United States Olympic and Paralympic committee names Michel Assouline Paralympic Coach year 2020!

United States Olympic and Paralympic committee (USOC and USOPC) names Michel Assouline Paralympic Coach of the Year 2020 across all disciplines. The USOC wrote: “Michel Assouline’s innovation and persistent drive to grow the sport and expand the program has impacted the whole Para Dressage community with Support and Innovation. Through the pandemic, Assouline has helped several athletes work through emotional pressures and reposition athletes’ training schedules by utilizing technology and focusing on enhanced communication. His efforts include online judging, direct coaching through PIXIO and other virtual platforms, group meetings and one-on-one meetings, which proved effective when athletes showed performance improvement at the 2020 U.S. Para Dressage National Championships October 2020. In three years, Michel has built a Para-Equestrian Dressage Coach Certificate Program that was rolled out across the country during the latter part of 2019 and early 2020 that received high participation with 32 coaches going through the program. Success: In March 2020, the U.S. Para Dressage Team ranked No. 1 in the world having achieved scores that would have tracked Team USA to be on the podium at Tokyo 2020. At the heart of Assouline’s success is his ability to work with each athlete and build a specialized program around them to improve their development and performance, which can be seen in Roxanne Trunnell, who is currently ranked No. 1 in the world in her grade and overall across all five grades.”

Michel now joins the Wikipedia list of USOC nominated coaches:



Michel Assouline