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California Coaches Conference | Master's in Coaching and Athletics Administration | Concordia University Irvine

June 24 - June 28, 2024


Individual Attendees


Entire Coaching Staff

per unit

Graduate Credit
(4 total units)



California Coaches Conference

Hosted by the Master's in Coaching Program at Concordia University Irvine

June 24 - June 28, 2024

California Coaches Conference (CCC) hosted on campus and in person on Concordia University Irvine's campus in beautiful Southern California. The CCC provides a great opportunity to network with coaches and administrators from across the country. Current students have the option to take an elective course, hear from experts and experienced leaders in sports. Conference is Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm.

CA. Coaches Conference will include in-person presentations from 4 keynote speakers, provide 9 sport specific classes to choose from with one elective strength, speed, and conditioning class option. Lodging is available on campus in dorms (fee applicable) or off campus at a near by hotel; Sonesta Hotel, Irvine. Please contact Rochelle Short at [email protected] for more lodging information.

2023 CCC Schedule Highlights:

California Coaches Conference Recap

The 2023 California Coaches Conference (CCC) was held from June 26-30th on the campus of Concordia University Irvine. Students from across America and the World made the trip to Irvine, California where weather conditions were absolutely perfect all week with temperatures in the mid 70s and a cool ocean breeze.

This year's conference started off with continental breakfast each morning and the promise of great events throughout the week. Monday morning's Keynote Speaker was David Baker; past President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Mayor and Councilman for City of Irvine, and currently the President and CEO of Legendary Living. He delivered a sensational message on Character: The Key to Transformational Leadership. His welcome message motivated Faculty and Students as they progressed through their first full day of MCAA/MSCE Elective course work.

Day two consisted of our Prayer Breakfast event where a full breakfast, message and blessings offered to all by MCAA Director Jim Kunau was provided. The keynote speaker was Alumna and Athletics Director at Midland University, Courtney Thomsen. Her in-depth coverage of How to Lead in Times of Change gave all our attendees a developing plan to continue progressing as the world around us flows.

Wednesday, day three, provided CUI’s Servant Leadership Program Director, Dr. Kent Schlichtemeier delivered a very impactful address to our attendees on Effective Servant Leadership. As a former MCAA adjunct professor and a long time higher education leader we were excited to welcome him back as one of our Keynote Speakers. Once morning course sessions were complete, MCAA hosted the staff, faculty, alumni and current students to an on campus community lunch, known as Golden Eagle Mingle. Participants enjoyed lunch, played lawn games, made connections with each other and took photos in our photo booth.

Thursday was the most event packed day of the conference week. Concordia Irvine Athletics Director, Crystal Rosenthal delivered a phenomenal speech on Leading with Authenticity and Integrity. After the morning course sessions, the conference transitioned to the Athletic Directors Roundtable discussion. We were blessed to have four experienced and knowledgeable Athletic Directors from around the state answering questions and sharing their experiences with the audience. Immediately following the Athletics Directors Roundtable, the California Coaches Conference hosted iHeartMedia, AM 570 Radio and Tim Cates as he conducted a LIVE podcast interview with an in-person audience. MCAA Founder, Tom White, and alumni Bianca Littleton and Scott Snyder joined host, Tim Cates, at the interview desk as the audience participated in a question and answer section of the event. Look for videos to be uploaded to the website soon.

With the CCC coming to a close, day five started with a Closing Prayer and Blessings delivered by MCAA Director Jim Kunau followed by final class sessions of sport specific courses. Next year's event is scheduled for June 24 - 28th on the campus of Concordia University Irvine. We would love to have you at next year's event! Registration will open soon.

Sport-Specific Breakout Sessions

The conference offers 9 sport specific breakout courses (listed below) that allow coaches and athletics directors the opportunity to gain even more knowledge in their desired field using a hands-on approach. Applied Exercise Science and Strategies:

Past Conferences



Conference Rates & Packages

Sessions include:

  • On Campus in Irvine, California
  • Live In-person Instructions and Presentations
  • 4 Keynote Speakers
  • 9 Sport Specific Class Offerings
  • Sport Specialized Off-Site Visits - Details TBA
  • Athletic Director Round Table Discussion - Open to all participants
  • Hot Topics Discussion - Open to all participants
  • Lodging Available - please contact Rochelle at [email protected] for more information
  Regular Rate
Individual Attendees
  • Non-Credit


  • Graduate Credit (4 units)


  • CUI/MCAA Alumni (non-credit)


Group Rate
  • 2+ coaches, same school; non-credit


* Price is subject to change

Current MCAA/MSCE Students

Current students can register for any one of the sport-specific courses via MyRecords to participate in the California Coaches Conference. Structurally, the course will be one week in length (June 26 - June 30) and will meet 8 am to 5 pm on campus. Students will receive 4 units of elective credits.

If you have any questions or would like more information please reach out to us: [email protected] (academic advisor)

For more information about the CCC, please direct any questions to:

Rochelle Short

Rochelle Short
Sr. Coordinator for Program Outreach 
[email protected]

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