Former World Champion Jimmy Pedro Named 2009 World Team Coach
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Ten years after becoming just the second U.S. man to win a World Judo Championship, USA Judo is pleased to announce that Jimmy Pedro (Wakefield, Mass.) will serve as the head coach of the 2009 World Team.
Pedro will coach 14 U.S. athletes at the World Championships from Aug. 26-30 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
"I am honored to have been selected by USA Judo for the position of World Team Head Coach," said Pedro, a four-time Olympian who retired from competition after winning his second Olympic bronze medal at the 2004 Games. "Since retirement I have been working as the Co-Director of the U23 Team program and now many of these kids are our nation's best. I look forward to working with them at this year's Worlds in Rotterdam and over the next three years leading up to the 2012 Olympics."
As a coach, Pedro has produced many of the top athletes in the United States with four athletes qualifying for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, including World and Olympic bronze medalist Ronda Rousey (Santa Monica, Calif.)
This year, five of the 14 World Team members, hail from Pedro's club - the USA Judo National Team FORCE in Wakefield, Mass.
Chris Skelley (Upper Saddle River, N.J.), who was the team manager at the Pan American Championships in March, will serve as the team manager for his first World Championship Team.
Athletes competing on the World Team were named on April 18 at the conclusion of the USA Judo Senior National Championships in San Diego.
A complete roster of athletes competing at the World Championships is as follows:
Aaron Kunihiro (Wakefield, Mass. / NYAC / USA Judo National Team FORCE)
Josh O'Neil (Racine, Wis. / Cohen's Judo / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center)
Michael Eldred (Fruitland, Idaho / Western Idaho Judo Institute)
Travis Stevens (Wakefield, Mass. / NYAC / USA Judo National Team FORCE)
Aaron Cohen (Buffalo Grove, Ill. / NYAC / Cohen's Judo)
Djamaldin Aliev (Greenwood Village, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center / Boulder Judo Training Center)
Daniel McCormick (Wakefield, Mass. / NYAC / USA Judo National Team FORCE)
Katelyn Bouyssou (Hope, R.I. / NYAC / Mayo Quanchi Judo Club)
Kim Carpenter (Burnt Hills, N.Y. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center)
Marti Malloy (San Jose, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University)
Janine Nakao (Wakefield, Mass. / USA Judo National Team FORCE)
Katie Sell (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center / Boulder Judo Training Center)
Kayla Harrison (Wakefield, Mass. / NYAC / USA Judo National Team FORCE)
Nina Cutro-Kelly (San Antonio, Texas / Universal Judo)