Mark Watts is the former Director of Education at EliteFTS.com. Currently, Mark is an interim principal for The Diocese of Columbus Department for Education and a U8 Girls Soccer Coach. He was also a fifth-grade teacher for the Diocese. Coach Watts has worked as a strength and conditioning coach and football coach at Denison University, The United States Military Academy, Allegheny College, and Clarion University. Before that, he interned in strength and conditioning at The Ohio State University and the University of Tulsa.
Coach Watts has a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion from California University of PA and a master’s degree in elementary education from Clarion University of PA. He has held professional certifications through the NSCA, CSCCa, NASM, and USAW.
This podcast episode focuses on Mark’s expertise in the art and science of coaching. He presents his ideas on his path into the sports performance industry, athlete leadership, and his thought process on how to make the maximum impact on your athletes.
In this podcast, Coach Mark Watts discusses with Joel:
- His background as a coach and athlete, and the path that led him into and eventually out of sports performance coaching.
- His thoughts on working in an industry that has not developed an effective coaching evaluation protocol.
- His ideas on how to utilize a competition system within a weight room setting.
- How to make sure you coach for your athletes and not yourself.
- Leaving a lasting impact on your athletes that they will carry forward in life.
- Balancing the goal of winning with the goal of producing athletes that will be great husbands, wives, and parents.
Mark Watts was a Freelap Friday Five interviewee on SimpliFaster, and you can find him on LinkedIn.
Podcast total run time is 1:07:21.
Keywords: Relationships, Culture Building, Philosophy of Coaching