Upcoming Events

  • September 25, 2019SPL is hosting an Athletic Director Roundtable on the topic of Developing Coaches  - in attendance will be the executive directors of the Texas High School Coaches Association and the Texas Girls Coaches Association, as well as 25 area Athletic Directors from school districts in the DFW area.
  • October 30, 2019 - (Tokyo, Japan) - International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) Conference - Presentation: The Coaching Staff As a Team: Facilitating a one-day workshop with follow-up executive coaching sessions to improve coaching staff cohesion.
  • December 8, 2019 - "Night With the Mavs" (for SPL Majors only)

Past Events


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Head Football Coach Sonny Dykes visits SPL to share insights into coaching and leadership.


SPL faculty serving on panels at the inaugural AAC Academic Consortium.

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SPL J-Term students enjoy a practice visit with the men’s and women’s basketball programs.

2017 Dean's Spring Award Recipient for APSM

Jeremiah Gaines and Applied Physiology & Wellness Department Chair Dr. Lynn Romejko Jacobs with Dean Page Ware, ad interim.

SMU Board of Trustees Dinner

Board Meeting

02-23-17: David Bertrand, SPL Director & Assistant Clinical Professor, with former President George W. Bush. While our focus is on leadership for sport coaches, we are inspired by excellence in leadership beyond sport and bring these insights into our curriculum.

Q&A with Head Coach Doug Wright


09-14-16: SMU's head rowing coach, Doug Wright, shared his experience with SPL students.

Coach George Lynch Visits with SPL Students

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09-13-16: Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach George Lynch visits the SPL program to talk about the legendary coach Dean Smith, losing, and the road to winning a national championship in 1993.

SMU Coaches Panel visits SPL Students

02-25-16: Coaches from three different sports from our own SMU came and hosted a coaching panel for SPL students. From left to right, Coach Tony Miller, Coach Trumain Carroll, Coach Jeanne Sutherland, Coach Kevin Hudson and Coach Marc Soltis.

First Female NFL Coach, Jennifer Welter, visits SPL Class

10-14-15: Dr. Jennifer Welter surprised the Coaching and Sport Performance Leadership class. She spoke to the class about her experience coaching for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals team, and how she used her education in psychology to motivate the players.

SMU Homecoming Football Game 2015

9-26-15: Dr. Lynn Romejko Jacobs and Professor David Bertrand with son getting ready to cheer for the SMU Mustangs.

SMU APSM Faculty ‘Changing Minds’ with Community-Based Efforts

Community-Based Efforts

3-27-2015 David Bertrand, Director of SPL, presides over a Coaching Expert Series (CES) in Plano, Texas, with elite triathlon coach Matt Dixon. The CES is an ongoing, free seminar series dedicated to bring some of the best minds in triathlon and multisport to discuss coaching, training, trends, equipment, and more.