John McCarthy

Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Institute for Athletic Coach Education

Dr. McCarthy oversees the Coaching Specialization in the Physical Education, Health, and Coaching graduate program. The course of study that he and his colleagues have designed trains coaches to be leaders in their field. It also trains students to work in the field of coach education and research on coaching. Dr. McCarthy’s students are trained to understand the coach’s role in the growth and development of young people through sport, and thus the societal importance of good coaching.

In addition to his teaching, Dr. McCarthy is the Director of Boston University’s Institute for Athletic Coach Education, a new institute within Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. The Institute offers training and education for coaches in the community, particularly those involved in youth sport. Through the Institute he is involved with designing and delivering innovative coach training to coaches in youth development programs such as the Play it Smart, a nation-wide program run by the National Football Foundation. Dr. McCarthy has extensive practical experience gained from his fifteen years as a coach at the college and high school levels. He has done research on coaching; his doctoral dissertation is a study of how master football coaches develop team confidence. Dr. McCarthy has also been highly active in the field of coach education. He has been the regional coordinator for the N.F.L.’s Coaching Academy Program, and sits on several advisory boards for organizations that are aimed at developing youth through sport, including G-Row Boston and the Starfish Foundation.

NPR’s Only a Game: Sports Mentors Help Kids Take ‘Tiny Steps’ To A Better Life. November 21, 2015.

John McCarthy’s Rhett Talk: Changing the Game: Redesigning Football to Minimize Concussions. September, 30th 2014.

Ed.D., Boston University, Developmental Studies (Sport Psychology)

M.Ed., Boston University, Counseling Psychology

B.A., Williams College

Baltzell, A., McCarthy, J.M., Ahtar, V.L., Hurley, D., Martin, I. & Bowman, C. (2014, winter).  High School Coaches’ Sources of Joy and Unhappiness. Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 6 (3), 5-24.

Baltzell, A.L., McCarthy, J.M., & Greenbaum, T. (2014).  Mindfulness strategies: consulting with coaches and athletes: background and presentation of the 2013 AASP annual convention workshop. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 00: 1–9.  doi: 10.1080/21520704.2014.943916

Baltzell, A.L., LoVerme-Ahktar, V., McCarthy, J.M., Hurley, D. and Martin, I. (2014) Happiness and Well-Being Models: Empirical support from High School Coaching Study. Athletic Insight, 6 (2), 125-135.

Effective Communication with young football players, NFL Coaching Academy Program, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro MA

Development of Sustainable Coach Training systems in the community, Summit on Positive Youth Development through Sport, Springfield College. Springfield, MA

Psychological Aspects of Coaching, US Rowing Association Convention

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