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July 22, 2019

USA Archery Announces Speaker Lineup for 2019 National Symposium

Registration is open for the 2019 USA Archery National Symposium, a conference designed for coaches, athletes, parents and club leaders to take their athletes, clubs and abilities to the next level.The Symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency Houston Intercontinental Airport, Houston, Texas on October 18-20, 2019.

Previously known as the Coach Symposium, this event has been rebranded and expanded to include sessions for athletes, parents and club leaders. Attendees can expect various key breakout sessions led by experts in a variety of coaching, leadership, and archery related fields.

USA Archery is honored to have Kristen Dieffenbach, Ph.D. as our keynote speaker at the 2019 National Symposium. Dieffenbach will discuss The Learning Process, and the steps athletes, coaches and parents can take to better understand and facilitate the learning process.

Dieffenbach has a Ph.D. in Exercise Science with an emphasis in exercise and sport psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Currently she is the president of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence and serves on the research committee for the International Council on Coaching Excellence. She has worked with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and countless National Governing Bodies of sport.

Dieffenbach has published research articles in scientific journals and contributes regularly to numerous publications such as Olympic Coach, Performance Conditioning for Cycling, Runner’s World, Backpacker, Bicycling, Adventure Sports Magazine, and on the Outdoor Life Network.

Here’s a glimpse of what attendees can expect to see this year:


  • Keynote Presentation: The Learning Processby Kristen Dieffenbach Ph.D., President of the U.S. Center of Coaching Excellence
  • Practice Perfect and Feedback- Katie Yezzi, co-author of Practice Perfect:42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better
  • Developing Resiliency- Chang Hyun Ko, Human Performance Expert for the Army Human Performance Group
  • Improving and Utilizing Emotional Intelligence- Derek Mann Ph.D., co-author of Emotional Intelligence Skills Assessment
  • Leadership and Learning from Mistakes- Adam Krikorian, Head Coach U.S. Women’s Water Polo
  • OptiTrain/OptiBrain- Judi C. Adams, 1980 and 1996 Archery Olympian
  • Running a Club in a Digital Age- Brad Fiala, USA Archery Event Development Manager
  • Promoting Athlete Safety Through SafeSport- Mary Emmons, USA Archery Chief of Sport Performance and Organizational Development
  • Developing Athletes and Coaches- Guy Krueger, USA Archery Education and Training Manager
  • New Fixes for Old Form Problems: Things that can't be fixed with an Allen Wrench- George Ryals IV, USA Archery Paralympic Head Coach
  • Adaptive Archery- Eric Bennett, Paralympian and World Archery Para Champion
  • Shoulder Injuries- Ariel Gibilaro, USAT member, former World Team Member

Equipment Presentations

  • T.R.U. Ball®/AXCEL® Archery - Ben Summers, Vice President of T.R.U. Ball®/AXCEL® Archery
  • Hoyt - Chris Webster, Level 4-NTS Coach, Former USA Archery Resident Athlete and Research and Development Technician for Hoyt Archery
  • Easton Archery

Look for our 2019 National Symposium Speaker Spotlights leading up to the event. These feature pieces will prepare you for this year’s must-attend educational event for anyone with a passionate interest in the sport.

Space is limited. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to invest in yourself.


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