2019 Keynote Speakers
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.
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.
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.
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
Make Parents Your Greatest Asset
How Does It Feel to Be Coached By Me? Changing how kids Experience High School Sports
Building Culture Through Positive Energy and Engagement
The Four Pillars of Transformational Leadership: Moving from Management to Leadership
The Language of a Leader That Others Want To Follow
What to expect
There are few opportunities for coaches to grow their skill sets beyond the X’s and O’s of their sport.
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.
Get to know other like-minded coaches.
Hear dynamic presenters share their tools and experiences.
Interact with speakers and other attendees in smaller sessions.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
Independence High School
Great lineup of speakers! Thank you for your commitment to developing coaches in the path of character, commitment and integrity.
Best Selling Author
Major League Baseball Player
John Hopkins Lacrosse Coach
University of Missouri Men’s Basketball Coach
High School Soccer and Track Coach
Athletic Counselor, University of Michigan
Head Softball Coach, University of Alabama
Former Tennessee Titan, Author
Head Wrestling Coach, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
Head Football Coach, Austin Peay State University
Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Tennessee State University
Author and Founder, Marvelous University
Dr. Burton Elrod
NFL and NCAA orthopedic Surgeon
Vice President of Youth Development at STARS Nashville
Dr. Chris Carr
Performance Psychologist for the Indiana Pacers
Former Atlanta Falcon, Founder SafetyNet Recovery Center
Former Midfielder for Sky Blue FC, Leadership Consultant at Tribus Allen
Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Vanderbilt University
Former NFL player, Author
Head Women's Soccer Coach, Vanderbilt University
Head Football Coach, Christ Presbyterian Academy
Former Executive Director, NCAA Women's Coaches Academy, Founder of True North Sports
Former University of Michigan Football Player
Olympic Silver Medalist Cyclist, Motivational Speaker
Executive Director of Sage Hill Counseling
Head Men's Tennis Coach, Vanderbilt University
Senior Director of External Affairs, AMEND Together
Performance Psychologist for the Chicago Bulls
Dr. Allen Sills
Professor of Neurological Surgery, Vanderbilt University
Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer
Valorie Kondos Field
Head Gymnastics Coach, UCLA