HWS Sailing Head Coach Scott Iklè '84 was recently named the 2006 Doc Counsilman Science Award winner by US SAILING's Olympic Sailing Committee. The U.S. Olympic Committee will select an overall Doc Counsilman Science Award winner from among the winners chosen by each Olympic sport's governing body.
Iklè has been at the forefront of utilizing science and health to augment sailors' overall athleticism and racing ability. From weight training and cardiovascular workouts to developing nutritional programs that help athletes reach their peak performance, he helps athletes reach new athletic levels. Iklè educates athletes on the direct correlation between physical conditioning and positive self-esteem, which provides a better opportunity for success.
A highly successful coach at both the international and collegiate levels, Iklè led the U.S. Sailing team at the 2003 Pan American games in the Dominican Republic. In 1999, he served as an assistant coach for the U.S. team at the PanAm Games, and four years later, was the head coach of the U.S. team at the International Sailing Federation World Sailing Games in Marseille, France. Iklè is slated to be the U.S. Team Leader at the 2007 Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
At the Colleges, Iklè has guided HWS to 28 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association championship berths, earning 12 top three finishes, including the 2005 Team Race and Coed Dinghy National Championships. Now in his 14th season at his alma mater, Iklè has mentored 38 All-American Sailors.
In 2003, Iklè was named the US SAILING National Coach of the Year. Five years earlier, he received the US SAILING Developmental Coach of the Year award. In addition, Iklè has served the sport of sailing as a U.S. Sailing Certified Judge, President of the American 505 Class, and board member of various junior sailing associations. He's also a frequent contributor to Sailing World magazine.
An experienced sailor, Iklè has won numerous regatta championships on the International, North American, National, and District levels in various different classes, including the Laser, 49er, Lightning, 505, FD, One Ton, International Fifty Foot, Mum 30, and Maxi Classes. An accomplished fleet racer, he's had international success in match and team racing.