Caleb Smith joins USA Skeleton coaching staff

June 14, 2018, 1:55 p.m. (ET)

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Caleb Smith joins USA Skeleton coaching staff

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (June 14, 2018)- USA Bobsled & Skeleton (USABS) is proud to announce that Caleb Smith has joined the organization as the USA Skeleton Technical and Development Lead Coach. His position will be effective July 1.

“We are thrilled to have Caleb join the coaching staff,” USABS CEO Darrin Steele said. “He has the same positive energy and inquisitive mind he had as an athlete and we watched him grow as a coach with one of the best programs in the sport. He will be a great addition to the team.”

Smith will provide support to USA Skeleton Head Coach Tuffield Latour on the World Cup tour, and he will also provide strategic support on the skeleton development and technology programs.

Smith competed in the sport of skeleton for the U.S. from 2001-2011. Since retiring, Smith said he’s had the opportunity to coach many nations and has seen different performance models as a result. He coached the Italians in 2011, followed by the Australians through the 2014 Sochi Games. He then spent a year coaching small nations for the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation, and most recently coached Great Britain over the last three seasons. Three of Smith’s British athletes earned medals at the 2018 PyeongChang Games: Lizzy Yarnold and Laura Deas claimed gold and bronze, respectively, in the women’s discipline, while Dominic Parsons took bronze in the men’s field.

“Coaching so many different nations has allowed me to see the strengths and weaknesses associated with each and distill these experiences down,” Smith said. “Some of these nations had very little funding while some had a lot, and there were strengths and weaknesses associated with each.”

Smith hopes to build a strong performance environment alongside head coach Tuffield Latour with a long-term development of elite athletes at its core.

“Building this strong foundation is essential for sustained success in the long term,” Smith said. “I am looking forward to the challenge of creating that alongside the U.S. staff and athletes.”

Smith was born in Saranac Lake, N.Y. and grew up in Lake Placid. Smith is building a house in Jay, N.Y., which is expected to be completed mid July, and is the sixth generation of his family to live in the Adirondacks.

“Throughout the last few years I’ve felt a strong urge to be closer to home in the Adirondacks,” Smith said. “Lake Placid and its sliding history in particular is something that is a big part of me and I am proud to be a part of it. It gives me a lot of joy in return.”

For media inquiries, please contact Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director, at amanda.bird@usabs.com, or at (518) 354-2250.

About USA Bobsled & Skeleton
USA Bobsled & Skeleton (USABS), based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. USABS would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: BMW of North America, Under Armour, Kampgrounds of America, Thorne Research, Boomerang Carnets, Hudl, Tesa Tape, PVS International, Ferris Mfg. Corp, Machintek, deBotech and Carpenter. For more information, please visit the USABS website at www.usabs.com.

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