Green & Brown Join Red, White & Blue

Dec. 08, 2017, 5:17 p.m. (ET)

Green & Brown join Red, White & Blue

USA Taekwondo can today announce that it has secured the services of world renowned coaches Paul Green and Gareth Brown, formerly of the hugely successful GB Taekwondo program.

The coaching duo will begin working for USA Taekwondo on February 1, 2018 as National Team Coaching Directors, and are tasked with developing and growing the U.S. program with the intent of making it the best in the world before the Paris Olympic Games in 2024.

USA Taekwondo Executive Director Steve McNally said: “It was quite a scrap to get this done, as Paul and Gareth were understandably in huge demand around the world when news broke of their resignations in Great Britain, but I am delighted that we now have them on board and excited by the possibilities, as I know they are too.

This is a significant investment in our athletes, and a sure sign of our intent to make the United States a fearsome prospect to face for any country drawn against us in future.

Green and Brown have had incredible success in developing some of the best taekwondo athletes in the world, including double Olympic gold medalist Jade Jones, world champions and, in Bianca Walkden, the first taekwondo athlete ever to sweep the board in the Grand Prix series, winning all four available gold medals this year.

In addition, USA Taekwondo has also appointed Olympic coach Jason Poos as Para Taekwondo Head Coach in preparation for the sport’s debut in the Paralympic Games in 2020.

These appointments mark the beginning of the biggest talent identification project the U.S. taekwondo Governing Body has ever undertaken, with the goal of uncovering medal potential athletes for 2024 and 2028, along with greatly increasing the number of athletes in the para program. We will be releasing more details of that early in the new year, along with our new National Ranking system.

McNally continued: “Our whole organization is focused on being ready to make the United States proud when the Games return to our shores in 2028. Of course we want to win in Tokyo and Paris, but we intend to dominate in LA.

High Performance Director Mayumi Spence said: “We have some great coaches in the U.S. already, and these hires strengthen our hand significantly. We hope and expect our home coaches will work with myself, Paul, Gareth and Jason to make sure we meet our goals, support our athletes and continue the rapid improvements we have already made this year. The U.S. program has been depressed for years - there is no hiding from that - and we are all working hard to jolt it back into life. I am constantly in awe of the talent, work ethic and desire that I see in the people I work with every day - both athletes and coaches - and this move is key in helping to turn all that effort into gold medals in both able-bodied and para. This is not about pushing anybody out, it is about making sure we give everybody the best opportunity to win.

Paul Green said: “I’m really looking forward to this new challenge, and having seen the talent you have in America on our recent trip there, I truly believe we will help make the USA into the leading force they can and should be, and I am excited and thankful for the opportunity.

Gareth Brown said: “It's an exciting challenge, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to help develop the U.S. Team to realize its full potential in the future. We can’t wait to get started!

New Para Taekwondo Head Coach Jason Poos said: “I am both honored and excited for the opportunity to help lead USA Para-Taekwondo. The people who have started this program have done a great job building our foundation and I am looking forward to furthering our athletes and coaches as we move toward the debut of Para-Taekwondo in the 2020 Paralympic Games. I would like to thank our Chief Executive Officer Steve McNally and High Performance Director May Spence for the opportunity to grow and develop Para-Taekwondo in USA Taekwondo.”