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2017 Coaching Enhancement Grants

USATF is pleased to offer the following grants for the 2017 year to assist coaches in opportunities to enhance their professional growth. An application within the stated timeline is required of interested candidates and should be emailed to Terry Crawford, Director of Coaching, All applications will be forwarded to the Grants Sub-Committee of Coaches Advisory Committee, Chair-Carla Coffey. Selection and notification to recipients will be made within 10 days of the event’s application deadline.

1. National Championships Mentorship Grant
    Location: Sacramento, California
    Date: June 22-25, 2017
    Application Deadline: May 14, 2017

This unique mentorship program will provide an up close and personal experience of the strategies, meet prep, mental preparation and” in the moment” coaching for an emerging elite coach in a chosen event. The grant recipient will shadow one of the USATF’s Master coaches through the rounds and final of a chosen event. A Group administrator will lead rap sessions after each round to discuss the grant recipients’ experiences. 

Grant: Six (6) $900 grants are available towards travel expenses. Coaching Credential to be included. The grant recipient may use funds for any travel expense and receipts must be submitted to Terry Crawford,, within 30 days of the event for reimbursement.


  • A coach cannot have an athlete competing during the designated dates of the Mentorship.
  • A current coach who is either a head High School Coach for 8 years or a college assistant or head coach for minimum of 5 years.
  • Has coached an athlete at the Junior or Senior USATF Outdoor Championships in the last five years or coached a high school athlete at the State Championships.
  • USATF Level 2 Coaching Education certificate in any of the event disciplines.
  • Member of the USATF Coaches Registry
  • Two paragraph position statement on the value of attending the mentorship, submitted with application.


2. Master Coach Fall Mentorship
    Location: Chula Vista Olympic Training Center or a designated High Performance Training Center where a Master coach is in residence.
    Date: Fall Training season, October – December 2017
    Application Deadline: July 31, 2017

Grant: Four (4) emerging elite coaches will be awarded up to $800 towards expenses to visit on location a Master Coach to observe for 3 days of “on the field” routine as Fall training begins for the elite athlete. Locations to be selected: Chula Vista OTC; Los Angeles, California, Bradenton, Florida, Manhattan, Kansas, Eugene, Oregon. Applicants can request a Master Coach who must be approved by the Chair of the Coaches Advisory Committee.


  • Member of the USATF Coaches Registry
  • Level 2 Coaching Education Certificate in event being requested
  • Current high school, college, or professional elite coach
  • Application to include a brief statement of how you can use the information
  • Complete coaching resume submitted at time of application


3. Podium Education Project
    Location: TBA
    Date: TBA
    Application Deadline: TBA

The National Podium Education Project (PEP) offers cutting edge research and training methods to impact the athletic performance for aspiring world class athletes. The high performance seminar is designed to assist with the development of athletes at the elite level and offers any coach in attendance necessary information in advancing their training protocols. Detailed information and topics can be found in the special programs section of

Grant: Eight (8) $500 grants towards travel expenses.


  • Member of the USATF Coaches Registry
  • Level 2 Coaching Education certificate
  • Current Coach at high school or college, professional level.
  • Application that includes a half page philosophical statement on career goals

4. Minority Female Coaching Grants: USATF offers grant support to qualified minority, female coaches to cover tuition, room and board for USATF LEVEL 1, LEVEL 2, or Level 3/IAAF Academy Coaching Schools. Application and grant details for each school available hereAll 2017 Minority Female Grant funds for Level 1 and Level 2 have been awarded.

5. USATF/IAAF Academy Course: Sprints/Hurdles/Relays or Youth Specialization
    Location: IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL
    Date: December 3-9, 2017
    Grants: Three (3) $1620 grants towards tuition, academy expenses. All expenses must be receipted and submitted within 30 days of completion of Academy for reimbursement.
    Application Deadline: October 1, 2017 - All 2017 USATF/IAAF Academy grant funds have been awarded.

The USATF/IAAF Academy is a high performance course which earns a coach a USATF Level 3 Certificate and an IAAF Academy diploma in a specific event. An international faculty presents over 51 hours of lectures and laboratory sessions.


  • Current member of the Coaches Registry
  • Coaching resume submitted at time of application
  • Minimal of 10 years of coaching as a full time head or assistant coach in an interscholastic, collegiate, or elite athlete club
  • USATF Level 2 certificate in selected event
  • Worked with athlete who has competed in USATF Junior or Senior Championships

6. NACACTFCA Congress
    Location: San Salvador, El Salvador (in conjunction with the NACAC under 23 Championships)
    Date: TBA
    Time: TBA
    Application Deadline: TBA

The NACACTFCA Congress will feature topics from a group of internationally renowned coaches and sport scientists. The two day conference offers additional opportunities to network with international coaches from the NACAC region. Victor Lopez, President of NACAC, directs the conference with assistance from Richie Mercado, Contact Richie for details on the 2017 Conference.

Grant: Three (3) $800 grants will be awarded for travel expenses/fees to the Congress. All reimbursements must be submitted with hard copy receipts. For all details for the Congress:, contact: Richie Mercado,


  • Member of the Coaches Registry
  • Level 2 Coaching Education Certification
  • Current scholastic or college coach, or elite professional coach
  • Application that includes a half page philosophical statement on career goals

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