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Coaches College

September 14, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Fall Season Coaches College will again be hosted at the state of the art Luth Athletic Complex at Holy Cross. This season’s coaches college will be a regional training with coaches from all over New England attending.


Register today online using the SOMA online registration form


  • 9:00am   Registration Opens
  • 10:00am   Morning Session
    • Flag Football
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Basketball
  • 12:00pm  Lunch & Fitness / Wellness Session
  • 1:00pm  Afternoon Session
    • Swimming Continued
    • General Session

Session Overviews

  • Welcome Session
    • Lead by Vicky DiNatale Special Olympics Massachusetts Competition and Fitness Manager and Nicole Batista, EPC Special Olympics Connecticut Coordinator Health and Athlete Leadership
    • Session will focus on importance of the developing athletes wellness and fitness through implementing the Special Olympics Fit 5 program with in your team and different methods to make your practice and fully active practice session
  • Flag Football
    • Lead by Brad Nathan & Zach Rocha of  Sidekick Sports Academy. Sidekick Sports is an official affiliate of NFL Flag Football.  This session will review proper Flag Football techniques and progression drills for athletes of all abilities.
      • Brad – Brad is a NFL Flag Certified Coach and has worked with multiple Recreation Departments during his ten years as a youth sports professional leader.He is the Director of the Arlington Recreation NFL Flag League. He also has two children with special needs, making him uniquely qualified to teach the Special Olympics Massachusetts Flag Football Coaching Course.
      • Zach -Executive Director of Sidekick Sports Academy. Zach is a NFL Flag Certified Coach and founded the Boston Flag Football Association in 2016. He has overseen multiple coaching courses, across multiple sports and led the 2018 Special Olympics Massachusetts Flag Football Coaching Course. That same winter, Zach hosted the nation’s first-ever Unified Sports Futsal Tournament as president of Northeast Futsal Association.
  • Soccer
    • Session will focus on athlete skill development as well as athlete progression from 3v3 model -5v5 model – 7v7 model
    • Lead by John Ford & Vicky DiNatale.
      • John holds multiple Mass Youth Soccer coaching certifications (level E, F, G) as well as being a certified regional and national coach with the  National Soccer Coaches Association. John also is the Head coach for the New England Revolution Unified Team as well as been Head Soccer coach for team Massachusetts at 2006, 2010 & 2014 USA Games. John also was inducted into the Special Olympics Massachusetts Hall of Fame in 2006
      • Vicky is the Competition and Wellness Coordinator for Special Olympics Massachusetts, She has been a graduate assistant coach for the Springfield College Women’s soccer team, Head coach for Northampton High School JV girls soccer team, Springfield College varsity soccer player, and assistant coach for the New England Revolution Unified Soccer team
  • Swimming
    • Lead by the Michael Phelps Foundation.
    • Michael Phelps Foundation is an official partner of Special Olympics Inc, and is re writing the swimming coaches guidelines for Special Olympics. This training will review:
      • Principles of Swimming
      • pool safety and being comfortable in the water
      •  stroke development & techniques
      • Starts,turns & finishing
      • race pacing
  • Basketball
    • Lead by Stephen Basden, 4 year starter for Endicott College varsity basketball team
    • Session will focus on athlete skill development from beginner entry level drills to drills and techniques for high level advanced players.
  • General Session
    • Building Athlete Success On and Off the Playing Field
      • Coaching athletes is more than just teaching X’s and O’s, it is about developing the entire athlete, both on and off the field.  Creating a culture of success requires attention to the small details that are often more important than the drills and skills you teach.  We are looking to create athletes that are successful not because of the medals and trophies they have won, but instead because of the people they have become.  This session will explore this topic and discuss best practices to create success in your athletes and your program.
    • Session will be lead by Christin Santiago-Calling
      • Christin is a Recreational Therapist, with 20 years-experience of working with children and adolescents with trauma, neuropsychiatric diagnosis and sexual harmful behaviors. She is the Director of Recreational Therapy for the Whitney Academy in Freetown, Massachusetts, which is a residential treatment center for adolescent boys who have experienced significant trauma. She has developed many programs using innovative therapeutic activities in order to assist adolescents develop their internal and emotional skills through activity, movement, and clinically sound strategies that assist in them managing their trauma symptoms. Christin also has an international reputation as a skillful and engaging trainer, having both trained and supervised across the USA, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, the UK and in Australia. Christin also coaches across a multitude of (seven) sports as a part of the Special Olympics of Massachusetts. In 2016 she was chosen as the Finalist for Coach of the Year for Special Olympics of North America. In 2018 she was selected as the Head Athletics Coach for Special Olympics of Massachusetts to participate in the  USA Games in Seattle, Washington.  And is 2019 she was inducted into the Special Olympics Massachusetts Hall of Fame.


  • Sign up for one session – Portable cell phone charger with Special Olympics Logo
  • Sign up for two sessions – Warm up Jacket with Special Olympics Logo
  • Lunch is included




September 14, 2019
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Matt Ruxton
508-485-0986 ext. 222


College of the Holy Cross
1 College St
Worcester, MA 01610 United States
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