Olympian Pete Fenson rejoins HIgh Performance Program coaching staff

By Terry L. Davis | July 10, 2018, 12:11 p.m. (ET)
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July 10, 2018
 
Olympic bronze medalist re-joins coaching staff
 
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Olympic bronze medalist Pete Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) has accepted an offer to re-join the High Performance Program’s coaching staff for the upcoming season.
 
“I am very happy to be rejoining the USA Curling National Coaching Staff, and am looking forward to working with all of our world-class athletes,” Fenson said. “The future is very bright for our program, and I am expecting many more great successes.”
 
Fenson, who has been a part of the program in the past both as an athlete and coach, is an eight-time national champion and will be the women’s national program coach.
 
“I am delighted to welcome Pete back to the National Coaching team and his experience and knowledge of international curling will be a huge asset to the women’s HP Program,” said Derek Brown, Director of High Performance for USA Curling.
 
Fenson joins Phill Drobnick (Eveleth, Minn.), who was appointed Director of Coaching last month, Carly Anderson, sports psychologist, and Dave Jensen (Bismarck, N.D.), along with the four Junior High Performance Program (HPP) coaches – Wayne Anderson (Broomall, Pa.), Keith Dropkin (Southborough, Mass.), Mark Lazar (Toledo, Ohio), and Bill Rhyme (Green Bay, Wis.). Jensen is currently the Director of the Junior High Performance Program and also has been appointed as national technical coach for the overall program.
 
“It is fantastic to have Dave as our technical coach. This is a role he had been delivering during training camps, but it will now be expanded to provide weekly technical sessions for HP athletes during the season,” Brown said.
 
In addition to the athletes announced in May who will make up the 2018-19 national team, previous Program athlete Tara Peterson, 27, will join Team Nina Roth as fifth player. Peterson, who recently graduated from dental school, is a three-time junior national champion and also won the women’s national title in 2014. She joins Roth’s 2018 Olympic squad with older sister Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minn.) and Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.). Alex Leichter (Boston), who also was previously part of the HPP, has been added to the pool of mixed doubles athletes for the upcoming season. A regular at the Men’s National Championship, Leichter also will team up with Kroy Nernberger’s men’s squad this year.
 
USA Curling’s High Performance Program has seen steady improvement at international competitions in the last few years marked with a historic 2018 Olympic gold medal and Grand Slam win plus two bronze medals at world championships in 2016. In addition, the Junior HPP has secured three medals at the World Junior Championships since 2016. To learn more about the HPP, go to https://www.teamusa.org/usa-curling/for-athletes/high-performance-program.
 
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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile).