USATF COACHING EDUCATION
2019 CALENDAR OF SCHOOLS
Jan 4-6 — Fresno State University – Fresno, CA
Jan 18-20 — Parkview High School – Lilburn, GA
Jan 19-20 — Skyline High School – Ann Arbor, MI
Jan 19-20 — University of New Mexico – Albuquerque, NM
Jan 19-20 — Chabot College – Hayward, CA
Jan 25-27 — Kennedy Catholic High School – Burien, WA
Jan 26-27 — Alhambra High School – Phoenix, AZ
Feb 15-17 — Canby High School – Canby, OR
Feb 16-17 — North Central College – Naperville, IL
Feb 16-17 — Providence Day School – Charlotte, NC
March 9-10 — Catholic University of America – Washington, DC
March 16-17 — Villanova University – Philadelphia, PA
May 18-19 — Allen High School – Allen, TX
May 31-June 1 — Christian Brothers High School – St. Louis, MO
May 31-June 1 — National Training Center – Clermont, FL
June 7-9 — Life University – Marietta, GA
June 7-9 — Drury Inn La Cantera – San Antonio, TX
June 8-9 — Morristown Medical Center – Morristown, NJ
June 15-16 — Union High School – Tulsa, OK
June 16-18 — UNCG – Greensboro, NC
June 17-18 — Stillwater High School – Stillwater, MN
June 22-23 — North Central College – Naperville, IL
June 28-30 — St. Mary’s High School – Medford, OR
July 19-21 — Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD
July 19-21 — Nassau Community College – Garden City, NY
July 26-28 — TBA – Pittsburgh, PA
August 2-4 — Yale University – New Haven, CT
Sept. 27-29 — Community College of Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
Nov 1-3 — Marian University – Indianapolis, IN
Nov 15-17 — Life University – Marietta, GA
Nov 16-17 — Allen High School – Allen, TX
Nov 23-24 — Virginia Wesleyan University – Virginia Beach, VA
Dec 6-8 — St. John’s School – Houston, TX
Dec 7-8 — Tennessee State University – Nashville, TN
Dec 13-15 — Westerville South High School – Westerville, OH
Dec 13-15 — University of South Carolina – Columbia, SC
Dec 14-15 — Pine Crest School – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Effective January 2019 — New Education Standard for USATF Coaches Registry
To further elevate the professional credibility of the USATF Coaches Registry and its members, USATF has established a new Education Standard for qualification into the USATF Coaches Registry. The Education Standard provides for a baseline standard of professional education or coaching accomplishment in the sport of track and field for coaches seeking admission to the Registry.
By establishing a baseline standard of professional education or coaching experience, the Education Standard aligns with the best practices for professional certifications in other fields, within the coaching industry at large, and with licensing protocols of other Olympic family national governing bodies.
To be part of the USATF Coaches Registry, an individual must, currently, be a USATF member, undergo a background screen from approved screening agency, and have completed USOC SafeSport Compliance requirements.
This Education Standard is a one-time requirement, subject to any applicable recertification requirements of the respective course of education. Once a coach has met the Education Standard, he or she has fulfilled the requirement for as long as the coach is part of the Registry.
In addition to the required SafeSport Compliance requirements above, any person who has completed one of the approved coaching education courses for track or field or who qualifies based on career accomplishments as a track and field coach is eligible.
Meeting the Education Standard
There are two different paths to meet the Educational Standard for the Coaches Registry: Complete a verified educational course, OR achieve a specified coaching accomplishment.
Path 1: Complete a verified course of education. Complete any one of the following courses:
a. Level 1 of the USATF CE Professional Pathway of Coach Certification with course completion on or after January 1, 2013
b. Level 2 or 3 of the USATF CE Professional Pathway of Coach Certification
c. USATF Cross Country Specialist Course
d. USATF Event Skill Specialist Clinic (Learn By Doing Clinic)
e. NFHS Coaching Track and Field (online) AND any approved sports science course on USATF Campus (online)
f. Technical Basic course of the USTFCCCA Academy or any advanced course (online or classroom)
Certificate of completion for any of the above courses serves as verification of Education Standard.
Path 2: Accomplish an Education Standard equivalency during one’s coaching career, through a body of work, a career honor, or demonstrated professional coaching career. Demonstrate any one of the following:
a. Member of an international coaching staff selected by USATF over the last 5 Olympic quadrennials.
b. Primary coach of record of a medalist athlete on any one of the “big three” teams (Olympics, World Champs, Pan-Am Games)
c. Elite technical coach of USA National Team athletes over a 10-year period (coach must list athletes’ names and contact information)
d. Hall of Fame Coach for USATF, USTFCCCA or National Scholastic Track Coaches Association
e. National Coach of the Year for USATF or USOC
f. USTFCCCA National Head or Assistant Coach of the Year for men’s or women’s (NCAA, NAIA, or NJCAA) cross country, indoor or outdoor track & field
g. Employment as a track coach at a scholastic or collegiate institution for a 10-year period verified by employers’ information.
The USATF National Office staff will provide oversight of all components of the Coaches Registry. An oversight subcommittee from the Coaches Advisory Committee will review and evaluate any issue with a coach’s education standard.
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USATF And USOC Coachng Education Award Winners
Nike Coach of the Year: Caryl Smith Gilbert, Director of Track & Field, University of Southern California
The Nike Coach of the Year Award was established in 1998 to recognize the outstanding achievements by coaches in the sport of track and field.
USOC Doc Counsilman Science Award: Lance Brauman, Founder and Coach, PURE Athletics
Established in 2004, the Doc Counsilman Science Award recognizes 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.
Dr. Joe Vigil Sports Science Award: Mike Turk, Head Track & Field Coach, Illinois University
This award recognizes a coach who is very active in the area of scholarship, and contributes to the coaching literature through presentations and publications. This award identifies a coach who utilizes scientific techniques as an integral part of his/her coaching methods, or has created innovative ways to use sport science.
Ron Buss Service Award: Katie Adams, (Formerly) Assistant Track & Field Coach, Wellesley College
This award recognizes a coach that has a distinguished record of service to the profession in leadership roles, teaching, strengthening curricula and advising and mentoring coaches. This person is a leader, whose counsel others seek, and who selflessly gives his/her time and talent.
Fred Wilt Coach/Educator of the Year Award: Mike Judge, Founder and Coach, Throw 1 Deep
This award recognizes a coach that has a distinguished record, which includes sustained, exceptional performance. This award will be presented annually to recognize one individual who has exemplified passion and leadership nationally for the promotion of USATF Coaching Education.
Vern Gambetta/Young Professional Award: Chris Richardson, Head Cross Country/Track & Field Coach, Cerritos College
This award recognizes a young coach in the first 10 years of his/her career that has shown an exceptional level of passion an initiative in Coaching Education. This award will be presented annually to recognize one individual who has exemplified passion and leadership nationally for the promotion of USATF Coaching Education.
Terry Crawford/Distinguished Female in Coaching Award: Melissa Ferry, Head Cross Country/Track & Field Coach, Virginia Union University
This award recognizes a female coach that has shown an exceptional level of accomplishment, passion and initiative in Coaching Education. This award will be presented annually to recognize one female coach who has exemplified passion and leadership nationally for the promotion of USATF Coaching Education.
Kevin McGill/Legacy Award: Dr. Matt Lydum, Head Cross Country/Track & Field Coach, Pacific University
This award recognizes a veteran coach with 25+ years of involvement that has shown an exceptional level of passion an initiative in Coaching Education. This award will be presented annually to recognize one individual who has exemplified passion and leadership nationally for the promotion of USATF Coaching Education.
Level 2 Coaches/Rising Star Award: Nick Houstoulakis, Head Boys Track Coach, Marietta High School
This award recognizes a coach that has utilized the USATF level 2 CE program to make an impact on their coaching that includes sustained, exceptional performance. This award will be presented annually to recognize one individual who has recently completed the level 2 school and it has helped to make an impact on their coaching. This award winner exemplifies the impact of the USATF Coaching Education program.