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More than just Coach: Exploring the experiences of volunteer

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Doc Wayne Youth
Victims of abuse and/or neglect
Sexually exploited and trafficked
Mentally ill
People with disabilities
Doc Wayne Youth Services
More than just Coach: Exploring the experiences of
volunteer mentors for at-risk youth

Doc Wayne is a 501(c)3 non-profit that connects with youth through the
do the good
sport-based therapeutic curriculum based off DBT to connect with youth through three services:

1. Therapeutic Sports Program (The "League")
2. Chalk Talk Group Therapy (mobile outpatient clinic)
3. Global Life Empowerment (leadership/community service training)

Mission: To fuse sport & therapy to heal & strengthen youth
Coaching and Influence
Renewed emphasis on intentionally teaching life skills through sports (Gould, Carson, & Blanton, 2013)

in the inner-city (Holt, Sehn, Spence, Newton, & Ball, 2012)
with girls (Brown & Fry, 2011)
with African-Americans (Torres & Hager, 2013)

years coaching with Doc Wayne
Range between
years coaching

coached four sports (basketball, football, soccer, softball)

All (8)
had prior sport experience

Half (4)
had prior coaching experience
Explore experiences of volunteer mentors to at-risk youth

Case Study:
Interviews and document analysis

8 participants
Training documents

Meaning condensation
Do the Good
Doc Wayne Coaches
Trained to be the vehicles and living representations of the
do the good
Model the eight skills in positive, dynamic, and impactful ways to their players in sport and in life
Deliver the curriculum
"Coach" role extends beyond the playing field
Joshua R. Pate,
James Madison University |
Charles H. Wilson Jr.
, University of Tennessee |
Rebekah Roulier
, Doc Wayne Youth Services

New Roles
"I've been able to connect to kids on a
different level
that I wasn't able to before. Not only am I the coach on the field, but I am the coach off the field." - Angel
"... the kids call me Coach like that's my name. It was a matter of
constantly coaching
them ... on the field, at practice, during the school day ..." - Clinton
"When these kids are
having fun
, things are different. ... If you say, 'Let's go play sports because it's going to help you better manage your anger,' it ain't going to work." - Erik
On making CDs for her team: "That's usually a really good way to have a
positive experience
with them on the way to the sport. It's a routine, a ritual ... and it's something an adult made for them. That gap is bridged a little bit." - Tiffany
Beyond Sport
"Kids have learned how to be
. If they're going to miss practice because they have therapy ... they'll come to me ... to let me know they're not going to be at practice." - Angel
"They're waiting for a reaction. If the person in charge or the coach steers them in the right direction and is supportive ... They'll feel like it's no big deal. They'll
move on
..." Erik
"The youth we work with are not great at solving problems, so this teaches them to
solve a problem.
" - Ronald
New roles - Developing consistency

Connecting - Developing trust

Beyond sport - Applying to life

So what: Coaches become parental figure / life coach
Joshua R. Pate, Ph.D.
James Madison University

Charles H. Wilson Jr., Ph.D. candidate
University of Tennessee

Rebekah Roulier, Ed.M. CAGS
Doc Wayne Youth Services
Coaching and Influence
Renewed emphasis on intentionally teaching life skills through sports (Gould, Carson, & Blanton, 2013)

with people with disabilities (Sable & Gravink, 2005)
importance of empathy in coaching (Lorimer & Jowett, 2013)
transformational leadership in sport (Stenling & Tafvelin, 2014)
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