2019 Keynote Speakers

Jon Gordon

Jon Gordon

with special guest Mike Smith

Best Selling Author

Jon Gordon is the author of 17 books including The Energy Bus and You Win in the Locker Room First. His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals and nonprofits. Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University.

Ryan Leaf

Ryan Leaf

Former NFL Player

Ryan Leaf is a former collegiate football player who was a Heisman Trophy finalist after his junior year. He was selected as the second overall pick in the 1998 draft and went on to play in the NFL. He currently works as a Program Ambassador for Transcend Recovery Community, a group of sober living houses in Los Angeles, Houston and New York. He also has a radio show and works as a college football analyst on television.

Kate Fagan

Kate Fagan

Best Selling Author and Former ESPN Journalist

Fagan is the author of the instant New York Times bestseller, What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen, which spent a month as the No. 1 New York Times bestseller on the sports list. Kate Fagan spent seven years as a columnist and feature writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine and as on-air talent for ESPN. Fagan hosted Outside the Lines and E:60 and was a core member of OTLs staple Friday afternoon show, The Friday Four. She also made 150 appearances on ESPN’s Around the Horn and served as the show’s first female host in 2017.

Timothy Alexander

Timothy Alexander

Director of Character Development, University of Alabama-Birmingham Athletics 

Timothy knows what it takes to beat the odds. No matter what obstacle comes his way, he’s determined to never quit. His drive helped him become a college football player when many believed that dream was impossible due to a car accident that left him paralyzed. Currently, Alexander now serves as the character coach for UAB Football and Women’s Basketball. He travels across the country sharing his story of resiliency in effort to motivate and inspire student athletes to live life to the fullest.

2019 Workshop Leaders

Heath Eslinger

Heath Eslinger

Make Parents Your Greatest Asset

Blair Rummel

Blair Rummel

How Does It Feel to Be Coached By Me? Changing how kids Experience High School Sports

Craig Haworth

Craig Haworth

Building Culture Through Positive Energy and Engagement

Devin DeLaughter

Devin DeLaughter

The Four Pillars of Transformational Leadership: Moving from Management to Leadership

Jeremy Boone

Jeremy Boone

The Language of a Leader That Others Want To Follow

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What to expect

There are few opportunities for coaches to grow their skill sets beyond the X’s and O’s of their sport.

Until now.

The Coach Forum offers high school and college coaches an opportunity to learn from highly respected coaches, former athletes, doctors and sports professionals from around the country that are innovatively leading their athletes, improving their communities and building thriving programs.

Networking


Get to know other like-minded coaches.

Expert Insight


Hear dynamic presenters share their tools and experiences.

Workshops


Interact with speakers and other attendees in smaller sessions.

Ticketing

Ticket includes admission, parking, light breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

Registration is now closed. We have walk up tickets available the morning of the event. Please park in the Music City Center deck and check-in by 8am to claim your seat. We hope to see you tomorrow!

Early Bird

$79

Get an early bird discount —
register by May 31, 2019 for 30% off!

Conference

$109

Regular general admission ticket
with open registration.

Bring The Team

$99

Purchase six tickets or more at the
same time to save — price per ticket.

Interested in a scholarship for a discounted ticket? Contact krissie@nashvillecoachingcoalition.com

Some of Our Past Attendees

What the coaches are saying

The Coach Forum has allowed me to expand my coaching knowledge by giving me the tools, examples and encouragement I need to be a successful coach. I was reminded I wasn’t alone in my coaching journey.

Nicole Phillips

Springfield High School

We heard some excellent speakers on diverse topics! It was also good to meet other educators and coaches from around the area to share ideas. This will be of great benefit to our program in the coming months.

Kenny Shakelford

Westminster Academy Memphis

The event was a blast! The Coach Forum provides a whole new experience and a totally unique perspective as to “why” we coach.

Scott Blade

Independence High School

Great lineup of speakers! Thank you for your commitment to developing coaches in the path of character, commitment and integrity.

Jeff Clark

McCallie School

Sponsors

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2018 Speakers

Rory Vaden

Rory Vaden

Best Selling Author

RA Dickey

RA Dickey

Major League Baseball Player

Greg Sankey

Greg Sankey

SEC Commissioner

Janine Tucker

Janine Tucker

John Hopkins Lacrosse Coach

Cuonzo Martin

Cuonzo Martin

University of Missouri Men’s Basketball Coach

Blair Rummel

Blair Rummel

High School Soccer and Track Coach

Inky Johnson

Inky Johnson

Inspirationalist

Emily Klueh

Emily Klueh

Athletic Counselor, University of Michigan

2017 Speakers

Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy

Head Softball Coach, University of Alabama

Tim Shaw

Tim Shaw

Former Tennessee Titan, Author

Heath Eslinger

Heath Eslinger

Head Wrestling Coach, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

Will Healy

Will Healy

Head Football Coach, Austin Peay State University

Dana Ford

Dana Ford

Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Tennessee State University

Shanterra McBride

Shanterra McBride

Author and Founder, Marvelous University

Dr. Burton Elrod

Dr. Burton Elrod

NFL and NCAA orthopedic Surgeon

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Vice President of Youth Development at STARS Nashville

Dr. Chris Carr

Dr. Chris Carr

Performance Psychologist for the Indiana Pacers

Steve Herndon

Steve Herndon

Former Atlanta Falcon, Founder SafetyNet Recovery Center

Hayley McCall

Hayley McCall

Former Midfielder for Sky Blue FC, Leadership Consultant at Tribus Allen

Stephanie White

Stephanie White

Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Vanderbilt University

2016 Speakers

Joe Ehrmann

Joe Ehrmann

Former NFL player, Author

Darren Ambrose

Darren Ambrose

Head Women's Soccer Coach, Vanderbilt University

Ingle Martin

Ingle Martin

Head Football Coach, Christ Presbyterian Academy

Celia Slater

Celia Slater

Former Executive Director, NCAA Women's Coaches Academy, Founder of True North Sports

Will Heininger

Will Heininger

Former University of Michigan Football Player

Dotsie Basuch

Dotsie Basuch

Olympic Silver Medalist Cyclist, Motivational Speaker

Stephen James

Stephen James

Executive Director of Sage Hill Counseling

Geoff McDonald

Geoff McDonald

Head Men's Tennis Coach, Vanderbilt University

Shan Foster

Shan Foster

Senior Director of External Affairs, AMEND Together

Wendy Borlabi

Wendy Borlabi

Performance Psychologist for the Chicago Bulls

Dr. Allen Sills

Dr. Allen Sills

Professor of Neurological Surgery, Vanderbilt University

Josh Davis

Josh Davis

Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer

Valorie Kondos Field

Valorie Kondos Field

Head Gymnastics Coach, UCLA