LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program today welcomed 24 members to its class of 2014 at the International Olympic Committee headquarters. The sixth edition of the ICECP – an intensive coaching education program developed by the United States Olympic Committee, the University of Delaware and the IOC – included coaches from five continents, 24 countries and 12 sports.
The 2013-14 program included coaches from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Chile, Chinese Taipei, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Iran, Jordan, Latvia, Lesotho, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, United States, and Uzbekistan.
The ICECP is conducted in partnership with Olympic Solidarity, an IOC program that provides financial assistance to National Olympic Committees around the world. Thus far, the ICECP has reached 161 participants from 23 sports and 84 countries over the six-year history of the program.
“Congratulations to the newest class of ICECP graduates,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “These 25 coaches represent the future of the Olympic Movement, and their development helps create a stronger global sports community.”
One of the graduates was Greg Colmenares, the former Administrator of the Philippine Swimming Inc., the national federation for swimming and aquatic sports, and a very active coach in the local competitive swimming scene. He will be working closely with the POC and will conduct strength and conditioning seminars and programs for local coaches. Coach Greg will also be asked to assist the Olympic Academy of the POC headed by Dr. Chippy Espiritu.
Held at the University of Delaware; the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.; apprenticeship sites around the U.S.; and the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, the ICECP began at UD on Sept. 28 and was conducted in four modules.
In the final module, participants presented the projects they completed over the course of the program – which focused on improving coaching infrastructure in their home countries – to the ICECP academic board.
Dr. Matthew Robinson, director of the ICECP and professor of sport management at the University of Delaware said, "The participants' efforts were inspirational and I know all of them will make important contributions to their sport and the Olympic Movement for years to come."