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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - USA Archery CEO Denise Parker has announced this week that after nine years in the position, she has accepted a new role as the Vice President of NGB Services with the United States Olympic Committee. Parker's last day with USA Archery will be September 8th.
USA Archery Board of Director's Chair, Julio Mazzoli, shared his heartfelt congratulations for Parker and wished her continued success in her new position. "I deeply appreciate Denise's professionalism, passion, and commitment to USA Archery. She proved a tremendous asset during her tenure, with an enviable record of accomplishment, and the USOC is very fortunate to be bringing on board someone of her caliber."
Parker stepped into the CEO role at a critical time for USA Archery and revolutionized the organization. She aided in the growth of a robust and competent staff that led membership from 3,000 individuals to a community over 22,000 strong, and from several hundred coaches nationwide to almost 25,000 instructors and coaches. USA Archery's High Performance program flourished and we have seen great success in the Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as on the World Championship and World Cup stages.
Under Parker's leadership, USA Archery's events are higher attended than ever in history and our program offerings continue to expand. With the creation of the new coach certification program, Mobile Coach, and the creation of Explore Archery, the rebuilding of the JOAD and Collegiate Archery Programs, Parker has been instrumental in helping USA Archery become a leading nation in the archery world and a dominant organization for archery within the U.S.
"It is with a heavy heart that I make this decision," commented Parker. "The archery community is very important to me. My archery friends and colleagues have become family over the years. I have loved this job and the opportunity to give back to the sport that has given me so much. I consider myself lucky to have opportunities to work in fields where I have so much passion, and my new position with the USOC extends this to the Olympic movement as a whole. I am very excited to step into this role with the USOC, and I am glad I will still be in the Team USA family and will be able to continue to work closely with USA Archery."
At this time, the Board of Directors has placed Rod Menzer in the position of interim CEO and will be conducting a search for the permanent replacement soon.
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