FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 18, 2012
Two-time world champion Hackner named U.S. national coach
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - After an extensive search process by the High Performance Advisory Group, USA Curling has hired two-time world champion Al Hackner of Thunder Bay, Ontario, as the final member of its national coaching staff. Hackner, 58, joins Scott Baird (Bemidji, Minn.) as a national team coach in addition to Project 2018 national coaches John Benton (St. Michael, Minn.) and Phill Drobnick (Eveleth, Minn.) under the direction of High Performance Director Derek Brown.
Hackner, who began curling at age 13, skipped his Northern Ontario team to Canadian and world championship titles in 1982 and 1985. He also was runner-up at the 2007 World Senior Curling Championships and is a member of the Canadian Curling Association's Hall of Fame. In the 10th end of the 1985 Canadian National Championships final, Hackner played a double takeout for two points to tie the game, which some consider to be one of the greatest shots in Canadian curling history. He went on to win in the extra end and then reclaim the world title.
"We are delighted to have someone with Al's experience and knowledge of the game working with our high performance teams, and I am sure he will be fantastic asset to our program," Brown said of Hackner's appointment.
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For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).