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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – National Head Coach KiSik Lee and USA Archery Education and Training Manager Guy Krueger led two at the end of 2019. The first one was held at the Easton Archery Center of Excellence in November and the second was at the Georgia Southern University Shooting Sports Education Center in December.
The intense week-long course develops current L3-NTS coaches in coaching, communication, sports science in archery, and biomechanics with a large emphasis on the National Training System (NTS). The course also focuses on developing coaching ability through practical exercises and scenarios.
To complete the course and earn the certification, coaches must meet , including passing a written exam, a practical exam and completion of the Mental Management 102 course. L4-NTS coaches are eligible to apply for , and are highly sought out as knowledgeable archery resources around the nation. A record 43 coaches earned the L4-NTS certification status.
Of the newly certified coaches, 18 were female coaches. This was in large part thanks to a generous grant from the Easton Sports Development Foundation provided to give selected female coaches the opportunity to develop as high level coaches.
USA Archery’s Guy Krueger shared his excitement for the participants: “Our goal is to develop the best coaches in the world and the L4-NTS course is a big part of that. In each course, we set out to challenge coaches and stretch them beyond their current capabilities. We saw every single coach improve drastically over the span of a week." He added: “I also want to add a special thanks to Linda Beck and Eric Tollefson for being such a big part of the course. We could not have done it without them.”
To learn more about USA Archery’s Coach Certification program, . For the certification course schedule, . To find a coach near you, .
Congratulations to the following new L4-NTS Coaches: