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August 30, 2022

Inside USA Archery: Meet SafeSport and Compliance Administrator Nicole Deines

Our feature series “Inside USA Archery” allows readers to get to know USA Archery staff, take a peek inside some of our big projects and catch a glimpse of daily life on our team. USA Archery, headquartered in Colorado Springs, was formed in 1879 to foster and promote the sport of archery. As the National Governing Body for the Olympic and Paralympic sport of archery, we are a member-driven organization and our work towards our mission is driven by strategic plans that keep us on track with specific, measurable goals. Get to know our hard-working team and explore some of the larger projects we’re prioritizing throughout the year.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Col. -- SafeSport and Compliance Administrator Nicole Deines joined USA Archery (USAA) earlier this year to promote athlete safety programs and assist with event and organization compliance on a day-to-day basis.

Originally from California, Deines moved to Colorado for college and now resides in Colorado Springs. After obtaining her Bachelor’s in psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience, Deines began working in community mental health, specifically at Acute Crisis Stabilization units. In 2016, she earned her Master's in Forensic Psychology and worked as a law enforcement-based victim advocate specializing in crimes against children.

Alongside her professional career, Deines competed in Olympic Weightlifting, representing Team USA at international competitions in Barbados and Qatar in 2018, placing 1st and 3rd respectively. 

“I retired from weightlifting in 2020, and ever since I have desired a role where I can mix my professional expertise within a non-profit setting with my love for sport,” explained Deines. “I was thrilled when a SafeSport and Compliance Adminstrator position opened up at USAA and I knew I would be able to bring my experience as an athlete and my professional experience to the role for a healthy balance.”

At USA Archery, Deines promotes athlete safety and training education initiatives to prevent abuse and misconduct in sport. When applicable, Deines investigates allegations of misconduct and other types of grievances according to USAA policies and procedures.  Additionally, Deines ensures USAA remains compliant with standards set forth by the U.S. Center for SafeSport and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC).

When not working, Deines enjoys competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Deines added, “My dog, Hank, and I also enjoy hiking and exploring the beautiful Rocky Mountains.”

USA Archery is committed to providing a safe, healthy, and fun learning environment for our athletes. Learn more about the U.S. Center for SafeSport and USA Archery’s strategic plans.

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