USAB and the USAB juniors Program are pleased to announce the coaching staff for the 2009 Jr. Pan Am Games to be played August 17-23 in Puerto Rico. The process turned out to be much more complicated than ever before. This began with the Junior International Trials at the Affinity Badminton Club, San Carlos in the Bay Area. A record number of entrants, over 130 competed February 14-16 to qualify for both the U-19 team event and for the five events (BS,GS,BD,GD,XD) of the individual tournament U-11 to U-19. After 550 matches organized with incredible precision by Chris Lawrence, enough payers had qualified to fill almost all eligible berths (4 boys singles, 4 girls singles, 2 boys doubles, 2 girls doubles, and 4 mixed doubles in each age group).
Then came two months of work by the organizing group of Amy Ng, Widya Susanto and Fred Coleman of the Juniors Committee, with help from many past organizers like Wayne Lum, Jim Todt, and other parents and coaches. Once we had definite confirmations of how many athletes could go, we realized with a likely squad of over 60 athletes, there was a new major concern. With the limited budget available ($5000), USAB had typically sent a head coach and on occasion a developmental assistant coach in previous years. Clearly two coaches could not handle the responsibilities of so many fine young athletes.
A coaching selection group of Andy Gouw (USAB Board Member and head of the Coaching Department for USAB), Amy Ng, Widya Susanto, and Fred Coleman of the Juniors Committee first selected Andy Chong (High Performance Coach, and past Coach of a number of our International Adult Teams) as a Head Coach. With his consultation and that of Mohan Subramaniam, the committee posted a set of criteria for coaching applications (see previous posting). The committee received ten excellent resumes of coaches seeking assistant positions.
With some further hard work to raise some additional funding, the selection group felt we could afford to send an assistant head coach and four additional assistant coaches. The structure of the coaching team would allow Andy Chong to provide significant training to the younger members of the team, and the team to put skilled coaches on court for as many matches as possible.
HEAD COACH - ANDY CHONG
ASSISTANT HEAD COACH - RADU MILEVSCHI
ASSISTANT COACHES - RUTH MENCHACA
HOLVY DE PAUW