USOC Names 2011 Coaches of the Year

Outstanding coaches take home top honors

Last week, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced the the 2011 coaches of the year. Five outstanding individuals took home honors including Olympic Coach of the Year, Paralympic Coach of the Year, Developmental Coach of the Year, Volunteer Coach of the Year and the Doc Councilman Science Award.

Rick Bower, coach of the US snowboarding half-pipe team and a strong promoter of women’s snowboarding, was named the Olympic Coach of the Year. Bower is well-known for helping Kelly Clark become the first woman to land a 1080 in competition—a feat that has had a huge impact on future of women in the sport. He follows in the footsteps of such prominent names as cycling coach Chris Carmichael and soccer coach Bob Bradley.

Dave Denniston was named Paralympic Coach of the Year for his work as US Paralympics resident swimming coach at the US Olympic Training Center and his role in leading Team USA at the Pan-Pacific Para-Swimming Championships.

Neal Henderson claimed the award for Doc Counsilman Science for his work in using scientific principles and applying them to improve cyclist’s performance. His scientific work helped lead pace team USA to a silver-medal finish at the 2011 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

Click here for the complete list of winners and more details about these outstanding coaches.