RESTON , Va.Representatives from nearly 100 national sport organizations, representing tens of thousands of young athletes, will be in Pittsburgh this week at the ninth annual National Coaching EducatorsConference , which runs from June 11-13 at the Sheraton Station Square.

The conference will provide coaching educators with practical information and tools that they can use to enhance, improve, or establish quality training programs.

West Virginia University s Athletic Coaching Education Department is sponsoring the event along with Polar Electro, United States Olympic Committee and the USA Coaching Coalition, which is comprised of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Federation of State High School Associations, the United States Olympic Committee, and the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education.

ESPN award-winning reporter Tom Farrey will discussGame on the All-American Race to Make Champions of our Children,and the United States Olympic Committee will honor their 2008 USOC Coaches of the Year. Farreys reports have won many honors, including two Emmy awards for Outstanding Sports Journalism.He was master of ceremonies at the 2004 and 2006 National Youth Sports Awards, and last year was one of seven journalists selected among the100 Most Influential Sports Educators in Americaby the Institute for International Sport at the University of Rhode Island.

In addition, conference attendees will examine the issues, trends and innovative techniques for training sport coaches and preparing athletes in youth, school-based, college and university, and elite sport programs. Topics will include coaching for true competition, children with disabilities in youth sports, preparing a teams metabolic training program, the future of academic-based coach education in the U.S., and teaching composure and emotional toughness.

This annual conference provides an opportunity for coaching educators to share their best practices,said Charlene Burgeson, executive director of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.Our mission is to develop and establish coaching as a recognized profession in the United States and properly prepare coaches to provide positive sport experiences for millions of athletes.

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