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 and Research Nova Scotia 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

Room bookings

The CoASTaL lab research facility has two rooms available for bookings. These are spaces catered to research-focused initiatives. More information and details can be found through the following booking button.

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