Congratulations to the archers who trained at one of our Easton Archery Centers or participated in the Olympic Archery in Schools program and have made the 2018 USA Archery Dream Team. We are very proud of their accomplishments. Read more…..
The Easton Archery Center of Excellence recently hosted two of USA Archery’s Level 4-NTS Coach courses. Participants undergo an intense week of training with a variety of sport experts including USOC trainers, Level 5 coaches and our National Head Coach, KiSik Lee. Concluding with an individual practical exam, it is no small feat to pass the course.
We would like to congratulate all of the new 2017 Level 4 Coaches for their accomplishment and would like to give a special shout-out to our very own Jason Tong for earning his Level 4 as well!
Jason has contributed a lot to our sport especially for college programs. In addition to a successful career in collegiate archery, finishing as the 2017 Recurve Mixed Team National Champion and West Region Collegiate Coach of the Year, he was Vice President, Team Captain and President of the UCSD team as well as the Collegiate Athlete Rep and and will be the West Region Collegiate Rep for USA Archery. After graduating from UCSD this year with a degree in biochemistry and cell biology, he joined us here at the center as part of our operations team to continue giving back to the sport.
Tell us about how you got into archery. I got into the sport as a freshman at UCSD. The club, Sun God Archery at UCSD, offers beginner workshops and it is there that I met coach Nick Kale and the rest of the Sun God Archery team. I had a great time and from there I was hooked!
What’s been the most rewarding part of archery for you? Winning with my team has been some of my best experiences not just in archery, but in my whole college experience. It is very exciting to shoot mixed team and team round events because you are shooting with teammates and you have the rest of your team cheering you on. It is more meaningful for me that my success is not just my own, but is shared by the whole team.
Why did you get into coaching? When I became the VP of the club, I had the opportunity to serve the club in multiple capacities. In a leadership role, being a coach empowers me to give back and support my team, and as an athlete, I learn more about technique which improves my own performance at competitions. As I began to coach more, I really started enjoying the process of learning how to work with athletes to help them meet their goals and fulfill their potential.
What has made you a better coach? I learn a lot as a coach when I encounter a student who is struggling, especially with something that I’ve never seen or experienced myself. The process of figuring it out with them teaches you a lot of valuable lessons that don’t come from a textbook.
What were some highlights of the L4 course? It was really great to meet new coaches from across the country. I enjoyed learning from other sport experts such as Kevin Pierce and his presentation on sports medicine and re-hab/pre-hab practices to prevent injuries, and John Crawley on process improvement on teaching. It was also very beneficial to have the chance to work with Coach Lee and to go over the finer details of NTS with him.
What is your advice for future L4 candidates? Learn NTS as an athlete first. Athlete development must come before coach development. I am a far more effective coach when I can draw from my own personal experience shooting and then when students are facing problems that I have not seen before, then I can also pull from my own learning process to discover solutions versus just reciting knowledge from a book. That will not only help you pass the Level 4 exam, but also make you a far more effective coach that is better able to help all of your athletes meet their goals and fulfill their potential.
By Trevor Thornton, Center Director
December 18, 2017
We are excited to announce that Brett Litzler has achieved his level 4 USAA coaching certification. Brett started with the Easton Salt Lake Archery Center in Jan of 2016 and has been a key part of our growth and program development.
Brett bought his first bow in November of 2011 and never looked back! He began learning under the instruction of Mr. Richard Tone, the former head coach of the United States Olympic team. In no time, he was hooked! The thrill of competition always keeps him fueled, as well as wanting more knowledge and experience in archery.
Brett has competed in many competitions, from small local shoots, to world ranking events. In 2015, Brett won the Arizona state Indoor Recurve Championship, and placed 2nd in the Arizona State Outdoor Championships to a 2-time Olympic Silver Medalist.
“I’m excited to learn, I’m excited to get a bow in people’s hands, I’m excited to teach them that this is fun, and you can really do anything you want in archery.” Brett states. Brett was the Program Coordinator for one of the first “Retail Archery Academy’s” in the country and his main goal is to, “grow and change the sport of archery”.
We are pleased to have him as part of the Easton Foundations. We look forward to his new knowledge and how it can help grow the sport of archery. Congratulations Brett, on a well deserved accomplishment.
Easton Sports Development Foundation
November 30, 2017
The United States Olympic Committee has recognized Greg Easton (Salt Lake City, Utah) and the Easton Sports Development Foundation with the Building Dreams Award, which recognizes an individual, group or community that has gone above and beyond in its support of Team USA.
The Easton Sports Development Foundation has been a major contributor to USA Archery’s high performance and grassroots efforts. After the construction of the Easton Archery Center of Excellence in 2015, the foundation was key in helping Team USA win two medals at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
In 2017, the foundation supported many USA Archery initiatives, giving nearly $1 million to promote long-term program sustainability in efforts nationwide and helping Team USA reach the tops of major international podiums.
In 2017, ESDF also took steps to return the Archery World Cup to the U.S. with plans to host stops in Salt Lake City in 2018 and 2019, giving American athletes the chance to compete on home soil while enhancing international exposure for the sport.
The Easton Sports Development Foundation supports archery in many other ways and through a variety of other archery groups. In addition to the Easton Centers in Chula Vista, CA and Salt Lake City, UT, the Foundation also has an official USOC Community Olympic Development Pro-gram archery center in Newberry, FL, affiliate centers throughout the country, and runs the Olympic Archery in Schools program, a grassroots archery program, in California, Florida, New York, Texas, Colorado, Utah and Washington, with plans to expand into additional states in the future.
Greg Easton, in his remarks accepting the award for the Foundation, stated that “My father Jim founded the Easton Foundation in support of our commitment to the LA84 Olympic Games, and over the years, he truly changed the sport he loves – archery- to give it a long term future as a core Olympic sport. I view this award for the Easton Foundations as recognition of my father’s and grandfather’s visions to improve archery, and my family’s dedication to excellence.“
The award ceremony will air December 23rd on NBC at 5:00pm E.T.
LOS ANGELES, California – The 2017 Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of the Year is a star-studded awards show hosted annually by the United States Olympic Committee to honor and celebrate both the athletes and the team behind the team that puts USA on top of podiums around the world. This year’s show was held at Royce Hall on UCLA’s campus and will air Dec. 24 on NBC at 1:30pm E.T. Read more…..
The Florida Sports Foundation (FSF), the state’s leading sports promotion and development organization, presented six awards to recognize Florida communities and sports commissions for their outstanding efforts in sports tourism in the State of Florida. The events were awarded or held between April 1, 2016 and April 15, 2017.
Mid-Market Event of the Year: Easton Gator Cup, Newberry, Gainesville Sports Commission.
While this is an annual local created event, what made the 2016 event special was winning the bid to host the USA Olympic Team Trials as the last chance for men and women to qualify in the US to go to the 2016 Olympics in Rio. During the Olympic Trials the top 8 men and women were eliminated down to the top 4, a 3 person team with one alternate archer. This was not only great marketing for the local community but also for the State of Florida to host an Olympic Qualifier before Rio. Over 600 people attended the five-day Gator Cup Tournament and Olympic Team Trial. Over 80% of participants were from out-of-state and over 95% of participants were from out-of county with 38 states represented and archers from Canada, Trinidad and Bermuda. 1,138 room nights were produced with over $175,000 direct hotel impact and a direct Economic impact of $452,067.