Jorgensen Is Us Sailing's Coach Of The Year, Doyle Is Developmental Coach Of The Year
Participating in the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Coaching Recognition Program, US SAILING has recognized its Coaches of the Year for 2002.
Named as the National Coach of the Year is Serge Jorgensen (Sarasota, Fla.), and named as the Developmental Coach of the Year is Brian Doyle (Darien, Conn./Hanover, N.H.). The USOC Coaching Recognition Program draws attention to the status of coaching as a profession, while giving recognition to the best coaches in the United States.
Coach Of The Year - For the last two years, sailors in the two classes selected for the 2004 Paralympic Regatta in Greece--the 2.4 Metre and Sonar--have worked closely with US Disabled Sailing Team Head Coach Serge Jorgensen (Sarasota, Fla.). At the 2002 2.4 Metre World Championship, Jorgensen was instrumental in the performances of the sailors who won silver and bronze medals for the USA. Significantly, the world championship is an open event, with disabled athletes competing head to head with able-bodied competitors. "This is a huge thing, and it's certainly a first for me," said Jorgensen upon receiving the award. "I also must say that I owe much of this honor to the athletes for their outstanding dedication and performances."
Jorgensen has developed the U.S. disabled sailing program into one of the best in the world and dramatically increased participation in it. Implementing a strength and conditioning program to assist with training, Jorgensen capitalizes on sailors' athletic capabilities while helping them hone their sailing skills.
He has given a tremendous amount of personal time to ensure the program fits the different levels of abilities he encounters, and recently he has begun work on a sports psychology program. He also conducts a major clinic in conjunction with the US Independence Cup, US SAILING's Disabled Sailing Championship.
Previous winners of sailing's Coach of the Year Award are Luther Carpenter (New Orleans, La.), Betsy Alison (Newport, R.I.), and Jay Glaser (Long Beach, Calif.).
Developmental Coach Of The Year - Brian Doyle (Darien, Conn./Hanover, N.H.) helped lead the 2002 Youth World Team to unprecedented success at the 2002 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. At this annual event, the pinnacle of international youth sailing, the U.S. Team finished as third country out of 30--the highest finish ever by the USA. Doyle was instrumental in coaching the U.S. athletes to podium finishes of a Gold Medal in the boys singlehanded event and a Bronze Medal in the girls singlehanded event.
Additionally, the boys and girls doublehanded teams each finished fourth in their competitions. This successful showing represents the culmination of one full year of hard work with the athletes on an individual basis, in addition to several years of program development. "I'm honored to be selected," said Doyle. "It's especially exciting since usually the sailors are the ones to win achievement awards." As US SAILING's Olympic Development Coach, Doyle spends several months a year traveling around the nation, coaching and organizing clinics, the largest of which is held at the US Youth Championships. The youth event is a performance-based invitational for the top 150 youth sailors from around the US, preceded by Doyle's three-day clinic.
In addition, US SAILING holds several national championships for youth sailors that feature Doyle's clinics. The winners of these national championships are typically named to the World Youth Sailing Team. Doyle also is the Head Sailing Coach at Dartmouth College. Dartmouth finished eighth in the ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championships, sixth in the Women's Singlehanded National Championships, and ninth overall in Fowle Trophy standings. Annually, the Fowle Trophy is awarded to the college with the best performance at the college sailing championships. Under Doyle's leadership, sailors on the Dartmouth team have received All-American recognition a total of 45 times. Doyle is highly regarded in the college sailing community for his commitment to sportsmanship and the academic achievement of his athletes, and he is a role model and mentor for other coaches at the high school and college level.
Previous winners of sailing's Developmental Coach of the Year Award are Mike Zani (Bristol, R.I.), Scott Ikle (Geneva/Manhasset, N.Y.), Adam Werblow (St. Mary's, Md.), and Amy Gross-Kehoe (Bayville, N.Y.) A USOC panel will select the top five finalists in each category from the winning coaches in 45 Olympic and Pan American sports. The finalists and their Executive Directors will be honored in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, during the USOC Coaches Summit in mid-October, 2002. An overall USOC National Coach of the Year and Developmental Coach of the Year will then be selected.