US SAILING's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) is currently seeking nominations for the Coaches of the Year Awards for 2004. The awards are part of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Coaching Recognition Program.
As participant in the program, OSC is responsible for nominating sailing coaches in three categories: National Coach of the Year, Developmental Coach of the Year, and Volunteer Coach of the Year. Nominations are accepted through December 1, 2004, by Gary BODIE, US Sailing Team Head Coach, via e-mail at GaryBodie@aol.com. Nominations should include coaching record, any honors or recognition the nominee has received, and any other information as it relates to the nomination. A panel designated by the OSC will evaluate each nominee's accomplishments during the year 2004 and the winners will be announced in mid-December.
NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR - Nominee is coaching an elite-level club; a collegiate, Pan Am, or world championship team; or an elite athlete who is competing at the highest level of the sport. The award is based on accomplishments of the coach for the year 2004. The nominee must be coaching currently, or within one year of retirement. Previous winners of sailing's Coach of the Year Award are Scott IKLE (Geneva, N.Y.), Luther CARPENTER (New Orleans, La.), and Betsy ALISON (Newport, R.I.).
DEVELOPMENTAL COACH OF THE YEAR - Nominee is a coach of a youth club, high school or junior level coach directly responsible for developing athletes to the elite national or junior national level. The award is based on accomplishments of the coach for the year 2004. The nominee must be coaching currently, or within one year of retirement, and have a career and 2004 coaching record. Previous winners of sailing's Developmental Coach of the Year Award are Rob HALLAWELL (Marblehead, Mass./Coronado, Calif.), Mike ZANI (Bristol, R.I.), Adam WERBLOW (St. Mary's, Md.), and Amy GROSS-KEHOE (Bayville, N.Y.).
VOLUNTEER COACH OF THE YEAR - Nominee is a coach who does not receive payment in any form for their involvement in coaching at any level. The nominee should be involved in developing athletes, have a coaching record, and contribute to the community and the sport. This award is based on accomplishments of the coach for the year 2004. The nominee must be coaching currently, or within one year of retirement. T. Park McRITCHIE (Port Clinton, Ohio) won sailing's Volunteer Coach of the Year Award in 2003, the first year the award was presented.
From the winning coaches in all Olympic, Paralympic, and Pan American sports, five coaches in each category will be selected as finalists for the USOC Coach of the Year and will be presented at a special ceremony in January 2005. The aim of USOC's Coaching Recognition Program is to recognize and draw attention to the contribution coaches make to sport at all levels of athlete development, and to elevate the status of coaching as a profession.