2016 Art & Science Coaching Symposium

Atlanta, Georgia

Oct. 21 - 22, 2016


The USA Triathlon Art and Science of Triathlon International Coaching Symposium will feature a dynamic lineup of international and national experts in triathlon and a keynote presentation.  Follow the event on Facebook for the latest details! 

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
100 CNN Center
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Entry Fee: USAT Certified Coaches: $595; USAT Members: $625; General Public: $655

Symposium Details
USA Triathlon Certified Coaches earn 15 CEUs for attending the entire conference and will receive a certificate of completion after the conference. The price of the Symposium is $595 which includes two lunches and snacks (Friday and Saturday) and a Friday night reception. All meals will be served at the Symposium site.

Keynote Speaker
Alison Dunlap is a two-time US Olympic Team member, having competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics as a road cyclist and the 2000 Sydney Olympics as a mountain biker. She is also the holder of thirteen US National Championships in road, MTB, and cyclocross. The pinnacle of her cycling career came on September 15, 2001 when she won the gold medal at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Vail, CO, just four days after the American tragedy of 9-11. Wearing the coveted rainbow jersey, Alison claimed the World Cup Overall Championship the following year.

In 2003, Alison founded the Alison Dunlap Adventure Camps and since retiring in 2005, she has been working full-time coaching cyclists and running skills camps and clinics. She is a USA Cycling Level I coach, a certified Professional Mountain Bike Instructor out of Whistler, BC, a Wilderness First Responder, a Colorado College graduate, and a very proud mom to her 5-yr-old son, Emmett.  Alison is a Colorado native and lives in Colorado Springs with her family.  For more information please visit www.alisondunlap.com. 

Tri-Tank Session

Based on the popular Shark Tank reality TV show, USA Triathlon is calling on all coaches attending Symposium to pitch their solution to the given case scenarios idea in hopes of generating a thought provoking discussion among the coaches in the room to learn from. 

Coaches have 15 minutes to present how they would deal with the scenario. It will then be open to the National Coaching Committee panel to pose questions of the coaches. Coaches can submit for all three scenarios, but only one person per scenario will be chosen to present.

Youth and Junior
You are currently coaching a 12 year old female athlete who has started to plateau in races despite progress in training. Her benchmark tests in practice show that she is still gradually improving but that does not translate to improvement in her race times. Despite previously finishing within the front of the pack, she is now finishing 4-6 minutes behind the leaders. She is starting to get discouraged and has been talking about quitting. What would you do to help this athlete? 

Long Course
You are currently coaching a 35 year old female athlete who suffered from severe GI distress during the run portion of her last long course race. She had raced her previous long course races with no problems. The race was hot and humid, however she had practiced her hydration and nutrition prior to the event and everything was going smoothly. What went wrong and how can you as a coach improve her performance for the next race?

Olympic Level
You are currently coaching a 26 year old male athlete that cramped up on the run portion during a world cup and couldn't finish the race. This athlete normally would push through any type of pain to finish the race, so dropping out is uncharacteristic of him.

Was it nutritional? Physiological? Physical injury? Training issue? Psychological? Illness? Was the athlete over hydrated or under hydrated, did they overdo it the day before? How do you as a coach deal with the athlete not only physically but also mentally?

Prize packages will be awarded for 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place.

Proposals must be submitted via email to Linda.Cleveland@usatriathlon.org by COB Friday, October 7, 2016:

  • Subject line of the email: 2016 Art and Science Tri Tank
  • Three coaches will be chosen by the selection committee to present their ideas at symposium to all attendees on Friday October 21 during the lunch session at 11:45am.
  • The finalists will give a verbal presentation of their idea for no more than 15 minutes. Props and power point ARE permitted.
  • Only one proposal can be submitted per company
  • Proposal must include your idea, the projected impact on athletes or the sport and how success will be measured.
You must be registered for 2016 Art and Science Coaching Symposium to be eligible to submit your proposal.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations after August 26, 2016 result in a $50 penalty
Cancellations after September 9, 2016, result in a $150 penalty
Cancellations after September 23, 2016, no refunds, no exceptions

Art & Science Cycling Jerseys

  A&S jersey

Art & Science of Triathlon Coaching Symposium cycling jerseys are currently available for purchase at a discounted price of $55 (including shipping and handling). The Squadra jersey is available in unisex sizes. Limited sizes are available. 

If interested in purchasing a jersey, please email the Coaching Specialty Manager for more details.