Copper Receives Highest Honor

Copper holding hurdle
Copper holding hurdle

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Sixth-year associate head coach Brandit Copper has been awarded a USA Track and Field/International Association of Athletics Federation Academy diploma and certification upon completion of all components of the course. 

The IAAF Academy Diploma is the highest recognized achievement awarded through the IAAF Coaches Education and Certification System (CECS). It is recognized around the world, and indicates that a coach is not only highly experienced but has the knowledge to coach or instruct at the highest international levels of the track and field profession, including for the U.S. National Team coaching staff.

"I have had the opportunity to attend the USA/IAAF academy supported by the CSUF athletic department," Copper said. "This is a great accomplishment to have the title and recognition of a Level 3 certified/ IAAF certified coach. Even though this is the highest certification a Track and Field coach can receive, I know there is so much more to learn and teach. I will continue to be a student of the sport in order to grow as a successful coach, and help to enhance the performance of my student-athletes".

The course took place Jan. 1-7, 2012, which also included a six-month case study that had to be approved. Hosted by Indiana University, the course was held at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

The former Alabama hurdler came to Fullerton in October 2007, from an assistant's role at the U.S. Military Academy. She also coached on a volunteer basis at Florida. Copper graduated from Alabama in 2000 and in February of 2010 received a master's degree from Concordia University in Irvine. Copper works with the male and female sprinters, jumpers, hurdlers and relay teams at Cal State Fullerton.