Crowley, Doane Earn Coach of the Year Awards

March 10, 2008, 12 a.m. (ET)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 10 2008) USA Triathlon is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2007 Coach of the Year awards as selected by the USAT National Coaching Committee.

Michael Doane was named National Coach of the Year and Tim Crowley was honored as Developmental Coach of the Year.

Doane and Crowley are also the USAT nominees for the United States Olympic Committee Coach of the Year awards.

National Coach of the Year – Michael Doane

The National Coach of the Year represents a coach of an elite athlete who competes at the highest level of the sport.

In 2004, Doane took over all of elite triathlete Andy Potts’ training and helped Potts progress to one of his finest ever seasons as an elite. Potts took home a gold medal from the 2007 Pan American Games, a first place finish at the 70.3 World Championships, and captured his first USAT Elite National title.

“It is validation that our hard work and results are being recognized by people in the sport,” said Doane.

Doane also works as a coach for the Colorado Springs Swim Team (CSST) and was an Assistant National Team Coach for the Beijing World Cup and presenter for USA Triathlon coach certification courses.

He is a member of USA Triathlon and the American Swimming Coaches Association.

Developmental Coach of the Year – Tim Crowley

The Development Coach of the Year goes to a coach of a youth club, high school or junior level athlete or a coach directly responsible for coaching athletes to the national or elite level.

Crowley works with athletes of all levels, including 2008 Olympic Team Member and former U23 World Champion Jarrod Shoemaker and 2007 USAT U23 National Champion and 2012 Olympic hopeful Ethan Brown.

“I have been in the sport for over 20 years, as both an athlete and a coach, so to be recognized means a lot to me,” Crowley said.

In his two decades with triathlon, Crowley has worked at the USAT Elite Development Camp, as an assistant coach for the Vortex Racing Development Team and authored articles in Triathlete, Inside Tri and on Xtri.com.

He is certified as a USA Triathlon Level III Coach, USA Cycling Elite Level Coach, USA Weightlifting Club Coach, is a member of the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has a certification in National Strength and Conditioning.

The USAT National Coaching Committee is made up of some of the finest multisport coaches in the world. They volunteer their time and knowledge for the sport, the athletes and the coaches. The mission of the NCC is to promote professionalism in multisport coaching and advise USAT staff regarding coach education.