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Celebrating coaches who have led Team USA to success

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

Coach Herb Brooks, 1980 U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Team

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One of the greatest coaches in college basketball history, she guided the U.S. women's basketball team to its first Olympic gold medal.
Ed Temple built Tennessee State University women's track and field into a powerhouse. Forty of his athletes competed in the Olympics. He coached the 1960 and 1964 U.S. Olympic Women's Track Teams.
Abie Grossfeld was a two-time Olympian, but his biggest impact was as a coach, including guiding the 1984 U.S. men's gymnastics team to the team all-around title.
After the U.S. figure skating delegation was wiped out by a plane crash en route to the 1961 World Championships, Italian Coach Carlo Fassi was brought to the United States to rebuild the program.
The last player cut from the 1960 U.S. Olympic Team that won gold at Squaw Valley, Herb Brooks played in the next two Olympics and was the coach of the 1980 Miracle On Ice gold-medal winning team.