Collegiate athletics and the DiSC® : Teaching leadership on & off the field

About Us

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Erica Quam, founder of the Coaching Experience

Erica Quam is the Founder of The Coaching Experience. She teaches coaches how to step into their true potential as leaders and how to be influential, collaborative, and powerful leaders in the demanding culture of sports.

Erica's unique approach to coaching coaches, combined with the simple and clear systems she teaches, will propel coaches forward to a whole new level of success.

“My mission is to do what I can to help reverse the decline of women in coaching. My goal is to help get more women into coaching and then provide them with useful tools, clear steps to take, and channels of support they can tap into throughout the ups and downs of each season.”
— Erica Quam

In addition to working with coaches at 3-day coaching summits, she has crafted online training programs, and led virtual coaching workshops for coaches to get a higher level of support to overcome obstacles and keep their momentum going all season long.

Erica began her entrepreneurial path in 2011 when she transitioned into this new role from a 15-year career within collegiate athletics. She worked with Olympic medalists, NCAA All-Americans, and guided close to 200 young men and women along their collegiate athletic careers - in the sport of swimming.

The Coaching Experience has been Erica’s way to elevate the coaching profession & support the community of coaches who are making a huge difference changing the lives of the young men and young women through sports.

Erica provides a fresh new perspective for coaches to consider and breakthrough ideas to develop their teams to over 400 subscribers (across athletics and beyond) via her weekly Who Coaches You? eZine.

“I’m dedicated to supporting athletic coaches. There are the X’s and O’s - the technical aspects of coaching. Then there are these ‘soft skills’ that no one teaches you: personal development, leadership, and building a team. These are the areas to really focus in on to get results - in athletics and in life. This is my passion!”

In addition to coaching coaches, Erica is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and teaches weekly Iyengar yoga classes at Yoga Northwest. She instructs backpacking courses for the NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) in the North Cascades and Olympic Mountains. She and her wife, Kerry Gustafson, live in Bellingham, Washington. They get out and play - in the pacific northwest - every chance that they get!


  • The DiSC® for Team Captains

    The DiSC® FOR TEAM CAPTAINS - Give your team captains the opportunity to take the DiSC® Assessment and become more confident leaders for your team! Some leaders are more vocal and demonstrative while others more quiet and reserved. Your team leaders will learn more about their unique leadership style and ultimately make a greater impact on your team.

    Team Captain's package (includes profiles, comparison reports, plus 3 training calls with Erica)

  • The DiSC® for your team

    THE DiSC® FOR YOUR TEAM - Have your entire team take the DiSC® report and introduce them to a whole new language. Take emotion out of team conflicts and put the focus back on behavior. Give your team a tool to get to the root of issues that come up so that they can keep moving forward.

    Team packages includes profiles, comparison reports, plus 3 training calls with Erica

    Contact Erica for more information

  • The DiSC® for your coaching staff

    THE DiSC® FOR YOUR COACHING STAFF - How well do you know the people on your support staff? Do you know how to best communicate with them and vice versa? Get to know this before the season picks up so you can work together most effectively.

    Staff packages (includes profiles, comparison reports, plus 3 training calls with Erica)

    Contact Erica for more information

Everything DiSC® Certification

Choose your learning format:

Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification


Everything DiSC Workplace Certification is your best resource to gain foundational knowledge and tools for facilitating Everything DiSC. Designed with your busy schedule in mind, this online course gives you the flexibility of self-paced learning, paired with live-collaborative sessions led by Wiley’s expert trainers.

Increase your confidence and competence in delivering Everything DiSC Workplace in your organization. This course offers rigorous new content on the principles of the DiSC® model and the supporting research. During the live sessions, you will practice facilitating small groups and explore challenging scenarios that could arise during workshops. You’ll also learn how to keep Everything DiSC alive within your organization by creating a culture of DiSC and explore MyEverythingDiSC, the mobile-friendly, interactive learning portal that is exclusive to Everything DiSC.

This program Includes:

  • Four modules of self-directed and live collaborative learning (each requiring three to five hours of time per week), conducted over a four week period
  • Active knowledge checks to help participants assess how well they understand the content and to improve learning and retention
  • Final Certification exam (self-directed/graded activity)

Start your journey toward building your confidence and competence in effectively delivering Everything DiSC Workplace!

Upcoming Classes

  • January 05 – February 02, 2018

    Live session each Friday from 10:00 – 11:30am CT
  • February 01 – March 01, 2018

    Live session each Thursday from 9:00 – 10:30am CT
  • March 09 – March 30, 2018

    Live session each Friday from 2:00 – 3:30pm CT
Take the next step!
Workplace Certification

Everything DiSC® Certification

In Person

The in-person, Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification begins with online, self-directed learning and culminates in two days of practical application facilitated by Wiley's expert trainers. With Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification, participants will:

  • Gain expertise in the Everything DiSC® model and supporting research
  • Discover how to apply the Everything DiSC Workplace reports to daily interactions
  • Customize the Everything DiSC Workplace program to meet specific participant needs
  • Navigate challenging scenarios that could arise during a workshop or coaching session
  • Create strategies to promote a DiSC®-based culture
  • Explore MyEverythingDiSC® and discover how to utilize it as an ongoing development tool
This course is held at the Education Center in Minneapolis, MN or in London, England.

Upcoming Classes

  • December 05 – December 06, 2017

    Two days of live facilitated learning in Minneapolis
  • January 23 – January 24, 2018

    Two days of live facilitated learning in Minneapolis
  • February 27 – February 28, 2018

    Two days of live facilitated learning in Minneapolis
  • March 27 – March 28, 2018

    Two days of live facilitated learning in Minneapolis
Take the next step!
Workplace Certification

Featured Skills

  • Leadership Training
  • Personal Development
  • Team Facilitation
  • Lead Women's Coaching Summits