Coach Expectations

Coaches are College of Agriculture faculty or administrative/professionals who have completed the Coach’s Training Workshop. They are not the student’s academic advisor, rather another individual who will support, encourage, and guide students in their leadership development program. The Leadership Development Certificate office in the Office of Academic Programs will assign students to coaches. During any one semester, a coach may have one to three students.

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Expectations of Coaches

  • Completed the Coaches Training Workshop that is offered each semester.

  • Meet with the student at least two times per semester. While it is ideal that the student contacts you, do not hesitate to reach out to the student if you do not hear from him/her shortly after the match is made.

  • Ensure that the student has developed a timeline that will guarantee completion of the certificate requirements by the student’s expected graduation from the university.

  • Promote the importance of beginning the personal development plan during the first weeks of the program and making revisions throughout program. Ensure that the student updates his/her personal development plan regularly. The PDP is the ​certificate program’s foundation and should be completed within the first few weeks after entering into the program.

  • Ensure that the student is writing reflections for each leadership experience and is also maintaining his or her portfolio. Ask to see the student’s reflection sheets and portfolio throughout the certificate process. The reflections need to be sufficient in depth and quality to meet the coach’s standard of what is necessary to demonstrate the student’s growth and development in leadership.

  • Provide feedback on the student’s progress regarding:
    • Completion status of requirements​
    • Development of leadership skills though quality experiences in the badge system
    • Reflections of leadership-related experiences.

  • Suggest ways for student to improve, including:
    • Methods, in addition to courses and workshops, to assist in developing the leadership skills and attributes​
    • Application of the leadership skills and attributes in different settings

  • Encourage student to prepare for meetings with you, the coach, by:
    • Revising personal development plan and reflections to ensure quality work
    • Coming prepared to discuss outline, progress, ideas, questions, experiences, or difficulties

  • Do more than check off requirements. Challenge the student to engage in activities and expand his/her thinking. Help the student demonstrate growth and changed behaviors.

  • Review the student’s status and requirements prior to meetings.

  • Conduct mid-program review at least a semester before completion of the Leadership Development Certificate Program.

  • Expect to spend approximately four hours per semester per student you are coaching:
    • Two hours per semester in meetings​.
    • Two hours per semester engaging in such activities as responding to e-mails, preparing for student meetings, assessing student programs​.

  • Communicate with the Leadership Development Certificate Program Faculty Committee if questions come up or if the status of the relationship has changed. 

  • Provide feedback to the Leadership Development Certificate Program on ways to improve the program​.