Wellness is complex and powerful. And when wellness is maximized in the sports setting, athletes and coaches alike are set up to succeed.
In Winning Well: Maximizing Coach and Athlete Wellness, Cara Cocchiarella and Camille Adana provide coaches and coach developers with the means to implement a more inclusive coaching environment through wellness. Each aspect of wellness is defined within the context of sports, provided along with tips for application within the sports setting. Tangible guidelines are supplemented with personal testimonies from a diverse group of athletes and coaches who highlight their experiences with wellness in coaching—or lack thereof. Self-assessments are provided as powerful tools to help coaches evaluate their own wellness, their promotion of athlete wellness, and inclusive practices.
The demand for wellness and inclusion in sports is substantial, and Winning Well is the first practical guide to help coaches and coach developers bring wellness to the forefront of their practices. Written for coaches in all sports who work with athletes at any level, this book is an inspiring, timely, and accessible resource for those who want to move towards more effective and impactful coaching.
Cara Cocchiarella, EdD, is a coach developer with Win Win Consulting and professor in health and physical education. She has coached athletes from kindergarten through college in several different sports, earning numerous trophies and Coach of the Year honors. Cocchiarella has also worked as an Athletic Director and has taught a variety of education courses. Having earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership, her continued scholarship and service to the field of coach development is driven by her commitment to advancing inclusive, athlete-centered coaching.
Camille Adana is a health educator, coach, author, and consultant. She has coached volleyball, basketball, softball, cross-country, and tennis at the high school level. As a public school educator and district health lead, Adana has crafted relevant and vital health curriculum for a diverse group of students. Adana is the author of Motivate from Within: A Young Adult’s Guide to Shooting for the Stars.
Chapter 1: Physical Wellness
Chapter 2: Social Wellness
Chapter 3: Emotional Wellness
Chapter 4: Intellectual Wellness
Chapter 5: Spiritual Wellness
Chapter 6: Environmental Wellness
Chapter 7: Inclusion and Wellness
Chapter 8: Occupational Wellness
Chapter 9: Financial Wellness
Conclusion: Winning Well
Appendix A: Wellness Wheel Activity
Appendix B: Wellness Wheel Assessments by Dimension
Appendix C: BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) Inclusion Assessment Tool
Appendix D: Gender and LGBTQ2+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, two-spirit, and other sexual orientations and gender identities) Inclusion Assessment Tool
About the Authors
As a coach and coach developer, I aim to center holistic athlete wellness and development. This book is a great resource for that: it provides much-needed, broad and deep definitions for athlete-centered well-being. More than that, Winning Well includes practical tips and case studies to help coaches, coach developers, and athletes better understand how to care for themselves and one another. The language of inclusion, healing, and relationships permeates this book; those looking to unlock the power of sport will find Winning Well a wonderful tool to add to your toolkit of transformative coaching.
Winning Well provides great practical advice for supporting all athletes as they strive for excellence on and off the court. It’s one of the first coaching books I’ve read that includes a much-needed formula for coaches in taking care of themselves as well. It’s a desperately needed and refreshing take on inclusive coaching and doing the right thing for everyone in sports.
Winning Well is an invaluable resource for any coach looking not only to improve his or her winning record, but also to improve the wellness of individual athletes, the coaching staff and of the program as a whole. This book approaches coaching from a place of inclusion and respect, and is aimed at making athletes feel safe and supported in their athletic programs. It provides coaches with information on how to model healthy interactions, and address all facets of wellness in order to produce winning programs, successful athletes and better humans.
This is a great book for anyone just getting into coaching or for the coach with years of experience. If you want to invest in the wellness of yourself and your team, as well as maximize the positive impact that you will have on your athletes, this is a must have for your coaching library.
An absolute must read for all coaches, and anyone who is in the business of working with or managing people. Winning Well is a concise and articulate roadmap to help coaches win at a higher level while also providing a better people-centered process. All of my coaching friends will be getting a copy of Winning Well in their stocking this Christmas!
As a former college athlete and division I coach, I gained an appreciation for what it takes to achieve success in sports both on and off the playing field. Too often the approach to development can be very one dimensional. The authors of Winning Well do a fantastic job of addressing the multi-faceted role of a coach and mentor and provide a detailed framework for success. It is well worth the read!
Finding ways to make a difference is my biggest takeaway from what Cara and Camille have put together here in Winning Well. For those who have coached, someone may have tapped you on the shoulder and said something like “You would make a good coach one day!” I didn't know how those words would change the course of my life. The impact of coaching and the importance of fostering wellness is captured in this diverse range of perspectives on what we do as coaches.
3/4/22, Way of Champions Podcast: Cara Cocchiarella discussed the crucial balance between science and intuition when it comes to coaching in this podcast episode.