How to Solve the Sports Parent Problem

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman HodgesGarrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

If you’ve been around athletics at all, then you’ve probably encountered sports parents. They can be supportive, they can be intense, and sometimes they can even be problematic. Culture coach JP Nerbun has spent years developing what he calls the”Sports Parent Solution“. Listen in as he gives us a look at what this solution looks like and how he aims to bridge the gap between coaches and sports parents.

JP Nerbun’s newest book, The Sports Parent Solution, is available now.

  • 0:00 JP Nerbun Introduction
  • 1:15 Writing the Sports Parent “Solution”
  • 4:38 What is the Sports Parent “Problem”?
  • 8:00 Bringing Parents into the Culture
  • 14:20 The Parent Practice
  • 19:16 Parent Meetings in the Locker Room
  • 22:30 How the Solution has Played Out
  • 26:26 Outro


Music: Otis McDonald

Opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the interviewed guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of the hosts, SwimSwam Partners, LLC and/or SwimSwam advertising partners.

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2 months ago

This was a great episode of the podcast. I’ve been a swim parent and swim official for a long time. Many good pointers to improve coach/admin-parent relationship & communication, assuming the coach/admin wants to improve it! Love the idea of parent bonding activity. Pretty sure emails yelling at parents and guilt tripping them into volunteering isn’t the best way to approach it.

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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