COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – Sun Devil Triathlon Head Coach Cliff English has been named College Coach of the Year by USA Triathlon, the organization announced Monday afternoon.
“It’s a great honor to win the Collegiate Coach of the Year award and be recognized with this incredibly talented group of coaches,” said head coach Cliff english called. “It’s great to be recognized as a coach for the work we do. Ultimately, winning awards means I’m doing my job well and my athletes are developing, growing, learning and racing!”
USA Triathlon recognized seven influential and impactful coaches as Coaches of the Year 2021, presented by Zone3. The awardees were selected for their contributions during the 2021 triathlon season. The 2021 awards focused on athlete development, community impact, coach education, peer performance and achievements during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Cliff english was one of seven to win Coach of the Year awards in seven categories. Nominations were public, and category winners were determined by a selection panel of coaches and sports educators, including the USA Triathlon National Coaching Committee and USA Triathlon Education and High Performance Staff.
“Every leader should read the nomination letters for these coaches—whether you’re a coach guiding athletes or a CEO at the helm of a company. They’re really leading by example,” said Earl Walton, USA Triathlon Director of Education. “Congratulations to these coaches for providing them with a roadmap to success and an exciting glimpse into the future of our sport and USA Triathlon.”
This is the second year in a row that English has won the prestigious award.
“Coaching in the NCAA has been one of the most rewarding coaching sessions I have done in my long triathlon coaching career. I am impressed and humbled by the athletes on my team and many teams, how well they balance excellence in the classroom and in competition,” explained English.
Each year, USA Triathlon recognizes the best coaches as part of the USA Triathlon Coach of the Year program. USA Triathlon Coach of the Year Award nominees are selected in 8 prestigious award categories. The following are the criteria for College Coach of the Year:
- -Evidence of performance highlights, significant or historic accomplishments, win-loss record, awards received, etc.
- -Examples of national achievements of the trained athletes/teams
- – Examples of how the coach has positively influenced athletes, colleagues, staff, parents and other coaches
- -Examples of creativity and innovation in continuing to support athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e. significant projects implemented, creative adaptations of coaching, digital transformation, social innovation, entrepreneurship, etc.)
- Adaptations to coaching, digital transformation, social innovation, entrepreneurship, etc.)
The leader of the Sun Devil Triathlon program was a clear choice for the award and fits perfectly with the above description as one of the sport’s most decorated and passionate coaches.
Under English’s supervision, the Sun Devil Triathlon has been the gold standard nationwide, winning five consecutive Division I national championships. The Arizona State brand has helped elevate the sport, which is a burgeoning NCAA sport that has grown in membership since the arrival of the English steadily increasing in Tempe.
During English’s six-year tenure, Arizona State had 19 All-Americans and 24 Scholar All-Americans. He has mentored three consecutive Division I Individual National Champions as well as four consecutive Division I Freshman of the Year winners, the youngest being a French Canadian Alexe Coursol. Two of the English physical education students were selected as NCAA Contenders of the Year.
Last season, six women were listed as All-Americans — three firsts, two second and one honorable mention.
It was recently announced that USA Triathlon has achieved participation with 40 collegiate programs in Divisions I, II and III and the next steps are to approach the NCAA to become an official NCAA sponsored sport .
Triathlon was recognized as an emerging NCAA sport for women in 2014 and has a 10-year window to demonstrate sustainability as an NCAA championship sport by recruiting at least 40 collegiate programs by 2024.
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