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10 Series, 19 Sessions - Proven and actionable Coaching and Training Techniques to improve your performance and abilities as an athlete, coach or judge.

Each Series will feature 2 presentations and will be recorded.

World renowned subject matter experts, coaches, athletes and judges bring you actionable techniques that can be used today. USA Archery’s 2021 Virtual Symposium is packed with vetted, specially curated sessions led by seasoned and experienced speakers to tackle the topics that have the biggest impact on your coaching, training, team building strategies and performance on the field. You won’t want to miss this amazing educational opportunity.

Session Information

September 8th 8:00 pm EDT Developing a Growth Mindset Trevor Ragan
September 8th 9:15 pm EDT Quality Coaches Chris Clements
September 15th 6:45 pm EDT Emotional Intelligence in Coaching Esme Gullick
September 15th 8:00 pm EDT Reflective Coach Practices Sarah McQuade
September 18th 3:30 pm EDT The Hard Truths of Coaching Cody Royle
September 18th 4:45 pm EDT Injury Prevention and Recovery Dr. Preston Ward
September 29th 6:00 pm EDT Release Aids George Ryles IV
September 29th 7:15 pm EDT Improving your Motor Learning and Pedagogy Skills Lynn Oberbillig
October 6th 8:00 pm EDT Athlete and Coach Development Plans April Heinrichs
October 6th 9:15 pm EDT Insights in Culture, Communication, and Leadership Karch Kiraly
October 11th 7:00 pm EDT Performance Mindset Dr. Caroline Rodriguez
October 11th 8:15 pm EDT Taking your Club to the Next Level Guy Krueger
October 13th 6:00 pm EDT Paralympic Team Q&A Andre Shelby, Lia Coryell, Kevin Mather & Emma Rose Ravish
October 13th    7:15 pm EDT Olympic Team Q&A Casey Kaufhold, Jennifer Mucino-Fernandez, Jack Williams
October 18th 8:00 pm EDT Working with Adaptive Athletes MJ Rogers
October 18th 9:15 pm EDT Developing as a Judge Andy Neville, Kristy Wapniarsky & Jennifer Laux
October 20th 9:00 pm EDT Coaching Kids Guy Krueger
October 20th 10:15 pm EDT Training the Master’s Age Athlete Dr. Christine Brooks
October 25th 8:00 pm EDT Creating Pathways for Better Diversity in the Archery Pipeline Ashland Johnson, Esq.

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Presenter Biographies

Andre Shelby is a United States Navy (Ret.) Veteran and the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games Gold Medalist. He first picked up the sport in 2010 and won his first major medal five years later at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. He is the first black Paralympic archery champion and is a member of the 2020 US Paralympic Team. He is a SCI Peer Mentor and his hobbies include fishing, table tennis, and billiards.

 

Andy started judging nationally at the 2014 US National Target Championships/US Open and JOAD Championships. He is currently a USA Archery National Judge and   has served as a World Archery Americas Continental Judge since 2017. Andy has served as both a Chairperson of Judges, Judge and Director of Shooting at many USAT events and National Championships for both Indoor and Outdoor including both a Line and Target judge for the US Indoor National Finals. Andy loves giving back to the sport in many different ways to include educational development of judges and has served on several different USA Archery Committees. He is currently a representative of the Officials and Rules Advisory Council and is the Chair of the Ethics Committee. Andy has assisted in presenting several of the USA Archery Judge webinars being offered in 2020 and 2021.

 

April Heinrichs is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where she was named National Player of the Year twice and earned 1st Team All-American honors three years. She was one of the first players on the US women’s national soccer team, making 46 appearances and scoring 35 goals, including four goals at the first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991, where she also served as team captain. Heinrichs remains among the all-time leaders in goals scored for Team USA. In 1998 she became the first female player inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Heinrichs served as head coach at Princeton University, University of Maryland - where she earned the ACC Coach of the Year, University of Virginia, and joined the US Women’s National Team coaching staff as an assistant coach in 1995. Heinrichs was hired as the head coach where she led the team that finished third in the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, won a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000, and the gold at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Heinrichs was twice appointed (2000-2005 and 2011-2018) and served as the Technical Director for women's soccer by United States Soccer Federation. She also served as (then) USOC’s Sport Performance team sports & technical sports team leader for Olympic and Paralympic sports. Heinrichs received numerous playing and coaching awards throughout her career, carries US Soccer’s highest coaching license (A) and serves as a consultant, clinician, instructor and mentor for various sports organizations.

 

An attorney, equity and inclusion strategist, and former Division I athlete, Ashland Johnson has over a decade of civil rights experience working with social justice communities, advising sports leaders, and serving in leadership roles in advocacy organizations.
 
Ashland recently served as the Director of Public Education & Research for the Human Rights Campaign, executing innovative, data-driven campaigns at the intersections of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, health care, sports, and faith. As a member of HRC’s senior leadership team, Ashland also helped establish and chair HRC’s Racial Equity & Inclusion table to further the organization’s commitment to and engagement with communities of color. Prior to HRC, Ashland served as Athlete Ally's Policy Director, working with sports leaders to promote LGBTQ inclusion both on the field and under the law. She previously served as Policy Counsel for at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where she helped develop the first national LGBTQ Sports Project. In 2016, Ashland was named as one of the 40 best LGBTQ lawyers under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association.
 
Ashland has extensive experience working with major sports leagues and associations, including the NBA, NCAA, NFL, USOC, and various national governing bodies to strengthen their social responsibility programming, policies, and platforms at the intersection of inclusion, race, gender, and the law. She recently authored the groundbreaking report, Play to Win: Improving the Lives of LGBTQ Youth in Sports which provides critical insights and action steps for more inclusive sporting spaces.
 
Ashland is a graduate of Furman University, where she was a member of the Varsity Women's Basketball team. She holds a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. She is a former National Board member of the American Constitution Society and currently serves on the National Board of Directors for the Point Foundation.

 

Chris is currently a contractor for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee working as a Teaching Coach for various National Team coaches aiding them with their personal development as leaders and coaches. Chris also provides support in high performance environments (NGB’s NCAA) with planning, team dynamics, and people management and led the USOPC’s recent Coach Accelerator Program.

He has a background in education as a teacher and coach for over 25 years. He was also a national team and professional athlete in field hockey as well as a national team coach for the USA Mens team.

 

Dr. Caroline Rodriugez is a Sports Psychologist that works for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Ca. Dr. Rodriguez has been working with the USA Archery Resident Athlete Program and USA Archery International Teams since 2017. Dr. Rodriguez achieved her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stanford, her Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Conseling Psychology.

 

 

Casey Kaufhold (Lancaster, PA) made her Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games where she finished 7th in the women’s team event and 17th individually. At just 17 years old, Kaufhold is the youngest U.S. Olympic archer since Denise Parker in 1988. Kaufhold holds multiple national and world records and has represented Team USA at the 2019 World Archery Championships, 2019 Pan American Games, several World Cups and will compete at the 2021 World Archery Championships and World Cup Final.

 

Dr. Christine Brooks spent most of her career as an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, School of Kinesiology. While at Michigan her research focused on exercise behavior and participation, consumer behavior and sports marketing. She published one of the first sports marketing text books that was translated into Japanese and Korean. She was one of the early pioneers of online courses and was awarded a Smithsonian Award for her innovative use of technology to teach science. Her early efforts, along with others who were early pioneers of this method of teaching, is in a time capsule at the Smithsonian Institution. After retiring from U. Michigan she began teaching for the University of Florida. She has continued her mission of finding interesting strategies for teaching science — mainly anatomy and physiology. She has continued her innovative online course development and is in the process of launching the first Health and Human Performance Coursera Massive Open Online Course entitled: The Science of Athlete Development. She also coordinates the coaching science education for USA Track and Field.

 

Cody Royle coaches head coaches in elite sport. After a decade coaching AFL Team Canada, he now mentors over a dozen head coaches in half a dozen different sports around the world. 

As an author, Cody is a standout voice on how leadership propels teams to sustained success. His first book, Where Others Won't, changed how organizations think about people and innovation. The book included in-depth interviews with the likes of Detroit Pistons legend Joe Dumars, former Phoenix Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov, and former Southampton FC chairman Ralph Krueger. 

Cody's second release came in February 2021. The Tough Stuff explores the emotional toll of being a head coach in modern elite sport, and is a #1 Amazon bestseller in both Canada and Australia. As well as sharing his own hardships, Cody enlists a slew of friends and colleagues to tell their stories, including former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, and former DC United head coach Ben Olsen. 

 

Emma Rose Ravish got her start in archery at a camp called Victory Junction in North Carolina. Emma shot a compound bow for five years, and then switched to recurve. She was classified and named to Team USA for the Para World Championships, all in 36 hours. Now she is a member of the 2020 US Paralympic Team. She enjoys the precision that archery requires and also loves to go horseback riding and was originally planning on competing in the Paralympic Games 2024 for equestrian. Emma also enjoys reading and you can almost always catch her in a good book.

 

A former athlete herself, Esme was a nationally ranked swimmer in the UK, and an integral part of Fresno State's Division 1 team in California. During her time as a collegiate athlete, Esme held 5 school records, and captained the team to success in both her junior and senior years.

Academically, Esme has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Kinesiology, with a specialization in Sport Psychology. Her graduate work, 'Coaching with Emotional Intelligence', was nominated for the departments 'Graduate Project of the Year'. Since graduating, Esme has worked with teams and organizations across the globe to understand and develop Emotional Intelligence within their teams and coaching staff.

 

George Ryals IV (GRIV) is USA Archery’s Paralympic Head Coach. With decades as an archer and coach, GRIV also has extensive experience working in the archery industry including Martin Archery, Copper John and Stanislawski Archery Products. GRIV was also instrumental is creating ArcheryTalk.com in the hopes of helping archers around the world by putting information out for everyone to use. GRIV runs a pro-shop in Snellville, GA with a focus on target and recreational archery. He also oversees an impressive JOAD and elite athlete development program that has seen great international success in target and 3D archery

 

Guy Krueger has been involved in archery for over 33 years as an archer, coach and coach educator. USA Archery’s Education and Training Manager and a Level 5-NTS Coach, Krueger has served as Assistant National Head Coach, Women’s Head Coach and High Performance Manager for USA Archery in the past. As an athlete, he spent 5 years in the Resident Athlete Program, won the World University Championships and was a 7-time National Champion. Krueger earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Texas A&M University and is a graduate of the US Olympic Committee’s National Team Coaches Leadership Education Program.

 

Jack Williams (Irvine, CA) got his competitive start in fencing. Williams was nationally ranked in fencing before he ever tried target archery, but in just four short years in the sport, he became one of the top archers in the nation, moving out to the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, CA to train full-time in USA Archery’s Resident Athlete Program. Jack has been ranked 11th in the world and finished 8th in the men’s team event and 33rd individually in his first Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. Williams will compete in his second World Archery Championships this September and his first World Cup Final.

 

Jennifer Laux is a current USA Archery Level 3 National Judge and a Continental Judge for World Archery Americas. Jennifer is also a Level 4-NTS Coach and the North representative for the Officials and Rules Advisory Council.

 

Jennifer Mucino Fernandez (Boston, MA) was born in Boston and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. Mucino set her sights on being an Olympian by age 7 and accomplished her dream at 18 at the Tokyo 2020 Games. Mucino’s top international competition highlights include a top-10 finish at the 2019 World Archery Youth Championships, and a 7th place women’s team finish and 17th place individual finish in Tokyo. Mucino hopes to continue to represent Team USA on the world stage for many years to come.

 

Lia Coryell made her Team USA debut in 2015, when she was selected to the World Archery Para Championships and Parapan American Championships teams. She shoots a compound bow in the W1 women's category, and is a proud United States Army Veteran. Lia learned about archery at a wounded warrior adaptive sports camp and became a first-time Paralympian at the age of 51. Lia is also a Level 4-NTS coach and sits on several Boards of Adaptive Sports programs. Lia is a published author and researcher and loves to be outdoors.

 

Lynn Oberbillig was named director of athletics at Smith in the spring of 1994. A graduate of the University of Iowa, she received an M.A. from Iowa in athletic administration and an M.B.A. from Nicholls State University. She coached softball and basketball at Division I Nicholls State for 10 years. Her softball teams were consistently ranked nationally in the top 20 and ranked 10th in 1985. After 25 years as a Smith College athletics administrator, Oberbillig moved to full-time teaching in 2015.

As a lecturer in the exercise and sport studies department, Oberbillig teaches a number of graduate courses preparing students to be collegiate coaches. Among those courses are Seminar in Pedagogy, Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition, Legal Issues in Sport, Practicum in Coaching, and Seminar in Administration of Athletic Teams. On the undergraduate level she teaches Intro to Exercise & Sport Studies, Topics in Collegiate Sport, golf, badminton and archery. Lynn is a U.S.A. level III archery instructor, a master barebow archer, and a certified judge.

 

Volleyball legend Karch Kiraly has served as head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team since September 2012. In his time at the helm, Kiraly has coached the program to great success including leading the U.S. Women’s Volleyball Team to win their first ever Olympic Gold Medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. He led the U.S. to bronze at the 2016 Olympic Game in Rio de Janeiro. Kiraly has also led the U.S. to historic success in the FIVB World Championship as well. Before becoming the head coach, Kiraly served the team as an assistant coach from 2009 to 2012. He helped lead the Americans to a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

While he’s proven to be an adept coach, Kiraly is also considered one of the greatest volleyball players ever. He was selected the greatest volleyball player of the 20th century by the FIVB and is one of four people to win a world championship as both a coach and a player (1986 – U.S. Men’s National Team). He also won Olympic gold in indoor volleyball (1984, 1988) and beach volleyball (1996). In the sand, Kiraly claimed 148 tournament victories and was named the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) Most Valuable Player six times.

He also has been inducted into a host of Hall of Fames, including the International Volleyball Hall of Fame (2001), United States Olympic Hall of Fame (2008) and UCLA Hall of Fame (1992).

Kevin Mather is a former Ironman triathlete and member of the U.S. Paralympic alpine skiing team. In July of 2009, Mather was on a training ride in the foothills of Los Angeles with a group of friends when he was hit by a truck. He won the wheelchair division of the Los Angeles Marathon in 2012 and qualified for the 2012 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, where he finished second, covering 140.2 miles in 12 hours, 36 minutes and 16 seconds. Kevin shot a bow for a year when he was growing up and picked one up again when a fellow volunteer at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado told him he was going shooting. Kevin decided to get serious about archery in May of 2017. He loves all shotgun sports (sporting clays, trap, skeet) and enjoys hanging out with friends, BBQing, and nights out on the town.

Kristy Wapniarski is a National Judge for USA Archery and Continental Judge for World Archery Americas. She is currently the President of the USA Archery - Arizona Board of Directors where she has been serving for the past 5 years. She is the Tournament Chair for the Arizona Cup (USAT), has coordinated state and local tournaments, and spent countless hours volunteering with local archery clubs and organizations. Kristy has been serving as the Representative for the Western region on the Officials and Rules Advisory Council for the past 2 years and is a regular presenter for the USA Archery Judge webinar series offered since 2020. She has a degree in Business Management HR and is continuing her education to include a degree in Public Administration. She has owned her own business providing administrative support & services for the past 15 years and has been a home educator for over a decade.

 

MJ Is from Carlinville IL and has been a professional archery coach for 25 plus years. Has traveled extensively while coaching, including, Asia, Africa, South America, Australia, and Europe. Worked for USA Archery at Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista, California. MJ also worked for the NFAA in California and Yankton SD also managed the WAF Vegas international tournament setup and trade shows.

He began Olympic coaching in 2004 in Athens Greece and at Paralympic Games London 2012, Rio De Janeiro 2016 and soon Tokyo 202One. He has been USA Team head coach for six World Field Championship teams, and one World Indoor Championship team and Assistant coach for the Paralympic World Championships, 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2019. He trains able bodied and challenged athletes locally and nationwide. He has done seminars for World Archery Headquarters Lausanne, Switzerland, Hong Kong, China, Tijuana Mexico, Cali Columbia, and Santiago Chile, South America teaching groups of coaches and athletes about field and adaptive archery. Most recently, MJ led trained coaches from different countries for IPC Agitos Foundation’s “Road to Tokyo” in Tokyo, Japan by helping develop their Paralympic archery programs. 

He co-authored an Adaptive Archery Manual underwritten by Move United and US Dept. of Veteran Affairs that has been distributed worldwide. M.J. officiated at Warrior Games 2017 (Chicago), competition manager for 2018 (Colorado Springs) and officiated at 2019 Games (Tampa). In 2013, M.J. was the  competition producer for the I-Tune’s series “Nock Out” and 2017 M.J. was one of 3 finalists for the USOPC's Paralympic coach of the year. He operates Archery Resources, LLC an independent training, seminar, and event services company.

 

Preston completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of Utah in 2016. After obtaining his Doctoral degree he continued his pursuit of higher education and clinical expertise by accepting and completing the University of Utah Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency. He had affiliations at both the Veterans Affairs hospital and University of Utah Orthopedic center. During his residency he spent numerous clinical hours collaborating with clinicians and engaging in multi-disciplinary care.

After practicing for a few years, he started his own private practice called Mtn Physio. As an archer and bowhunter himself he was tired of seeing archers complaining of shoulder pain and hunters complain of musculoskeletal issues. He created his own practice in 2019 and has since helped hundreds of professional archers and bowhunters train properly and rehab correctly.

Accomplishments he has achieved in his career has been working with team USA, working with some of the biggest names in the outdoor and hunting industry, presenting at ATA, holding clinics at Easton Archery Center, MTN OPS and helping new and seasoned archers get into shooting and hunting. He is a national classifier. He helps out regularly with non-profit groups such as Disabled Outdoorsman and helps individuals of all abilities get into archery and hunting. His main mission is to not only help educate, train and rehab people but to do it with the most current evidence-based treatment around to make sure Mtn Athletes get to pursue their goals year after year and season after season. Whether it is helping an archer work towards gold or a hunter pursue their once in a lifetime tag, Preston can help with that.

When not working and helping others you can find him shooting his bow regularly, working with his dogs, riding his mules, and spending time in the mountains with his wife and daughter.

 

Sarah has spent 20 years working as a performance coach development consultant. Initially based in the UK, she led the technical development of the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC), a professional coaching qualifications framework.

In 2005, in response to the culture shift in UK sports she created e.t.c coaching consultants, an independent coaching consultancy practice. e.t.c worked with numerous sports organizations to build their coaching systems, create their coach development programs, and educate and inspire a network of coach developers.

Based in the USA since 2013 Sarah has continued to work in performance coach development in various domains including sports, business and health and wellness. Clients include the International Council for Coaching Excellence, World Rowing Federation, US Olympic Committee, the US Center of Coaching Excellence, University of Delaware, USA Football, United Soccer Coaches and TB12. 

She is an active coach developer. She is a trainer of coach developers with the International Council of Coaching Excellence. She is the Chair of Education with the US Center for Coaching Excellence.

 

Trevor Ragan is the founder of The Learner Lab - an educational website designed to unpack and share the science of learning and development. 

He spends his time with thought leaders and researchers from the worlds of psychology and developmental science, consumes their research, connects the dots, and shares it with anyone that will listen. 

He's worked with professional, college, and Olympic sports teams, Fortune 50 companies, prisons, and in hundreds of schools across the country. These workshops are designed to help people understand and apply important principles of development, in order to become better, more resilient learners.

 

 

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