Dan is in top tier

Daniel Augustine, the Cayman Islands Men’s National Basketball Coach, was accepted into an intensive coaching programme in the United States and has received a full scholarship on behalf of Olympic Solidarity and the United States Olympic Committee.

Augustine is studying to implement a long term athlete development programme for basketball in the Cayman Islands. He works as a sports instructor for the Cayman Islands Government Department of Sports and they have graciously allowed him to take the time that is required to travel and study for this intense programme.

The US Olympic Committee, the University of Delaware and the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Solidarity department have partnered together to offer the fifth edition of the International Coaching Enrichment Certification Programme, which welcomed 31 national coaches representing five continents, 31 countries and 11 sports to UD Campus in Colorado Springs and the United States.

The 2012-13 ICECP includes coaches from: Australia, Bahamas, Bhutan, Bosnia, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Indonesia, Jordan, Lesotho, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Taiwan, Uruguay, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The first module of the programme was launched in September on the UD Campus by keynote Mike D’Antoni, former NBA Coach and Assistant Coach with the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Men’s Basketball team. The program, which consists of four modules, was administered at UD from 24 September to 5 October, where the participants attended lectures and presentations on a variety of coaching education and sports science topics presented by UD Faculty and coaches and outside sport performance experts.

The second module, which took place from 8-13 October, was a sport-specific apprenticeship that allowed participants to observe and interact with coaches from national governing bodies, university athletic teams or elite sport clubs in each of their respective sports.

Augustine visited the apprenticeship sites of the George Mason University Men’s Basketball Programme and The Washington Wizards NBA Basketball Franchise.

The third module ran at the Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs from 15 October and consisted of a continuation of lectures and group work activities during a two-week period taught by USOC sport performance and coaching experts.

In the final module to be held in April 2013 at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, all participants will present the results of projects they have developed and implemented under the guidance of International tutors from the US, Spain, and the UK. The projects will be reviewed by the ICECP Academic Board.

The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee has made a commitment to working together with Augustine, the Department of Sports and the Cayman Islands Basketball Association to achieve a successful programme which will develop basketball in the country.

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