USAT Names Chuang National Poomsae Team Head Coach

Dec. 02, 2014, 12:16 p.m. (ET)

Master Chuang Inherits a Program That Won 20 Medals at Worlds in 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.—(Dec. 2) USA Taekwondo CEO Bruce Harris announced today the naming of Dan Chuang as the USAT National Poomsae Team Head Coach. This announcement comes after having interested persons submit applications earlier this year to be considered for the head coach position.

Due to the transition from former USAT National Poomsae Team Head Coach Jimmy Kim and the world championships, a decision on selecting a head coach was delayed until after the completion of the 9th World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico, where Team USA finished in third place overall.

This tremendous showing marked a great collaborative effort from five USAT poomsae coaches, all of whom were instrumental in guiding the USAT National Poomsae Team to the outstanding success achieved at the world championships. 

Mr. Harris offers his sincere thanks and gratitude to Kim and also to the coaches for this year’s USAT National Poomsae Team: Barbara Brand, Dan Chuang, Huy Nguyen, Akiko Reyes and David Turgeon.

Coach Chuang, based in Cambridge, Mass., has served as a coach for Team USA at the 2013 World Poomsae Championships in Bali, Indonesia, and the 2014 World Poomsae Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico, where the Americans won an historic 20 medals. He was also an athlete on the 2011 USAT National Poomsae Team, which traveled to Vladivostok, Russia. Chuang also has an International Poomsae Referee certification from the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).

In addition, Chuang has been a longtime active member of the collegiate taekwondo movement. He served as poomsae coach of the U.S. National Collegiate Taekwondo Team from 2009-11 and 2013-14, and he has placed athletes onto all six of the National Collegiate Poomsae Teams since it became a collegiate national team category in 2009. He was also the head coach of the 2010 and 2013 U.S. National Collegiate Taekwondo Teams.

Furthermore, Chuang has been head instructor of the nationally-ranked Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sport Taekwondo Club since 2000 and also currently serves as vice president of the National Collegiate Taekwondo Association (NCTA) and director of the Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference (ECTC). He was named the NCTA Coach of the Year in 2004 and has twice served as director of the U.S. National Collegiate Taekwondo Championships in 2006 and 2012.

Coach Chuang also runs a nonprofit studio, C.W. Taekwondo at Boston, where he coaches both elite poomsae and sparring athletes as part of team "t.Bos," a competition team comprised of several schools and coaches. He has a bachelor's and a master's degree in engineering from Cornell University, where he also competed in taekwondo as part of the ECTC with the Cornell Sport Taekwondo Club.