Coaches Symposium Series

Chelsea Piers is dedicated to providing coaches of all levels and from all sports the opportunity to learn new skills and improve on their existing ones, allowing them to excel in the art of coaching the sport they love. The Chelsea Piers Coaches Symposium, delivers a series of three presentations devoted solely to the topic of coaching across all sports.


How Credible Coaches Create Competent Kids with David Benzel

Tuesday, September 5 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm • in the LOFT

To be remembered as the coach that helped a child win consistently on the field is one of the most fulfilling experiences. The coach who’s remembered for helping a child win on his life journey is even more significant. This workshop explores answers to the most critical questions in influencing young men and women athletes to excel, not just for a season, but for life.


About David Benzel

Award-winning Athlete | Sports Coach | Author | Speaker | Leadership Expert

Founder of Growing Champions for Life, David helps sports parents and coaches incorporate positivity and persistence into their communication with the young athletes who count on their encouragement and guidance. An eight- time national water skiing champion, five-time national record holder in water ski jumping, former World Championship U.S. Water Ski Team coach, and proud professional sports parent, he understands first-hand the challenges and rewards of competition. His extensive experience as a corporate leadership coach for Nextel, Sprint, Allstate, Balfour Beatty, The Villages and other companies provides David with unique insight into the skills needed to excel in sports, business and life. He brings an athlete's discipline, a coach's inspiration, and a parent's practical experience to his mission to grow not just champion young athletes, but holistically well-rounded individuals equipped for lifelong excellence.