As far as I know, nothing has come out of the coach/training budget. All training support I mentioned came from the Team Fund.
So, what to do? There are a couple of ways to proceed.
One is the "proper, organized" way. You figure out your needs and your priorities, research what the options are, come up with a plan, modify it as needed to get everyone on board, get it approved by the powers that be, and then try to execute it.
Another way is the "first come, first served" way. If there is a proposal for something, and it seems in line with our needs and priorities, then just do it.
For the money we have been spending from the Team Fund, we've more or less used the second way. I get proposals, and Tom Carr and I figure out to what extent we can and should support them. (The ESC approved this method, we need Tom's and my approval but not the whole ESC.)
For money in the coach/training account. I'd suggest we might get more done this way too. The approach last fall was the first way -- assessment of needs, various options, job description for a possible coach, budget -- and the end result was nothing got done. Whereas, the money USOF has been spending for some junior initiatives is just dealt with the second way -- a proposal is made and if it sounds good, it is approved. Much simpler.
So, how can anyone help? If someone can find a willing and qualified coach, then we can see about signing them on. I don't think we need to worry about a full search and getting a pool of qualified candidates and then having a selection committee, and so on. We're not talking very much money.
And if someone has the initiative to get training stuff organized (including maybe bringing over a European "star" or two), and if it seems like a reasonable plan, then I'm sure we can get funding for it too.
Here is the last version of a job description for a coach
. At the USOF Board meeting last November, item #1 was stripped out and given to Bob Turbyfill to execute, along with $3,000 of the budget.
Can we make up for lost time on this? Better late than never.
I'll post this on the team mailing list too.