New assistant athlete development director named

Jan. 06, 2009, 2:46 p.m. (ET)
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - John Coumbe-Lilley of Rochester Hills, Mich., has been named as an assistant athlete development director for USA Curling.

Coumbe-Lilley will be responsible for assisting with the development of high performance training models for athletes, particularly in the areas of mental skills training and team building. He will work with and fulfill program development for elite teams and coaches; assist at high performance camps; help with team preparation, and help develop educational materials. Coumbe-Lilley will work closely with Ed Lukowich, USA Curling's athlete development director since 2002.

Coumbe-Lilley earned degrees in business, finance, as well as sport and recreation management from Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. He then earned a master's degree in kinesiology and sports psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2007, he completed a doctor of philosophy in education psychology from there as well.

Coumbe-Lilley's resume boasts former careers in sports psychology, coach development, management, and instruction. In addition, he has a lengthy coaching career with rugby and soccer teams in Detroit and Chicago.

"I am excited about my dual role of assisting to create sport psychology resources for coaches and athletes and providing direct service support to top competitive teams," Coumbe-Lilley said. "There are many enthusiastic coaches and curlers that are hungry to improve and my goal is to ensure that I learn what their needs are and develop tools and strategies that can help them improve their performance and gain better control and consistency over their play."

USA Curling's national office in Stevens Point, Wis., is now back to full staff with the addition of Jean Lindner, Plover, Wis., as the new administrative assistant. Dawn Leurquin, Ogdensburg, Wis., who joined the organization in January 2007, has been promoted to event services coordinator.

Lindner, a native of the Milwaukee area, began with USA Curling in mid-December. She is responsible for office administration, shipping and receiving, meeting planning, database management and many other duties. Lindner attended the technical college in Pewaukee, Wis., taking courses in business, computers and accounting. Her resume includes employment in insurance and accounting fields as well as administrative assistant work at several churches. Her husband, Mike, runs a hotel research and development business, which brought the family to the Stevens Point area a few years ago. They have two sons, Jim and Rich. She enjoys cross-stitch and is an avid Milwaukee Brewers and Wisconsin Woodchucks baseball fan.

"I am in awe every day by the enormous scope of the sport of curling, the friendly people I work with, and the people I have the opportunity to talk with on the phone," Lindner said.

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