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High performance coaches named to develop National Teams!

Jan. 08, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

High Performance Coaches named to Develop National Teams

After months of extensive conversations, USATH has formally offered employment to former Men’s National Team Head Coach Javier Garcia-Cuesta, and former Women’s National Team Head Coach Christian Latulippe, to build a new High Performance Program around our developing National Teams.

Garcia-Cuesta is widely respected and led Team USA during the heyday of the Men’s National Team during the 1980’s.  The Garcia-Cuesta developed team represented the USA in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, as well as the 1988 Seoul Olympic shortly after Javier’s departure for several foreign assignments.  Garcia-Cuesta served as Head Coach of several national teams and led them into world-class stature, including Brazil, Spain, Portugal, and Egypt.  Javier is world renowned and will serve as the senior leader of the USATH National Team development program and Head Coach of the Men’s National Team.

Latulippe led the USA Men’s National Team in the recent Argentina PATHF Championships, as well as serving as the Women’s National Team Head Coach during the first decade of this century.  He shouldered the responsibilities for running the entirety of the women’s program, including the establishment of a residency program, as well as handling fund-raising, recruitment, development, and publicity for the team.  He recently served as the Assistant Coach of Team Canada’s Men’s National Team and is a Head Coach of a successful club team in France.   Latulippe will serve as the Women’s National Team Head Coach.

The coaches were recruited jointly last year by Chairman of the Board Jeff Utz and former interim General Manager Dave Gascon.  Garcia-Cuesta and Latulippe, as volunteers, as well as Gascon, and Technical Director Mariusz Wartalowicz, have collectively developed a long-term strategy for the development of the USATH High Performance Program which focuses on the recruitment, training, development, and elevating the stature of our National Teams.  That effort is a key component of the 2013 High Performance Plan, presented to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in October by Gascon, Wartalowicz, and Garcia-Cuesta.  The plan is highly regarded by the USOC.  The coaches will be mutually supportive and will develop a cadre of National Team coaches for the Youth and Junior levels.

An obviously elated Utz proclaimed, “All the pieces are now in place for a very bright future.  The Board of Directors now has a solid foundation for the development of our national teams.  We are also thrilled with our recent selection of Matt Van Houten as our new Chief Executive Officer as Matt was the last essential piece of the puzzle.  Garcia-Cuesta and Latulippe are well known to Matt and having all three on board is fabulous!” 

Gascon indicated he and Utz spent significant time dealing with the national team leadership issue and believe the USATH was exceedingly fortunate to have found the right opportunity at the right time to hire both coaches.  “The Garcia-Cuesta, Latulippe, Wartalowicz relationship has already resulted in the joint development of several important strategies.  We are very impressed by their efforts as volunteers and we are quite grateful for their contributions.  Now that we can hire them to build our program, we are really optimistic that we can challenge the Western Hemisphere at the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games and compete for a place in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games.

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