THE INTERNATIONAL COACHING ENRICHMENT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM (ICECP)has been received with much enthusiasm amongst NOCs and more than 363 participating coaches representing 116 countries from all five countries and 33 sports. Celebrating the success of the past editions of the ICECP, we are looking forward to launching the thirteenth edition 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 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 program we are not only training coaches, but we are touching individuals and supporting their human development as well as developing friendships world-wide. With 87 nations having won a medal in Rio de Janeiro, this shared international partnership is one of the Olympic Movement’s greatest strengths.

Partnering with Olympic Solidarity gives us the opportunity to provide coaches with world-class training opportunities to improve their knowledge and expertise. This is of particular importance given the demands placed on coaches today. Coaches are expected to be leaders and to stay abreast of the latest technical methods of their sport, as well as incorporate within the training of their athletes the use physiology, nutrition, psychology, strength and conditioning, video technology (among others). The value of a coach with enhanced leadership skills, educated on the application of the sport sciences, and possessing the technical knowledge for their sport is of the greatest value to the development of athletes. Another important component of the ICECP program includes SafeSport awareness and abuse prevention training, to include: bullying, harassment, hazing, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual misconduct and abuse.

The ICECP will provide national level coaches with enhanced coaching and leadership skills and the latest coaching principles from national level professionals from the University of Delaware, and from USOPC coaching and performance experts. In fact, those interested in becoming familiarized with the latest information in the area of Olympic coaching education in the United States are invited to view the Olympic and Paralympic Coach magazines on the following link on our website: https://www.teamusa.org/About-the-USOPC/ Programs/Coaching-Education/Coach-E-Magazine

On behalf of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, we look forward to welcoming coaches from around the world to our Olympic and Paralympic Training Center and headquarters in Colorado Springs

Sarah Hirshland
Chief Executive Officer
U.S. Olympic Committee

Susanne Lyons
Board Chair
U.S. Olympic Committee

THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE IS THRILLED TO ONCE AGAIN PARTNER with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Olympic Solidarity to educate coaches from around the world in the thirteenth annual 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 competition. The beautiful UD campus is home to world-class sport competition and training facilities, as well as modern classrooms and labs. Our faculty in the fields of sport medicine, strength and conditioning, and sport management are outstanding scholars and teachers, and our athletic coaches and administrators are considered some of the best in the United States.

We all 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 sport and further the Olympic ideals in their own countries.



Dennis Assanis
University of Delaware