NSPS Schedule


Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD

Director, the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport
Senior Lecturer, School of Kinesiology
University of Minnesota

Creating a Culture that Values & Supports Everyone


Nicole M. LaVoi, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer in the area of social and behavioral sciences in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota and the Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport. Through her multidisciplinary research she answers critical questions that can make a difference in the lives of sport stakeholders—particularly girls and women. As a leading scholar on gender, leadership and women coaches, LaVoi has published 100+ book chapters, research reports and peer-reviewed articles across multiple disciplines. Her seminal research includes the annual Women in College Coaching Report Card™ which is aimed at retaining and increasing the number of women in the coaching profession and holding decision makers accountable, a groundbreaking book Women in Sports Coaching (2016), and a documentary GAME ON: Women Can Coach (2018). GAME ON is the third Emmy-nominated collaborative film project with tptMN; the first was Concussion & Female Athletes (2011) and the second, Media Coverage & Female Athletes: Women Play Sports, Just Not in the Media (2013) won a regional Emmy for best sports documentary. As a public scholar she consults, speaks frequently around the world, fields media requests, provides thought leadership, and serves on numerous mission-driven, national advisory boards related to girls and women in sport. LaVoi played collegiate tennis at Gustavus Adolphus College earning two-time Academic All-American status and an NCAA-III National Team Championship. Prior to her career in the academy, she was a USPTA Teaching Pro, an assistant coach at Carleton College, and the head tennis coach at Wellesley College. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors, biking, hiking, golf, and soaking up the sun.

Larry Ledgerwood

Bodies in Motion: Moving Toward or Moving Away From; People, Ideas and Conversations

We are bodies in motion. Always. Our brains work hard at predicting what will happen next and preparing us to survive it. And our ‘systems’ get set into motion to support that decision. The challenge is that all this happens in parts of our brain (and mind) that are pre-cognitive. That is before we have words to formulate our “story”.

You are about to have three days exposed to a wide variety of People, Ideas and Conversations. We will explore ways to help you get the most out of them all. And perhaps increase your awareness of when and why you are moving toward or away from each.

Come learn what, “You are not running because you are afraid of the bear, you are afraid of the bear because you are running.” Means


Larry describes his work life as helping clients pursue the answers to two questions: “Why do we do the things that we do? (and the more interesting question) “Why don’t we do more of the things we know to be effective?” Those two questions have been the central themes in his work over the last few decades. Leadership and organizational development have been the context.

Larry has been a volunteer with US Sailing focused primarily on the work of the Education Committee (formally the Training Committee) which he currently chairs. His sailing includes lots of bareboating all over the world and several decades of racing mostly J-24s and Etchells. He just acquired a Mercury 18 as yet another source of being humbled on the racecourse. He was a keelboat instructor at OCSC Sailing on San Francisco Bay and taught in the Basic Sail Training program at the US Naval Academy.

He lives outside of San Francisco with his wife of 30 plus years with whom he shares a passion for spoiling their grandchildren.

Dr. Tim Herzog

Reaching Ahead
Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Between the Ears and the Heart: Mental Health and Mental Performance for Sailors, Coaches and Leaders

Dr. Tim Herzog is a Licensed Psychologist in Virginia and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland Pennsylvania, and Montana. He works with athletes nationally and internationally, and his practice, Reaching Ahead is located in Annapolis, MD. Herzog is a Fellow with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and serves on the organization’s Ethics Committee. He is a Certified Mental Performance Coach (CMPC), is listed on the USOC Sport Psychology (2012 to present) and Mental Health (2021 to present) Registries, and is Board Certified in Biofeedback (BCB). Mindful of the power of relationships, he conducts evidence-based practice, pulling from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Mindfulness based approaches, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Interpersonal Process. Herzog also pulls wisdom from his years of coaching, notably having served as Head Coach of the Boston College Sailing Team 2001-2002, when the team placed 5th at ICSA Co-Ed Nationals and received 4 All-American honors (more than ever prior in BC history).


Revenue Your Engines: Grow Your Programs & Organization

Opti Mom 101: A Guide to Parent Participation

Engaging parents is the key to success! Opti Mom 101 is based on a series of activities Hampton Yacht Club's Director of Sailing, Maxwell Plarr, has employed to attract, educate, and emphasize the importance of parent involvement to increase program numbers and make the coach's job easier.

Flight Club: Foiling on a Non-Profit Budget

Get on up! Foiling has provided an undeniable improvement in performance, comfort, and sailing skills throughout our sport. Not to mention it is a ton of fun. But how do you create access to this pathway on a budget, mesh safety protocols with groups of new foilers, and retain a low barrier to entry?

Should we Teach Sailing or Deliver an Experience?

The experience economy is here to stay. Times have changed and continue to change - has your program evolved with those changes, or are you repeating what worked in the past and wondering why you have less participants?

A Rising Tide Raises All Boats The Value of Regional Collaboration in Youth Sailing

This session explores how you can more effectively achieve greater success, create more exceptional experiences for sailors, and help grow the sport by collaborating with other youth sailing program leaders and organizations in your geographic area.

Siebel Program Showcase on Sailor Soft Skill Development

The importance of incorporating social and emotional components into your sailing program to promote diversity & inclusion PLUS develop sailing skills in a way that sticks. We'll share successes and methods of that have been tested in the Siebel program.


RS Sailing