COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program – an intensive coaching education program developed by the United States Olympic Committee, the University of Delaware and the International Olympic Committee – concluded its U.S. modules last month. Now in its eleventh year, the ICECP currently includes 32 coaches representing five continents, 26 countries and 16 sports.

The ICECP is conducted in partnership with Olympic Solidarity, an IOC program that provides financial assistance to National Olympic Committees around the world. Thus far, the ICECP has reached 325 participants from 35 sports and 115 countries over the 11-year history of the program. This year’s ICECP class incorporates seven U.S. coaches into the program, reinforcing and celebrating knowledge exchange between the U.S. and international coaches.

“Through our partnership with the IOC and the University of Delaware, the USOC has been able to build a program focused on creating a lasting impact on the global Olympic Movement, providing resources to help countries develop and strengthen their level of coaching,” said USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland. “The USOC is proud to support the development of coaching worldwide, in order to give athletes the support needed to excel at the highest level.”

The program – which includes four modules – consists of lectures, guest speakers, participant presentations, group work and field trips. Topics include coaching leadership principles, nutrition, physiology, sport medicine, injury management and prevention, psychology, biomechanics, training design/periodization, anti-doping, strength and conditioning, high performance planning, administration, and coaching methods.

The first module, which began on Aug. 15 and ran through the end of September 2018, was delivered virtually through a partnership with the University of Delaware. The online distance-learning module consisted of lectures and on-demand coach training through programming run by the IOC Athletes Gateway and the USOC. Candidates were required to complete SafeSport training, a Sport for Life Long-Term Athlete Development course, and a personalized coach assessment conducted through a self-reflection and self-analysis exercise, to better prepare them for the personal and professional development that took place upon arriving in Colorado Springs. All online work was done “live” or “on-demand” through the virtual platform, in order to fit within any coaching schedule around the world.

“It has been a true honor to work with the USOC and IOC Olympic Solidarity over the past 11 years,” said UD ICECP Director Dr. Matthew J Robinson. “We are excited to have launched this year an online, virtual learning platform. By doing so, we have made the program more accessible to more coaches around the globe. The feedback from participants has been very positive and we remain connected with the participants during the next five months leading to the course completion in May of 2019.”

The second module was held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs from Oct. 1-20 and consisted of lectures and group-work activities on coaching leadership and practical application of coaching methodologies taught by USOC sport performance and coaching experts.

The third module, which took place Oct. 21-27, featured a sport-specific apprenticeship that allowed participants to observe and interact with coaches from National Governing Bodies, university athletic teams or elite sport clubs in each of their respective sports. The apprenticeships took place at a total of 11 sites throughout the U.S., including Penn State University, Denver University, Fencers Club, Spooky Nook Sports Field Hockey Academy, Love Gymnastics, Princeton University, Bolles School, Midwest Taekwondo, USTA National Campus, MBsand Beach Volleyball Club in Manhattan Beach and Waxman’s Weightlifting Gym.

The three U.S. modules have now concluded, and the program will wrap up with the final module on May 3, 2019, in Lausanne, Switzerland. In the final module, participants will travel to the IOC headquarters from April 28 to May 3, 2019, to present the projects they completed over the course of the program to the ICECP academic board. The projects will focus on improving the sport and coaching infrastructure in their home countries.

The 2018 ICECP includes coaches from Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Malawi, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States.


A program of the United States Olympic Committee, the University of Delaware and the International Olympic Committee, the International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program aims at empowering national level coaches with the knowledge and skills to grow as a coach and leader with the purpose to positively impact sport performance in their home countries. ICECP coaches develop proficiency in the areas of sport sciences, talent identification, athlete development, athlete safety, coaching education, coaching management and grassroots sport development. The intended outcome is for ICECP participants to return to their countries and serve as coaches within their respective sports, while becoming foundation builders for future coaches and athletes, all while spreading Olympic spirit. For more information, click here.