Accreditation Services

Coaching Education & Training Accreditation Consulting Services

Accreditation of coaching education and training programs is becoming more and more prevalent.  The National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) currently accredits over 20 coaching education programs nationally and anticipates adding up to 15 more over the next few years. Having a program accredited allows for a number of benefits including:

  • Enhanced reputation
  • Marketing advantage
  • Assurance of program quality
  • Continual improvement process

The Institute for Sport Coaching, with its national network of sport coaching education professionals, is available to assist sports organizations and communities in preparing, applying and maintaining NCACE accreditation.  To achieve this goal, Institute consultants can provide:

  • Strategic planning to establish a coaching education program in accordance with the National Standards for Sport Coaches guidelines
  • Development and implementation of a tailored coaching education plan for coaches ranging from youth to interscholastic including the following services
    • Designing and rolling out new coaching education programs
    • Designing coaching workshops and courses.
  • Assistance in preparing NCACE accreditation application for coaching education programs
  • Guidance to maintain NCACE accreditation

The Institute has a consulting corps comprised of nationally recognized professionals with expertise in almost every aspect of coaching education and NCACE accreditation. Whether you represent a pubic/private school, a college or university, a professional sports franchise, a recreation department, or a fitness/wellness organization – the Institute’s consultants stand ready to help and advise you, and to serve as a resource for your staff and your organization.

Consulting Team

Christopher Hickey, MPP, MSS

Hickey served as the Executive Director for the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) from 2010-2013. In that role, Hickey administered all facets of the process for accrediting coaching education programs nationally.  A former member of the NCACE Board of Directors (2008-2010), Hickey started his work with NCACE in 2001 as a folio reviewer. Since his initial involvement with NCACE, Hickey has been involved with over 20 accreditation applications from schools of higher education, national governing bodies and other sport organizations.

Hickey established the Institute for Sport Coaching in 2003 to provide support and direction to a profession that has been his passion since he was an honorable mention All-American and Maine Class A champion hurdler in the early 1980’s. Since his introduction to sport, Mr. Hickey has established himself as a leading advocate for the development and advancement of coaches and athletes. Currently, he is leading the development of the Metro Boston Coaches Academy as part of the Institute’s plan to create regional coaching academies across the US.  The Academy’s mission is to create safe and quality sports experiences for Boston youth through a network of quality trained sport coaches.  All of its offerings are designed with the goal of meeting the National Standards for Sport Coaches.  It started its efforts during the summer of 2007, and to date, over 1,600 coaches have been trained by the Academy, and over 2,000 nationwide by the Institute.

Mr. Hickey is a track and field coach who has also earned certification from the USA Track & Field as a Track and Field Coach and Official. He was Founder and Director for the Mid-Atlantic Track and Field Development Program and, since 1989, has served in various head coaching and assistant head coaching capacities at the youth, high school and college level. In addition to heading the Institute, he most recently served as Assistant Men’s Track and Field Coach for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston where he coached a Division III national champion and record holder.

Jarrod Schenewark, PhD

Jarrod Schenewark, an Assistant Professor of Sports Management and Marketing in the School of Kinesiology at Marshall University, possesses over three years of experience in the accreditation of coaching education programs as NCACE Review Coordinator (2010-2013). Jarrod has a rich history of involvement in sports as an athlete, coach, and educator. He earned a Master of Arts (Human Bio-dynamics) from the University of California, Berkeley. In August, 2003, he entered the Graduate School of the University of Texas to earn his PhD. While at Texas, he was twice awarded the Alderson Graduate Instructor Award. Professionally, he has spent six years working as a collegiate football coach at all levels of the NCAA, and has spent an additional five years as head coach of high school track and field and boys and girls volleyball. He worked as an instructor or graduate instructor of basketball, golf, racquetball, weight lifting, and aerobic fitness at Texas, California, and Eastern New Mexico University. Currently, he teaches sport law, sport history, facility management, and sport organization and administration. Dr. Schenewark’s research interests are coaching development & education, work-family conflict and enrichment among sport professionals, development of coaches, and the history of health, human performance, and fitness

Anne Pankhurst, PhD

Anne Pankhurst is currently the Education Consultant to the Professional Tennis Registry with responsibility for developing a new three-strand player based coach education pathway at different levels for coaches in the US and worldwide. She is also the Player Development consultant for USA Football, working to construct six separate player age-based coach qualifications. She is responsible for designing the Player Progressive Development Model (PPDM) for USA Football, as well as models for twelve other sports. Anne also works with players and coaches in several tennis academies in the USA and the UK. She is a part time PhD research student at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK, researching the links in the development of potential for players and coaches. Previously, Anne was Coach Education Director for the LTA, before becoming Manager of Coaching Education for US Tennis Assn (USTA). In both positions, she developed player development pathways, including USTA’s Progressive Development of a High Performance Player. Over the past three years, Anne has been heavily involved in the preparation of four NCACE-accredited coaching education programs with another one pending.

Brad Stoffers, MEd

Brad Stoffers is the founder/principal of Stoffers Coaching Education Consulting. Currently a professional ice hockey coach and coach educator living in Nashville, TN. Since 2010, he has since been dedicated to improving athletic coach education and development in the United States by:

  • Serving as a course facilitator in Ohio University’s Coach Education Master’s degree program
  • Acting as a coach mentor in Coach Across America’s coaching mentoring program
  • Presenting at USA HockeyCoach Education Clinics across the country
  • Running the website
  • Consulting with sport organizations seeking accreditation for their coaching education/training programs through the Institute for Sport Coaching

Previously, Stoffers, a native of St. Louis, MO, completed his undergraduate studies at Miami University (Ohio), earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health.  While there he interned with the Redhawk (NCAA DI) strength and conditioning program.  He completed his Master’s Degree in Education via the Athletic Coach Education Program at Boston University’s School of Education, where he served as a graduate strength and conditioning coach under the NHL-acclaimed strength coach Mike Boyle. Stoffers is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Over the past year, Stoffers was an assistant coach for the NCAA Division I Hockey Program RPI.  He has served as an assistant coach with the Engineers, who play in the ECAC Conference, for the past two seasons.  In that capacity he has been a part of games, practice, video analysis, strength, conditioning and team administrative duties.

K. David McCann, MBA

Currently the Director of Coaching for USA Rugby, Dave is one of the nation’s leaders in coaching education, having been elected President of 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.


Please contact Christopher Hickey, Executive Director @ 978-201-104 or by .