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2014 USATF/IAAF Academy for Endurance

December 29, 2013 - January 4, 2014
USOC Olympic Training Center - Chula Vista, California

Tuition Only - $675
Tuition and Shared Room & Board - $1,275
Tuition and Single Room & Board - $1,555

Offering: Participants in the USATF/IAAF Academy will receive an Academy diploma and Level 3 certification upon successful completion of the course. The IAAF Academy Diploma for an Elite Coach is the highest recognized achievement awarded through the IAAF Coaches Education and Certification System (CECS). It is recognized around the world and indicates that a coach is not only highly experienced but has the knowledge to coach or instruct at the highest international levels of the track & field profession. In addition to the IAAF Diploma, all USATF Level 2 coaches who complete the course will receive a Level 3 certification in their selected event.

CEU or graduate credit is available upon request from Indiana University.


  • Dr. Joe Vigil - World renowned coach and educator for over 50 years. Noted lecturer and author on distance training, 800m- marathon, Podium Level coach who has been on two Olympic staffs.  USATF Coaching Education Program’s Original Developer.
  • Dr. Robert Chapman - USATF Associate Director of Sport Science; Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Indiana University
  • Dr. Randy Wilber - Lead Exercise Physiologist for USOC. Noted authority on Marathon Training.
  • Dr. Ian Hunter - USATF lead sport scientist for biomechanics analysis of distance events, especially the steeplechase
  • Dr. Will Wu - USATF Motor Learning sport scientist, Professor at Cal State University, Long Beach.
  • Malek El Hebil - IAAF Director of Member Services and noted distance coach from the Middle East.
  • Gunter Lange - IAAF Lead Lecturer and noted German distance coach.
  • Joaquim Cruz - USOC Olympic Training Center resident middle distance coach and Gold medalist in the 800m.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Coaches living in the United States must have successfully completed the USATF Level 2 Course in Endurance.
  2. International coaches must have successfully completed the IAAF Coaches Education and Certification System (CECS) Level IV in Endurance. They must also secure an endorsement from their National Federation, and have letters of recommendation from the Federation and the IAAF RDC submitted with application. Canadian coaches who have completed the Canada Athletics coach certification of Level 3 in the old NCCP or Competition Development Trained in the New NCCP should submit a letter of recommendation from Donna Harris, Director of Coach Development, Canada Athletics.
  3. Coaches should have coached athletes at a championship level either interscholastic, college, or professional and will be given priority for acceptance with a timely application.
  4. All coaches must be actively coaching track & field or have a proven record of a minimum of 8 years of coaching experience which must be detailed on their resume.

Applications: Applications should be submitted by Friday, November 15, 2013  to Terry Crawford, USATF Director of Coaching ( Candidates will be notified of their status within five (5) business days of receiving the application. The USATF/IAAF Academy course is designed to be a small classroom environment (40 enrollees per event) with limited enrollment.Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Payment:  Once notified of acceptance an online payment link will be sent to the applicant. Online payment  must be completed within 3 days of acceptance to secure spot in the Academy.  No spot is guaranteed until payment is received.

Schedule: The Academy will open Sunday, December 29, 2013, with registration from 3-5 pm.  The opening session will begin at 5:30pm. The Academy will end on Saturday, January 4, 2014 after the closing Gala. Check-out is scheduled for Sunday, January 5, 2014, no later than 11:00am. The daily schedule will include an interactive format of classroom lecture, practicum experience on the track with biomechanical analysis, and sport science laboratory experience. A detailed schedule will be posted a few weeks prior to the course.

Course Requirements: The Academy contains 55 hours of contact time in classroom lectures, laboratory practicum, and demonstrations. Three individual projects are required by each student for completion of the course. The course projects are valued at 100 points, and the student must receive a grade of 70 points to pass the course and earn an IAAF Elite coach Diploma and the USATF Level 3 Certification for Endurance.

Student Projects:

  1. Poster built by student with directions from the lecturers to illustrate a disciplinary study for a track and field project. Students may use computer, drawings, etc. Each student will be provided with a 24”X 24” poster sheet. Poster is due the third day of classes. Students should bring their own supplies: markers, crayons, pencils, etc.
  2.  On site, Individual presentation of the outline of a interdisciplinary project to be implemented over the next six months in the student’s home location.
  3. Interdisciplinary project, due August 1, 2014. Project should apply the elements of methodology and pedagogy learned in the Academy lectures and include an interdisciplinary approach in utilizing all high performance resources if applicable to the selected project.

Transportation: Transportation to the Academy is the responsibility of the participants. Participants flying into San Diego may schedule pickup and transport to the USOC Olympic Training Center (OTC) by submitting their flight schedule by December 1, 2013 to Terry Crawford via email. Free parking is available at the OTC for participants who have cars.

Housing: Housing includes all meals at the OTC dining hall. Participants purchasing tuition only can buy the meal package for the week for $210.

Grants: The USATF Coaches Advisory Committee will award three grants for tuition, room and board.

Click here to apply for the Academy Grant.

Click on application link below and submit with resume to Terry Crawford, Director of Coaching: . The application deadline is: November 15, 2013. The Academy is expected to reach capacity, so it is important to apply early!

The Academy has reached capacity and the application is now closed.

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