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.
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 City of Chula Vista recognizes the Easton Archery Center of Excellence with the Ribbons & Shovels New Non-Residential Construction Project Award for architecture and design excellence in commercial, industrial, or retail projects that contribute to the economic vitality of Chula Vista.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – USA Archery has awarded the 2017 National Outdoor Collegiate Championships bid to the Easton Archery Center of Excellence who will partner with UC San Diego to host the event. The NOCC will be held May 18-21 at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center in California.
Coach of the UCSD Sun God Archery Club and Easton Foundations’ Event Coordinator Nick Kale shared: “Keaton Chia (Program Director for Easton Foundations) and I both got really involved in archery through the collegiate program, so getting to work in the industry and having the ability to host the NOCC is something we’re really both excited about. We went through the whole process and college archery is so important to both of us; now that we’re in this position to host a tournament, we’re really hoping to deliver a top quality tournament to the collegiate community. Following James Madison and Michigan State, both were very high grade events, we have some big shoes to fill, but we’re really excited to do it.”
The U.S. National Outdoor Collegiate Championship will consist of a welcome parade and reception, one day of Official Practice, two days of 72-arrow qualification rounds, the first followed by the Mixed Team event and the second followed by Team event, and finally individual elimination matches.
Registration and host hotel information for this event will be available in early 2017. For a complete list of USA Archery sanctioned events, click here. For more information on the Collegiate Archery Program click here or contact Collegiate Archery Program Callie Grieser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Story by Lisa Deaderick; Photo by Eduardo Contreras
Keaton Chia and his sister always wanted to try medieval sports like fencing, archery and jousting. They were big fans of “Lord of the Rings” movies and local Scottish games that highlighted archery. “The skill and artistry required to master the bow and arrow fascinated us”, he recalls. Read more…..
92130’s Keaton Chia has been passionate about archery since 2005. Keaton started working with the Olympic Archery in School Program (OAS) to help create a unique archery league for middle schools and high schools. The program was created by the Easton Sports Development Foundation, giving young people the opportunity to participate and excel in archery. The USA Archery Resident Athlete program is based at the Easton center as well, where many Olympic hopefuls train. Keaton said about working with Olympians, “You’re surrounded by dreamers. It’s a tough journey, so to see what kind of character they have in order to persevere and achieve this dream is amazing.”
Keaton’s work with OAS has also given him the opportunity to follow his own dream of making archery more accessible for others. He appreciates being able to make a positive impact on young people. Learn more at www.esdf.org.
The AAE SoCal Showdown is a U.S. National Ranking event that brings together world class athletes as well as many young aspiring archers too. For archers, we offer a great competition experience with a great venue, team round competition, prize money, and even individual gold medal matches at the San Diego County Fair. New to archery? Come on out on Saturday, June 25th for our Archery Festival and Team Finals party. Try archery, play fun archery games, enjoy great food, and see these archers in action as they compete for team gold.