The volunteer coaching staff for The Asheville Lightning summer Track and Field program includes area Collegiate, High School and Middle School track coaches, Asheville Track Club members, and parents who have had track and field or cross country experience at the high school or collegiate level. The Asheville Lightning team is a Not-For-Profit Organization, with the formal title of Asheville Lightning Youth Athletics, Inc.
All Asheville Lightning coaches, as required by USATF, are required to have background criminal checks and complete the SafeSport training that seeks to protect our youth athletes from abuse.
The coaching philosophy of the Asheville Lightning is that of USA Track &Field -“Athletes First, Winning Second” and has a number of goals that are encouraged by the United States Olympic Committee for teams that participate in youth sports. These include the well-being of athletes; good sportsmanship; and respect for opponents, rules, parents, coaches and officials.