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YUHSD, Positive Coaching Alliance partner for second annual workshop

For the second consecutive year, Yuma Union High School District coaches and Athletic Directors took part in workshops hosted by Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).

Renowned former Stanford University volleyball coach and NCAA National Champion Ruben Nieves, and Pacific Lutheran University kinesiology professor and former Miami (OH) University basketball coach Dr. Mallory Mann conducted Thursday’s even virtually for more than 70 YUHSD coaches from all five campuses.

"The participants in our two Yuma Union High School District workshops were engaged at a very high level,” Nieves said. “I have led nearly 1,000 PCA workshops over the past 20 years.  They are always great, but the quality of participation, self-reflection, idea generation, and sharing in these two workshops really stood out! It is clear that these are coaches, administrators and staff committed to providing the best possible experience for their student-athletes."

The first workshop was geared towards coaches with topics ranging from building a winning culture to planning and preparation to creating structures of positivity for student-athletes and coaches. A majority of the two-hour training afforded coaches an opportunity to cross-collaborate with their fellow coaches.

“As coaches we are always trying to improve and pick up new ideas that will benefit our programs and athletes and today it was great to learn from not only PCA presenters, but also from my fellow colleagues,” Cibola High School football coach Steven Fritz said. “I am amazed and humbled by the skill and experience of some of my colleagues around the district and any opportunity to learn from them is appreciated.”

The second workshop gave Athletic Directors and Athletic Trainers to discuss what was learned in the previous training, set goals for the coming school year, and discuss ways to align some of the topics across district programs, including communication with coaches and further development.

“Today’s workshop was a meaningful opportunity for the entire YUHSD athletics community to come together and collaborate to create future opportunities for our coaches and athletes,” Kofa High School Athletic Director Dave King said. “Everyone from District leadership to campus administrators, coaches and Athletic Trainers left with a more unified vision for our athletic programs and actionable plans to foster a winning culture in each of the programs that we serve.”

In May 2019, YUHSD hosted PCA for a four-hour in-person workshop at the district office. A significant number of coaches who took part in last year’s training were able to build on that experience Thursday.


PCA is a national non-profit organization with the mission of creating a positive, character-building youth sports environment that results in better athletes, better people.

Since its founding in 1998, PCA has established 18 chapters nationwide, partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations to deliver more than 20,000 live group workshops, reaching 19.2 million youth. PCA offers interactive online courses and has thousands of multimedia tips and tools for coaches, parents, athletes, and leaders available free of charge on PCA also runs two annual awards programs: a scholarship program for high school student-athletes and a coach award program to recognize youth and high school coaches who strive to win and teach life lessons.

Eric Patten