International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program concludes U.S. modules

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program – an intensive coaching education program developed by the United States Olympic Committee, the University of Delaware and the International Olympic Committee – concluded its U.S. modules last month. Now in its fifth year, the ICECP currently includes 31 national coaches representing five continents, 31 countries 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. Thus far, the ICECP has reached 291 participants from 25 sports and 111 countries over the 10-year history of the program.

“It has been a true honor to work with the USOC and IOC Olympic Solidarity over the past 10 years,” said UD ICECP Director Dr. Matthew J Robinson, “Graduates of the ICECP program have impacted sport in a positive way and the same is expected of this year’s class.”

Held at the University of Delaware, the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and apprenticeship sites around the country, the ICECP began at UD on Sept. 16. All three U.S. modules have now concluded and the program will wrap up with the final module on May 1, 2018, in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“Through our partnership with the IOC and the University of Delaware, we have been able to have a lasting impact on the global Olympic Movement, providing resources to help countries develop and further their sport infrastructures,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “The USOC is proud to have been involved with the ICECP for the past decade, and we look forward to continuing the collaboration.”

The program – which includes four modules – consists of lectures, guest speakers, participant presentations, group work and field trips. Topics include coaching leadership principles, nutrition, physiology, sport medicine, injury management and prevention, psychology, biomechanics, training design/periodization, anti-doping, strength and conditioning, high performance planning, administration, and coaching methods.

In the first module, which began on Sept. 16 and ran through Oct. 1, participants attended lectures and presentations on a variety of coaching education and sports science topics presented by UD faculty and coaches, along with sport performance experts. 

The second module, which took place Oct. 1-8, featured a sport-specific apprenticeship that allowed participants to observe and interact with coaches from National Governing Bodies, university athletic teams or elite sport clubs in each of their respective sports. The apprenticeships took place at a total of 13 sites throughout the U.S., including Penn State University, LaSalle University, Lehigh University, Coach Al's Boxing Club, Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, Spooky Nook Sports, Jimmy Pedro’s Judo Center, Lily Yip Table Tennis Center, Powerkix USA, USTA National Campus, Georgia State University, Crossfit Rife, and Colorado Springs U.S. Olympic Training Center.

The third module was held at the OTC in Colorado Springs Oct. 8-20, and consisted of a continuation of lectures and group-work activities taught by USOC sport performance and coaching experts.In the final module, participants will travel to the IOC headquarters from April 26 to May 1, 2018, to present the projects they completed over the course of the program to the ICECP academic board. The projects will focus on improving the sport and coaching infrastructure in their home countries.

The 2017 ICECP includes coaches from Albania, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bosnia Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, Georgia, Guam, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Pakistan, South Africa, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Uzbekistan, and Zambia.


A program of the United States Olympic Committee, the University of Delaware and the International Olympic Committee, 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 grass-roots 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, click here.