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In Kim


Developmental Coach of the Year In Kim has big goals for


the members of his Bridge Jr. Shooting Club: • 30% of the Pistol ath- letes on the National Junior Team


• 30% of the National Junior/Junior Olympic medals


• 30% of the World Cham- pionship Junior Pistol team


• And hopefully one day, 30% of the Olympic team.


“Those are my goals – I


know it’s crazy - and because of it, I’m killing myself with training!” the Club director and Assistant National Team coach said. “That’s what I thought when I started this club about fi ve years ago, and I think about half of the pistol shooters on the Junior National Team have come from my club. Next goal for them is National Team then hopefully, the Olympics.” He calls himself crazy,


but four of the 11 Junior Pistol athletes competing


in the World Championship were from his club – that’s 36% - and more representa- tion on the team of athletes from one club than any oth- er. USA Shooting is proud to name Kim its Developmen- tal Coach of the Year. The Bridge Jr. Shooting


Club was founded in 2010 by Kim to promote the sport of Olympic Pistol for juniors in the Southern California area.


“The U.S. is one of the


best and since the frontier days we’ve been good at shooting, but if in Pistol we are about ten points behind (international competitors)? That’s kind of a shame. My friends and I decided to dedicate ourselves to devel- oping a future Olympian in Pistol…(With my club)They have to have a champion’s attitude, a winning attitude from the beginning if they’re going to be on my range. We train them harder than any other club.”


72 USA Shooting News | Year in Review 2014


Todd Graves


National Team Coach of the Year The transition from ath-


lete to coach isn’t always a smooth one. But, USA Shooting’s National Shotgun Coach Todd Graves makes it look easy and for lead- ing USA Shooting’s shotgun program to unprecedented success in 2014, Graves has been named 2014 USA Shooting National Team Coach of the Year. The recap reads like this:


three earned Olympic quo- tas, 13 World Cup medals, two World Cup Finals med- als and a World Champion- ship performance that saw 11 medals with three World Champions, Junior World Champs silver and bronze medalists, six other top-10 performers, six team medal- ists, and one world record. There’s no lack of inten-


sity in his approach or con- fi dence in his athletes. As coach, Graves carries with him that same fi ery competi- tiveness and desired great- ness that, as an athlete, earned him spots on four


Olympic Teams and a bronze medal in 2000. While trying to be all


things to all people, which is what the job requires, he’s not afraid to ask for help either having enlisted some of the best coaches in the country to help raise the pro- gram to its current heights including Dwayne Weger, Jay Waldron, Tommy Brown- ing, Craig Hancock and Mike Simpson.


Coach Graves isn’t about accolades, so this will mean little to him. But he’ll refl ect on the cache of athletes he had performing well in 2014 along with a stable of coach- es that helped produce some signifi cant results and be satisfi ed, if only tempo- rarily, because he’ll demand even more of himself, his athletes and team in 2015.


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