USA Triathlon Coach of the Year Awards

Each year, USA Triathlon recognizes the best in coaching as part of the USA Triathlon Coach of the Year program. The USA Triathlon Coach of the Year Awards are your chance to say thank you and recognize someone who helped you achieve your goal, learn something new, or become the person you want to be through triathlon. Candidates are selected in 8 prestigious award categories:

Olympic Coach of the Year

Paralympic Coach of the Year

Developmental Coach of the Year

Volunteer Coach of the Year

Community Impact Award

Service Provider of the Year

NCAA Coach of the Year

Coach Educator of the Year


Category winners are determined by a USA Triathlon selection panel of coaching and sport education professionals. 

2020 Coach of the Year Award Winners

To be nominated, a candidate must be a current USA Triathlon Certified Coach with candidates accomplishments from November 2019 – December 2020 taken into consideration. Winners are selected based on their honors/recognition, performance of the athletes they coach, as well as service to the sport, athlete testimony and coaching character. Read more about each of the 2019 Coach of the Year Winners here

National Coach of the Year
Ian O’Brien

Paralympic Coach of the Year
Wesley Johnson

Developmental Coach of the Year
Christine Palmquist

Coach Educator of the Year
Graham Wilson

Coach of the Year Nominations

Nomination submission is currently OPEN. Please submit nominations via this survey.

REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH CATEGORY

1) Olympic Coach of the Year

Nominee must be a coach of a national-level team, or the coach of an elite athlete who competes at the highest level of his/her sport.

What are we looking for?

-Examples of performance highlights, significant or historic achievements, win-loss record, awards received, etc.

-Examples of national or international achievements by the athletes being coached

-Examples of how the coach has positively impacted athletes, colleagues, NGB staff, parents, other coaches


2) Paralympic Coach of the Year

Nominee must be a coach of a national-level team, or the coach of an elite athlete who competes at the highest level of his/her sport.

What are we looking for?

-Evidence of performance highlights, significant or historic achievements, win-loss record, awards received, etc.

-Examples of national or international achievements by the athletes being coached

-Examples of how the coach has positively impacted athletes, colleagues, NGB staff, parents, other coaches

-Examples of creativity and innovation in continued support of athletes through the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e. significant projects implemented, creative adaptations to coaching, digital transformation, social innovation, entrepreneurship, etc.)


3) Developmental Coach of the Year

Nominee must be coaching at the youth club, high school or junior level, or a coach who is directly responsible for training athletes to reach the junior and/or elite level.

What are we looking for?

-Examples of how the coach provides developmentally appropriate skills and drills, and supports development of basic skills for young athletes through fun and engagement

-Examples of how the coach has impacted or supported holistic athlete development (i.e. personal and social development, health and wellbeing and educational attainment) -Evidence of performance highlights, significant or historic achievements, win-loss record, awards received, etc.

-Examples of creativity and innovation in continued support of athletes through the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e. significant projects implemented, creative adaptations to coaching, digital transformation, social innovation, entrepreneurship, etc.)


4) Volunteer Coach of the Year

Nominee must be a coach who does not receive payment in any form for his/her involvement in coaching at any level.

What are we looking for?

-Examples of the impact the coach has had on widening access to the sport through coaching, community and parent engagement

-Examples of how the coach provides developmentally appropriate skills and drills, and brings FUN to the sport

-Examples of creativity and innovation in continued support of athletes through the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e. significant projects implemented, creative adaptations to coaching, digital transformation, social innovation, entrepreneurship, etc.)


5) College Coach of the Year

Nominee must be a coach at the NCAA level.

What are we looking for?

-Evidence of performance highlights, significant or historic achievements, win-loss record, awards received, etc.

-Examples of national achievements by the athletes/teams being coached

-Examples of how the coach has positively impacted athletes, colleagues, staff, parents, other coaches

-Examples of creativity and innovation in continued support of athletes through the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e. significant projects implemented, creative adaptations to coaching, digital transformation, social innovation, entrepreneurship, etc.)


6) Service Provider of the Year

Nominee must be an NGB/HPMO affiliated service provider such as a strength and conditioning coach, physical therapist, sport psychologist, dietician, or other that has made an impact in your NGB.

What are we looking for?

-Examples of activities or accomplishments that have brought distinction to the NGB (i.e. performance highlights, significant or historic achievements, award received, etc.)

-Examples of positive impact to wellbeing or performance of athletes

-Examples of creativity and innovation in continued support of athletes through the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e. significant projects implemented, creative adaptations to coaching, digital transformation, social innovation, entrepreneurship, etc.)


7) Coach Educator of the Year

Nominee must be a Coach Educator or ADM Sport Educator that has made an impact in the Coaching Education space. **Nominations for other NGBs/HPMOs, your own NGB/HPMO staff, and self-nominations will be accepted for this award.

What are we looking for?

-Examples of developing and delivering quality coaching structures, qualifications, and education programs for coaches in the sport

-Examples of activities or accomplishments that have brought distinction to the NGB (i.e. performance highlights, significant or historic achievements, awards received, continued education, etc.)

-Examples of creativity and innovation in continued support of athletes and coaches through the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e. significant projects implemented, creative adaptations to coaching education, digital transformation, social innovation, entrepreneurship, etc.)


8) Community Impact Award

Nominee must be a coach who has demonstrated significant impact in their community and epitomizes the USA Triathlon mission of growing and inspiring the triathlon community.

What are we looking for?

-Examples of how this coach has impacted their community? What did they do? Who did they impact?

-Examples of how the coach lives out the USA Triathlon mission of growing and inspiring the triathlon community.