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Osgood Recognized as USAT Developmental Coach of the Year
USA Triathlon and its National Coaching Commission have recognized Sharon Osgood of Carmel Valley, Calif., as the 2008 Developmental Coach of the Year.
A Developmental Coach of the Year nominee is coach of a youth club, high school or junior-level coach, or a coach directly responsible for training athletes to the junior and/or elite level.
Osgood, a USAT Level II Certified Coach, has been actively involved in working with young triathletes in California through Monterey Bay Multisport. She was instrumental in the team’s selection as a USAT High Performance Team and in the team’s silver medal performance in the USAT Developmental Team National Championship in 2008.
“I’m pleased to have been recognized for the work that I do. I feel extremely fortunate that my chosen profession is fun, intriguing, educational and always changing,” said Osgood. “When working with young people, you never know what to expect. It’s refreshing. It’s also very rewarding and satisfying to see the young people you work with growing in a lifestyle sport. I would hope this inspires other coaches in our field to do what I’m doing with the younger athletes.”
Several of the athletes Osgood works with are among the top 10 in the youth elite and junior elite rankings, while others are making the transition to the U23 and collegiate ranks. Among the athletes she has trained are Marissa Ferrante (Nationally Ranked #2 Junior Elite Female; 1st Place – Strawberry Fields Junior Elite Cup; 3rd Place – USAT Junior Elite National Championships), Kalen Darling (22nd Place – Kelowna ITU Continental Cup; 25th Place – Geneva ITU Continental Cup), Hannah Rae Finchamp (Nationally Ranked #2 Youth Elite Female; 4th Place, USAT Youth Elite National Championships), Caton Avilla (Nationally Ranked #7 Youth Elite Male), and Clark McLennan (Nationally Ranked #7 Junior Elite Male).
Because of this commitment to assisting developing athletes, Osgood has played an instrumental role in the growth of USAT’s athlete development pipeline. She has served as a USAT Junior Select and Skills Camp director, and has been a USAT Regional Athlete Development Coordinator for the Southwest Region since 2005.
As a Regional Athlete Development Coordinator, Osgood has contributed countless hours managing the nation’s only viable Regional Junior Elite Cup series and she has been key in developing a regional grant funding program to assist athletes to national level events and coaches to education programs.
The USAT National Coaching Committee is made up of some of the finest multisport coaches in the world. Committee members volunteer their time and knowledge for the sport, the athletes and the coaches. The mission of the NCC is to promote professionalism in multisport coaching and advise USAT staff regarding coach education.
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About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the national governing body for triathlon – the fastest growing sport in the world – as well as duathlon, aquathlon and winter triathlon in the United States. USAT sanctions 2,500 races and connects with more than 110,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USAT provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Championships, Pan American Games, and the Olympic Games.