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in Praise of my Mentors

When I was a young coach, I was desperate for advice and mentoring, but it was very uncommon back then (late 60s-early 70s), so the only way to get any sort of help was to volunteer at a school and pray that one of the coaches took you under his wing.  I grew up with a father in the construction...

alligator boogaloo

I wrote the following short piece well over a decade ago -- back when I first started sharing my thoughts publicly. I started a blog called 500words (this was prior to the old mcmillanspeed site), where every post had to be 500 words right on the nose. This was my 2nd or 3rd one -- and I share it here...

Coaching Chat #4: Stu McMillan – On authenticity & Advice to my younger self

Welcome to Coaching Chat, an ALTIS vodcast series where Education Director – Ellie Kormis – chats with coaches, coach educators, and teachers who coach – from High School coaches, to Pro coaches, to new coaches, to the seasoned warhorses of our profession. Episode 4 sees us joined by Coach Stu McMillan. Currently in his 28th year of professional coaching, Stuart...

Stop Trying to ’Fix’ Athletes!

I’ve never been comfortable with the term ”corrective exercise”. In this short post, I’ll tell you why. When we stand back and look at the big picture, the challenge to improving the health and performance of athletes may seem overwhelming.  How can we help athletes improve the quality of their movement with all the complexity and subjectivity that it entails? ...

Coaching Chat #3: Coach to Olympic Gold Medalist – Sue Humphrey

Welcome to Coaching Chat, an ALTIS vodcast series where Education Director – Ellie Kormis – chats with coaches, coach educators, and teachers who coach – from High School coaches, to Pro coaches, to new coaches, to the seasoned warhorses of our profession. Episode 3 sees us joined by Coach Sue Humphrey - a High Jump Coach from the USA, who...

Coaching Chat #2: Damien Inocencio – Olympic Gold for France to Head Coach for China

Welcome to Coaching Chat, an ALTIS vodcast series where Education Director – Ellie Kormis – chats with coaches, coach educators, and teachers who coach – from High School coaches, to Pro coaches, to new coaches, to the seasoned warhorses of our profession. https://youtu.be/ErxR8oeSGBg SPecific discussion points: In this 15-minute chat with Ellie Kormis, the former Coach to Olympic Champion and...

Coaching Chat #1: Coaching Developing Athletes – Lessons from the Classroom, Field, & Track

Welcome to Coaching Chat, a new vodcast series where Education Director - Ellie Kormis - chats with coaches, coach educators, and teachers who coach - from High School coaches, to Pro coaches, to new coaches, to the seasoned warhorses of our profession. With a reach encompassing all sports, the aim of this vodcast series is to promote cross pollination across...

We’re Moving!

After 8 great years in Phoenix, we are excited to announce that we are moving our center of operations to Atlanta, Georgia.   Phoenix has been a wonderful home for us, and we have really loved being there.  We will forever cherish the friendships we have made with the great folks at Paradise Valley Community College, Movement Restoration, and especially,...

Bandwagon-Jumping and Virtue-Signaling

When a reply to a recent email simply read “BANDWAGON JUMPER!” (yes - in all caps), I wasn’t surprised - but, as someone who values complexity and nuance - I was disappointed.  In the last couple of weeks, we have received a ton of positive feedback on our latest efforts to support women and minority coaches.  In addition, we have...

The Coach’s Eye

Coach Pfaff has mentored 1000s of coaches and therapists over the course of his career. He is respected as an elite teacher of biomechanics and training theory, all while consulting with numerous professional sports teams and organizations. In addition to all of this, he is probably most known for his ability to assess movement and identify not only aberrations, but...