U.S. Olympic Committee announces 2012 Coaches of the Year
USOC Communications
June 21, 2013 10:00 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2013
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Doug Eng (tennis; Medford, Mass.), Tom Franke (Paralympic swimming; Plymouth, Minn.), Adam Krikorian (water polo; Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Michael Nyitray (bowling; Miami, Fla.) and Don Showalter (basketball; Iowa City, Iowa) were selected as the recipients of the 2012 United States Olympic Committee Coach of the Year honors. The winners were recognized at the USOC Coach of the Year Awards Reception, which took place this evening as part of the 2013 National Coaching Conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Eng took home the Doc Councilman Science Award, while Nyitray was named Developmental Coach of the Year. Meanwhile, Showalter was awarded Volunteer Coach of the Year, Franke was recognized as the Paralympic National Coach of the Year and Krikorian was named the National Coach of the Year.

“We are honored to recognize the tireless service and achievements of these five coaches, who have dedicated their lives to helping countless athletes reach their highest athletic and personal potential,” said Alan Ashley, USOC chief of sport performance.

National Governing Bodies selected their 2012 Coaches of the Year as part of the USOC Coach of the Year Recognition Program. The finalists in each category were chosen by a panel of coaching and sport education professionals.

The awards reception concluded the 2013 National Coaching Conference, held June 19-21. Hosted by the USOC in association with the NCAA, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), the annual conference focuses on enhancing coaching knowledge and disseminating the latest research, trends and innovations in order to develop beginner to elite athletes for optimum performance.

National Coach of the Year – Adam Krikorian
Since taking over the reins of the U.S. Women’s National Water Polo Team in March 2009, Krikorian has been nearly perfect, leading the U.S. to a world championship, world cup and Pan American Games title – and most recently, capturing the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The historic performance in London marked the program’s seventh world title in the last four years and the first Olympic gold for the women's team, which finished the 2012 season with a 34-4-1 record. Additionally, Krikorian added his fourth straight International Swimming Federation (FINA) World League title last summer. For his efforts, he was recognized with the Sandy Nitta Distinguished Women’s Coaching Award, which is
presented annually in honor of the top-performance by a coach of an elite women’s program.

Paralympic National Coach of the Year – Tom Franke
As one of two head swimming coaches for the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team, Franke helped direct Team USA to 41 meals – the most of any sport – at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. In addition to serving as co-head coach, Franke also individually coached Team USA’s three captains, who all medaled in London. Anna Eames earned silver, Cortney Jordan captured three silvers and one bronze, and Justin Zook won gold and set the world record in the men’s 100-meter backstroke (S10 classification). For his incredible impact in London, Franke was awarded six Order of Ikkos medals by Paralympic athletes. He continues to promote Paralympic swimming through by assisting with military camps for injured service members. 
 
Developmental Coach of the Year – Michael Nyitray
Nyitray was selected as a guest coach for the 2012 Tournament of the Americas, where he helped pilot Team USA to 51 medals. Additionally, he led athletes to titles at the 2012 World Youth Championships, Florida State United States Bowling Congress Tournament and Florida High School Athletic Association State Championships. Under his direction, four new high school programs registered with the FHSAA in 2012, helping Broward County High School bowling gain league recognition by the USBC. In addition, he launched a BCHS league website, created the Home School Bowlers junior-level program and organized the annual Broward/Dade High School Bowling Invitational to celebrate top junior bowlers in South Florida. Nyitray also founded the nonprofit U.S. High School Bowling Foundation and volunteered more than 1,000 hours toward the advancement of youth bowling in 2012.This is the second USOC Coach of the Year award for Nyitray, who was also recognized in the developmental category in 2010. 

Volunteer Coach of the Year – Don Showalter
In his fourth year at the helm of the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team, Showalter led the U.S. to the gold medal on the strength of an 8-0 record at the 2012 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) U17 World Championship. The win marked the fourth gold medal in as many summers for Showalter, who also led the U.S. to an undefeated run for the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship title. For his efforts in 2012, Showalter earned his fourth-straight USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year award. One of the nation’s most accomplished high school coaches, Showalter completed his 38th season with a 562-294 overall record (.657 winning percentage) and 16 district titles through the 2011-12 campaign. The following season, he took over as head coach at Iowa City High School, where he is currently rebuilding the program.
Doc Counsilman Science Award – Doug Eng
Eng adapted a mental training manual for young athletes, which compliments the training course he created for the Professional Tennis Registry. His curriculum has played a critical role in developing athletes at the grassroots level by making basic performance intervention techniques and sport science more appealing to younger athletes. His work has greatly impacted the U.S. Tennis Association and the PTR. A regular contributor to the U.S. Professional Tennis Association magazine, Eng provides a comprehensive approach to sport science and performance at all levels of competition. His philosophy is rooted in feedback from athletes and coaches, which he applies to improve training techniques and reduce injuries through research and collaboration.

All-Time USOC Coach of the Year Award Recipients

National Coach of the Year
The National Coach of the Year is presented to a coach of an elite-level club, collegiate or national-level team, or the coach of an elite athlete who competes at the highest level of his/her sport.

1996           Tara VanDerveer, U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Coach
1997           Frank Carroll, Olympic Figure Skating Coach, Coach of Michelle Kwan
1998           Ben Smith, U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Coach
1999           Chris Carmichael, Cycling Coach, Coach of Lance Armstrong
2000           Richard Quick, U.S. Olympic Women’s Swimming Coach
2001-02       Pete del’Giudice, U.S. Snowboarding Coach
2003           Lloyd Woodhouse, USA Shooting National Team Coach
2004           Mike Candrea, USA Softball Women’s National Team Coach
2005           Eddie Reese, USA Swimming Men’s National Team Coach
2006           Bud Keene, U.S. Snowboarding Coach
2007           Guy Baker, USA Water Polo National Team Coach
2008           Hugh McCutcheon, USA Men’s Volleyball National Team Coach
2009           Bob Bradley, U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team Coach
2010           Brian Shimer, U.S. Men’s Bobsled Head Coach
2011           Rick Bower, U.S. Snowboarding Halfpipe Coach
2012           Adam Krikorian, U.S. Women’s National Water Polo Team Coach
 
Paralympic National Coach of the Year
The Paralympic National Coach of the Year is presented to a coach of an elite-level club, collegiate or national-level team, or the coach of an elite athlete who competes at the highest level of his/her sport.

2004           Mike Hulett, USA Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team Coach
2005           Randi Smith, U.S. Paralympic Archery Team Head Coach
2006           Julie O’Neill, U.S. Paralympic Swim Team Head Coach
2007           Adam Bleakney, U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Track Coach
2008           Ken Armbruster, U.S. Paralympic Women’s Goalball Head Coach
2009           Scott Moore, Denver Judo Coach
2010           Ray Watkins, 2010 U.S. Paralympic Alpine Ski Team
2011           Dave Denniston, U.S. Paralympic Swimming Head Coach
2012           Tom Franke, U.S. Paralympic Swimming Head Coach
 
Developmental Coach of the Year
The Developmental Coach of the Year is presented to a coach at the youth club, high school or junior level, or a coach who is directly responsible for training athletes to reach the junior and/or elite level.

1996           Jeff Shaffer, University of Southern California
1997           Dianne Holum, Speedskating
1998           Mike Stafford, Millvale Golden Gloves Gym (Cincinnati)
1999           Tom Healy, Northbrook (Ill.) Speedskating Club
2000           Fred Zimny, Luge (Lake Placid, N.Y.)
2001-02       Mike Eaves, U.S. National Under-18 Hockey Team
2003           Bob Fraley, Fresno State (Calif.) University Track & Field
2004           Dwayne Miller, Norfolk (Va.) Real Deal Track Club
2005           Tammy Gambill, U.S. Figure Skating
2006           Mark Mitchell and Peter Johansson, U.S. Figure Skating
2007           Paul Yetter, USA Swimming
2008           Rajul Sheth, Table Tennis (Milpitas, Calif.)
2009           John Wingfield, Director and Head Coach of USA Diving National Training Center
2010           Michael Nyitray, United States Bowling Congress (Miami, Fla.)
2011           James Hrbek, USA Judo
2012           Michael Nyitray, United States Bowling Congress (Miami, Fla.)
 
Volunteer Coach of the Year
The Volunteer Coach of the Year is presented to a coach who does not receive payment in any form for his/her involvement in coaching at any level.

2003           Carol Hardemon, Metro Dade (Fla.) Track Club
2004           Barry Hunter, Washington, D.C. Boxing Coach
2005           Cindi Hart, IndySpeed Sport Club Head Coach (Speedskating)
2006           Booker Woods, LA JETS Head Coach (Track)
2007           Sherman Nelson, USA Taekwondo Coach
2008           Rita Gladstone, Area Tennis League Coordinator (Volusia County, Fla.)
2009           Brian McCutcheon, Taekwondo Coach and Oahu Taekwondo Center Instructor
2010           Dave Farmer, Aurora (Colo.) Saracens Rugby Club Coach
2011           Tom Waga, Brigham Young University Rugby Coach
2012           Don Showalter, USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Coach

Doc Counsilman Science Award
The Doc Counsilman Science Award recognizes a coach who utilizes scientific techniques and equipment as an integral part of his/her coaching methods or has created innovative ways to use sport science.

2004           Joe Vigil, USA Track & Field
2005           Dr. Kyle Pierce, USA Weightlifting
2006           Kate Arbour, U.S. Figure Skating
2007           Sean O’Neill, U.S. Paralympics Table Tennis
2008           Dave Bennett, USA Wrestling
2009           Heidi Thibert, U.S. Figure Skating and Edora Pool and Ice Center Coach
2010           Dr. Grant Schaffner, U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation
2011           Neal Henderson, USA Cycling
2012           Doug Eng, U.S. Tennis Association
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