Dr. Wade Gilbert is an internationally renowned coaching consultant and sports scientist, as well as an award-winning professor in the Department of Kinesiology at CSU Fresno. Growing up, he lived in a small rural Canadian town and started riding his bikes around with his friends, creating jumps and ramps around town. He started playing multiple types of sports, which would eventually shape his life to come.
He ended up going through college studying to be a P.E. teacher. Eventually, he started working at UCLA, then was offered a job at Fresno State, along with his with his wife. They both relocated and started working with the Fresno State Athletics Department. Since then, He’s worked with the United States Olympic Committee, National Hockey League, World Wrestling Entertainment, and more. He’s worked with some of the most elite athletes and coaches in the world. Wade says that The Canadian Olympic Women’s Softball team that he coached was the model of what a team should be, a working cohesive group of people. He uses them as an example of a team effort to accomplish one goal.
He works with many different types of sports teams to show their weaknesses and strengths, as an advisor for coaches and athletes looking to improve their strategies. The crux of what Dr. Gilbert tells the teams he consults is this: You don’t have to be the best athlete on the field, you just have to be present. And much like with recovery, it works the same way. You just need to be present, in the here and now and be receptive to advice and change.
In 2017, he wrote the book “Coaching Better Every Season” where he shares his knowledge on communicating and teaching with athletes, coaches, students, and educators. 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.