Saint Marks High School Boys’ and Girls’ Swim Coach Rob Maegerle ‘87 was one of 26 coaches from around the world to take part in a coaching panel as part to the International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program (ICECP) offered by the University of Delaware. The ICECP is a coaching education program that is funded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
This year’s program included 26 coaches from 13 different sports, hailing from 26 different countries on five continents. In its six years, the ICECP has over 120 coaches from 90 different countries in 14 different sports.
“I was very honored to be chosen to speak as a panel member at the ICECP,” said Maegerle. “I was excited for the opportunity to speak with other coaches from throughout the world in regard to my
philosophies and experiences from my 25-plus years of coaching young athletes and collegiate level
The ICECP program consists of two weeks of lectures, panels and group work; a week in a high performance sport environment, such as North Baltimore Swim Club, Penn State University track and field and fencing; and two weeks at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO with Princeton University Basketball. The coaches convene at IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland in April to complete the program.
Maegerle fielded questions from a moderator and fellow participants before having the chance to interact with the participants in an informal setting.
“Coach Maegerle was an outstanding panelist," said ICECP Associate Director Jeff Schneider. "The insights he provided to his international colleagues on the role of the high school coach were excellent. In many countries, sports are not based in the educational setting. Maegerle highlighted the importance of sport as a means to promote education and to build character. His message was a good one.”
Carolina Bayon, Director of International Cooperation & Policy for the USOC and Co-Director of the ICECP, said that a huge benefit of the ICECP is that the international visitors have the chance to meet with their US counterparts.
"It is coaches like Coach Maegerle who provide the foundation for the US Olympic success," Bayon said. "The work they do is important. We are glad he was able to participate, for he embodies the high ideals of the Olympic movement in the U.S.”
Fellow participant Cedric Finch, National Long Course swim coach for South Africa, said he felt that Maegerle’s expertise was beneficial to him personally.
“The panel was outstanding, and it was a pleasure to spend time with Coach Maegerle after the panel to share ideas on training,“ said Long.
Fellow panelist from Delaware included UD Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Katerie Linville and UD Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Tom Lochner.