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US SAILING Seeks Nominations for Coach of the Year Awards

Portsmouth, R.I. (October 1, 2009) – US SAILING’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) seeks nominations from the public for the 2009 Coach of the Year Awards in Sailing. The awards are a part of the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Coach Recognition Program which highlights the accomplishments and contributions of coaches who train athletes at all levels of sailing. The OSC will nominate sailing coaches in five categories: National Coach of the Year, Developmental Coach of the Year, Volunteer Coach of the Year, Paralympic Coach of the Year and the “Doc” Counsilman Science Award.

The OSC will accept nominations from the public until October 23, 2009, via e-mail at katiekelly@ussailing.org. Nominations shall include the nominee’s coaching record in 2009, any honors or recognitions the nominee has received, a description of their service to the sport and a phone number for both the nominator and nominee. The nominee must currently be a coach or within one year after retirement. Additional criteria for each award are listed below. A panel designated by the OSC will evaluate each nominee’s accomplishments and submit candidates to the USOC.

NATIONAL COACH – The nominee coaches an elite level club team, collegiate team, world championship team, national team, or an elite athlete who competes at the highest level of sailing.

Nominations should include the performance of the nominee’s athletes, including national and world championship medals, the caliber of the wins and/or the extraordinary measure of the wins. Other criteria include the coach’s character and ethics, as well as the attitudes of his or her athletes.

Previous winners of sailing’s National Coach of the Year Award are Betsy Alison (Newport, R.I.), Bill Ward (Newport Beach, Calif.), Zachary Leonard (Branford, CT), Rollin “Skip” Whyte (Wickford, R.I.), Roger “Scott” Ikle (Geneva, N.Y.), Serge Jorgensen (Sarasota, Fla.), Jay Glaser (Long Beach, Calif.), and Luther Carpenter (New Orleans, La.).

PARALYMPIC COACH – The nominee coaches an elite level disabled club team, collegiate team, world championship team, national team or an elite Paralympic class athlete who competes at the highest level of sailing. Nominations should include the performance of the nominee’s athletes, including national and world championship medals, the caliber of the wins and/or the extraordinary measure of the wins. Other criteria include the coach’s character and ethics, as well as the attitudes of his or her athletes.

This is a new category for 2009.

DEVELOPMENTAL COACH – The nominee coaches a youth club, high school or junior level athlete or is directly responsible for coaching athletes at the national or junior national level. The nominee can receive payment for services. Nominees will be chosen based on past performance or potential future performance of the athletes they coach. They will also be chosen based on their contributions to the development of athletes, including their applied methods. Other criteria include education of athletes and fellow coaches, mentorship and/or involvement in training camps or regattas.

Previous winners of sailing’s Developmental Coach of the Year Award are Brett Davis (Naples, Fla.), Ben Glass (Seattle, Wash.), Duffy Markham (Wellesley, Mass.), Tom Coleman (Hixson, Tenn.), Rob Hallawell (Marblehead, Mass./Coronado, Calif.), Brian Doyle (Darien, Conn./Hanover, N.H.), Amy Gross-Kehoe (Bayville, N.Y.), Adam Werblow (St. Mary's, Md.) and Mike Zani (Bristol, R.I.).

VOLUNTEER COACH – The nominee does not receive payment in any form for his/her involvement in coaching at any level and actively coaches and develops youth athletes. The nominee should also exhibit a passion for sailing and for coaching athletes. Nominations should also include the coach’s athletes’ performances.

Previous winners of sailing’s Volunteer Coach of the Year Award are Carrie Rohde (Richmond Hill, Ga.), Matt Dubois (Grosse Ile, Mich.), Ryan Hamm (Charleston, S.C.), Susan Kaseler (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) and T. Park McRitchie (Port Clinton, Ohio).

“DOC” COUNSILMAN SCIENCE AWARD – The nominee utilizes science, medicine and/or technology as an integral part of his/her coaching methods or has created innovative ways to integrate sport science into coaching. Roger “Scott” Ikle (Geneva, NY) received sailing’s “Doc” Counsilman Science Award in 2006.

In November, the OSC will announce US SAILING’s Coach of the Year Awards. The committee will then nominate these winners to the USOC for consideration as Coach of the Year Awards recipients across all Olympic and Paralympic sports. The USOC will honor the award recipients at the 2009 National Coaching Educators’ Conference in Savannah, Georgia on June 17, 2010. This event will be held in conjunction with the USOC National Coaches Conference.

The goals of the USOC’s Coaching Recognition Program are to recognize the accomplishments and contributions coaches make to sports at all levels of athlete development and to elevate the status of coaching as a profession. For more information about these awards or to submit a nomination, please e-mail katiekelly@USSAILING.org.

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