A Message From USOC CEO Scott Blackmun
27 June, 2010
Dear Stephanie and Doug,
On behalf of the U.S. Olympic Committee, I wanted to express my encouragement to USA Track & Field as you begin implementation of your Registered Coach program.
As you know, the USOC is reviewing policies and procedures for athlete protection among all NGBs, including the screening of coaches and others who directly interact with athletes. We whole heartedly support measures such as USATF’s Coaches Registry, which lend legitimacy to coaches in good standing while also potentially protecting athletes from individuals with ill-intentions.
Coaches are a critical resource to the Olympic Movement, and needless to say, most conduct themselves in a professional manner and look to serve the interests of their athletes. The USOC will assist and support you in any way we can as your program expands and matures.