CoASTaL lab

Welcome to the Community Active Sport Training and Learning (CoASTaL) Lab of Cape Breton University. This Lab is funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation as an initiative with Dr. Bettina Callary’s Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Sport Coaching and Adult Learning. Her research program themes encompass various projects in understanding effective coaching approaches of specific populations of athletes as well as coach development:

  1. Coach developers/coach development strategies; 
  2. Psychosocial understanding of inclusive coaching:
    • Coaching Masters Athletes; 
    • S&C coach development; 
    • Women coaches; 
    • Holistic coaching of high performance athletes;
    • Indigenous coaches

Recent publications from Dr. Callary

For publications related to Coaching Masters Athletes, please see: Resources page

Santos, F. & Callary, B. (2021). Lifelong learning and transfer of psychosocial attributes across adult sport: Can we move beyond youth sport?Sports Coaching Review. Advance Online Publication.

Callary, B., Gearity, B., & Kuklick, C. (2021). Coach Developers’ Confessional Tale of an Online Professional Development Course for Masters Fitness Coaches. Sport Coaching Review

Callary, B., & Gearity, B. (2020). Coach education and development in sport: Instructional strategies. Routledge.

Callary, B., Brady, A., Kiosoglous, C., Clewer, P., Resende, R., Mehrtens, T., Wilkie, M., & Horvath, R. (2020). Making meaning of coach development during COVID-19. International Journal of Sport Communication. 13, 575–585, DOI:

Szedlak, C., Smith, M., & Callary, B. (2020). Developing a ‘letter to my younger self’ to learn from the experiences of expert coaches. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2020.1725609 

Szedlak, C., Smith, M., Day, M., & Callary, B. (2020). Examining how elite S&C coaches develop coaching practice using reflection stimulated by video vignettes. International Sport Coaching Journal. 7, DOI:

Callary, B. & Gearity, B. (2019). Voices from the field: Q&A with coach developers around the world. International Sport Coaching Journal. 6, 1-5, DOI:

Santos, F. & Callary, B. (2019). An athlete’s journey to become a positive development- focused coach in professional football: Moving between theory and practice. Sport Coaching Review. DOI: 

Szedlak, C., Smith, M., & Callary, B. (2019). Examining the effectiveness of using a diversity of vignette formats to disseminate knowledge to strength and conditioning coaches and motivate change in coaching practice. International Sport Coaching Journal.6(2), 199-210. DOI:

Szedlak, C., Smith, M., & Callary, B. (2019). Exploring the influence and practical development of coaches’ psychosocial skills in strength and conditioning. Strength and Conditioning Journal

Callary, B., Maher, P., Root, E., Ryan, J. (2018). Exposition of process-based learning for first year university students. Collected Essays on Teaching and Learning. 11, 118-128.

Szedlak, C., Smith, M., Day, M., & Callary, B. (2018). Using vignettes to analyse potential influences of effective strength and conditioning coaching on athlete development. The Sport Psychologist, 1-42. DOI: 10.1123/tsp.2017-0060

Root, E., Snow, K., Belalcazar, C., & Callary, B. (2018). Playing Naturally: A Case Study of a Cape Breton Playground Naturalization. Research in Outdoor Education, 15, 1-20.

Dr. Callary is the Editor-in-Chief for the International Sport Coaching Journal

Current Members

Bettina Callary
Canada Research Chair in Sport Coaching and Adult Learning and an Associate Professor, CBU.
Recent publications:

Simon Barrick
Assistant professor, CBU. Recent publications:

Barrick, S., Bridel, W., & Bard Miller, J. (In Press). Striving for newcomer inclusion: A critical analysis of Canadian Intro to Sport programs. Leisure/Loisir.
Rose, V., Barrick, S., & Bridel, W. (2020). “Pretty tough and pretty hard”: An intersectional analysis of krump on So You Think You Can Dance. Journal of Dance Education. DOI: 10.1080/15290824.2020.1738014
Barrick, S. & Mair, H. (2019). Understanding the experiences in adult introductory sport programs: A case study of learn-to-curl leagues. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health. DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2019.1673467

Teena Campbell
Part-time professor
Project Title: Nova Scotia Performance Coach Development Program

John Hudec
Assistant professor, CBU. Recent publications

Chelsea Currie
Part-time professor, Adult recreation coordinator for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality
MA Thesis: Investigating coach-athlete relationships within a women’s masters sports team

Catalina Belalcazar
Undergraduate Project: Playing Naturally: A Cape Breton Naturalized Playground Case Study
Masters Project: Personalized coach education for Masters football coaches in Ibagué, Colombia

Ciera Disipio
Undergrad Honours Thesis: Investigating Player Coaches’ Experiences in a Men’s Masters Basketball League
Masters Project: Understanding coach development strategies

Joseph Gurgis
Project Title: Exploring Indigenous coaches’ trajectories, needs, and barriers

Kimberley Eagles
Project Title: Exploring disciplinary practices of Masters sport 

Sara Szabo
MSc. Student at University of Alberta,
Project Title:  The impact of the ‘Keeping Girls in Sport (KGIS)’ online educational program created by Jumpstart Charities, Canadian Women & Sport, and the Coaching Association of Canada

Julie Baribault
Undergrad Honours Thesis: Nature-based recreational opportunities empowering women survivors of trauma

Dan Johnson
Project Title: Partnership with UK Strength and Conditioning Association, move Sara Szabo to Previous trainees

Associated Members

Brian Gearity, Director & Assistant Professor Sport, S&C, and Fitness Coaching. Director of MA in Sport Coaching at the University of Denver

Doug Lionais, Associate Professor, CBU: title of project: The social and economic impacts of sport resorts in post-industrial communities

Steven Rynne, Associate Professor, University of Queensland

Christoph Szedlak, PhD, University of Southampton

Matthew Smith, Senior Lecturer, University of Winchester

Clayton Kuklick, Assistant professor, University of Denver

Beth Barz, PhD student, Queen’s University

Previous Trainees

Rachel Yerxa
Project Title: Perceived Stress and its Effect on the University Student Athlete Compared to the Non-Student Athlete 

Sugandhat Bharti
Project Title: Strength and conditioning, exercise physiology and the links to the CoASTaL lab

Michael Gould
Project Title: Sport Coaching Network, online value

Jonathan Cromwell
Project Title: Sport Coaching Network, feasibility

Maril MacInnis 
Project Title: How to Effectively Motivate Adults to Adhere to a Physiotherapy Treatment Plan

Matthew Hoffmann (post-doc fellow)
Project Title: Comparing Masters athletes with varying degrees of coaching for psychological need satisfaction and frustration

Justin MacLellan,
Masters Thesis: Investigating a coach’s facilitation of learning situations among Masters and youth athletes

Seth Amoah
Masters Project: Uncovering ways in which an athletic department flourishes through ongoing learning facilitated by the Leadership of the Athletic Director

Previous Associated Trainees

Armando Marin Rojas, PhD candidate, CBU (Emerging leaders in Latin America, Global Affairs Canada scholarship recipient)

Annie Ulliac, MA, Department of Psychology, Western Kentucky University

Rachel Van Woezik, MSc. Nipissing University 

Pernille Sina Lund, MA, Department of Coaching and Psychology, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences 

Eva Ellmer, PhD, School of Human Movement, University of Queensland, Australia

Kylie McNeill, PhD, Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa

Lisa Bain, MA, Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa

Tiago Duarte, PhD, Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa

Francois Rodrigue, PhD, Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa