Area to be host for coach awards

D.C.-Baltimore's bid is easily `the best,' says U.S. committee


May 05, 1999|By June Arney | June Arney,SUN STAFF

The Washington-Baltimore region has won the right to play host to the U.S. Olympic Committee's Coach of the Year awards in September, giving the area another chance to impress the officials who will choose a city for the United States' 2012 Summer Olympics bid.

"This was far and away the best bid," said Bob Condron, USOC director of media. "Because of the quality of the bid, I don't think there was any competition at all. This was one of those places that everyone can enjoy."

During the awards, to be held Sept. 16-18, high-level coaches in 41 Olympic and Pan American sports will be honored, and a top coach named in each category. An honorary coach of the year also will be chosen.

Houston and Tampa, Fla., each of which have held the event, also were interested in entertaining the coaches program. Indianapolis has also held the gathering, which is in its fourth year.

"I think hosting the conference is a great opportunity to showcase our region to the coaches in various sports," said Dan Knise, president and chief executive officer of the Washington-Baltimore Regional 2012 Coalition.

About 300 people are expected to attend the event, in which coaches will compete in golf and tennis tournaments, and see local attractions.

Activities are being planned throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington, organizers said.

"I am delighted that we were chosen," said John Morton III, president of NationsBank's Mid-Atlantic Banking Group and volunteer chairman of the coalition. "It gives us the opportunity to add substance to our sports-friendly image."

Washington-Baltimore is competing for the 2012 Summer Olympics against San Francisco, Dallas, Cincinnati, Houston, New York, Los Angeles and Tampa-Orlando, Fla., among U.S. cities. The USOC is slated to name an American city in 2002.

That winner will compete against cities worldwide, and the International Olympic Committee will name a host city in 2005.

Pub Date: 5/05/99

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