For College Athletics

Play Like a Champion Today is breaking ground on the promotion of high standards of ethics and character development in collegiate athletic programs.


In April of 2014, Play Like a Champion hosted a COACHING ETHICS SYMPOSIUM on Creating a Value-Centered Athletic Community in Higher Education.  

The day-long event covered a range of issues affecting ethical college coaching.  As recent allegations of abuse raised questions about the ethical standards that should be expected of college coaches, the symposium worked to address the key questions of:   What is good coaching?  How can coaches display intensity and demand discipline without compromising student athletes’ physical and psychological integrity and well-being?  

The NCAA Constitution makes clear that colleges have a responsibility to assure that coaches contribute to athletes moral as well as academic development. This symposium examined the culture of college  coaching and the challenges that they face as teachers of young people.  

Featured panelists Mickey Bebeau, Jay Coakley, Matt Dolan, Timothy Epstein, Nicole LaVoi, Kevin Lennon, Kathleen McChesney, and other experts in sports and professoional ethics worked develop an ethical framework for the role of the college coach in higher education. Together, we explored “the higher moral standard" that all coaches are held to.  The symposium featured panel discussions and break-out sessions to learn from and network with higher education coahes, admininistrators, and faculty from around the country.

To watch the video recordings of the sessions, please click here.