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November 15, 2023

Six names confirmed for USA Archery's first-ever Coach Advisory Council

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The newly-established Coach Advisory Council, which is comprised of four Coach Representatives and two Athlete Representatives, has its first six members.

An avenue for the coaching membership’s voice to be heard, the Coach Advisory Council will make recommendations to USA Archery on their instructor and coach certification programs, continuing education, and opportunities and challenges in the coaching community.

The inaugural elected Coach Advisory Council Representatives include Linda Beck, Tom Hinojosa, Kyle Bissell and Steve Yee. They are joined by Athlete Representatives Eleanor Rodriguez and John Shelby Stephens.

Beck – a USA Archery Level 5 coach – has been coaching for more than 30 years and was, until recently, head coach for the North Regional Elite Program. Hinojosa is a full-time USA Archery Level 5 coach with an extensive network, who this year stepped into the role of collegiate coach.

Bissell has been actively practicing and studying the art and science of sports coaching for 30 years across a variety of sports, while Yee is the head coach for one of the largest USA Archery Youth clubs in Arizona.

As for the Athlete Representatives, Rodriguez is a recurve archer who obtained her USA Archery Level 4 coach certification at the age of 20. University of Pikeville student Shelby Stephens is a barebow archer on the USA Archery collegiate team and a USA Archery Level 2 Instructor.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the newly elected Coach Advisory Council representatives to continue to move coaching forward in USA Archery,” said USA Archery’s Director of Education, Guy Krueger. “This advisory council will provide our coaching membership the voice and representation our coaches need.”

Beck, Hinojosa and Rodriguez will serve through the end of 2025. Bissell, Yee and Shelby Stephens will serve through the end of 2024. The Coach Advisory Council will meet quarterly and as needed.

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