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In simple terms, coaching is some combination of science and art.  Observing others in the profession and developing my own style over the past few years have made it apparent that the "art" is what greater differentiates coaches, and the impact they have on their athletes.  Don't get me wrong.  The importance of learning the science cannot be overstated.  It's foundational.  But developing the art is more of an individual journey.  Whereas the scientific education is very specific to the sport, many of the lessons in the art of coaching come from the outside (hence the name, Beyond The Stopwatch) - in business, other sports, and popular culture, to name a few.  This blog seeks to share those findings.

Let me be clear.  The purpose of sharing isn't because I think I have it figured out.  Rather, it's a challenge for myself to organize and connect the bits of information gathered, and apply them to a coaching practice.  Oftentimes what sounds good in the mind can be a struggle to articulate on the page. 

The other purpose is to start a conversation with coaching peers.  By sharing ideas and insights along the way, I hope you will feel welcome to offer feedback so we can both grow together.  I view learning as both a perpetual and collective journey, so my first take on a topic might need some rewiring.  I look forward to those moments.


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I (Jack Mullaney) am entering my fourth season as the Assistant Cross Country/Track & Field Coach at the University of Portland.  Like many others, my path to the profession wasn't linear, and included an internship at the Federal Reserve in Washington DC as a college student and starting work full-time as a financial analyst for a sustainable water company in Minneapolis before moving into college athletics. 

I am a USATF Level 1 Coach, and hold a CSCS certification from the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).  I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance, and am currently pursuing a Master's of Science in Sport Management from West Virginia University.  

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