"The ‘real learning opportunities’ we had within our course to apply and experiment with various teaching strategies was valuable."Brendon Bolton, Launceston
Bachelor of Human Movement
Senior coach, Carlton Football Club
(photograph courtesy Carlton Media)
What prompted you to pursue a career in Education at the University of Tasmania?
I have always enjoyed the sense of ‘connectedness or belonging’ you feel by virtue of being involved in team sport. Further, team sport challenges us, inspires us and requires an alignment of purpose. This alignment is very challenging considering teams are made up of people who are all very different in personality and physical attributes. Human Movement allowed me to gain a holistic understanding of how people best learn, think, move and interact. It ignited the passion to gain further insight in how to accelerate learning and combine my passions, which are football and helping others.
How has your time at the University of Tasmania and degree in Education helped you in your career?
On multiple fronts:
- Communicating with fitness staff regarding player injuries and physiology
- Accelerating the learning and understanding for players (coaching is teaching)
- Aligning the thoughts and motivations of players. Understanding that Thoughts = Feelings = Actions or Performance
- Being creative and open minded to innovate or value add to a high performance program
Tell us about your current role at the Carlton Football Club, and how you came to be working here.
After working as an assistant coach at the Hawthorn Football Club for seven years, the opportunity to become senior coach at Carlton – a very proud and historic club – was a new and exciting challenge I was eager to tackle. Since accepting the role my focus has been creating an elite learning environment for players to grow and develop, as we strive to continually improve and build towards sustained success.
What’s an average day at work like for you? Do you find yourself using the skills you learnt during your time at University?
An average day may includes the following:
- Opposition analysis including analysing strengths, weaknesses, game styles and tactics
- Establishing and monitoring of Key Performance Indicators for both the head coach and players
- Providing and implementing ongoing individual improvement plans for the playing group
- Providing individual mentoring, development and feedback
- Preparing weekly line and individual reviews and previews
- Assisting with all aspects of development – personal, technical & skill
- Producing and presenting relevant match vision for players
- Media commitments- communicating the brand to the public
Similarly to teaching coaching is dealing with people not just from a technical sporting perspective but from a holistic perspective in order to maximize performance. The skills I learnt at university were a great platform for both teaching players and understanding people.
What are some of the highlights or your time at the University of Tasmania?
They are many and varied however the ‘real learning opportunities’ we had within our course to apply and experiment with various teaching strategies was valuable. It gave us the opportunity to apply the theory and then reflect on what worked well, what didn’t, why and why not?
What advice would you give to future students?
The working world is forever changing and dynamic. It requires the ability to change, innovate and create. Applying yourself to all subjects is important as although the immediate relevance may not be apparent they are likely to have currency in the future. A variety of different skills sets and experiences are invaluable once in the workforce – diversity is the key!