PSADA trains more than 90 new instructors at annual convention

Author: ASEP Marketing


For nearly 10 years, Human Kinetics Coach Education has had the privilege of working with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association (PSADA) in training and certifying Pennsylvania high school coaches. Now, a new coaching education mandate implemented by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) and PSADA will solidify the relationship even more.

Prior to the new mandate, the decision to offer or require coaching education was left to individual school districts. Many of the districts that chose to offer coaching education used the Human Kinetics Coach Education (ASEP) courses Coaching Principles and Sport First Aid. It’s these same courses that have been approved as meeting the new coaching education requirements.

As a result of that history, a cadre of classroom instructors is already in place in Pennsylvania, enabling the associations to begin training coaches well ahead of the mandate’s July 1, 2016, implementation date.

Added to the instructor ranks were more than 90 high school athletic directors who were trained as new instructors at the 2014 PSADA convention in Hershey. Bob Bozzuto, CAA, North Allegheny High School conducted the instructor training at the meeting.

“I am so proud that the PIAA decided to mandate the Coaching Principles and Sport First Aid courses, beginning in 2016,” says Bozzuto. “The Coaching Principles course is absolutely the finest coaching education program and the most comprehensive in the nation.”

With the new mandate “Enthusiasm for coaching education has skyrocketed, and we look forward to spreading coaching education across the state to make a positive difference in the lives of our young people as well as our coaches,” adds Bozzuto.

Jerry Reeder, assistant director, Human Kinetics Coach Education, assisted with the conference sessions. “The PSADA state conference in Hershey ranks among the best state conferences I have attended during my 15 years at Human Kinetics,” said Reeder. “A highlight of the conference was experiencing the passion Bob Bozzuto has for coach education as he trained 95 PSADA members to become Coaching Principles instructors.”

Feedback from participants reflected the value of the education and classroom experience. Verbatim comments from evaluations included “Great insight for new athletic directors,” “Reminds us of how important our role is as athletic directors,” “Will help tremendously in evaluating and aiding coaches,” and “After taking this course, I now see how it will be so interesting to teach it with all my coaches in one room.”

In addition to classroom course delivery, Coaching Principles and Sport First Aid are available as online courses accessible through the PSADA page at

If you were certified as a Coaching Principles and Sport First Aid instructor in the past, but you have never taught a clinic or it has been a long time since your last clinic, and you’re interested in re-establishing your certification, contact Jerry Reeder at 800-747-5698 or There is no cost to certify or recertify as an instructor.