Keynote Speakers

David EpsteinDavid Epstein, Author of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

David Epstein is the author of the New York Times best-seller The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance . He is a reporter at the non-profit ProPublica and was previously a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where he authored or co-authored several of Sports Illustrated's most high profile investigative pieces, including the revelation that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003; an investigation of fraudulently marketed athletic performance and healthcare remedies; and an investigation that prompted the resignation of Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel by revealing a pattern of NCAA violations during his tenure. In addition to Sports Illustrated, his work has appeared in Discover, Inside Higher Ed., Scientific American, Slate, The Washington Post, British GQ, National Geographic and The Guardian, among other publications.

Epstein's writings have won a number of awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists 2010 Deadline Club Award for an article on the genetics of sports performance; Time Inc.'s Henry R. Luce Award for public service for an article on the dangers of the dietary supplement industry; and the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association's Big Hearted Journalism Award for his story "Following the Trail of Broken Hearts," on sudden cardiac death in athletes. Epstein was also a 2011 Livingston Award finalist for a package that included articles on pain in sports and the anticipatory skills that allow Major Leaguers to hit 100 mph fastballs. A graduate from Columbia University in 2002 with a B.S. in environmental science and astronomy, Epstein also holds master's degrees in journalism and environmental science from the school. Click here to watch David speak at the 2014 TED Conference.

Jean Côté, PhD

Key note speakerDr. Côté is professor and Director in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen's University at Kingston (Canada). His research interests are in the areas of children in sport, coaching, sport expertise, and positive youth development. Dr. Côté holds a cross appointment as a visiting professor in the School of Human Movement Studies at the University of Queensland in Australia and at Northumbria University in England. He has published more than 120 refereed papers on a variety of coaching and sport psychology topics and over 300 scientific presentations. Dr. Côté is regularly invited to present his work to both sport governing organizations and academic conferences throughout the world. He has delivered 35 keynote addresses at major national and international conferences. Dr. Côté was a co-editor of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology between 2008-2011. In 2009, Dr. Côté was the recipient of the 4th EW Barker Professorship from the Physical Education and Sport Science department at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. Dr. Côté, in collaboration with Dr. Ronnie Lidor, has recently completed the first comprehensive book on talent development in children's sport which was published in 2013 by Fitness Information Technology. 

John Bales, President - ICCE
John Bales, ICCE

John Bales is President of the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE), a not-for-profit organization with the mission of promoting coaching as an internationally accepted profession and enhancing the quality of coaching at every level of sport. First elected to this position in 2005, he was re-elected to a third four-year term in 2013. From 1996 to 2013 John was Chief Executive Officer of the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), the organization responsible for coaching development in Canada. Prior to assuming that role, he was founding director of the National Coaching Institute –Calgary, and previously worked as a consultant at Sport Canada, the Canadian government agency responsible for sport. John was a national and Olympic coach in sprint canoeing, and has helped athletes win Olympic and Pan American Games medals in canoeing and athletics. He has an MBA from the Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France, and undergraduate degrees in physical education and mathematics from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. 

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  • Chelsea Brehm
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  • Willie Burden
  • Trey Burdette
  • Christine Brooks
  • Sarah Carson
  • Leeja Carter
  • R. Michael Cathey
  • Lyndsie Coleman
  • Graeme Connolly
  • Ian Cowburn
  • Terry Crawford
  • Chris Croft
  • Dan Czech
  • Melissa Davies
  • Ron Davis
  • Jessie Daw
  • Kristen Dieffenbach
  • Jeff Dietze
  • Andrew Driska
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  • Melissa Ferry
  • Carol Fletcher
  • Margaret Flores
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  • Karen French
  • Lori Gano-Overway
  • Brian Gearity
  • Wade Gilbert
  • Kathy Ginter
  • Dan Gould
  • Tim Hamel
  • Brandonn Harris
  • David Hedlund
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  • Sheri Huckleberry
  • Glenn Hushman
  • Nick Inzerello
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  • Todd Layne
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  • Chris Keshock
  • Donna King
  • Steven Knott
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  • Clayton Kuklick
  • Mark Mann
  • Husam Mansor
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  • David McCann
  • Mollie McCarthy
  • Patrick McHenry
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  • Wesley Meeteer
  • Inge Milius
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  • Dana Munk
  • Amanda Myhrberg
  • Christine Nash
  • Josh Nelson
  • Brett Nichols
  • Kate Nolt
  • Paul Ogilvie
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  • Michael Phillips
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  • Ryan Shuda
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  • Pete Van Mullem
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  • Kristin Webster
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