LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program honored its class of 2018 in a ceremony, held April 29 at the Association of National Olympic Committees headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The 10th edition of the ICECP – an intensive coaching education program developed by the United States Olympic Committee, the University of Delaware and the International Olympic Committee – included 28 coaches representing five continents, 28 nations and 15 sports.

The ICECP is conducted in partnership with Olympic Solidarity, an IOC program that provides financial assistance to National Olympic Committees around the world. The ICECP has reached nearly 300 participants from 25 sports and 111 countries over the 10-year history of the program.

“Congratulations to the 2018 class of ICECP graduates,” said USOC Acting CEO Susanne Lyons. “Quality coaching is essential to helping athletes maximize their full potential and these coaches represent the future of the Olympic Movement. The USOC is proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of a program that elevates the standard of coaching around the world.”

The world-class coaching education program is offered to NOCs and consists of lectures, presentations, group work and field trips spread over four modules. The 2018 program began Sept. 16, 2017, at the University of Delaware and traveled to various locations, including the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and apprenticeship sites around the United Sates, before culminating at the Olympic capital in Lausanne.

"We are very proud of the work of all of the participants,” said Dr. Matthew Robinson, ICECP director and professor of sport management at the University of Delaware. “They have made significant impact on sport in their country based on the implementation of their projects, and have grown as coaches and leaders through their participation in the program. This being the ICECP’s 10th graduating class made the program special and the participants made the past ICECP graduates proud.”

In the final module, participants presented projects they completed over the course of the program – which focused on improving coaching infrastructure in their home countries – to the ICECP academic board. In addition, coaches had the opportunity to present their projects to their International Federations representing 12 sports, including basketball, cycling, fencing, judo, field hockey, rowing, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling. The IFs are an important partner of the ICEPC and play a critical role in the selection and oversight of participants.

The 2018 module concluded with formal presentations and a graduation ceremony at the ANOC headquarters in Lausanne, featuring keynote addresses from Nicco Campriani, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in shooting and project manager of the IOC’s Athletes Career Program, and Juan Carlos Holgado, a four-time Olympian, member of the 1992 gold-medal winning Spanish archery team and director of the World Archery Center.

“When I came to the ICECP, I was a coach,” said 2018 ICECP participant Ismail Faruhaan from Maldives. “But after five weeks in the United States participating in the ICECP, I realized that I am a leader and have returned to my country to raise other coaches for the betterment of sport and swimming.”

“Participating in the ICECP gave me the opportunity to gain knowledge that has elevated my coaching style,” said Shaimaa El Gammal of Egypt, who was among the 14 coaches from the 2018 class to graduate with honors distinction. “Through my project I have implemented new techniques in my sport of fencing, which will help prevent my athletes from getting sport injuries. The friendships formed with my colleagues from all over the world have changed my life as a person and as a coach.”  

2018 ICECP Graduates
*Graduated with honors.  
Wolfgang Gruenzweig, Austria

D'Arcy Rahming Jr., Bahamas*
Farhana Halim from Bangladesh*
Dema Wangchuk, Bhutan
Amel Mekic, Bosnia Herzegovina*
Shadrack Modiakgotla, Botswana*
Diego Souto Morine, Brazil*
Fidel Mendonca, Cape Verde
Hsing-Su Yen, Chinese Taipei
German Medina, Colombia*
Nikola Vukelja, Croatia*
Jose Alberto Sanchez Valdes, Cuba
Washington Vargas, Ecuador
Shaimaa El Gammal, Egypt*
Henry Elder, Fiji
Davit Kipshidze, Georgia*
Michael Rabago, Guam*
Martina Orzan, Italy
Saidalin Yeldos, Kazakhstan
Aleksandra Tihovska, Latvia
Dhanaraj Rassiah, Malaysia*
Ismail Faruhaan, Maldives
Bryan Miranda Romero, Mexico*
Sattar Sumera, Pakistan*
Jeanne-Marie Coetzer, South Africa*

Nikita Campbell, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Thanakorn Srichaphan, Thailand
Anthony Marcano, Trinidad and Tobago

Coaches were selected in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity and the following International Federations: 
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)
International Basketball Federation (FIBA)
International Boxing Association (AIBA)

International Cycling Union (UCI)
International Fencing Federation (FIE)
International Judo Federation (IJF)
International Hockey Federation (FIH)
World Rowing Federation (FISA)
International Swimming Federation (FINA)
International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)
International Tennis Federation (ITF)
World Taekwondo (WTF)
International Volleyball Federation (FIVB)
International Weightlifting Federation (IWF)
United World Wrestling (UWW)

A program of the USOC, the University of Delaware and the IOC, the International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program aims at assisting national-level coaches in developing proficiency in the areas of sport sciences, talent identification, athlete development, safe sport, coaching education, coaching management and grassroots sport development. The intended outcome is for ICECP participants to return to their countries and serve as coaches within their respective sports, while becoming foundation builders for future coaches and athletes, and spreading Olympic spirit. For more information, visit: