U.S. Biathlon Women's Coaching Initiative

Purpose

U.S. Biathlon is committed to expanding opportunities for women in coaching. Aligning with its 2030 plan to expand access to biathlon and ensure the expertise and mentorship exists to inspire athletes of all skills and ages, U.S. Biathlon is launching a women's coaching development program. This new initiative, building on the shadow coaching opportunities available over the past several years, will provide formal mentorship and professional development opportunities for female coaches from all Nordic backgrounds to gain biathlon coaching experience across all levels. This initiative is designed to increase the number, experience and visibility of female biathlon coaches in the U.S. and internationally, in order to support our athletes and inspire future generations of female coaches and athletes. 


Program

The U.S. Biathlon Women’s Coaching Initiative will provide female coaches from all Nordic backgrounds (biathlon AND cross-country coaches, wax technicians and former athletes) with opportunities throughout the season to integrate with U.S. Biathlon staff and teams on the ground at domestic and international U.S. Biathlon and IBU events. This is a career development opportunity, tailored specifically for each accepted applicant, designed to help women with serious interest in a career in coaching/biathlon improve their skills and learn from the best U.S. Biathlon coaches, wax technicians and support staff. Participants will work with U.S. Biathlon team staff to carry out diverse duties dependent upon experience levels, interests and current team requirements.

  • Approximately two-week long coaching opportunities at the World Cup, IBU Cup, Junior Cup, and U.S. Biathlon camps throughout the 2024-25 season as a fully integrated member of the Team USA staff.
  • Experience the IBU structure and event styles, and learn more about qualification and requirements for athletes and federations within IBU. Experience the U.S. Biathlon training and competing structure, and work with staff to understand the level of athlete support provided.
  • Apply experiences to home clubs and athletes as a better and more energized coach, helping to inspire and encourage future female coaches in biathlon.
  • All costs are covered by U.S. Biathlon, plus participants will receive a daily stipend.

Selected candidates will receive pre-trip onboarding, mentorship and valuable on-the-ground experience coaching and waxing, and the opportunity to provide feedback and debrief after their trip. While we are not able to completely tailor each experience for each coach, we will do our best to provide experiences that match with each individual’s interest.


Event Opportunities

Summer Team Camps in Europe and USA

Fall Team Camp in Utah

November Pre-Season Team Camp in Finland

World Cups December-March

World Championships in February

IBU Cups December-March (European-based events)

Junior Cups January

Youth/Junior World Championships in February


Placement will be based on skill level and availability.


Application Process

Applications, due May 29, 2024 at 5pm ET, will be reviewed by a panel of female coaches, athlete representatives and U.S. Biathlon staff. Selected applicants will be announced by June 5, 2024. 

Applicants can come from any Nordic background - biathlon coaching, cross-country ski coaching, wax technicians, or former athletes. Applicants must indicate availability during the application process for different opportunities. Prior coaching experience with U.S. Biathlon is not required, but neither is it disqualifying - applicants may reapply from year-to-year.

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