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National Development Coach

USA TRIATHLON

Job Title:  National Development Coach
Reports To:  Performance Advisor
Department:  High Performance
Location:  Scottsdale, Arizona 

Summary

The National Development Coach (NDC) reports to the Performance Advisor (PA) and is responsible for the development, implementation and delivery of the coaching and athlete mentorship strategy for the Resident Collegiate Recruitment Program (RCRP).  RCRP membership includes post-graduate individuals identified through the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) swim and run recruitment program and identified and invited “talent acceleration” athletes.

Position Mission:

To accelerate within an Olympic Quadrennial the draft-legal triathlon development of identified CRP (Collegiate Recruitment Program) athletes who meet the individual discipline standards and have been recruited to the Resident CRP program.

Philosophy:

USA Triathlon has studied trends related to Olympic success of ITU Triathlon and promotes and endorses the concept of “hands on” coaching delivered in a “Daily Training Environment” (DTE), whereby the majority of training and learning sessions are delivered in person by a world class qualified and capable coach.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coach and mentor recruited CRP and “Talent acceleration” athletes
  • Establish and maintain close working relationships with athletes, and key stakeholders (e.g., United States Olympic Committee, sponsors)
  • Create a collaborative training and competitive daily training environment which promotes team cohesion among CRP athletes and specialist coaches, demands adherence to anti-doping regulations and emphasizes the pursuit of excellence
  • Responsible for the operational delivery of a daily training environment (DTE) and all RCRP activities, including but not limited to: short and long-term athlete planning, training facilitation, recovery modalities, travel and competition.  Activities will be conducted in collaboration with the USAT Performance Advisor but will be the ultimate responsibility of the NDC
  • Contribute as an impartial member of the coaching staff at domestic and international competitions for USA Triathlon
  • Contribute as an impartial member of the coaching staff at USA Triathlon training camps
  • Contribute to the philosophical evolution of the USA Triathlon High Performance Plan including athlete and coaching pathways
  • Integrate USOC available resources (Physiology, Psychology, Strength and Conditioning, Nutrition etc)
  • Integrate identified private resources (Rehab, Bike fit, select expertise.)
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Level 2/3 draft-legal coaching accreditation from a recognized International Triathlon Union (ITU) National Governing Body (NGB)
  • Ability to work as a coach in the USA
  • Minimum 3 years experience with high performance sport as a coach in draft-legal triathlon running a program delivering “hands on” coaching in a daily training environment (DTE)
  • A strong understanding of and successful experience in short and long term athlete development
  • Excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills
  • Physiological and tactical coaching knowledge
  • A strong understanding of and successful use of sports science in athlete preparation
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use and implementation of training enhancement software, including but not limited to: Training Peaks, WKO+
  • A strong understanding of team dynamics and successful experience in creating an effective team
  • Ability to travel extensively and work weekends/holidays as dictated by athlete training, camp and event schedules
  • Valid driver’s license required

Desired attributes:

  • Demonstrated ability to coach and teach swimming for draft legal triathlon
  • Understanding of past and current trends in ITU draft legal competition
  • Experience in organization and delivery of training camps in remote locations
  • Experience working with world class individual discipline athlete’s crossing over to the sport of triathlon, “talent transfer”

Compensation and Benefits:  Full time position located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Salary commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package included.

Availability: As soon as possible

Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

Application Procedure:   Please submit resume, cover letter and salary history/requirements to:

USA Triathlon

Attn: Sharon Carns

5825 Delmonico Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80919

or

Email: sharon.carns@usatriathlon.org with “National Development Coach” in the subject line