UW Center for Leadership in Athletics

ACCEL Sports Coaching Certificate

ACCEL is a hands-on training program for coaches of all sports and levels. This certificate is designed to give sport coaches the tools to help athletes perform their best, with a focus on holistic well-being and growth.

The ACCEL program is derived from research findings from the Center’s Ambitious Coaching Project, our nationally recognized graduate program, and years of conducting training for local and national youth sport organizations.


  • Introduction to Ambitious Coaching
  • Physical and emotional safety
  • Social, emotional, and developmental needs of athletes
  • Allowing space & autonomy supportive coaching
  • Athlete-centered instruction & feedback
  • Relationship-building and creating a positive team culture


The ACCEL certificate is a one day experience with your organization and our experienced training team. After active engagement in the full day workshop, coaches walk away with an ACCEL Sport Coaching Certificate from the UW Center for Leadership in Athletics. This is a non-credit-bearing certificate.

If your organization is interested in ACCEL, please email us at uwcla@uw.edu