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USATF Contents for TC244



  • July 7-9 Level 1 – Zoom #2023-27 (Eastern Time)
  • July 14-15 Cross Country Specialist Course – Zoom #2023-28 (Eastern Time)
  • July 17-19 Level 1 – Zoom #2023-29 (Eastern Time)
  • July 18-22 Level 2 – Ft. Worth, TX
  • July 28-30 Level 1 – Zoom #2023-30 (Eastern Time)
  • August 11-13 Level 1 ­–­ Zoom #2023-32 (Central Time)
  • August 18-21 Level 1 ­–­ Zoom #2023-33 (Eastern Time)
  • August 25-27 Level 1 – Zoom #2023-34 (Eastern Time)
  • September 15-17 Level 1 –­ Zoom #2023-37 (Eastern Time)
  • October 20-22 Level 1 ­–­ Zoom #2023-42 (Pacific Time)
  • October 27-29 Level 1 ­–­ Zoom #2023-43 (Central Time)
  • November 10-12 Level 1 ­–­ Zoom #2023-45 (Eastern Time)
  • November 17-19 Level 1 ­–­ Zoom #2023-46 (Eastern Time)
  • November 24-26 Level 1 ­–­ Zoom #2023-47 (Pacific Time)
  • December 1-3 Level 1 ­–­ Zoom #2023-48 (Eastern Time)
  • December 8-10 Level 1 ­–­ Zoom #2023-49 (Central Time)
  • December 15-18 Level 1 ­–­ Zoom #2023-50 (Eastern Time)
  • December 27-29 Level 1 ­–­ Zoom #2023-52 (Pacific Time)


Bobby Kersee, a three-time Nike Coach of the Year honoree and mentor to some of the top track and field athletes in U.S. history, was announced today as the 2023 USATF Legend Coach. Kersee, a member of the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame, will be honored at the Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships.

Known as one of the best track and field technical coaches in the modern era, Kersee’s knowledge of the sport is second to none. For decades he has aided his athletes in unlocking their potential at the collegiate and professional level.

Kersee helped lead Team USATF to glory as the women’s sprints and hurdles coach at the 2005 IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, guiding U.S. athletes to gold in the 100m, 200m and 100m hurdles as the team won 25 medals. Kersee was an assistant coach on the women’s staff for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo. He was an assistant coach for the sprints at the 1987 Pan American Games and coached the sprinters for the 1985 U.S. Olympic Festival West team. In 2022 he was named USOPC Olympic Coach of the year.

Kersee played a significant role in the most decorated American Olympic track and field athlete of all time in Allyson Felix, along with heptathlon world record holder Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s success. His consistency rivals none, bringing his athletes at least one gold medal in 10 consecutive Summer Olympics. Guiding his athletes to more than 50 Olympic and World Championship medals over the years, Kersee continues to keep his presence in the sport.

Currently he leads “Formula Kersee”, which includes Olympic gold medalists Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, Athing Mu, and Morolake Akinosun.

A collegiate coach for more than 30 years, Kersee was an assistant at Cal State Northridge after serving as a student assistant at his alma mater, Long Beach State. At Northridge he helped the women’s team to consecutive AIAW national titles in 1978-79. He then went on to an assistant role at UCLA before becoming the women’s head coach. As head coach from 1984-1993, Kersee led the Bruins to five conference titles with many of his sprinters earning NCAA honors. His nine-year tenure at UCLA earned him the Pac-12 Coach of the Century award in 2016.

Off the track, Kersee is the president of the Board of Directors of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Boys and Girls Club. Based in East St. Louis, Illinois, the foundation provides families with athletic and academic lessons, and resources to improve their quality of life.

The USATF Legend Coach Award is in its ninth 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), Bob Larsen (2019), Bill Dellinger (2021), and George Williams (2022).


USATF Coaching Education presents a 12-hour (ZOOM) 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.

Coaches of all experience levels are eligible to attend the course. Each coach who completes the course and achieves a passing score on the exam will be awarded a USATF Cross Country Specialist certificate.

Don’t miss lead instructors, Thom Hunt and Scott Christensen, along with special guest Brian Zuleger, sport psychologist and CMPC, as he presents a lecture on Mental Skills and Strength and the opportunity to engage with Team USATF coaches from the 2023 World Cross Country Championships in an exclusive panel.

Course registration is capped at 100 participants.


The 2023 Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships on July 6 – 9 in Eugene, Oregon will serve as the selection event for various 2023 National Team competitions. Following the conclusion of their event, athletes eligible for selection to a 2023 National Team will be instructed by a member of the USATF National Team staff to attend Team Processing.

Team Processing information can be found at: 


  • 2023 NACAC U23 Championships, July 21 – 23 in San Jose, Costa Rica
  • 2023 Thorpe Cup, August 12 – 13 in Marburg, Germany
  • 2023 World Athletics Championships, August 19 – 27 in Budapest, Hungary

*With the exception of the Marathon and 35km Race Walk, which will be selected via separate Selection Events.

Note: Marathon and 35km Race Walk athletes will be required to complete Team Processing at the 2023 USATF Outdoor Championships. USATF will work directly with these athletes to coordinate their travel to Eugene to participate in Team Processing.

  • 2023 World Athletics Road Running Championships, September 30 – October 1 in Riga, Latvia (Assessing interest only for 5km and Mile events; processing virtually at a later date)
  • 2023 Pan Am Games, October 22, 29 – November 4 in Santiago, Chile (Assessing interest only; processing virtually at a later date)

Additionally, the 2023 USATF U20 Outdoor Championships will serve as the selection event for the following team:

  • 2023 Pan Am U20 Championships, August 4 – 6 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Please review the full selection procedures at:


Athletes must have and present at Team Processing a current passport good for at least six (6) months after the return date from the National Team event.

All athletes are required to complete Team Processing in order to be eligible for selection to a 2023 USATF National Team. Athletes who fail to complete Team Processing will forfeit their rank for selection to a 2023 National Team.


For a limited time, save 20% on USATF Campus courses. Use promo code TRACKCOACH23 through September 4, 2023, to take advantage of this offer.

USATF Campus offers over ten specialized sports science courses curated by Dr. Christine Brooks, Level 2 Sports Science Coordinator and 2022 USOPC Coach Educator the Year. Each course is self-paced, packed with 3-4 hours of video lectures, resources, quizzes, and includes a USATF certificate of completion. All courses in the catalog are open to both USATF members and non-members.

Courses on USATF Campus are accepted for Level 1 Recertification for current certificate holders.

Learn more at:

*Offer not valid on USATF Level 1, 2, 3 Schools, USATF Cross Country Specialist Course, or USATF Campus course bundles.