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John McCarthy

Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Institute for Athletic Coach Education

Dr. John McCarthy is a clinical associate professor of applied human development at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. He oversees the coaching specialization in the physical education, health, and coaching graduate program. He is also the director of the Institute for Athletic Coach Education, which offers training and education for coaches in the community, particularly those involved in youth sport.

Dr. McCarthy has extensive practical experience gained from his 15 years as a coach at the college and high school levels. He has also been highly active in the field of coach education. He has been the regional coordinator for the NFL’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.

EdD, Boston University, Developmental Studies (Sport Psychology)

MEd, Boston University, Counseling Psychology

BA, 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