Hobart and William Smith Colleges Sailing Head Coach Scott Iklé ’84 is hardly taking it easy this summer. He is preparing for his 15th season at his alma mater by leading the U.S. Sailing team at the XV Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The sailing competition will be held July 22-28 at the Glória Marina in the Guanabara Bay. The games began on July 13.
Iklé will serve as Team Leader to 16 of the world’s most elite sailors.
“We have a talented group of seasoned athletes who have competed at previous Olympic and Pan American Games, Iklé said. “They know the stakes. They’re going to sail hard.
Iklé is making his third consecutive appearance at the Pan Am Games with Team USA. During the summer of 2003, he led the U.S. Sailing team at the Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In 1999, Iklé served as an assistant coach for the U.S. team at the Pan Am Games, in Winnipeg, Canada. In 1999 and 2003, U.S. sailors brought home a total of eight medals: four gold, two silver and two bronze.
In 2002, Iklé served as the head coach of Team USA at the International Sailing Federation World Sailing Games in Marseille, France.
At the Colleges, Iklé has guided HWS to 31 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association championship berths, earning 13 top three finishes, including the 2005 Team Race and Coed Dinghy National Championships. Iklé has mentored 40 ICSA All-American sailors.
Widely respected for his coaching talents, Iklé has earned US SAILING‘s “Doc Counsilman Science Award (2006), National Coach of the Year Award (2003), and Developmental Coach of the Year Award (1998). In addition, Iklé 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.
The XV Pan Am Games feature 5,654 athletes from 42 nations competing in 37 sports. The Games are held every four years, historically one year before the Olympic Games. The first Pan American Games were held in 1951 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For more information on the Rio games, visit Rio games.