DURHAM, N.C. – Mike Krzyzewski was tabbed as one of four finalist for Olympic Coach of the Year as announced by the United States Olympic Committee Friday. The USOC also unveiled its finalists for Paralympic Coach of the Year, Developmental Coach of the Year, Volunteer Coach of the Year and the Doc Councilman Science Award.
Krzyzewski led the 2012 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team to an 8-0 record en route to the gold medal at the London Olympic Games. With the win, he became the second coach in USA Basketball men’s history to earn consecutive Olympic golds, and the only U.S. coach to have led teams to Olympic, FIBA World Championship and NCAA titles. Under his direction, the 2012 squad averaged 115.5 points per game and had an average margin of victory of 32.1 ppg., while setting five U.S. records and six U.S. single-game records. The win improved Krzyzewski’s overall mark to 62-1 in major international competitions since 2006.
All five award recipients will be announced during an awards dinner on Friday, June 21, at the conclusion of the 2013 National Coaching Conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo.
U.S. Olympic and Pan American sports organizations selected their 2012 Coaches of the Year as part of the USOC Coach of the Year Recognition Program. The finalists in each category were chosen by a panel of coaching and sport education professionals, and must be actively coaching or within one year of retirement to be eligible for the award. Information on all 2012 finalists can be found below.
Olympic Coach of the Year finalists
The Olympic Coach of the Year is presented to a coach of an elite-level club, collegiate or national-level team, or the coach of an elite athlete who competes at the highest level of his/her sport.
Adam Krikorian – Water Polo
Mike Krzyzewski - Basketball
Adam Soldati – Diving
Chip White – Skiing
Paralympic Coach of the Year finalists
The Paralympic Coach of the Year is presented to a coach of an elite-level club, collegiate or national-level team, or the coach of an elite athlete who competes at the highest level of his/her sport.
Tom Franke – Swimming
Jason Harnett – Tennis
Ed Liddie – Judo
Developmental Coach of the Year finalists
The Developmental Coach of the Year is presented to a coach 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.
Stefan Feth – Table Tennis
Michael Nyitray – Bowling
Shannon Pohl – Badminton
Volunteer Coach of the Year finalists
The Volunteer Coach of the Year is presented to a coach who does not receive payment in any form for his/her involvement in coaching at any level.
Geoff Griffin – Tennis
Tommy Hood – Karate
Don Showalter – Basketball
Doc Counsilman Science Award finalists
The Doc Counsilman Science Award recognizes 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.
Kathryn Arbour – Figure Skating
Doug Eng – Tennis
Meredith Miller – Taekwondo
2013 National Coaching Conference
The 2013 National Coaching Conference will take place in Colorado Springs, Colo., from June 19-21. Coaches, educators, organizations and sport science professionals from around the country will gather at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel to share research and new ideas. The theme of the 2013 conference is “Quality Coaches, Quality Sport.”
Presiding as the keynote speakers for this year’s event are Dr. Wade Gilbert, professor and researcher at California State University, Fresno; Dr. Bob Murray, founder and principal of Sports Science Insights LLC; and Duke's Drew Johansen, London 2012 Olympic medal-winning U.S. National Diving Team coach; along with Duke's Olympic medal winning divers Abby Johnston and Nick McCrory. Complete information on the conference can be found here.
Hosted by the USOC in association with the NCAA, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and National Association for Sport and Physical Education, the annual conference focuses on enhancing coaching knowledge and disseminating the latest research, trends and innovations in order to develop beginner to elite athletes for optimum performance. USOC, National Governing Body, university and sport professionals will be presenting on topics based on the National Standards for Sport Coaches.