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The 28 new graduates of the International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program (ICECP) at their graduation ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland, on April 30.

World-class coaches

28 graduate from International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program


11:33 a.m., May 8, 2012--The International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program (ICECP) welcomed 28 members to its class of 2012 in Lausanne, Switzerland, on April 30. The fourth edition of the ICECP—a collaborative effort of the University of Delaware, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), and the International Olympic Committee (IOC)—included coaches from 5 continents, 28 countries and 10 sports.

The ICECP is conducted in partnership with Olympic Solidarity, an IOC program that provides financial assistance to National Olympic Committees around the world. The world-class coaching education program consists of lectures, participant presentations, group work and field trips spread over four modules, including an apprenticeship with a U.S. national or college team. 

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“The ICECP is a special program that helps share best practices and promotes collaboration,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “The worldwide development of sport is a major focus of the entire Olympic Movement, and we're honored to be part of this global program.”

The first three modules took place in the United States last fall, while the fourth just wrapped up overseas. As a part of the final module, participants presented their projects to the ICECP Academic Board at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, then took part in a formal graduation ceremony that featured IOC Sports Director Christophe Dubi as the keynote speaker. All 28 graduates were on hand to receive their diplomas. 

“This year’s candidates demonstrated the potential and ability to impact sport in their country and to promote the Olympic vision of making the world a better place through sport,” said Matthew Robinson, director of the ICECP and professor of sport management at the University of Delaware. “It was an honor to work with them, and we greatly appreciate the support of Olympic Solidarity, the National Olympic Committees of the candidates’ countries and the International Federations.”

The class of 2012 includes coaches from American Samoa, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Chinese Taipei, Cook Islands, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, Guam, Japan, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Micronesia, Namibia, Pakistan, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Tanzania.

“The application and outcomes of this program are truly world-class, and I know it will only continue to grow,” said Elroy Agard, a participant from Barbados. “The relationships and partnerships formed here will change the world and bring us all closer. This program is truly the Olympic goals and values in action.”

For more information visit the ICECP website.


A program of the United States Olympic Committee, the University of Delaware and the International Olympic Committee, the International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program aims to assist national-level coaches in developing proficiency in the areas of sport sciences, talent identification, athlete development, safe sport, coaching education, coaching management and grass-roots 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 and spreading the Olympic spirit.

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