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 five prestigious award categories:

National Coach of the Year
Paralympic Coach of the Year
Developmental Coach of the Year
Doc Counsilman Science Award
Coach Educator of the Year

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

2019 Coach of the Year Award Winners

To be nominated, a candidate must be a current USA Triathlon Certified Coach with candidates accomplishments from November 2018 – December 2019 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 CLOSED.  

REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH CATEGORY
National Coach of the Year
Nominee must be a coach of an elite-level club, national-level team, or coach of an elite athlete who competes at the highest level of triathlon.

Paralympic Coach of the Year
Nominee must be a coach of an elite-level club, national-level team, or coach of an elite athlete who competes at the highest level of triathlon in the Paralympic setting.

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.

Doc Counsilman Science Award
Nominee must be a coach who utilizes scientific techniques and equipment as an integral part of his/her coaching methods or has created innovative ways to use sport science. The coaches’ nomination should address the integration of sport science and impact on performance.

Coach Educator of the Year
Nominee must be a Coach Educator, ADM Sport Educator or volunteer that has made an impact in the Coaching Education space.