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14 November 2003, 10:03 am
Nominations Sought For US SAILING|s Coach Of The Year
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US SAILING
Portsmouth, RI

As a participant in the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Coaching Recognition Program, US SAILING's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) is soliciting nominations for 2003.
The sport will recognize coaches in three categories: National Coach of the Year, Developmental Coach of the Year and Volunteer Coach of the Year. 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. Working with criteria approved by USOC, a panel designated by the OSC will evaluate each nominee's accomplishments for the competition period beginning January 1, 2003. Nominations, due by December 1, 2003, should be sent to garybodie@aol.com. The winners for sailing will be announced in mid December. The criteria for nomination follows.

National Coach Of The Year
Nominees are coaching an elite-level club; collegiate, Pan Am, or world championship team; or elite athlete who is competing at the highest level of the sport. The award is based on accomplishments of the coach for the year 2003. The nominee must be coaching currently, or within one year of retirement. 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
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 2003. The nominee must be coaching currently, or within one year of retirement. 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.).

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. This new award is based on accomplishments of the coach for the year 2003.The nominee must be coaching currently, or within one year of retirement.

From the winning coaches in 45 Olympic 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 function early in 2004.

Jan Harley
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