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USATF Contents for TC236


  • July 16-19 Level 1 — Zoom #2021-28 (Pacific Time)
  • July 19-23 Level 2 School (Zoom)
  • July 23-26 Level 1 — Zoom #2021-29 (Eastern Time)
  • July 30-31 Cross Country Specialist Course — #2021-2 (Eastern Time)
  • July 30-Aug 2 Level 1 — Zoom #2021-30 (Eastern Time)
  • Aug 6-9 Level 1 — Zoom #2021-31 (Central Time)
  • Aug 13-16 Level 1 — Zoom #2021-32 (Pacific Time)
  • Aug 20-23 Level 1 — Zoom #2021-33 (Eastern Time)
  • Aug 27-30 Level 1 — Zoom #2021-34 (Central Time)

Don’t Miss the second USATF Cross Country Specialist Course on July 30-31, 2021

USATF Coaching Education presents a 10-hour course specific to the discipline of cross country. Learn periodization training for the cross country season, adapted from USATF Legend Coach, Dr. Joe Vigil, in addition to team building strategies and long term athlete development for the endurance runner.

Scott Christensen, one of the country’s top high school coaches, and Thom Hunt, who has served as an athlete and coach on multiple Team USATF delegations, are the lead instructors for the course.

Olympians and World Cross Country medalists Kathy Butler and Colleen De Reuck join the course as featured panelists for an evening of commentary and reflection on their achievements in the sport.

Coaches of all experience levels (no prior USATF Coaching Education required) are eligible to attend the online course. Each coach whom completes the course and achieves a passing score on the final exam will be awarded a USATF Cross Country Specialist certificate.

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Emerging Female Grants Available for Level 1 Schools

The Emerging Female Grant is provided by USATF and provides a select number of minority, women track and field coaches the opportunity to attend USATF Coaching Education Level 1 or 2 Schools. Grants are valued at the respective course tuition or registration fee.


• Identify as a minority, female coach

• Be a current member of the USATF Coaches Registry

• Provide a resume of coaching background/experience

• Provide a letter of recommendation or three references

Applications for Emerging Female Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are expended and reviewed on the first (business) day of each month. Application a minimum of 30 days prior to the start date of the requested program/school is advised. No grant funds will be awarded retroactively.

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Late Level 1 Recertification Period Continues to Be Offered

If your Level 1 certificate expired on December 31, 2020, apply now for late recertification. Late Level 1 Recertification will be offered for a limited time and is subject to completion of all stated requirements, including submission of an online recertification application.

Upon approval, your new certificate will be awarded on USATF Campus and valid until December 31, 2024.

Late Recertification Instructions

1. Renew USATF membership for 2021

2. Complete latest SafeSport Training (background screen NOT required)

3. Complete one USATF approved recertification course

4. Submit late recertification application processing fee ($55)

Don’t lose your Level 1 Coach status and eligibility to complete future USATF Level 2 Schools and satisfy USATF Coaches Registry requirements.

The process is further defined, including a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) resource, at the following link.

Longtime University of Oregon Coach Bill Dellinger Presented 2021 USATF Legend Coach Award at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Bill Dellinger, longtime University of Oregon coach was presented the 2021 USATF Legend Coach at Hayward Field during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on Friday, June 25.

Dellinger was previously inducted into the Oregon Sports, USTFCCCA, and USATF Halls of Fame.

A cornerstone of the modern University of Oregon track and field program, Bill Dellinger was one of the most respected American distance running coaches during his 29 years at the school. His Oregon teams won four NCAA cross country titles and a track and field championship, but it was individual stars such as Steve Prefontaine who left the most indelible mark on the sport.

Dellinger was a talented runner for Bill Bowerman at Oregon in the 1950s, earning his first national title by winning the NCAA mile in 1954, and ended up as a three-time Olympian. Along the way he won two NCAA golds and two AAU titles and took the Pan American Games 5,000m gold in 1959 before he capped off his international career in 1964 at Tokyo with an Olympic bronze in the 5,000m. He set six American records, including three at 5,000m, and his personal best in that event came in the Tokyo final. During a stint in the Air Force, he set an American record in the 1,500m in 1958.

Starting his coaching career at Springfield’s Thurston High School, Dellinger spent time at Lane Community College in Eugene and as an assistant for the Ducks before taking over the Oregon cross country head coaching role in 1969. In 1973, after Bowerman ended his years as the head track and field coach, Dellinger also took over that role and held it until his retirement in 1998.

In 1971, Dellinger’s Oregon men won their first NCAA cross country title under his tutelage, adding three more in 1973, 1974 and 1977. The team’s track and field title came in 1984 in the comfortable confines of Hayward Field, where they scored 113 points. Prefontaine won individual cross country golds in 1970-71 and 1973.

Selected as the men’s distance coach for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Dellinger worked with many of the top runners in the U.S. during his career. He also mentored international stars like Brazil’s Joaquim Cruz, the 1984 Olympic 800m champion. He has authored several books on running and training and has been a popular speaker at conferences and camps.

Dellinger is portrayed in multiple films dedicated to legendary University of Oregon Alum, Steve Prefontaine, including Prefontaine and Without Limits.

The USATF Legend Coach Award is in its seventh year and is selected by the USATF Coaches Advisory Committee. The inaugural award was presented to Hall of Fame Tigerbelle Coach Ed Temple in 2014, followed by Dr. Joe Vigil (2015), Tom Tellez (2016), Clyde Hart (2017), Brooks Johnson (2018) and Bob Larsen (2019).

L-R: USATF President Vin Lananna, USATF CEO Max Siegel, 2021 Legend Coach Award recipient Bill Dellinger, and USATF Coaches Advisory Committee Chair Kevin Reid. Credit USATF.