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Wade D. Gilbert, PhD, Biography

Dr. Wade Gilbert is an internationally renowned coaching consultant and sport scientist, as well as an award-winning professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Fresno. His highly acclaimed book Coaching Better Every Season (2017, Human Kinetics) demonstrates the author’s special combination of steeped knowledge of studies in the field, keen understanding of the key principles resulting from that research, and adept communication and teaching skills to inform and benefit coaches, athletes, students and coach educators. Gilbert was also the lead author for the inaugural USOC Quality Coaching Framework (2018).

Gilbert has been involved in sport and coaching his entire life. His experience as a competitive multi-sport athlete and coach across a variety of sports fuels his passion for helping coaches and sport organizations enhance the quality of coaching and coach development.

Gilbert holds degrees in physical education, human kinetics, and education and has taught and studied coaching at the University of Ottawa (Canada), UCLA, and Fresno State. He has contributed to over 100 publications, including dozens of scientific articles and book chapters, and also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the International Sport Coaching Journal.

Gilbert has conducted coaching workshops around the world spanning all competitive levels and in just about every sport imaginable. Examples of the diverse range of groups that have sought out Wade’s expertise include (listed alphabetically):

Australia Football League Coaches Association, Badminton World Federation, Coaching Association of Canada / Canadian Olympic Association, EXOS, Fresno State Athletics (basketball, football, golf, track & field, soccer, swimming & diving, volleyball, water polo, wrestling), Fresno Unified School District, High Performance Sport New Zealand, International Council for Coaching Excellence, International Ice Hockey Federation, Irish Rugby Football Union, LA84 Foundation, National Hockey League / National Hockey League Players Association, New Zealand Rugby, Sport SG (Singapore), Softball Canada, Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club, United States Olympic Committee, US Rowing, US Ski & Snowboard Association, US Soccer, USA Archery, USA Football, World Rugby Union, World Wrestling Entertainment

Gilbert regularly shares his coaching insights through 'Coach Doc' commentaries on the Human Kinetics Coach Education website in his advisory role with the company. He also works closely with youth and Fresno State coaches locally, often testing the merits of new coaching methods and practices.

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