Testimonials

Summer Coaching Institute

"As a novice coach with absolutely no high school or college speech/forensics or general coaching experience , I found the GAC-SCI to be extremely helpful. I walked away with so many ideas, tips, and techniques for my students’ categories. Plus having year round access to the GAC library collection has nearly eliminated my need to purchase scripts. Yay! a budget saver.

But more importantly, at GAC-SCI I met some really great, experienced coaches to build my peer network, I was infused with lots of energy, enthusiasm and motivation for this sport, and rather than coaching on the fly, I now have a direction to lead my team with pride, purpose and confidence."

Dawn Brobst
PEM head coach
Plainview MN
2-yr GAS-SCI vet

"GAC-SCI is an excellent experience! I benefited from observing outstanding coaches work with students, sharing ideas with coaches, and being completely immersed in a week of speech. You will be able to take a lot of great ideas back to your team, and you’ll be connected to a network of great individuals willing to help. GAC-SCI will help you help your program grow."

Ross Eichele
Speech and Debate Coach
Blaine High School

"You can use the following: Attending the Gustavus Coaching Institute was a valuable experience. I was able to learn from the best, get great ideas and materials for the next season, and it was really helpful to just be able to focus on speech for a few days. I made great contacts in the speech world who continue to be helpful to me in my coaching. A great experience for both the new and seasoned coach. I wish I could do it every year!"

Anastasia Carter
Speech Coach
DeLaSalle High School

"I attended the 2011 Coaches Institute and found it to be a very beneficial experience! Although I have been around the activity many years, my week at the institute opened my eyes to the true passion and dedication to so many coaches out there! I enjoyed shadowing them and picking up many tips to help bring out the best in each student I work with. Now that I am "in the trenches" coaching my own group of Speechies, I find myself often going back into and referencing the many materials I received. To anyone who might be considering attending the Coaches Institute, I would say, "Go for it. You won't be sorry!"

Mary Surprenant
Marshall High School

"By week’s end I felt ready to not only return to my family, air conditioning, but also to reconnect with my team in an whole new way. Kris Kracht, Jill Lofold, and the unbelievably talented staff at Gustavus were not only inspiring, but motivating. I felt incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to immerse myself in their coaching sessions with students, and to learn about their coaching journeys. I know now that when I begin to doubt myself as a coach, I will have an amazing support system in my fellow Gustavus Coach Workshop graduates and leaders that I can turn to."
"I genuinely look forward to returning to the Gustavus Coaching Institute in the future. The opportunity to focus for an extended period of time on something that I am deeply passionate about is invaluable. The depth and breadth of information and resources available by attending the program is more than one can take on in just one week, and I understand why coaches return to learn year after year. I feel that this incredible opportunity may be my ticket to not burning out as a coach in years to come."

Bethany Piety
Edina High School