Coach the US Cyber Team
We're looking for the industry's best to coach a winning cybersecurity team. Coach the first US Cyber Team to compete on the world stage. As an expert in cybersecurity, we want you to prepare the players for competition.
- Build tomorrow's cybersecurity workforce
- Guide players across multiple domains and cybersecurity topic areas as well as teamwork, problem-solving, communicating and leading
- Travel, meet, and compete against the best in the world
- Help cultivate a new game-based learning and development strategy
- Serve by representing the US in games abroad
"Talent sets the floor, character sets the ceiling."
– Bill Belichick, New England Patriots head coach and five-time Super Bowl champion
Top Coaches to Prepare the US Cyber Team
To succeed, the US Cyber Team is seeking the top talent in coaching winning cybersecurity teams. We are looking for an expert in cybersecurity, experienced in cybersecurity games, that knows how to work with top talent to prepare them for competitions.
Once a head coach is selected and onboarded, this Coach and the Advisory Board will work in tandem to finalize the remaining coaching structure, competitor identification and qualification standards, and training schedule. This approach will ensure consistency in supporting the team maturity and draw on the other assistant coaches to cover the entire scope of cybersecurity topics and spread out time commitments.
The Coaching Staff will help guide athletes' training and progress through a series of increasingly difficult activities in which the athletes will learn both offensive and defensive tactical concepts which are reinforced in individual exercises.
At the conclusion of this phase, the Coaching Staff, with Advisory Board support, will use the CATI assessment, training performance data, Qualifier CTF results, and interviews to down-select to a group of 20 Elite Cyber Athletes for the US Cyber Team.
Call for Coaches Timeline
April 20, 2021
Call for Coaches Opens
June 7, 2021
Call for Coaches Closes at 11:59 PM ET
June 11–18, 2021
Head Coach Announced
June 25–July 7, 2021
Coaching Team Announced
Why You Should Become a Coach
Coaching Requirements and Benefits
All Coaches and assistants will be US-based adults with academic and professional cybersecurity experience.
Coaches will need a valid passport as of September 2021.
- Coaches will come from different schools or organizations to ensure one school does not take multiple spots and dominate the competition.
Volunteer commitment is for one year/season. Coaches will not be paid for their time.
If they travel, flights and accommodations will be covered based on fundraising.
Coaches will be able to state that they have coached the first-ever US Cyber Team and will be recognized online, in promotions, and in press releases.
What's the time commitment for Coaches?
Time commitment for coaches will vary as follows:
- June: Approximately 4 hours per week (going through the coach verification/application process, meeting with cyber athletes, and scouting athletes)
- July: Approximately 2–4 hours per week in reviewing scores and cyber athletes for the Combine
- August–September: Approximately 4–6 hours per week for interviewing cyber athletes, working with athletes, and narrowing down which athletes should go to the ICSC or be an alternate
October–December Approximately 4–6 hours per week in training, coaching and mentoring the athletes until the ICSC in early December