Chastain Joins Panel of Distinguished Coaches for June 16 Special Event
Women's soccer coach Erin Chastain will participate in a special event on June 16 to benefit Positive Coaches Alliance.

May 21, 2014

CHICAGO – DePaul’s NCAA tournament coach Erin Chastain will join Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald and men’s basketball coaches Mike Brey of Notre Dame and Chris Collins of NU at a special upcoming event benefiting the Chicago chapter of the national nonprofit organization Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).

Chastain and the panel of Chicago-area collegiate head coaches will provide insight, advice and stories on the power of sports in developing and nurturing young athletes at the "Coffee with Coaches" breakfast event scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on June 16 at the Willis Tower's Metropolitan Club.

Last fall, Chastain was honored as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Northeast Region Coach of the Year after leading the women’s soccer team to the NCAA tournament and a runner-up finish at the BIG EAST Championship.

“This is an honor and a really cool opportunity to work with some great coaches in the Chicago area and be a part of an organization that advocates establishing a wonderful culture for youth sports,” Chastain said. “Jason Sacks (PCA-Chicago Executive Director) is doing a great job of bringing recognition to PCA and helping provide a terrific resource for coaches.”

Chastain will relay a message that has helped her revitalize the Blue Demon women’s soccer program.

“As coaches, we really need to invest in our student-athletes and genuinely care about them,” Chastain said. “We can do that and still be competitive, tough and provide critical feedback. You create a culture of pride and discipline and do it in a positive and inspiring way.

“That’s what student-athletes respond to---knowing that their coach genuinely cares about them. The four years go by so fast that you need to develop your relationship quickly. It’s an all-encompassing role where you help them grow on and off the field.”



PCA is committed to developing better athletes and better people through youth and high school sports. Fitzgerald and Collins are members of PCA's National Advisory Board.

In its workshops for youth sports and high school coaches, Positive Coaching Alliance introduces them to Double-Goal Coach® training where one goal is winning and the more important goal is life lessons through sports. The coaching panel will discuss their personal experiences pursuing both of those goals.

Dave Revsine, lead studio anchor on the Big Ten Network, will moderate the panel. PCA founder and CEO Jim Thompson will also speak on the importance of positive coaching role models in the lives of young athletes.

"We are very lucky to have such great role models like Fitz, Collins, Chastain and Brey in this region so we can learn from them on a daily basis," Sacks said. "PCA is thrilled that this exceptional group of coaches will take time out of their busy schedules to speak to area coaches, parents and business leaders at our breakfast event. Those in attendance will surely benefit from their wealth of knowledge and advice."

PCA-Chicago is currently partnered with more than 70 schools and youth sports organizations in presenting live workshops and online courses for their coaches, parents and student-athletes.

Workshop and course content, companion books by Thompson and follow-up e-communications all contain research-based sport psychology and educational psychology along with tips and advice from elite coaches, athletes and sports and business leaders on a national advisory board that includes PCA's national spokesperson, former Bulls coach and current New York Knicks president Phil Jackson.

Tickets and tables are available at or by contacting Jason Sacks ( or 773-506-4744).

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