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Cara Cocchiarella is a professor in Health and Physical Education at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington and the author of the brand new book Winning Well.  She has a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, a Master’s degree in Health and Human Performance, and a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance and Spanish.  She earned all of her degrees from the University of Montana where she competed as a member of the women’s basketball team.  She is also the founder of Win Win Consulting (

Cara’s coaching experience is also extensive and diverse. She has coached basketball, volleyball, track, cross country, football, and golf.  She started her career at the high school level where her teams won numerous district and divisional titles and 6 state championships. At the collegiate level, Cara served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Gonzaga University and spent three years as the head women’s basketball coach at University of Montana Western.

While working with a variety of teams and organizations through Win Win Consulting, Cara is a committee member with the United States Center for Coaching Excellence, a member of the BeLikeCoach Project Team, an Inclusion Champion with Move United, and a RISE Champion of Change.  She has completed the International Council for Coaching Excellence/United States Center for Coaching Excellence Coach Developer Academy  and serves as a member of numerous local, state, and national education and coaching organizations. 


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