Mr John Bales
President of the International Council of Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and Olympic Coach
John Bales is the current President of the International Council of Coaching Excellence (ICCE). He’s been in the role since 2005 where he oversees the mission of promoting coaching as an internationally accepted profession and enhancing the quality of coaching at every level of sport.
Bales has had considerable experience in Asia, having served as a consultant to various sport governing bodies in Japan, India and Malaysia.
As a coach, he enjoyed significant success, having coached athletes to Olympic, Commonwealth and Pan American medals in sprint canoeing and athletics. He was also the national and Olympic canoe coach for Canada.
Dr Wade Gilbert
Coach Education Advisor and Author of the highly acclaimed coaching manual "Coaching Better Every Season"
Dr Wade Gilbert has had more than 20 years of experience in conducting applied research with coaches from around the world at all competitive levels, from the youth leagues to the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games.
Gilbert is also a coach education advisor to USA Football and a regular contributor to coaching seminars for Olympic and national team coaches in the United States and Canada.
Last year, Gilbert published his best-selling book “Coaching Better Every Season” which details proven coaching methods and practices in pre-season, in-season, post-season and off-season.
Professor Masamitsu Ito
Professor at Nippon Sports Science University and Vice Director of the NSSU Coach Developer Academy
Professor Masamitsu Ito currently leads the Coach Developer Academy at the Nippon Sport Science University (NSSU) and also sits on the research committee in of the International Council of Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and on the review panel of the International Sports Coaching Journal. He is also a vice president of the Asian Association of Coaching Science and a board member of the Japan Society of Coaching Studies.
He was formerly a performance analyst for the Japanese Volleyball National Teams for more than a decade and is currently involved in the review of the curriculum for Japan’s coaching courses. One of Asia’s leading authority in coaching practice, Professor Masa has overseen three cohorts of trainees in the NSSU Coach Developer Academy where he covered topics such as issues in coaching, and Coach Development Models.