USA Taekwondo has finalized its National Team coaching staff with the appointment of 15 assistants to work with head coaches Juan Moreno (Miami, Fla.) and Jean Lopez (Sugar Land, Texas). The appointments include nine returning staff and six new assistants.
"Our assistant National Team coaching program has been very successful these last three years," said USA Taekwondo CEO David Askinas. "The support the assistant coaches have provided to head coaches Moreno and Lopez has been nothing but first class. We have also seen significant professional growth within our assistant National Team coaching staff and that was certainly one of our goals when we established the program. Thus, it was not a difficult decision to recommend retaining the current coaching staff. We also determined that we have increased needs not just in match coaching but also in scouting, coaching education presentation, and content development among other areas. We consequently decided this was the right time to expand the staff. The six new additions to the National Team coaching staff all bring passion, unique skill sets and an overriding desire to help American athletes achieve international success. We had some difficult decisions to make and certainly there were many excellent candidates for a few positions."
Assistant National Team coaches are responsible for working with the National Team head coaches and the USAT High Performance Department to provide technical support, scouting and contribute to the development, training, and preparation of athletes. Assistant coaches are also responsible for supporting the education and development of coaches within USA Taekwondo's membership.
"I am very happy to bring back the staff that has done such a tremendous job over the past two years as well as add six new coaches to the team," said Moreno. "Coach Lopez and I feel these new coaches all bring something unique to the current staff. The world championship team, junior team, U-24 team, athlete development camps, and CIDP seminars are all programs we must fulfill in the most professional way and this staff will allow us to accomplish this. With Coach Lopez and me leading these coaches, we believe that this staff will become the best in the world from every coaching aspect."
"I want to congratulate our new coaching staff," added Lopez. "It was a difficult process to select these coaches from a very qualified pool of coaches. We have created a team of coaches that will help us win us many medals. These coaches will also help lead us to qualify for the London Games and win gold medals in 2012. I am proud of this team of coaches. I would also like to take this time to thank all those who took the time to apply for the assistant coaching positions. I encourage you to continue to work towards becoming part of our coaching staff."
Returning coaches to the National Team staff are Clayton Barber (Los Angeles, Calif.), Peter Bardatsos (Woodside, N.Y.), Christina Bayley (Dayton, Ohio), Liz Evans (Zion, Ill.), Eui Lee (Maple Grove, Minn.), Dong Lee (Sunnyvale, Texas), Sherman Nelson (Washington, D.C.), Kevin Padilla (Hoboken, N.J.) and Jason Poos (Oklahoma City, Okla.).
The six new staff members are David Bartlett (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Russell Beneby (Miramar, Fla.), Robert Fausett (Richmond, Texas), Dennis (Min) Kim (Gainesville, Va.), Jimmy Kim (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Patrice Remarck (Alexandria, Va.).