The skills necessary to be a sport coach have never been more highly valued around the world. All major international sporting organizations recognize the importance of quality coaches. National Olympic Committees and International Sport Federations across the globe have supported the implementation of the International Sports Coaches Framework (ISCF) developed by the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE).
Countries around the world use a variety of methods and processes to build the parallel tracks of athlete and coach development in order to bring the right athletes in contact with the right coach at the right time. It is clear from studying National Sports Development Plans and Coach Development Frameworks that all countries that have sustained success at the international level of sports have a systemic approach for providing coach education. Formal education coupled with informal experience develops a community of coaches that can provide the support necessary for athletes to pursue excellence in the international arena.
As an organizational member of ICCE, the United States Sports Academy has developed a multi-tiered International Sports Coach Development Curriculum utilizing the ICSF and best principles from high performing national federations. The curriculum is designed to provide the appropriate technical, tactical, and interpersonal knowledge at three distinct milestones on the coach development pathway and to focus on the specific context in which the coach is working.