The USOC Educational Conference Series offers annual, bi-annual, and topical conferences. The series covers topics pertinent to National Governing Body needs and cutting-edge information to achieve world class performances. The USOC strives to provide applied sport sciences to Olympic- and Paralympic-caliber athletes and coaches to achieve sustained, competitive excellence through professional development.
2013 National Coaching Conference
In partnership with the NCAA, NFHS and National Association for Sport and Physical Education, the USOC hosted the 2013 National Coaching Conference from June 19-21 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Coaches, educators, organizations and sport science professionals from around the country gathered under the theme “Quality Coaches, Quality Sport” to share research and new ideas. The 2013 conference focused on providing coaches and educators with research-based, practical information and tools to develop, expand and improve programming in accordance with the National Standards for Sport Coaches and the vision of the USA Coaching Coalition.
Presiding as the keynote speakers for the 2013 event were Dr. Wade Gilbert, professor and researcher at California State University, Fresno; Dr. Bob Murray, founder and principal of Sports Science Insights LLC; and Drew Johansen, London 2012 Olympic medal-winning U.S. National Diving Team coach; along with Olympic divers Abby Johnston and Nick McCrory.
2013 USOC International Altitude Training Symposium
The USOC hosted the International Altitude Training Symposium on Oct. 9-11 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The IATS has a strong tradition of providing the latest information on the use of altitude and hypoxic training to enhance the performance of Team USA Olympic and Paralympic coaches and athletes. This symposium dates back to November 1994 when former USOC partner Northern Arizona University hosted the event in Flagstaff. The IATS attracts some of the top experts in the field of altitude and hypoxic training, providing unique and scientific-based information with practical application and results in elite competition.
2013 Ethnic and Minority Women in Coaching Leadership Conference
The U.S. Olympic Committee hosted the 2013 Ethnic and Minority Women in Coaching Leadership Conference on Nov. 5-7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The conference was supported in part by a matching grant from the NCAA to provide professional and leadership development to ethnic and minority women.