DURHAM, N.C. - Duke head coach and two-time Olympic gold medal coach with USA Basketball Mike Krzyzewski and 2012 U.S. Olympic Diving coach and Duke diving coach Drew Johansenwill participate in an Olympic Coaches Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 28at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Cary. The luncheon is part of an all-day program of the North Carolina Sports Summit.
Krzyzewski will also be honored at the event with the inaugural Al Buehler Award recognizing excellence in Olympic coaching. Legendary Duke Track & Field coach and two-time U.S. Olympic Track & Field manager Al Buehler will present the award.
The Olympic coaches will participate in a panel discussion in an ESPN-style living room setting facilitated by NBC-17's News Director and Host of the Olympic Zone, Penn Holderness. The Luncheon is open to the public and tickets are available for $30 each by visiting www.trianglesportscommission.com.
On the panel along with Krzyzewski andJohansen will beDave Marsh, a 2012 U.S. Olympic Swim Team assistant coach, and George Williams, the 2004 US Olympic Track & Field Team head coach.
Krzyzewski led Team USA to back-to-back Olympic gold medals (Beijing 2008 and London 2012), joining Henry Iba as the only coaches in USA Basketball history to lead the program to consecutive gold medals. Krzyzewski, the winningest coach in college basketball history, closed his tenure as the senior national team head coach with a 62-1 record while rebuilding a US Team that in 2004 only took home a bronze medal at the Athens Games.
Johansen was named the U.S. Olympic Diving Team's head coach in June, shortly before the team was to head to London in July. Johansen took on a team that had not won a men's individual diving medal in 20 years and which had seen its international prominence take a back seat to the domination of the Chinese. Under Johansen, the U.S. won its first-ever synchronized diving medals, including a silver medal by Duke diver Abby Johnston and bronze by fellow Duke diver Nick McCrory, and concluded the competition with an amazing last-to-first gold medal win by David Boudia on the 10-meter platform.
Dave Marsh serves as head coach of SwimMAC Carolina and the USA Swimming Center for Excellence in Charlotte, N.C. Marsh was named assistant coach for the 2012 US Olympic Swimming team after five of his swimmers at SwimMAC made the team. Davis Tarwater captured a gold medal, Nick Thoman captured a gold and silver medal, and two-time Olympian Cullen Jones won gold and 2 silvers. Together with stars Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, and Missy Franklin, among others, the U.S. Olympic Swim Team won 16 gold, eight silver and six bronze medals in dominating the London Games men's and women's swimming competition.
George Williams is the Athletic Director and head coach for Men's and Women's Track and Field at St. Augustine's University in Raleigh. Williams served as head coach for the U.S. Men's and Women's Olympic Track and Field Teams in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens where the U.S. led all countries in athletics with 25 medals. In his career, Williams has coached 32 Olympians, including three gold medalists.
The Olympic Coaches Luncheon is part of the North Carolina Sports Summit, a gathering of the North Carolina sports industry that serves as the first day of the North Carolina Olympic Celebration Weekend. The Weekend celebrates North Carolina's Olympic and Paralympic athletes past and present, and it also commemorates the 25th Anniversary of U.S. Olympic Festival-'87 (often referred to as America's Olympics), the largest event ever held in the state of North Carolina.
The next day, Saturday, Sept. 29, begins with Olympic outreach programs by Olympians in Track & Field, Swimming and Table Tennis. The day culminates with the Olympic & Paralympic Athlete Celebration Reception and Banquet, also at the Embassy Suites, featuring North Carolina's most-decorated 2012 Olympian, Cullen Jones, as keynote speaker. Tickets and tables for all events, plus additional information on the weekend activities, is available at www.trianglesportscommission.com.
About the Triangle Sports Commission
The Triangle Sports Commission (TSC) is the sports commission for the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary (Triangle) region. The TSC was founded in 2001 and is a non-profit charitable organization focused on building the region's sports tourism industry and overall sports economy. The TSC's first major project was winning the bid to relocate USA Baseball's Headquarters and Training Center to the Triangle, including over $13 million in commitments secured by the TSC resulting in the development of the new USAB National Training Complex in Cary. This year marked one of the busiest years in TSC history, highlighted by the hosting of the U.S. Olympic Trials in Table Tennis, the U.S. Masters Swimming High Performance Camp, and the North Carolina Olympic Celebration. For additional information on the Triangle Sports Commission, visit www.trianglesportscommission.com.
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