Tom Violette joins USCA national office staff

By Terry L. Davis | Oct. 23, 2017, 8:13 a.m. (ET)


Oct. 23, 2017

Violette joins USA Curling national office

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Longtime curler and marketing researcher Tom Violette will be joining the United States Curling Association (USCA) national office to fill the role of operations associate.

Violette will be re-locating from Issaquah, Wash., to Stevens Point, Wis., where the national office is located to begin his duties immediately.

In this new role, Violette will assist staff in a variety of areas such as event and special projects management, sponsorship research development and fulfillment, budget management, and day-to-day administration. He also will collaborate with the chief executive officer and co-workers on major strategic initiatives for the USCA, and will have a leading role in the planning and delivery of championship event operations, site selection and community relations.

“I am honored to be chosen to fill this vital role and thrilled to be joining the team at the national office in such a critical and busy time for the staff,” Violette said. “This is an exciting era for curling with limitless possibilities for the future, both in the United States and worldwide, and I hope that my lifelong love of the game and decades of varied experience will be an asset to the organization while meeting the challenges that lie ahead.”

In addition to his many accolades on the ice, including winning the world senior championship gold medal in 2015 and two men’s national titles, Violette has a lengthy background in market research and analysis that will benefit the USCA.

“I am committed to applying my passion and unwavering dedication to work on behalf of all curlers to fulfill the USCA mission of growing the game and creating an atmosphere where our athletes can perform their best and achieve their potential,” said Violette, 57. “I look forward to working with the staff and the vast array of constituencies within the organization to execute the current priorities and initiatives and achieve the goals to which we all aspire.”

In addition to his curling experience on the ice, Violette has supported the sport in coaching roles as well on the USCA Board of Directors, Athletes’ Advisory Council and Washington State Association over the past two decades.

“There were many very strong candidates for this position, and Tom stood out not only because of his long-term background with the sport, but also because of his professional skills and passion for wanting to be part of the national office team dedicated to delivering success for curling in the USA is many different areas,” said Rick Patzke, chief executive officer for USA Curling, “We are excited to be adding him to our team. And while he has both a son and step-son currently in the USA Curling junior high performance program, just in case anyone is concerned, Tom will not be involved with decision making for those programs in any way, shape or form.”

The U.S. Curling Association office is headquartered in Stevens Point, Wis., and is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of curling and Paralympic sport of wheelchair curling. The association has eight full-time staff members at the Wisconsin office in addition to the High Performance Program staff.

The association has more than 170 member clubs in 43 U.S. states with approximately 20,000 members.

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Thorne, BalancePlus, and Brakebush, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, United Airlines, 12th End Sports Network, and CurlingZone.


For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications,, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office).