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Educational Background

My own leadership journey has made it clear that a change in mindset to the Focus on Them message will make you a more effective coach, leader, or educator. The message is about learning, collaborating, and communicating to build relationships with those who look to you, connect the people and what they do, and recognize your capacity to impact others through your inherent abilities to lead.

  • 1987 South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, SD — Ph.D., Geology
  • 1982 College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN — B.A., Geology, Magna Cum Laude

Honors and Awards

Dave Gosselin

Nominated for John C. Frye Award, Association of American State Geologists for best paper in environmental geology published by a state survey. Paper: Bazile Triangle Groundwater Quality Study.

Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Team Award: Mid-Nebraska Water Quality Demonstration Project.

Catalyst Award, Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science.

Volunteer of the Year, Youth Sports Branch, YMCA, Lincoln, NE.

Lifetime Achievement Award, Nebraska State Soccer Association.

2009 Regional Coach of the Year, National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Nebraska High School Coach of the Year, Small Parochial School, National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Floyd S. Oldt Boss of the Year Nominee, University of Nebraska Office Professionals Association.

Omtvedt Innovation Award Winner, Science Education, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UNL.

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  • Nominated for John C. Frye Award, Association of American State Geologists for best paper in environmental geology published by a state survey. Paper: Bazile Triangle Groundwater Quality Study.
  • Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Team Award: Mid-Nebraska Water Quality Demonstration Project.
  • Catalyst Award, Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science.
  • Volunteer of the Year, Youth Sports Branch, YMCA, Lincoln, NE.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Nebraska State Soccer Association.
  • 2009 Regional Coach of the Year, National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
  • Nebraska High School Coach of the Year, Small Parochial School, National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
  • Floyd S. Oldt Boss of the Year Nominee, University of Nebraska Office Professionals Association.
  • Omtvedt Innovation Award Winner, Science Education, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UNL.

Interesting Facts

  • Married for 31 years.

  • Soccer coach for 20 years at the youth, high school, and college level.

  • Served as director of coaching for the Spirit Soccer Club, Lincoln, NE, for 10 years. Also served on the Board of the Nebraska State Soccer Association.

  • Served as Nebraska State Technical Coordinator, National Soccer Coaches Association America for five years.

  • Grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota.

  • Prior to becoming a soccer coach, he pursued a passion for golf.

  • Founding director of the Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network.

  • Initiated the development of a distance–delivered, online, Science of Educators Specialization as part of the Masters of Applied Science program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

  • Serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors.

  • Proud of two daughters pursuing their passion—one in physical therapy and one in religious life.

  • Began coaching when his oldest daughter asked him to be her recreational soccer coach.

  • Collaborates with Talent Training International on the application of their Trimetrix assessment to education and coaching.

  • Holds Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Serves as an associate staff coach for the NSCAA.

  • Professional life has taken him to Rapid City, SD; Richland, WA; Norfolk, NE; and Lincoln, NE.

  • Enjoys gardening, reading John Sandford novels, and bike riding.

  • Recognized leader in the implementation of innovative educational practice.

  • Professional work has been documented in more than 160 papers, reports, and abstracts.

  • Writes a monthly article for Star City Sports (Lincoln, NE) on coaching.