7-9 p.m. both nights.
Leading the coaching workshop is PCA Trainer Kathy Toon, who served as the associate head coach for women’s tennis at the University of California, Berkeley from 1990-2004. Toon, who guided three UC Berkeley doubles teams to NCAA Championships, earned National Coach of the Year honors in 1999.
McLellan has won more NHL games in his first four seasons behind the bench than any other coach in NHL history and is just 12 wins shy of becoming the Sharks all-time winningest coach.
Under McLellan’s leadership since being named head coach on June 12, 2008, the Sharks have posted four 40-plus win seasons, three 100-point seasons, captured a Presidents’ Trophy (2009), three Pacific Division titles and made back-to-back appearances in the Western Conference Final (2010, 2011). He was named as a finalist for the Jack Adams Award in 2009, presented to the NHL’s top coach.
McLellan has previously hosted coaching clinics at Sharks Ice for the Jr. Sharks coaching staffs and other in-house league coaches.
The PCA's Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons Workshop, seeks to train coaches in achieving two main objectives: how to win while imparting important life lessons that transcend sports. Attendees will be introduced to the core principals of a double goal coach: honoring the game while redefining winning and motivating athletes to give maximum effort. The coaches will be shown how to deal with common challenges such as managing parents, allocating playing times and handling a losing season. The content for PCA workshops was developed by experts in the world of sports psychology, coaches themselves and educators.
"We are excited to partner with PCA and provide our coaches with a tool we think will help them succeed both on and off the ice, said former NHL player and Director of the San Jose Jr. Sharks Curtis Brown.
About Positive Coaching Alliance
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit organization that helps develop “Better Athletes, Better People.” Founded within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, PCA is committed to providing all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. To that end, PCA has conducted more than 10,000 live workshops nationwide for more than 675,000 youth and high school sports coaches, parents, student-athletes and school/organizational leaders. Through workshops and companion online courses, PCA has reached more than 4.5 million youth.
PCA’s partnership network includes more than 1,700 youth sports organizations, cities and schools. In 2012, PCA will conduct roughly 1,300 live, group workshops across the U.S., while assisting tens of thousands of other individuals via online courses at www.PositiveCoach.org.
PCA workshops and courses strive to establish these prevailing models in youth and high school sports:
- The Double-Goal Coach®, first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports
- The Second-Goal Parent®, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing
- The Triple-Impact Competitor®, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates and the game.
PCA has the support of elite coaches and athletes who serve on a National Advisory Board including National Spokesperson and 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson, San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson, former 49ers Ronnie Lott and Steve Young, San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, Boston Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers and Olympian Summer Sanders.
About Sharks Ice
Sharks Ice at San Jose is located at 1500 South Tenth Street in San Jose, California, at the intersection of Alma and South Tenth Street. We are the largest rink facility west of the Mississippi and only one of seven rink facilities in the United States that currently has at least four NHL-sized ice rinks.
The nearly 170,000 square-feet facility accommodates ice hockey, figure skating, broomball, curling, speed skating, ice dancing, as well as public skating. Sharks Ice is the official practice facility of the NHL's San Jose Sharks. Sharks Ice at San Jose, along with Sharks Ice at Fremont, currently holds the largest number of Adult USA Hockey participants (2,400) of any facility in the nation. We feature an in-house pro shop, large meeting and party spaces, as well as Stanley's Sports Bar, a full service restaurant and bar that overlooks three of the rinks.