Ep. 17 – Susan Sell-Haynes on Athletic Achievement, Sports, and Leadership

Susan Sell-Haynes is the Director of Sport at Seoul Foreign School, an institution many regard as Korea’s best primary and secondary school. She has lived in Korea for over eight years, spending most of that time working in athletics. As anyone familiar with the education system here in Korea can attest, sports and other extracurriculars are not high on the priority list for most parents. We talk about navigating these what I call ‘Korean sensibilities’ about education, the benefits of physical activity to childhood development, institutional resources, and the best parts of living in Seoul. You can connect with Susan at susan.sellhaynes@seoulforeign.org and Seoul Foreign School at www.seoulforeign.org.


Show Notes

1:50 On getting in to coaching

2:38 On the value of sport

04:10 are parents receptive to sports in school?

05:40 where the program is and where it’s going / institutional support

07:50 what sports Koreans do well

09:20 overzealous tiger moms

10:49 favorite success story / legacy connections

13:50 coaching philosophy

15:36 favorite failure

17:42 coaching Korean kids compared to American kids / safety in Korea

24:45 how Korean schools compete in sports

26:50 nature vs nurture

29:25 favorite coach

31:05 how life changes after having kids

33:28 Seoul Foreign School lifestyle / how it compares to others

38:11 management philosophy

41:40 bad ideas and why they’re bad / professional development

44:40 what new department would be great to open

45:50 date night in Seoul

46:30 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and the Inter-Korea hockey team

50:25 Hudson saves the podcast

50:54 favorite sports

51:53 adding a new sport to Seoul Foreign School / favorite food

52:50 playing and coaching sports

54:19 room for improvement


People, Places, Things Mentioned in the Show

Asia Pacific Activities Conference (APAC)

Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS)

Korean American Interscholastic Activities Conference (KAIAC)

Lubbock, Texas

Mandu (Korean Dumplings) (만두)

Marsha Sharp

Namsan (남산)

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics (2018년 동계 올림픽)

Seoul Foreign School

Texas Tech University

Title IX