Jack Clark

The Values of High Performance Teams

Jack Clark is the iconic varsity rugby coach at the University of California, Berkeley. His team-building abilities are considered legendary within university circles and throughout the corporate sector.

Since becoming head coach of the Golden Bears in 1984, Clark has led the rugby program to 29 national collegiate championships. He enters the 2018-19 season with an all-time collegiate coaching record, all with Cal, of 805-110-5 (.875). Beyond wins and losses, Clark’s student-athletes are renowned for their academic scholarship and professional success. His former players have gone on to prestigious careers ranging from the commanding officer at “Top Gun” to leadership positions in every sector, from engineering and medicine to Wall Street and public service; in short, they successfully occupy positions of responsibility. Never was the program’s ethic of responsibility more apparent than on Sept. 11, 2001, when former Cal rugby player Mark Bingham took actions aboard UA Flight 93 for which he posthumously received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage in 2002.

Clark is also a former head coach of the U.S. National Team, which won an improbable 16 victories, the most in the history of U.S. rugby, during his term as coach. He has also coached the All-American team and led the All-Marine rugby team to the Silver Medal at the Armed Forces Championship.

In 2000, Clark was chosen as one of Cal’s Ten Most Influential Sports Figures of the 20th Century. In 2014, he was inducted into the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame, followed in 2016 by his enshrinement into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame. Clark is also the 2016 recipient of The Glenn T. Seaborg Award, named after the former University chancellor and Nobel Prize winner.

Clark is a frequent guest lecturer in academia. He regularly presents in the Haas School of Business’ Organizational Behavior curriculum. He is a sought-after presenter and consultant to corporate America on his expertise in team and culture building. Clark’s work with corporations spans many industries, including biotech, gaming, information technology, apparel/footwear manufacturing, legal, financial services, telecommunications, real estate, and venture capital. His client list includes companies such as AT&T, Bessemer Venture Partners, Genentech, Goldman Sachs, Kabam, Oracle, Orrick Harrington, Tube Mogul/Adobe and Williams Sonoma.

Jack Clark shares a compelling formula for sustained team success. His views on the “Values of High-Performance Teams,” developed in the trenches of high-performance athletics, are applicable to these times in which we work and live.

Kerry MacDonald

Athlete Wellness and Well-being: Our Responsibility

Kerry has been a long time member and avid contributor to Volleyball in Canada and took over the reins of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbirds Men’s team in 2016. Kerry grew up in Revelstoke BC and completed his Bachelors of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary, his Masters Degree in Coaching Studies from the University of Victoria and his Ph.D. from the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre at the University of Calgary.  Throughout those years he acted as head and assistant coach with numerous club, provincial and national team programs, winning several provincial and national championships.

In his first season at UBC Kerry led the team back to the USports national championship for the first time in 10 years and to a 4th place finish.  In his second year, the Thunderbirds captured their first USports National Championship in 35 years.  Kerry is also passionate about the Paralympic side of volleyball and has served as the Chair of Volleyball Canada’s ParaVolley committee, Chair of the World ParaVolley’s Research Commission and is currently a member of World ParaVolley’s coaching commission.

Kerry is a committed and passionate learner, constantly striving to better himself in order to better his players and the teams & programs he works with. At UBC he managed to create a living laboratory in which research was an active component of everyday training as he constantly searched for ways to optimize the training, performance, and health of the Thunderbirds Men’s Volleyball Program.  In his new role as Director of Sport Science, Sports Medicine and Innovation for Volleyball Canada, he is looking to further enhance these processes with the Canadian National Team Programs.

Alix Krahn

Championship Communication

Alix is currently in her third year of her Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Health Science studying under the supervision of Dr. Parissa Safai. Her research interests include power dynamics within the coach-athlete relationship, the work and professionalization of sports coaches, and women in sports leadership.

In addition to being a full-time graduate student, Alix is an assistant coach at the University of Toronto working with the Varsity Blues. Having been a former university athlete and now a coach-researcher in university sport, she has dedicated her coaching and academic career to her mission statement which is to use courage, compassion, and connection in order to build a sports community that empowers everyone to become the best version of themselves.

Glen Mulcahy

Don’t be a Kid’s Last Coach

With over 20+ years of coaching experience of men, women, boys, and girls in multiple sports, Glen brings a unique “360-degree view” of what it takes to support players to enjoy the game from recreational to the high-performance level. A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Glen has mentored and certified thousands of coaches and firmly believes in both quality coaching development and parental education.

Glen Mulcahy is a speaker with a down to earth flair who shares his knowledge from a lifetime of involvement in multi-levels of sport. Glen has a degree in Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia, is a contributor to One Million Skates and is an active instructor and regional evaluation coordinator for BC Hockey.

His belief in focusing on transformational long-term developmental vs. transactional short-term immediate results orientated coaching is both refreshing and inspiring. Glen is passionate about sharing what he has learned to bring the game back to the kids and lead others to do the same.

Chris Bertram

Learning and Executing under Pressure

Dr. Chris Bertram is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Bertram specializes in how human beings learn, and specifically how coaches can create optimal learning environments by tapping into flow states which leads to the ultimate goal of stress-resistant skill acquisition.

As an academic, Dr. Bertram has published numerous scholarly articles in a wide range of human performance arenas and has been featured in the New York Times and the Globe and Mail. As a coach, Dr. Bertram has headed the UFV Cascades golf team for the past 14 years. In that time, his teams have won multiple National Championships and he has been the recipient of numerous coaching accolades. More recently Dr. Bertram has been working with Canada Snowboard in the role of Skill Acquisition Lead and Flow Coach, and does consulting work with various national teams through Own the Podium.

Matt MacEachern

The Slight Edge: How to Inspire the Best in Others

Whether you’re a sports coach, business leader or a volunteer in the community, Matt shares 3 secrets the most successful leaders use, to inspire the best in themselves and others.

Matt MacEachern is a leadership development expert, change consultant and certified professional Coach. His forte is coaching leadership teams within organizations, to lead their employees in a way that inspires higher engagement and performance.

Matt has over 20 years of leadership experience in a variety of organizations from around the world. He knows first-hand the critical role leaders play in inspiring the best in themselves and others.

Whether climbing the highest peaks on several continents or running marathons from Iceland to Antarctica, he knows what it is like to face adversity, be resourceful, and come through the other end. He calls on these experiences as metaphors for the challenges we all face in our daily lives, whether at work, at home, or at play.