National Coaching Symposium

December 3-4, 2019

Coral Reef Yacht Club & US Sailing Center-Miami
Coconut Grove, Florida


The National Coaching Symposium is two days of workshops and hands-on sessions with some of the leading sailing coaches in the country. The event features experts from a variety of areas and sports and focuses on both skill development and technical training.

If you're a coach who's looking to hear the latest ideas, compare notes with the nation’s best, and pursue professional development, then you need to be attend this event. Registration includes coffee and lunch both days of the event.

Evening cocktails generously provided by:
Regatta Premium Craft Mixers


John Kessel

Director of Sport Development, USA Volleyball

Since 1985 John has been working for the National Governing Body of the sport, USA Volleyball (USAV), now as Director of Sport Development, and is World ParaVolley Director of Sport Development as well. He is an FIVB Level IV Instructor and USAV CAP Level V Cadre member. He has been coaching since 1971 at the collegiate level or above and is a sought after  international lecturer, blogger, tweeter, podcaster while conducting hundreds of seminars in all 50 states, and over 60 different countries. Starting in 1984, hehas been part of every summer  Olympics or Paralympics but two, and many World Championships, beach and ParaVolley included. In 1995, Volleyball Magazine’s special Centennial issue named him one of the 50 most  important people in the sport in the past 100 years. In 2013 the American Volleyball Coaches Association inducted him as their 60th ever member of the AVCA Coaches Hall of Fame and USA Volleyball in 2019 awarded him their highest honor, the “Frier” lifetime achievement award.


Dr. Nicole LaVoi

Director, The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport

Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer in the area of social and behavioral sciences in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota and the Director of the TTucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport. Through her multidisciplinary research she answers critical questions that can make a difference in the lives of sport stakeholders—particularly girls and women. As a leading scholar on gender, leadership and women coaches, LaVoi has published numerous book chapters, research reports and peer-reviewed articles across multiple disciplines. Her seminal research includes the annual Women in College Coaching Report Card™ which is aimed at retaining and increasing the number of women in the coaching profession, a groundbreaking book Women in Sports Coaching (2016), and a documentary GAME ON: Women Can Coach (2018). GAME ON is the third Emmy-nominated collaborative film project with tptMN; the first was Concussion & Female Athletes (2011) and the second, Media Coverage & Female Athletes: Women Play Sports, Just Not in the Media (2013) won a regional Emmy for best sports documentary. As a public scholar she consults, speaks frequently around the world, fields media requests, and serves on national advisory boards for Gustavus Women in Leadership, Sports Advocacy Network of the Women’s Sport Foundation, espnW and WeCOACH. LaVoi played collegiate tennis at Gustavus Adolphus College earning two-time Academic  All-American status and an NCAA-III National Team Championship. Prior to her career in the academy, she was a USPTA Teaching Pro, an assistant coach at Carleton College, and the head tennis coach at Wellesley College. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors and soaking up the sun.


2019 Speakers
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Amy Deem

Director of Track & Field and Cross Country, University of Miami &
2012 Olympic Games Women's Head Coach

Betsy Alison

Adult Director
US Sailing

Cameron Kiosoglous

Assistant Professor, Drexel University &
Director of Sport Science, USRowing

Gary Bodie

Legendary Coach

John Pearce

Youth Director
US Sailing

Joakim Karlsen

JK Sailing LLC

Reed Maltbie

Raising Excellence

Rob Hurd

Waterfront Director
Tabor Academy

Stu Gilfillen

Director of Education
US Sailing

Dr. Tim Herzog

Counselor and Mental Coach
Reaching Ahead Counseling and Mental Performance

Tony Rey

Cloud10Racing, LLC

Udi Gahl

Race Coach
Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation

Victor Diaz de Leon

Professional Sailor


Solving the Excellence Equation - Helping Athletes Develop Peak Performance Every Day

With Reed Maltbie, Founder, Raising Excellence
When: Monday, December 2, 1:00-5:00 PM
Where: Coral Reef Yacht Club

In this groundbreaking new workshop, Coach Reed will help you define and then solve the various factors in the Excellence Equation of human performance. The Excellence Equation is made up of increasing the likelihood of coaches meeting of 3 key basic human needs of all athletes while reducing one of the biggest obstacles to achieving peak performance.
Coach Reed will draw from brain science, psychology, child development, motivation theory, quality coaching, and educational theory to show that each athlete has the ability to achieve his or her own level of excellence each and every day if we can unlock the performance factors in the brain, heart, and body while eliminating the primitive brain functions that cause fear and doubt and prohibit performance. Performance, after all, initially happens in the brain. Coaches must understand how to effectively draw forth knowledge and skill from the source before they can begin to create physical performance. Train the brain and the body and heart will follow.
This hands-on, interactive workshop will walk you through all the vital factors and help you develop real-world, immediately applicable action steps for creating the very best performance environment for your athletes.
You will walk away with a better understanding of the science behind human performance, the traits and values that drive the greatest athletes of all time, and the skills to solve the equation and unlock excellence. From communication, to coaching cues, to environmental factors, and even cultural behaviors you will have the tools to solve the Excellence Equation in even the most elite athletes.



Kiting Clinic Presented by NeilPryde

When: Dec 5 & 6
Where: Matheson Hammock Park, Coral Gables

This will be a learn-to-kite clinic for anybody interested in learning how to kiteboard. No awareness of wind direction or speed is required. At the end of the clinic, students will have an awareness of basic kite safety, safety systems, and how to successfully launch, land, and ride a kite. Students will furthermore gain an understanding of kiteboarding rules of the road, safe kiting conditions and locations, and how to successfully ride upwind and return to where they began.



The following hotels are offering group rates for the National Coaching Symposium:

The Mutiny Hotel

The Mutiny Hotel located on 2951 South Bayshore in Coconut Grove will offer the following special room rates from November 26th  – December 4th, 2019.  All rooms must be booked by October 30, 2019.

  • $179 per night, plus tax  -- One Bedroom Suite with Queen size bed, separate living room with a sofa bed, with fully equipped kitchen (refrigerator, stove top, oven, microwave, dishwasher), washer & dryer in unit
  • $249 per night, plus tax --  Two bedroom Suite with 2 Queen size beds, separate living room with a sofa bed, with fully equipped kitchen (refrigerator, stove top, oven, microwave, dishwasher), washer & dryer in unit

Group Rates may begin on earlier dates based on availability.

Amenities: Fitness Center, Business Work Center, Swimming pool

Parking: Parking is available at $25 per day with unlimited in/out privileges. There is also public parking available for less money nearby. 

Cancellation Policy: Reservations must be cancelled 7 days prior to check-in to avoid penalty of one night room and tax.

Please contact Elizabeth Kratzig at Sailing Team Travel directly to make reservations by emailing

The Mayfair at Coconut Grove

Soak up the style and tranquility of the luxurious The Mayfair At Coconut Grove. Located in the heart of Coconut Grove, this artistic masterpiece blends design elements from Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America, to pamper guests in an atmosphere that is both intimate and indulgent.

  • $189 per night Mayfair Suite-King
  • $189 per night Mayfair Suite-Double

Book your room online now