MEET OUR STAFF

BRUCE BROWN

PROACTIVE COACHING PARTNER

  • 35 years as a teacher, coach, athletic administrator at the junior high, high school, junior college and collegiate level
  • Coached football, basketball, baseball, and volleyball
  • Former National presenter for the NAIA’s Champions of Character Program
  • Director of Proactive Coaching
  • Clinician – Speaking nationally to athletes, coaches, parents, school districts and corporations

ROB MILLER

Rob is a motivational speaker for “Proactive Coaching“. Along with Bruce Brown, Rob uses his speaking skills and “coaching” knowledge to promote the “Proactive Coaching” mission of helping coaches positively impact their athlete’s lives. His experience gives him an amazing view at the status of modern day coaching and parenting.

PAT
BANGASSER

SPEAKER

Pat obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Western Washington University in 1981 and has taught Physical Education for the bulk of his 33 years in education. He obtained a Masters of education in Athletic Administration from Seattle Pacific University in 1986 followed by Principal’s certification in 1988. He has been an Athletic Director for over 30 years and has served as the assistant principal on two occasions at Inglewood Junior High as well as a year as interim Associate Principal at Redmond High School.

Pat has been head coach at the high school level in baseball, boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, and both boys’ and girls’ golf. His 2013 boys’ golf team won the 4A state title. He has also coached the following sports as an assistant at the high school level; baseball, basketball, football, golf, and track. Pat has been selected Kingco coach of the year in basketball and golf on multiple occasions.

Pat has applied many of the principles that are the heart of Proactive Coaching philosophies which he learned while teaching and coaching with Bruce Brown. His most recent basketball team attended one of Proactive’s Captains and Coaches workshop which he credits for a highly successful season that cumulated in a trip to the quarter finals of the Washington State 4A basketball tournament. He has been on the Proactive Coaching team since 2010 and continues to specialize in speaking to athletes, coaches and parents. Pat lives in Sammamish, WA and is married to Susan his wife of 32 years and together they have three children; Alli, Stuart, and Maddie.

JON
BEY

SPEAKER

Prior to joining Proactive Coaching in 2005, Jon was the President of Steel Athletics, a Coaching and Educational Company that provided workshops for coaches and athletes in British Columbia, Canada. Jon spent 10 years working in the private school system in Vancouver at St. George’s School for boys. While teaching there, he held a variety of positions including: athletic director, PE department head, and director of hockey operations. He also coached multiple sports including the varsity hockey team.

Jon has been coaching athletes in many sports for over 25 years and teaching coaches for over 15 years. Jon’s expertise lies in hockey where he has coached players at all levels from youth to professional.

Jon played collegiate hockey for the University of British Columbia where he graduated with degrees in Human Kinetics and Education. Since retiring from teaching, Jon transitioned into the business world and is now the CEO of Steel Rose Communications. He currently specializes in providing presentations to businesses, parent groups, athletes, and youth coaches. With two young children in multiple sports Jon now coaches in his home town of Tsawwassen B.C. where he lives with his wife, and children.

MATT
BLAIR

SPEAKER

Matt obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Western Washington University in 1998 and a Masters of Education in Principal Certification and Educational Leadership from City University in 2003. He is heading into his 16th year in education. He has been an Athletic Director for 12 years and an Assistant Principal for 11 years. He performed both of these duties at Ilwaco Junior/Senior High and is currently the Assistant Principal and AD at Lakewood High School in Marysville, WA.

Matt has been head coach at the high school level in boys’ basketball and an assistant in football and track and field. Matt has been a head coach at the junior high levels in all three sports mentioned above.

Matt has applied many of the principles that guide the Proactive Coaching philosophy at Lakewood High School. The transformation of culture and sport is evident in the halls and sporting arenas of LHS. Matt received the Leading with Honor Award from Bruce Brown and Proactive Coaching for his dedication, leadership and passion given to the staff and students of Lakewood. Matt is excited to join the Proactive Coaching team where he will specialize in speaking to athletes, coaches and parents about assessing, energizing and transforming school and team cultures. Matt lives in Arlington, WA with two daughters, Marissa and Alexis

MIKE
MORGAN

SPEAKER

Mike Morgan has been in education for the past 27 years. He currently teaches instrumental music grades 5-12 and is the high school head football coach. Mike has also served as athletic director and interim principal in the Colfax School District.

  • Mike’s concert bands have numerous Superior ratings in music festivals and his jazz bands have received 26 Top 3 finishes in contests throughout the Northwest.
  • His football teams have placed 4th, 3rd, 2nd (twice) and one state championship in 2001.
  • He has coached in 3 All State games and 1 Shriner All Star Game
  • He has coached youth through college level student athletes.
  • He was honored as District 7’s Athletic Director of the Year for 2006-2007 and the Bi-County Football Coach of the Year in 2009.
  • Mike lives in Colfax, Washington with his wife and has 3 grown children.

TERRY
BOLING

SPEAKER

Terry Boling is a graduate of Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. He has been involved in education for 18 years. He has taught at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels. He has coached junior high and high school football, softball, baseball, and basketball for 18 years. He is the founder and director of Elite Basketball Camps, a summer camp for children ages 5-15 years old. He has been involved in officiating basketball on the high school level as well as to youth leagues.

“My good opinion of Terry is constituted from two sources, a 10 year working relationship and my sons that experienced years of his coaching.  Students, parents, and educators consider him trustworthy to follow because he has the true markings of a leader; humble, wise beyond his years, loyal, courageous, a true public servant from a heart of love and care of others not greed or power, and he models integrity.  He is that man on and off the field.” Brenda Davidson, Headmaster/Superintendent at Aristoi Classical Academy

Terry’s expertise in building relationships with his athletes, as well as parents, gives him an advantage in developing quality character traits in players. He is an outstanding role model and mentor. His sense of humor makes him very easy to relate to and personable. Terry is a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association.
Terry resides with his wife and children in Katy, Texas.

LORI
THOMAS

SPEAKER

As of July 1, 2014 Lori Thomas is commissioner for the Heart of America Athletic Conference. As the first female conference commissioner in the history of NAIA, she serves as the chief administrative officer for the conference. Her responsibilities include oversight of day to day operations, conference tournament play, conference rules and regulations, development of branding and marketing strategies and overall growth and strengthening the organization and its member institutions.

Beginning in 1998, Lori worked with the NAIA as a Marketing Assistant and was quickly promoted through the ranks to Senior Vice President for Membership and Character Initiatives. Her responsibilities included leading efforts for membership recruitment and retention, achieving greater efficiencies and consistency in delivery of the Champions of Character program and advancing student-athlete experiences within national championships. In addition, Lori served as a senior executive while overseeing human resources for the national office staff. Since 2004, Lori supervised the NAIA championships department which was responsible for 23 national championship events, emerging sports, site selection, host contracts, championship merchandising and apparel, coaches associations, councils and committees.

Prior to joining the NAIA, Lori served as an assistant volleyball coach at Missouri State (1993-1996) and the University of Tulsa (1996-1998). Born and raised in Kansas City, Lori began her post-secondary education at Johnson County Community College. While at JCCC, Lori played volleyball and basketball and was recognized as a Junior College All-American in volleyball in 1988. She then went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Business Management – emphasis in Human Resources from Idaho State University in 1992. She played volleyball for the Bengals for two years and ended her student-athlete experience with basketball in her 5th year. Following graduation, Lori moved to Kieldrecht, Belgium to play professional volleyball for a year before starting her coaching career. Lori was also a member of the Kansas City Lightning women’s professional volleyball team in 1996. In 2003, Lori was inducted into both the National Junior College Athletics Association Hall of Fame and Johnson County Community College Hall of Fame for the sport of volleyball. She was inducted into Idaho State University’s Hall of Fame the next year for volleyball and basketball. Lori served on the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Executive Committee from 2004-2008 and is a member of the Board of Directors for the United States – International University Sports Federation since 2004. She attended the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen China and most recently traveled to Kazan Russia for the 2013 World University Games as a USA staff member.
Lori spends her personal time as a volleyball coordinator and board member for Holy Spirit Grade School while coaching youth volleyball and basketball for both the YMCA and CYO. She resides in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband Alan and their daughters Ava and Sophie.

MICK HOFFMAN

SPEAKER

Mick has had a very diverse experience in public education which has allowed him to utilize and implement many of the principles that guide the Proactive Coaching Philosophy. He is in the midst of his 24th year.  His career has included coaching at the high school level as a men’s basketball head coach, women’s golf head coach, asst. varsity football coach, and asst. men’s golf coach.  Awards include Greater St. Helen’s coach-of-the-year for men’s basketball.

Mick also spent eight years as a building administrator; some as a MS principal and some as a high school AD.  Then in 2000, he began to work with Bruce Brown to learn and implement the Proactive Coaching Philosophy with the high school coaching staffs he led.  When tasked to be an asst. principal for a new middle school, he worked with Proactive to implement the core covenants with the entire teaching staff.

While serving later as a district administrator, Mick was the AD for Vancouver Public Schools for 9 years. During this time he was also the Executive Director of Operations and was directly responsible for safety, security and transportation.  While leading these programs, he again implemented the Proactive Coaching Philosophy with each department.  Accomplishments include implementing district-wide core covenants in all 10 secondary buildings, implementing a vibrant mentor coaching program and providing an annual coaches school for nearly 300 coaches.  Awards include WIAA District IV AD of the Year in 2012-2014, WA State Crime Prevention Association Non-Law Enforcement Agency of the Year in 2011 and earning the NIAAA Certified Athletic Administration.

Mick is currently a WIAA Executive Board Member and the Director of Capital Programs for Camas School District.  His professional experience would not be possible without the support of his wife Tammi and his adult children, Kirsten and Tyler.

SCOTT ROSBERG

SPEAKER

Scott received his BA in 1982 from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.

Scott is currently the athletic director for Park High School in Livingston, Montana. Previously he was the district-wide athletic director for eight years for Granger School District in Granger, Washington. He has been coaching at the high school level for over 23 years. He has coached both boys and girls in high school basketball as well as football and soccer in Illinois, Montana and Washington. He has been a varsity head basketball coach for 16 years, as assistant basketball coach and assistant soccer coach for 6 years, and assistant football coach for 7 years. He has also worked with grade school, middle school and high school kids at various camps for all 23 years of his coaching career. Scott was awarded the SCAC Athletic Director of the Year in 2008-09.

Scott has written six booklets on coaching and youth/school athletics: A Head Coach’s Guide to Working with Assistants; The Assistant Coach’s Guide to Coaching; Playing Time: A Guide for Coaches, Athletes & Parents; Establishing Your Coaching Philosophy; Team & Program Policies: Elements to Consider; and The Sportsmanship Dilemma: Some Guidelines for Coaches. Coach Rosberg gives presentations at schools and does workshops and coaching clinics on these topics and more. His website is: www.coachwithcharacter.net.

JERRY GAINES

SPEAKER

Dr. Jerry Gaines, a life-long educator, began his career in 1972 at Western Branch High School in Chesapeake, Virginia where he taught and coached for twenty-one years.  He spent the next fifteen years as a high school assistant principal (three at the Chesapeake Center for Science and Technology, and twelve at Great Bridge High).  He completed the last three years his career as a Central Office Supervisor.
Notable achievements include his selection as Teacher of the Year for the Chesapeake School System, Coach of the Year, and induction into the Hall of Legends by the Chesapeake Sports Club.  Dr. Gaines was the first African-American to earn a full athletic scholarship to Virginia Tech, and the first to be inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.  He was also recently inducted into the Hampton Roads African American Sports Hall of Fame.
Now retired as an educator, Dr. Gaines travels the country sharing a very profound message that he claims, “a million kids taught HIM.”  As a tribute to those many lives that he has touched, he has also written a book entitled “40 Stories High” – a selection of short stories where he shares some of his most moving experiences with just a few of those young people he has mentored. He is chairman of the non-profit foundation, “My Brother’s Keeper – Not My Brother’s Killer,” which (along with his two brothers) helps explain the “why’s” behind all types of conflict among human beings – an especially poignant message for these modern times.
He has been married to his wife, Theresa for 38 years, and their three children, Jina, Jeri, and Jon – are all honor graduates of Virginia Tech.

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