Julie Foucher’s Podcast, Ep. 68

Pat Barber Coaching Development, Podcast Interviews

We recently met up with Julie Foucher to talk about how we met, how we found CrossFit and where we’re at in life now.

We discussed:

  • Taz’s athletic background, finding CrossFit and starting an affiliate
  • Pat’s athletic background, collegiate sports and finding CrossFit through high school volleyball
  • The Glassmans, CrossFit Santa Cruz and the early days of CrossFit media
  • Working at NorCal CrossFit, and fostering coaching talent
  • Setting up systems so that everyone knows what they’re responsible for
  • Our thoughts on coaching, programming and continuing education
  • How we managed 60+ coaches in the Bay Area
  • Our mistakes with coaching development
  • Learning from our kids
  • Competing in the CrossFit Games individually and on teams
  • Three things we do on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on our health
  • One thing we struggle to implement that could have a big impact on our health
  • What a healthy life looks like to us

We also talk about emotional intelligence and coaching, which is something we feel very strongly about:

“The strongest thing a coach can have is a high level of emotional intelligence. So the ability to connect with people and see what they need and where they’re currently at. Whether it be where they’re currently at in life, or where they’re currently at in their progression through a movement, the ability to feel and sense the subtlety of human emotion is hands down the most important quality a coach can have.”
– Pat Barber

Julie’s podcast is called ‘Pursuing Health’ if you want to listen to other episodes on your phone. Otherwise, just press play on the video above to watch the interview.

Let us know what you think about the conversation!


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About the Author
Pat Barber

Pat Barber

You might know me from the CrossFit Games, where I’ve competed since 2008, but I have also been the Head of Coaches Development for one of the largest CrossFits in the world. I have the honor of being one of the few L4 coaches, and I still love teaching L1s and L2s for CFHQ (I’ve put about 15,000 coaches through their L1’s). I'm husband to the most wonderful woman in the world, and a father who loves surfing, Magic: The Gathering, knife making and good coffee.

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