KINGS POINT, N.Y. (July 3, 2019) – USMMA diving coach Johan C. Lopez has been selected to participate in the United States Olympic Committee Coach Accelerator Program this coming September. This exclusive program, in which only 40 coaches are selected annually from all Olympic sports, is slated to be hosted at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center.
The Coach Accelerator Program (CAP) provides national and junior national team level coaches with a foundational base of high-performance coaching knowledge and skills that are practical and scientifically based. This is a select program which past coaches have found invaluable for improving their coaching effectiveness and moving one step closer to becoming an Olympic coach.
Grounded in the USOC's Quality Coaching Framework, CAP provides the opportunity to practice new skills, collaborate with other sport coaches and plan future development in areas that improve overall performance outcomes. To date, 120 coaches have completed CAP representing five Winter, 17 Summer and three Paralympic National Governing Bodies.
Upon completion of CAP, Coach Lopez will publish a one-page summary on the USA Diving Coaches Newsletter of his takeaways from the program.
In other big news, Lopez was unanimously selected to serve as chairman of the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Committee, making him the first diving coach representative to take the helm. He is about to enter his fourth and final year of appointment on the committee and will take over as chairman in September.
"I am excited about the opportunity to work with Coach Lopez as the DIII Swim & Dive Committee chair in the 2019-20 academic year," said NCAA Assistant Director for Championships and Alliances Kevin Alcox. "Over the past couple years, it has been a tremendous experience working with the committee and getting to know Johan. His experience and amazing leadership will guide the committee this year and his election to chair is proof in the group's confidence in his skill and their enjoyment of working with him on a personal level."
The purpose of the committee is to develop policies and procedures governing the administration and conduct of the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships. Lopez will be responsible for sustaining and advancing the Association's mission, traditions, values and reputation; leading committee meetings and conference calls; and supporting the consensus of the committee after fully exercising the responsibility to debate and disagree, among other responsibilities.
"Coach Lopez has enjoyed a great tenure as the Mariners' diving coach and continues to do fantastic things to represent the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy both here in Kings Point and nationally," said Interim Athletic Director Capt. Bill Fell. "I look forward to seeing him grow professionally and use what he learns from the USOC and as the chair of the DIII Swim & Dive Committee for the betterment of our Midshipmen-Athletes."
19th-year USMMA swim & dive head coach Sean Tedesco added, "I am proud of Coach Lopez for his recent selection to both the CAP and as chairman of the NCAA Championship Committee. These experiences will enable him to continue to develop his coaching and leadership skills as well as build his expertise in diving. In addition, Coach Johan will be able to use his experiences to continue the development of our athletes."
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