Clive Brewer (East Tennessee State University): Are you making the athlete better?

Clive Brewer is the Performance Director for the Center for Coaching Excellence / Assistant Professor of Sports Science at ETSU. He consults internationally, supporting Olympic Athletes such as Galen Rupp in his preparation for 2021 Olympics. Clive also leads on coach development education programs internationally – for example, the restructure of the UKSCA coach development pathway and is also an Adjunct Professor for the School of Coaching & Sports Science at West Virginia University.     Clive was the Performance Director for Columbus Crew in 2020, and prior to this was the Assistant Director of High Performance for the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball Team.   Clive has consulted with organizations such as Manchester United FC, USA Football, Wimbledon tennis championships, WTA, Scotland National Rugby League, Liverpool Ladies, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), SportsMed Global, Cirque du Soleil and IMG Academy.  

In August 2015, he was awarded the fellowship of the UKSCA in recognition of his contribution to the industry.   His latest book “Developing athletic movement skills” was published by Human Kinetics in 2017. A regular speaker at International conferences, Clive has published 2 other books, 8 book chapters and more than 15 papers on training methods, coaching & performance in peer-reviewed journals. 

In this episode, Clive discusses: 

  • Why sport is a “people business”. 
  • The evolution of the industry along with various job titles. 
  • Differences between the industry in the UK and US. 
  • Why being new to a sport as a coach can give you a unique position to question the way things are done. 
  • Making the most of staff/expertise around you. 
  • His road trip analogy for working in an interdisciplinary team. 
  • Why technology can’t trump trade craft. 
  • The importance of reflective practices in progressing your coaching skill. 
  • The importance of working with new individuals/sports/environments to progress your coaching. 

You can listen to the episode in full here.

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