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Tania Cassidy is an Associate Professor in sports coaching at the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science, University of Otago, New Zealand and a Visiting Professor in the School of Education at University College Cork, Ireland. Her sport coaching research primarily focuses on sport pedagogy, specifically coach and athlete development, politics and policies of coach development/education, character, talent identification/development and sport academies. She is the lead author of two books:
• Understanding Sports Coaching: The Pedagogical, Social, and Cultural Foundations of Coaching Practice. (Cassidy, Jones & Potrac, 2004, 2009, 2016). • Understanding Strength and Conditioning as Sport Coaching: Bridging the Biophysical, Pedagogical and Sociocultural Foundations of Practice. (Cassidy, Handcock, Gearity & Burrows, 2020).
Tania is a member of advisory groups for New Zealand Football (women) and New Zealand Hockey (masters) and is on the governing boards of Football South and the Otago Academy of Sport. To make sure that she can still ‘walk the talk’ Tania is also the President of the Opoho Bowling Club, an inter-club and representative hockey player, and in 2019 was the Chef de Mission for 300 athletes competing in the Trans-Tasman Masters hockey tournament on the Gold Coast, Australia.