USA ARCHERY ANNOUNCES KISIK LEE AS NATIONAL HEAD COACH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 6, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- USA Archery, the National Governing Body (NGB) for the Olympic sport of archery in the United States, is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Kisik Lee, a six-time Olympic Coach, as its new National Head Coach.
The National Archery Coach is responsible for the long range planning, development and execution of all facets of the national archery training program. This includes coaching the technical aspects of international level archery skills as well as the related areas of physical training, mental training and other athlete management.
Forty-eight year old Lee, originally from South Korea, brings to the U.S. a tremendous amount of experience as both a competitor and a coach in the sport of archery. Lee was the Korean National Archery Champion in 1975 and 1979 and broke the national record 26 times during his shooting career in Korea. He served as the Korean National Men’s Team Coach from 1981-1984 and again in 1990. He was the National Women’s Team Coach from 1986-1989.
Mr. Lee was appointed Korean National Head Coach in 1991, a position he held until 1996. He was an Olympic Coach for Korea in 1984 and 1988 and was Head Coach of the Korean Olympic Team at Barcelona in 1992 and Atlanta in 1996.
Mr. Lee was appointed Australian National Coach and Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Head Coach in 1997. He coached Sydney Olympic Gold Medalist, Simon Fairweather, and other members of the Australian team at the 2000 Games. Mr. Lee coached the Australian team again in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, where Aussie archer Tim Cuddihy won a bronze medal and set an Olympic record score in the semi-finals.
Coach Lee’s archers have won 23 medals in World Championships during the past 15 years. He has never taken a team to an Olympics and not returned with a medal. His athletes have won 9 of the 22 Olympic gold medals awarded in archery in the past 20 years. This is a more outstanding achievement than almost any coach in any Olympic sport.
Coach Lee has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Physical Education. He has served as a director of shooting for major international events, as president, director and chairman of judges for the Korean Archery Association (KAA) and has been a keynote speaker at many archery seminars around the world. Coach Lee is the author of the popular book Total Archery. He has a son and a daughter who have each graduated from dental school in Australia and a daughter-in-law who is finishing law school.
Coach Lee will assume his duties as the National Head Coach at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. on January 3, 2006. He and his wife, Ha Park, will reside in the San Diego area.
USA Archery is very excited to have Coach Lee join our staff and we hope all of you in the archery community will join us in welcoming him and his family.
Mary Beth Vorwerk
Media & Public Relations Manager
1 Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
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