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Jason Bishop (Health and Human Performance) recently presented two papers at the 2014 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) annual convention in St. Louis, Mo. “Athletic directors’ opinions of a collegiate coaching education program” found that public high school athletic directors in states where required education is minimal strongly support academic course work for prospective coaches. But an online format was not well-supported, and it was not believed that a kinesiology background was a prerequisite to be a successful coach. This suggests the development of collegiate content specific to coaching rather than a general kinesiology program is an important clarification  and would be well-received by public high school ADs in states where such an education is not a mandated requirement. Bishop’s second presentation was titled “Addressing the unique learning needs of students with ADHD.” Students who have a positive illusory bias (PIB) tend to have delays in acquiring proficiency in fundamental motor skills. PIB is most common in students with ADHD, but also evident in students without disabilities. The audience participation session provided instructional strategies to help elementary and secondary physical education teachers address the unique learning needs of students with ADHD.