July 19, 2011

Cross Country Coach Bailey Rises in USATF Certification


MACON, Ga. – Mercer University cross country Head Coach Ryan Bailey recently earned his Level II certification in jumping events and completed the Instructor Training Course (ITC) from USA Track and Field.  The ITC certification qualifies Bailey to teach the Level I schools curriculum.


Bailey is a Level II schools alumnus in the Endurance event-group and has gone on to earn the highest certification – Level III – in Endurance Events from USATF.


Bailey also assumed the duties as the national Level I Schools Coordinator for USA Track & Field after being tapped for the job by the Head of Coaching Education, former Olympic Head Coach Terry Crawford.


USA Track and Field offers certifications in 5 different event-groups. Bailey's recent certification in jumps is the second level II course he has completed and documents his coaching proficiency in that event-group.  His Level III Endurance certification also qualifies him to teach Level II schools.


Bailey assumed the National Level I Schools Coordinator position from Clemson assistant coach Tamara Ards. Individuals who want to host a USATF Level I school (typically there are 30-50 per year) will send Bailey their application for approval. He is then responsible for making sure their application is in order and checking the proposed site and date for conflicts with other proposed schools around the country.


Bailey will also keep a database of certified instructors for staffing the Level I schools.  USA Track & Field mandates three ITC qualified coaches for each school. Once Bailey has made sure all  criteria have been met and the school is adequately staffed, he sends the application up the chain and makes the request to get the Level I school posted on the USATF website.   


"This is a great professional opportunity and it's an honor to be chosen for the position," Bailey said. "I am a strong believer in coaching education and, with this position, I am able to facilitate the education process of the USATF. I will also have the opportunity to interact with many of the nation's top coaches as a result of my involvement. It is an invaluable experience."