During the last weekend in June, NICA hosted an inaugural 2 day advanced coach training clinic in Utah, flying in selected coaches from all 9 leagues around the country! Austin McInerny, NICA Executive Director, and Lee McCormack, owner of Lee Likes Bikes and creator of the Lee Likes Bikes Training Method, facilitated the program. Utah League Director Lori Harward was on-hand over the weekend, ensuring the event went smoothly.
While enduring the record breaking heat, coaches and students (who joined the second day) participated in Lee McCormack’s Lee Likes Bikes Training Method in Utah’s Trailside Bike park. Not only did Lee’s renowned training impact coaches and students, 6 Coaches were certified in Mountain Biking 101 and 10 coaches were certified as assistant instructors. The overall consensus was that the training was enjoyable, awesome, and that people learned a lot. The atmosphere at the event was upbeat, and it was obvious that everyone was excited to be participating.
The event was a big step for NICA to meet its rapid growth and need to have trained instructors as a resource for the organization and all leagues around the country.
“The Advanced Coach Training session in Utah was a powerful moment for NICA, riders and coaches across the country, and me personally. For the past 10 years I’ve been working to create a standardized MTB curriculum, and this was a huge step toward making that a reality. I’ve personally trained hundreds of NICA coaches, and now six more coaches will be able to share the love on a much larger scale. NICA and Lee Likes Bikes are building a strong knowledge base that will help high school athletes across the country ride safely and have more fun on their bikes.”
Lee McCormack, world renowned bicycle skills author and instructor, is NICA’s Skills Development Director. Lee works with NICA to certify coaches in the Lee Likes Bikes Training Method, which NICA uses under permission from Lee Likes Bikes.