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Former NFL Coach to Lead USOC Coaching Clinic

From the U.S. Olympic Committee:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) will host the third annual "Building Team USA" conference Oct. 29 - 31 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Winter and summer sports coaches from around the nation will gather to discuss international travel, food, logistics of equipment, competition styles and media - topics which are all magnified during Olympic competition. Several speakers, including Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy, will also address key topics ranging from how to build a successful team and keep them on target, to fostering team cultures with positive qualities and traditions.

Levy, a Harvard graduate, is most famous for taking the Buffalo Bills to four straight Super Bowls (1990-1993) and leading the franchise to a 123-78 record during his tenure. He is widely acclaimed as an intelligent and analytical football coach who used his intellect to motivate and shape the careers and lives of many pro football athletes.

"It is critical for our Olympic and national team coaches to get together and discuss these issues, regardless of whether they coach a team sport or an individual sport, a winter sport or a summer sport," said Doug Ingram, managing director of Performance Services for the USOC. "The overriding theme of the event is teamwork, whether during a team sport when it's natural and essential or whether it's during an individual event when a team can strengthen an individual. Our aim is to make a strong, united Team USA."

The program includes a panel discussion on the relationships and roles of directors and coaches in sports performance with Bud Keene, head coach of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team; Sean Ford, assistant executive director of the USA Men's Basketball program; and Sheila Walker, executive director of USA Field Hockey.

Other sessions include, "Changing Culture" with John Harvey and "Building a Team" with Sue Enquist. Harvey, who brings more than 24 years of human resource and leadership experience to the table, will discuss strategies behind grooming leaders, while Enquist, who owns an NCAA-record 11 Softball National Championships at UCLA, will focus on how to build successful teams.

Thirty-eight coaches from summer sports and eight coaches from winter sports are expected to attend the event.

By Amy Shipley  |  October 28, 2008; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  U.S. Olympic Committee  
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