CoachDeck cards were created to assist the millions of hard-working youth sports volunteers and parents who would like to help players learn important skills and fundamentals through fun drills and games. The time commitment involved in coaching is enormous, and sometimes it is not possible to thoroughly prepare for each practice. Designed by professional coaches, the drills in CoachDeck can be performed by players from 6-16 and are laid out in a fast, easy-to-understand format that allows you to conduct an extremely effective clinic with little or no preparation. Because the deck is portable, you’ll always have it with you. The nearly infinite number of drill combinations you can create means kids will never get tired of the "same old practice".
Inside each deck you will find 52 color-coded drills. Nearly every drill contains a unique, "Make it a Game" feature that will ensure your players want practice to go on forever. Each Deck also contains two double-sided instructional cards on Safety, Terminology, Practice and How to Use CoachDeck. We're sure that once you use CoachDeck you’ll wonder how you ever did with out it and, you’ll agree, that A Perfect Practice is in the Cards, with CoachDeck.
Brian Gotta – President of CoachDeck, Designer of CoachDeck for Baseball
Brian Gotta began coaching recreational youth baseball as a summer job during his high school playing days, and continued through college. He now has four children of his own who are all involved in sports, and devoted many hours as a volunteer coach and youth league board member. Between his extensive playing and coaching experience, Coach Gotta has spent a substantial portion of his life around baseball. He has a BA from Indiana University and is the author of Winning Secrets, the ultimate guide to coaching youth baseball. He has also written four youth sports novels, The Season's Not Over, Hanging in There, Time for Willy and The Unbelievable Point Guard, as well as a best-selling business book, Congratulations! You're a Millionaire! (published by Possibility Press), all of which can be found at (www.booksbygotta.com). He and his family reside in San Diego, CA.
Guy Newman - Soccer
The drills and instruction in CoachDeck for Soccer were designed by Guy Newman.. Guy began his playing career in 1977, winning a National Championship with the Los Angeles Macabee. He then went on to play with the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ft. Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League. In 1980 he was a member of the US Olympic Team and then finished his illustrious career as a player with the San Diego Sockers of the NASL and MISL, winning five Indoor Championships and three Outdoor Division titles. Guy began coaching in 1985, leading the Sockers to an Indoor National Championship and continued his pro coaching career winning another National Championship with the expansion Las Vegas Dustdevils, before coaching the Kansas City Wizards. For the past seven years, Guy has focused on youth soccer and is a USSF "A" licensed coach.
Drew Catlett - Basketball
The drills and instruction in CoachDeck for basketball are designed by Drew Catlett. Drew has over twenty years as an NCAA coach at West Virginia University and Georgia State University, among others. He played his college ball at Randolph-Macon College, then a strong Division II program that was on of the 10 winningest programs in the country. For nine summers Drew directed the summer basketball camp at WVU, where he developed a core strength for teaching fundamentals to youngsters. Drew also enjoys coaching recreational basketball for his two young children.
Sue Enquist- Softball
Sue Enquist holds more National Championships (11) than anyone in the history of softball. She is UCLA Softball’s first All-American, National Champion, and Hall of Famer. In 2006, Enquist concluded her storied 27 year career as head coach of the UCLA Bruins with a 887- 175-1 (.835) record, making her the winningest softball coach among all active coaches. She is the only person in NCAA Softball history to win a championship as a head coach and a player. Hailed a "coaching legend" by ESPN, Sue Enquist's tenure produced 65 All-Americans and 12 Olympians.
She has been inducted into the Women's Sports Foundation International Hall of Fame, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and the UCLA Hall of Fame. Enquist is also the recipient of multiple National Coach of the Year and Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors.
She concluded her UCLA MVP playing career with a career batting average of .401. In her tenure as both a player and coach, Enquist has a combined 1,314 wins. UCLA Magazine lists her among the top 20th Century Bruins. A former World Champion and USA National Team coach and player, she is the only person to have played on the first Pan American gold medal team (1979) and to coach on the first Olympic Team National Staff (1996), which took home the first gold medal in the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.
Allan Tomlinson - Football
The drills and instruction in CoachDeck for Football were provided by Allan Tomlinson. Coach Tomlinson attended UNLV on a football scholarship. He went on to coach at Middle Tennessee St University and Southwestern College. He is now a high school coach for Torrey Pines High School, a perennial powerhouse football program in San Diego, CA, and has also coached Pop Warner. In addition to his playing and coaching experience at the collegiate, high school and youth levels, Allan also coaches his son and daughter in track, baseball and numerous other sports.
Mel Adams - Volleyball
Mel Adams is a 2-time California State Volleyball Champion, received the coveted CIF Sportsmanship Award, earned The Coach Dick Serrano “Spirit of the Dons” Award and was named to the Union Tribune All-Academic Team. She began her coaching career in 2011 and has coached Girls JV VB at Santa Fe Christian High School, Girls Frosh VB at Torrey Pines High School and Girls Varsity VB at Cathedral Catholic High School. Mel has coached a range of athletes from 6 year olds to D1 bound players. She now resides in Seattle, WA working as a Program Assistant for UW.