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Central Oklahoma Residency Program Applications For Fall 2016

April 06, 2016, 2:53 p.m. (ET)

(April 6, 2016) -- USA Taekwondo is now accepting applications for the fall semester of the 2016 Athlete Residency Program to be hosted at the Olympic Training Site at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla.

The University of Central Oklahoma is an official Olympic Training Site that is home to both Olympic and Paralympic sport teams. The University currently hosts Archery, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball, Track and Field and now Taekwondo.

USA Taekwondo is excited to have an agreement with the University of Central Oklahoma Olympic Training Site to offer the athletes of the residency program a combined $12,000 in tuition scholarships, in-state tuition after six months of residency, living accommodations in their luxury apartments with a small fee of $200 a month to cover utilities.

Dillon Park is one of the University of Central Oklahoma's luxury apartment complexes

This opportunity offers our athletes the ability to continue their education at a high-level university and at an extremely discounted price while being able to chase their goals in taekwondo.

Tuition grants will be distributed based on Olympic ranking and past competition results.

The primary objective of the USA Taekwondo Athlete Resident Program at University of Central Oklahoma is to create a focused training and performance environment for elite-level athletes under the guidance of the resident coach and USA Taekwondo coaching staff, serving as the next stage for the pipeline of Regional Centers.

As the median age of our National Team increases, our primary goal is to provide our elite-level athletes with the resources to ensure USA Taekwondo success at the Olympic Level and to reach leadership status for taekwondo worldwide.   

The USA Taekwondo Athlete Resident Program will define specific performance markers and objectives, while allowing for a streamlined process to retain our current performing athletes for 2020 and to recruit upcoming elite-level athletes geared for 2020 and 2024.  


The USA Taekwondo residency program provides an opportunity for athletes who have demonstrated the potential for competitive excellence necessary to be successful at the Olympic level to train in an optimum environment. 

The program would accomplish this by providing: 

  • A full-time training environment managed by USA Taekwondo and the Athlete UCO Resident Coach 
  • Access to state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facilities as well as world class trainers 
  • Training opportunities with other national elite athletes and match fighting against visiting world class competitors 
  • Nutritional guidance on how to maintain competition weight in a healthy and safe manner 
  • Counseling from a professional sports psychologist in areas such as motivation, athletic performance and goal setting 

In order to monitor the progress of each participant, there will be a quarterly evaluation in a competitive environment that may include, but not be limited to:  National Championships, National Team Trials, U.S. Open, any G-1 or G-2 rated event, and match fighting.  


The resident coach for the Athlete Resident program will be Coach Jason Poos.

Coach Poos has 40 years of Taekwondo experience and has been part of the USAT National Coaching Team since 2002. Coach Poos is:

-          - 2-time USAT Coach of the Year

-          - 3-time USOC Developmental Coach of the Year

-          - Coach of multiple USA Senior National Team members

-          - Coach of multiple USA Collegiate National Team members

-          - Coach of multiple USA Junior National Team members

-          - Coach of multiple international champions and medalists

-          - 2015 Volunteer Coach of the Year

-          - 2016 Olympic Coach

Facilities for athletes at UCO are state of the art and are combined with world class coaching

This Athlete Residency Program will allow you the opportunity to improve your game, learning from the experience and knowledge of Coach Poos while incorporating training between coach Poos and your personal coach.

“This is a great opportunity for our college-aged Taekwondo athletes, one that we have been working on for several years," said USA Taekwondo Secretary General Bruce Harris. "We are very glad to see this program come to fruition. I sincerely believe that this will be an elite training center for future Taekwondo Olympians”, 

Please submit all applications to

Application deadline is April 22, 2016