Dr. Wade Gilbert is an internationally renowned coaching consultant and sport scientist, as well as an award-winning professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Fresno. His highly acclaimed book Coaching Better Every Season (2017, Human Kinetics) demonstrates the author’s special combination of steeped knowledge of studies in the field, keen understanding of the key principles resulting from that research, and adept communication and teaching skills to inform and benefit coaches, athletes, students and coach educators.  


Gilbert has been involved in sport and coaching his entire life. His experience as a competitive multi-sport athlete and coach across a variety of sports fuels his passion for helping coaches and sport organizations enhance the quality of coaching and coach development.


Born and raised in Canada, Gilbert holds degrees in physical education, human kinetics, and education and has taught and studied coaching at the University of Ottawa (Canada), UCLA, and Fresno State. He has contributed to over 100 publications, including dozens of scientific articles and book chapters. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the International Sport Coaching Journal and was the lead author for the inaugural USOC Quality Coaching Framework.


Gilbert has conducted coaching workshops around the world spanning all competitive levels and in just about every sport imaginable. Examples of the diverse range of groups that have sought out Wade’s expertise include (listed alphabetically):


British Columbia Alpine, British Columbia Rugby, Canadian High Performance Sport Institutes, Coaching Association of Canada / Canadian Olympic Association, Cricket Australia, England Rugby, Gaelic Athletic Association (Ireland), Hockey Canada, International Council for Coaching Excellence, LA84 Foundation, Melbourne Storm, National Hockey League / National Hockey League Players Association, New Zealand Rugby, Sport SG (Singapore), Softball Canada, Sport New Zealand, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club, United States Olympic Committee (National Team Coach Leadership Education Program - national team coaches across all sports), US Navy Test Pilots, US Rowing, US Ski & Snowboard Association, US Soccer, USA Archery, USA Diving, USA Football, World Rugby Union, World Wrestling Entertainment


Gilbert regularly shares his coaching insights through ‘Coach Doc’ commentaries on the Human Kinetics Coach Education website in his advisory role with the company. He also works closely with youth and Fresno State coaches locally, often testing the merits of new coaching methods and practices.  


Worldwide appreciation for his work is evident in Gilbert’s extensive presentation schedule around the globe. Recent recognitions of his contributions to the field include the Kristen Marie Gould Endowed Lecture on Sport for Children and Youth at Michigan State University and the Cal Botterill Legacy Lecture at the University of Winnipeg.