USATT Opens Nominations for 2018 Coach of the Year Awards

By USATT | Nov. 06, 2018, 2:18 a.m. (ET)

Call for Nominations - Annual USATT Coach of the Year Awards

USA Table Tennis is soliciting nominations from our membership, as well as by members of the High Performance Committee, Athletes Advisory Council or Coaching Committee, for the five categories (nomination forms linked to each below Word document form available on request):


National Coach of the Year
Mark Nordby Developmental Coach of the Year
Volunteer Coach of the Year
Paralympic Coach of the Year
Doc Counsilman (Technology) Coach of the Year

Nominations must be received by the close of business at USATT Headquarters on January 1, 2019. The Selection Committee will review nominations and select one (1) Coach of the Year in each category for which nominations were received.
Email, mail, or fax nominations to:

Joerg Bitzigeio
High Performance Director
USA Table Tennis
4065 Sinton Road, Suite 120
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Telephone 719-453-6452
joerg.bitzigeio@usatt.org
*FAX 719-632-6071

*NOTE – if you submit your nomination(s) by fax, please call 719-866-4583 to confirm that your fax was received and not lost due to some technical difficulty. 

Here's a listing of past winners. Thanks in advance to all those who take the opportunity to nominate a deserving coach for USA Table Tennis!

You can find the Coach of the Year Guidelines here.

The Selection Committee for the 2018 Coaches of the Year will be:

  • Joerg Bitzigeio, USATT High Performance Director

  • Carl Danner, Chair, USATT High Performance Committee

  • Larry Hodges, Chair, USATT Coaching Committee

  • Tara Profitt, Chair, Athletes Advisory Council

Below are the specific criteria for selection in each category:

  • A National Coach of the Year nominee is a coach of an Elite Level Club, Collegiate, Pan-Am, World Championship or Olympic Games coach or the coach of an elite athlete who competes at the highest level of your sport. The nominee must currently be coaching or within their first year of retirement.

  • A Mark Nordby Developmental Coach of the Year nominee is coach of a youth club, school, or junior-level coach, or a coach directly responsible for coaching athletes to the junior and/or elite level. The nominee must currently be coaching or within their first year of retirement. The developmental coaches’ applications should address the following areas: record/performance or athletes; service to their sport; coaching character; honors they receive as a coach; service to their community; honors/recognition of their athletes.

  • A Volunteer Coach of the Year nominee is a coach who does not receive payment in any form for their involvement in coaching. The nominee must be actively coaching athletes or within their first year of retirement. The volunteer coaches’ applications should address service to their sport, service to their community, coaching character, record/performance of their athletes, honors/recognition of their athletes, and honors they receive as a coach.

  • A National Paralympic Coach of the Year nominee is a coach of an Elite Level Club, Collegiate, Para Pan-Am, World Championship or Paralympic Games coach or the coach of an elite athlete who competes at the highest level of your sport. The nominee must currently be coaching or within their first year of retirement.

  • The “Doc” Counsilman Award is for a coach that utilizes scientific techniques/equipment as an integral part of his/her coaching methods, or has created innovative ways to use sport science which includes, biomechanics, nutrition, psychology, technology, strength and conditioning, and exercise physiology. The coaches’ applications should address the integration of sport science, impact on performance, honors they receive as a coach, and contribution to the sport.