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USA Judo's New COO - Corinne Shigemoto

By Ernest Pund | Feb. 27, 2013, 1:41 p.m. (ET)

USA Judo's New COO - Corinne ShigemotoCorinne Shigemoto Named
Chief Operating Officer of USA Judo

Corinne Shigemoto, a respected elite judo competitor and coach, who dramatically improved the professionalism of USA Judo’s national tournaments and membership programs as the organization’s Director of Events and Membership, has been named Chief Operating Officer of the sport’s national governing body.

Shigemoto is moving to USA Judo’s national offices in Colorado Springs to fulfill the duties of this new position, created to continue improving service to members and further grow the organization’s professionalism..

"It is really exciting to have Corinne expand her responsibility with our organization and have her now based in Colorado Springs. Corinne is such a great part of USA Judo, having first trained as a top national athlete, then having served as a coach, then on the staff and now as one of our top administrators," said Jose H. Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer of USA Judo.

"Corinne has been such an integral part of this organization and sport that we are all looking forward to her new role, as our COO. On behalf of our Board of Directors, I congratulate Corinne and welcome her to our State of Colorado," said USA Judo President Lance Nading.

“I am honored to serve an organization and sport that has been so close to my heart and so much a part of my life,” said Shigemoto. “And I am so excited to be moving to the national offices in Colorado Springs where I’ll be working directly with great people like Eddie Liddie, our Director of High Performance. He has achieved so much overseeing our elite teams and training.”

Corinne Shigemoto started practicing Judo in 1966 at the age of 7 in Redwood City, Calif. When she was 14, Shigemoto moved to Cahills Judo in San Bruno, Calif. From 13 to 16 years old, she trained under Keiko Fukuda, the first woman to earn the rank of 10th Dan, who passed away just weeks ago in San Francisco. Among the many highlights in her career, Shigemoto was an alternate on the Olympic Judo Team in 1988.

Shigemoto shares extensive experience in coaching. She served as: Training Coach for the U.S. Judo Team at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona; Women’s Coach for the U.S. Judo Team at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta; Coach of the Pan American Games in Argentina, 1995.

As a sports administrator, Shigemoto has been USA Judo’s Event Services Director, USA Judo’s Membership Services Director, and past Chair of the organization’s Coach Development and Education Committee.

"Working with Corinne has been a great experience these last five years. So much of the success that we have enjoyed in our events and membership growth is directly the result of Corinne's hard work and dedication to this sport and its athletes," added CEO Rodriguez.

"Having Corinne as a COO of this organization continues to reinforce USA Judo’s commitment to lead the way as a National Governing Body, when you consider our coaching leadership of Olympians and World Medalists, with women and minority participation at all levels. Our USA Judo Board of Directors are to be commended for the support they provide the decisions and selections of our staff," continued Rodriguez.

All future correspondence with new COO Shigemoto should be addressed to our Colorado Springs national office at One Olympic Plaza, Colorado Springs, CO 80909. She can be reached by phone at (719) 866-4730.