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SOUTH BEND — Athletic Director Seabe Gavin Jr. is proposing professional development for South Bend Community School Corp. coaches and improved strength and conditioning training for student athletes.

He made the proposals Tuesday during an informational presentation to the South Bend school board about athletics and academics.

"Athletics are truly co-curricular and teach life lessons," Gavin said.

Gavin presented a packet of information to board members about the Missouri Institute for Positive Coaching, which is affiliated with the University of Missouri's College of Education. He asked that the board consider professional development training for the school system's coaches at all grade levels.

No cost estimates for the proposed services were discussed with the board. The printed packet states a "Power of Positive Coaching" digital workshop, including 13 lessons of video instruction, costs $1,500 per school, with a $500 annual renewal fee.

Amber Selking, a local resident who is a performance consultant for the coaching institute, provided the board some information about its services.

The institute helps teach students confidence through sports by providing the means for coaches to learn and apply "positive coaching," she said. "At the end of the day, coaching makes or breaks the experience for our kids," she said.

Kyle Schutts, a sports performance coordinator for Beacon Health System, also spoke during the presentation. Beacon already provides some services within South Bend schools athletic programs.

Beacon could expand its services by providing a professional quality strength and conditioning program for athletes in each of the high schools, he said.

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February 23, 2018


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