USA Badminton is proud to announce the 2012 USAB Coaches of the Year!
The 2012 USAB National Coach of the Year is Ben Lee, who was also the 2012 USAB Olympic Badminton Coach and owner of Synergy Badminton Club. In addition to this, Lee lives in the San Jose area and works full time as a police officer for the Palo Alto Police Department. Lee began coaching in 1994, while still competing in the sport. He was also among the first to represent the U.S. in badminton at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
The 2012 USAB Development Coach of the Year is Shannon Pohl, owner of Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy in Chicago, Illinois. Pohl has enrolled many students in both private and group lessons. She coaches all levels and ages, helping them to stay involved and develop a lifelong love of the sport. Pohl opened her academy in 2009 after retiring from international competition.
The 2012 Volunteer Coach of the Year is Abi Bautista from Fremont, California. Bautista, currently a Physical Therapist Assistant has been volunteering in various positions from the 80s. She advises athletes of various levels in the areas of coaching, strengthening and conditioning, program development as well as injury prevention. She recently volunteered to oversee the rehabilitation of the Olympic bound athletes – Tony Gunawan, Howard Bach and Rena Wang. She runs her club, Abi’s Badminton Club (ABC) and has been coaching as a volunteer coach at the Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, California since 2000.