Welcome to the Virtual ICECP

THE INTERNATIONAL COACHING ENRICHMENT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM (ICECP) has been received with much enthusiasm amongst NOCs and more than 410 participating coaches representing 121 countries from all five continents and 35 sports. In a time when the entire world has been thrust into a recalibration of how we do things, we have taken this opportunity to re-conceptualize the delivery and structure of the ICECP utilizing virtual technology, and expanded the program reach to a wider world-wide coaching audience. Celebrating the success of the past editions of the ICECP, we are looking forward to launching an ICECP Virtual class this fall in partnership with Olympic Solidarity and the University of Delaware.

While the United States has a long history of serving and supporting the Olympic Movement, we have made a renewed commitment to sharing our knowledge and resources, expanding our international partnerships, and extending a welcoming hand to the world. We are honored to be able to be involved with a
program that contributes to the Olympic Movement’s greatest asset—its human capital. Through the ICECP, we aim to raise up coaches to be leaders and support their professional development while fostering a fruitful exchange of experiences and lifelong international friendships. Moreover, by investing in coaches we are in turn contributing to the development of athletes since great coaching is widely recognized as being one of the most significant factors leading to athlete success. With 87 nations having won a medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, this shared international partnership is one of the Olympic Movement’s greatest strengths.

Partnering with Olympic Solidarity gives us the opportunity to expand our world-class training opportunities and expertise to coaches from around the world. This is of particular importance given the demands placed on coaches. Coaches are expected to be exemplary leaders; stay abreast of the latest technological advancements in their sport as well as to incorporate the use of physiology, nutrition, psychology, strength and conditioning, video technology (among others) within the training of their athletes. It is also essential that coaches be educated on athlete SafeSport and abuse prevention, to include: bullying, harassment, hazing, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual misconduct and abuse. The ICECP is taught by Team USA’s Sport Performance and University of Delaware experts, as well as other leading international professionals in their respective fields. The virtual content is delivered through a user-friendly interface accessible via a mobile phone application or online. Participants who fulfill the requirements will receive an ICECP certificate from the University of Delaware.

On behalf of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, we are excited for the opportunity to continue to partner with Olympic Solidarity and the University of Delaware to offer coaches with world-class training and educational opportunities to improve their knowledge and expertise.

Sarah Hirshland
Chief Executive Officer
U.S. Olympic Committee

Gne Sykes
Board Chair
U.S. Olympic Committee

THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE IS THRILLED TO ONCE AGAIN PARTNER with the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and Olympic Solidarity to educate coaches from around the world through the virtual International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program (ICECP). The University shares the high ideals of the Olympic Movement and is pleased to offer this comprehensive and in-depth course of study. Since launching the nation’s first study-abroad program nearly a century ago, UD has been a leader in promoting global education and cooperation. We also have a long and proud tradition in intercollegiate athletics and in training elite athletes for international competitions. We look forward to sharing our knowledge with the ICECP coaches and learning from them, as well. We hope coaches will use the experience and knowledge gained through this excellent program to grow the sport and further the Olympic ideals in their own countries.

Dennis Assanis
University of Delaware