Luce, Hickox Accepted as 2008 Olympic Sprint Canoe/Kayak Coaches

Jan. 15, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - USA Canoe/Kayak announced Monday that the USOC Team Selection Working Group has accepted the nominations of Nathan Luce (Chula Vista, Calif.) as Sprint Head Coach and Mac Hickox (Mississauga, Canada) as Sprint Replacement Head Coach for the U.S. Sprint Canoe/Kayak Team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Luce and Hickox will serve as 2008 U.S. Olympic sprint coaches pending final approval by the USOC Board of Directors and dependent on the size of the team that USA Canoe/Kayak fields for the 2008 Olympic Games.

Luce, a five-time member of Canada's National Kayak Team and 15-time Canadian champion, joined USA Canoe/Kayak as Sprint Head Coach in 2005. Under Luce, U.S. sprint paddlers have earned nine berths in World Championship finals resulting in two top-five finishes and have won seven World Cup medals. In 2007, the U.S. won a women's single kayak silver medal at the Beijing Pre-Olympic Test Event in China.

Hickox, a U.S. Olympian (Canoe, 1968), 22-time Canadian champion and two time North American champion, joined USA Canoe/Kayak as National Development Director/Coach in 2007. As a coach, Hickox served as Canada 's Sprint Canoe/Kayak National Coach from 1972 to 1976 and Head Coach at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games producing a silver medal in the men's single canoe. As Head Coach of the Mississauga Canoe Club ( Ontario , Canada ), Hickox brought six Canadian national titles to the club in 12 years. Hickox is a founder of the U.S. National Association of Coaches in Canoe and Kayak and the Canadian Association of Coaches in Canoe and Kayak. He was recipient of the Gilbert Award as Coach of the Year by the Canadian Canoe Association in 1996 and won the Air Canada Award as Canada 's Coach of the Year in 1976. He is a 1983 inductee of the City of Mississauga, Ontario Hall of Fame and was named "One of the 25 Most Influential People in Mississauga Sport" 1975-1999.