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Center for Leadership in Athletics



The Center for Leadership in Athletics develops effective leaders and leadership practices that maximize the positive, educational impact of athletics.

We believe in the power of sport to change people and communities. This power sits in the hands of coaches, researchers, policy-makers, and sport administrators.

Core Services Offered

We offer a variety of training and professional development opportunities for athletic administrators, coaches, policy-makers, and researchers about the role of an athletics enterprise to ensure the positive impact sports can have on students and the community. Some of our offerings include The Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership M.Ed, The ACCEL Sports Coaching Certification, and a range of personalized trainings for coach organizations.


The Center conducts and disseminates research focused on improving the leadership and management practices in athletics. Research activities include:

Ambitious Coaching Project: 

In 2016, the Center for Leadership in Athletics launched the Ambitious Coaching Project, a research study designed to identify the knowledge and skills at the heart of effective coaching. The goal of the project was to identify specific coaching practices that support holistic wellness and social-emotional development of athletes while preparing them for age-appropriate performance and competition.

King County Play Equity Coalition:

Guided by a national framework created by the Aspen Institute, State of Play: Seattle-King County informs regional leaders, programs, and policies with the goal of improving equitable access to safe, fun physical activity that bolsters individual and community health and advancement.

College Sports Research:

Every year the Center recruits some papers presented at research conferences. We highlight research briefs on current topics in intercollegiate athletics and the implications for practice. In addition to highlighting these contributors, Dr. Jen Hoffman published ‘College Sports and Institutional Values in Competition.’ This book explores the relationship between athletics and higher education, and how college athletics departments reflect many characteristics of their institutions and are also susceptible to the same challenges in delivering on their mission.

Reporting Structure

Mia Tuan, Dean, College of Education

Related UW Entities

College of Education

External Partners

King County Parks