“The Parent Trapped Within: A Guide to Sports Parenting”

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: DWU Sherman Center

Vilhauer’s book takes a deeper look into the minds of sports parents, attempting to highlight and resolve some of the difficulties that come with the role. The book addresses questions like, what is the fine line between supporting my child and interfering with coaching decisions? How should parents react to perceived bad calls from officiating? How do you handle the harsh realities of watching your son or daughter not receive ample playing time?


The evening will also feature a panel discussion at the conclusion of Vilhauer’s presentation. The panel will be comprised of several DWU coaches and like-minded sports professionals including Jon Hart, DWU athletic director, Matt Wilber, DWU head men’s basketball coach, Ross Cimpl DWU head football coach, Wayne Carney, former executive director of the South Dakota High School Activities Association, Clay Glasgow, head women’s soccer coach, Jason Christensen, head women’s basketball coach and of course, Dave Vilhauer. The panel will be moderated by Curt Hart, Athletic Development and Community Engagement.


The event is free and open to the public and all sports lovers, present or former coaches, officials or administrative personnel and parents of student-athletes are encouraged to attend.

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