The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has announced the winners of three Coach of the Year awards for 2018.
Leandro Spina from sailing has been named Developmental Coach of the Year, Mary Hodge from Para powerlifting has won Volunteer Coach of the Year and Ingmar Jungnickel from speed skating has been named as the winner of the Doc Councilman Science award.
USOC’s chief of sport performance Alan Ashley said it was a “privilege” to honour the coaches for their “tireless efforts serving athletes around the country”.
"Their dedication to helping athletes strive for excellence is an inspiration to us all,” he said.
The Developmental Coach of the Year award is presented to the coach at a youth club, high school or junior level.
This year’s winner Spina joined US Sailing in 2008 as a national team coach, leading the creation of Olympic development programme.
The initiative was designed to “identify and support” the next generation of US Olympic sailors and has since flourished, with the United States winning the Nations Trophy at the Youth Sailing World Championships this year.
Volunteer Coach of the Year is given to a coach who receives no payment for their involvement at any level.
Hodge, the high performance manager of Para powerlifting at Logan University, has served as head coach or team leader for the US team at four Paralympic Games.
She coached seven US athletes to top-10 finishes at the 2018 World Championships.
The Doc Councilman Science award is given to someone who utilises scientific techniques and equipment as an integral part of their coaching methods.
As an aerodynamics research and development specialist, Jungnickel began working with US Speedskating in 2016.
He was considered instrumental in improving aerodynamic testing of long track and short track skinsuits, helping create the fastest US suits to date.
He also helped replicate Pyeongchang’s environmental conditions at the US Speedskating training centre in Salt Lake City prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in the South Korean resort.