Leadership Coaching Certification, CoachRICE
International Coaching Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
EQ-i 2.0 and EQ 360 Emotional Intelligence Assessments Certified
B.A., History, Rice University
M.A., Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Servant-Leadership, Gonzaga University
Current Doctoral Student in Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University
This is my story
Entering my 10th season in Division-I men’s college basketball, I was unfulfilled, stuck in my career, and had just experienced the end of a long-term relationship. Becoming a D-I coach had been a life-long dream, but it had come at great cost to myself and others. I could not shake the questions, “Have I been a good person? Have I been a good son, brother, boyfriend, friend, and coach?”
As I developed responses to these questions, my renewed self-knowledge, purpose, and values allowed me to be with others in a more life-giving way. This self-reflection and presence resulted in the best season of my basketball coaching career!
Throughout the 2017-18 season, I saw the personal fulfillment and growth of others that came as a result of my servant mindset, while the program I served also performed on the court and achieved our goals. As I connected with others in the profession over our shared challenges, I felt a deep certainty that I couldn’t keep the transformation I experienced to myself. I knew the insights had to be moved forward in a way that honored and served others.
Now as a Leadership Coach, I help leaders become servant-leaders, and increase the capacity of individuals to lead.
My Coaching Approach
I believe that leadership is a creative process of developing goodness in ourselves and others. That’s why my work with others is a co-creative partnership that provides the time, space, and opportunity to learn about yourself, so you can better serve others and act with greater impact.
My coaching style and vision for leadership combines serving others in a way that results in our collective growth as persons and creates the results you truly desire.
What my clients say
“Adam has been a powerful resource for both my managers and educators, leading us in group settings as well as through one-on-one connections. He has such a cool way of making others feel seen and heard, allowing his clients to feel safe, building trust quickly, and welcoming in vulnerability. Through Adam’s coaching my team has created a vision for who we want to be as a collective and as individuals. We have clarified our purpose, what we are committed to, and how we define success. Adam has brought in a fresh approach with new perspectives and tools, enabling my team to further lean into their leadership.” – Heidi Keats, Store Manager, lululemon
“I didn’t know what to expect going into my sessions with Adam. This was the first time I ever had “leadership coaching”. My leadership skills were always taught to me by experiences and failures of what not to do. I went into my sessions open and willing to take constructive criticism to make me a better leader and person. To my surprise the sessions were not a ‘do better’ or ‘you need to do this to become a leader’. Adam helped me answer questions and reflect on things I had never thought about. Adam helped bring different qualities out of me that will not only help me professionally but in my life at home. I would highly recommend Adam Gierlach to anyone looking to improve their leadership and their self.” – Cameron, Senior Account Executive, Head High School Basketball Coach
“Connecting with Adam as a leadership coach has been an amazing experience for me. While skeptical at first at how much it could help me, I quickly began to take steps in taking control of my leadership, well-being, and direction in life through my conversations with Adam. The most helpful part about the sessions is that he provides guidance but doesn’t think for you or tell you what to do. Instead, he challenges you to navigate through your own problems so that you take ownership of your decisions and as a result, become better prepared in the long-term. I encourage anyone who is looking to better themselves to give coaching with Adam a try with an open mind and they won’t be disappointed!” – Celio, Division-I College Basketball Player
“Adam has provided me with tremendous support and guidance as a young new leader operating in a challenging environment. He has pushed me to think more strategically about my organization, where to invest my time and energy, and think critically about how I connect with my staff and peers. I come away from our discussions refreshed, energized, and ready to take on new challenges with a positive mindset.” – Lisa, Director of Facilities, Student and Campus Life, Cornell University
“Adam has been a critical and valued resource for me as I experience professional transitions. He’s opened my eyes to new perspectives and ways of thinking about how I best harness my leadership and potential.” – Dan, Reporter, KSHB 41 News
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