Chris Needham completes the International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program

May 13, 2019, 4:31 p.m. (ET)

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program honored its class of 2019 in a ceremony, held May 2 at the Association of National Olympic Committee's headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The intensive coaching education program, developed by the United States Olympic Committee, the University of Delaware and the International Olympic Committee, included 27 coaches representing five continents, 26 nations and 14 sports.

“Congratulations to the ICECP graduating class of 2019,” said USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland. “It is vitally important that athletes have access to coaches of the highest quality in order to realize their full potential on and off the field of play. The USOC is proud to celebrate the 11th anniversary of a program that elevates the standard of coaching globally.”

US Speedskating Talent Development Coordinator Chris Needham was accepted into the program with the goal of creating a long term athlete development (LTAD) model for US Speedskating. Over the course of the program he received specific training and mentoring from experts in the field of LTAD, including Richard Way, CEO of Sport for Life and Ken Martel, Technical Director of USA Hockey’s American Development Model. The US Speedskating American Development Model (ADM) will be introduced at the USS Congress on June 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“This was a life changing experience for me. Working and learning with coaches from around the world offered new perspective to problems that we all face in sport," Needham said. "The framework we designed will serve as a great way to centralize the incredible work so many of our clubs, coaches and athletes are already doing, in a scientifically-based model to help ensure the success and well-being of our members for years to come.”