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Nominations Now Being Accepted for USOPC Coach of the Year Awards

11/12/2020, 10:00am CST
By Kristen Henneman

Terrence Lasker (left) was named 2017 Developmental Coach of the Year by the USOPC.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – USA Fencing is now accepting nominations for the 2020 United States Olympic & Paralympic Coach of the Year Awards.

The USOPC Coach of the Year Program honors coaches and service providers who are making a significant impact in their sport and National Governing Body.

There are eight categories as part of the USOPC Coach of the Year Program:

  • Olympic Coach of the Year: a coach of a national-level team, or the coach of an elite athlete who competes at the highest level of his/her sport
  • Paralympic Coach of the Year: a coach of a national-level team, or the coach of an elite athlete who competes at the highest level of his/her sport
  • Developmental Coach of the Year: a coach at the youth club, high school or junior level, or a coach who is directly responsible for training athletes to reach the junior and/or elite level
  • Volunteer Coach of the Year: a coach who does not receive payment in any form for his/her involvement in coaching at any level
  • Doc Counsilman Coach of the Year: a coach who utilizes scientific techniques and equipment as an integral part of his/her coaching methods or has created innovative ways to use sport science
  • College Coach of the Year: a coach at the NCAA level
  • Service Provider of the Year: an NGB/HPMO affiliated service provider such as a strength and conditioning coach, physical therapist, sport psychologist, dietician or other that has made an impact in your NGB
  • Coach Educator of the Year: Nominee must be a coach educator or ADM sport educator who has made an impact in the coaching education space

All accomplishments must have taken place from October 2019 through October 2020 and nominees must be currently employed or in their first year of retirement.

Click here to nominate a coach.

Nominations will be accepted through November 29. Nominations should be as detailed as possible and include examples. Individuals may nominate multiple coaches for the various categories.

Each National Governing Body may submit one coach in each category. After all nominations are submitted, USA Fencing will partner with the United States Fencing Coaches Association to create a selection committee composed of coaches at various levels.

USA Fencing will announce the selection committee’s final submissions and submit nominations to the USOPC in December. The USOPC is scheduled to announce its winners in January of 2021.

For more information, please contact USA Fencing Director of Member Services Bob Bodor at b.bodor@usafencing.org.

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