K. David McCann

Director, National Initiatives

With experience in developing coaching education and certification programs for state high school associations, youth organizations and national governing bodies, Dave is one of the nation’s leaders in coaching education, having been elected President of the National Council for the Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) in 2007.

Dave was the US Olympic Committee Manager of Coaching Education from 2008 to 2011. In that capacity, he was responsible for working with the sport national governing bodies to help them improve their coaching education programs through the adoption of the National Standards for Sport Coaches, application of multimedia educational technology, development of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) programming, and the facilitation of collaborative efforts and partnerships with other sports and coaches associations and educational institutions. Dave also was the driving force in the creation of the National Coaching Conference, which brings together coaches, coach educators and sports program administrators to discuss and develop solutions to improve our national sports development, education and performance system.

Prior to that, Dave was Director of Education Services for the US Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) for 5 years. In addition to restructuring the USSA Coaches Certification Program, Dave worked with the national US Ski and Snowboard Team coaches and the USSA Sports Science team to develop a series of 18 award-winning CDs and DVDs for coaches, parents and athletes which support the educational programming and athlete development strategy of the US Ski and Snowboard Association and its member clubs.

Dave has trained over 3,000 sport coaches and instructors in clinics across the nation in the areas of coaching principles, sports first aid, drugs in sport, sportsmanship and character development. As an advocate for coaching education, Dave was largely responsible for the mandatory requirements for coaching education being put in place for over two dozen state high school athletic associations with his work with ASEP and the National Federation of High Schools.