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emy include Hawkins, Puep- pke and Greevy along with Paul Davis (Union, South Carolina) and Valerie Boothe 2[IRUG 0LVVLVVLSSL LQ 5LÁ H


gram with new courses set to come online periodically. Theimer envisions an Acad- emy that has courses for parents, athletes and volun- teers and is already working on the next phase. Growth and improvement is a key component to the program’s success.


The Coach Academy cur-


rently features 46 available classes including: 21 com- mon core classes; nine pis- WRO VSHFLÀ F FRXUVHV ULÁ H VSHFLÀ F FRXUVHV DQG IRXU VKRWJXQ VSHFLÀ F FRXUVHV Fifteen additional courses will be added to the program in the coming months. Entry into USA Shoot-


ing’s Advanced Coach cer- WLÀ FDWLRQ SURJUDP ZLOO EH determined by certain pre- requisites or ‘readiness indi- cators.’ Serving as the host of the online Coach Academy materials is ePath Learning Management System (www. epath.com), which provides easy course development options with interactive WRROV WHVWV UHSRUWV QRWLÀ FD tions and forums available for Academy administrators. Critical to the program’s


development and further advancement is a network of USA Shooting volunteer


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coaches that helped over- see the project and created the current online course work. The Coach Academy Advisory Team Discipline Leaders were the found- ers of the USA Shooting Coach Academy and made VLJQLÀ FDQW FRQWULEXWLRQV as content providers and team leaders. They include: 5LFKDUG +DZNLQV 5LÁ H 3LQH Mountain Georgia); Eric Pu- eppke (Pistol/Amenia, North Dakota); Will Hart (Pistol/ Cumberland, Rhode Island); and Les Greevy (Shotgun/ Williamsport, Pennsylvania). Master Instructors identi- À HG WKURXJK WKH &RDFK $FDG


Steve Faught (Amenia, North Dakota) in Pistol and Mike 6LPSVRQ +DUWVÀ HOG *HRU gia), Hank Garvey (Newbury- port, Massachusetts), Jay Waldron (Colorado Springs, Colorado), Craig Hancock (Eatonton, Georgia) and Terri DeWitt (Columbia, Missouri) LQ 6KRWJXQ 7KHVH À UVW 0DV ter Instructors will develop the Advanced Coach ground course instructors who will become Master Instructors as they are ready and have co-taught with a Master In- structor.


the valuable time and ef- fort they put into getting us to this point,” Theimer concluded.


“Their vision


has helped establish coach training standards that are consistent and proven to develop high performance Olympic-level athletes. We hope that their efforts help lead the Coach Academy to being recognized as the model for coach education in the shooting sports.”


In addition, these


Master Instructors select and train the next group of Coach Academy instructors. Candidates for becoming the next Master Instructors will be selected from the pool of High Performance Coaches. “There’s no greater ap- preciation I have than for the people that helped get this off the ground and all


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