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USA Shooting Names Shotgun Coach

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by SongDogSniper, Oct 3, 2012.

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  1. SongDogSniper

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    From USA Shooting.......

    Four-time Olympian Todd Graves (Cusseta, Ga.) has been selected by USA Shooting as the National Shotgun Coach the organization announced Wednesday on the heels of its Fall Selection Match in Kerrville, Texas. 

    Graves will oversee a program that has won six medals including four gold in the last two Olympic Games.  In London 2012, Team USA earned two gold medals as Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.) and Vincent Hancock (USAMU/Eatonton, Ga.) won Olympic gold in convincing, record-breaking fashion. 

    With more than 37 years of shooting and coaching experience, Graves will work to build upon the program’s success in recent years.   He’ll implement a variety of shooting camps for elite-level and developmental shooters in the coming months and is keen on working with coaches throughout the country that can provide influence, expertise and variety for all different levels of shooters within the National Team program. 

    “I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to help lead USA Shooting’s Shotgun program,” said Graves.  “The depth of our program continues to be demonstrated at the Olympics, World Championships and World Cups and is truly a testament to the dedication of the shooters we have and to the coaches and programs that nurture them.  My intent is to work with the coaches and shooters to strengthen our approach and to ensure that we’re developing opportunities, techniques and programs that allow us to continue to be the world’s elite shotgun team.”

    “We are lucky for Todd’s willingness to give back to a USA Shooting program he helped grow as an athlete and to provide our program with the knowledge and passion he possesses for this sport,” said USA Shooting CEO Bob Mitchell. “His team-first approach and willingness to seek help and guidance from those within the shooting-sports community will be a positive influence to a program we hope can continue to grow and develop in order to stay competitive.”    

    Graves began his shooting career as a 12-year-old and quickly became one of the most dominant skeet shooters in the history of USA Shooting.   He earned a spot on four U.S. Olympic Teams including 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004.  At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Graves won the bronze medal in men’s skeet to join Nancy Johnson as the only Americans to win shooting medals at the Sydney Games.   At the time, Graves and Matt Dryke were the only Americans to have ever won an Olympic skeet medal. 

    Graves finished 11th in trap and 29th in skeet in 1992, 15th in skeet in 1996, and ninth in 2004 to finish out his Olympic shooting career.

    Graves was raised in Laurel, Miss., and graduated from West Jones High School in 1982.  Todd enlisted in the Army in 1984 and was assigned to the U.S. Army’s Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) after he completed Basic and Infantry Training at Fort Benning, Ga.  In 1990, he was assigned as a team leader with the 20th Infantry Regiment in Korea, then returned to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in 1991. 

    Assisting Graves with overall program management and helping oversee the resident program in Colorado Springs is 1984 Olympic bronze medalist in Rifle, Wanda Jewell.  Jewell was previously the Operations Manager for the organization. 


    Good Luck to him.

    Gene
     
  2. Avaldes

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    Didn't Kim Rhode medal in Skeet in 2000?
     
  3. BigM-Perazzi

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    Avalde, she won Bronze for doubles trap in 2000... interesting her mention was left out...
     
  4. StonewallRacing

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    Met Todd today in Kerrville.

    We had a very good conversation and through five minutes that we shared, I liked what I heard about some of his plans to help our young shooters.

    2012 has been an interesting one for sure... I'm looking forward to learning more about the direction of USA Shooting.
     
  5. Two Dogs

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    I thought for sure that it would have been Marvin and Bonnie as coaches....
     
  6. pufftarget

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    Please define what is a young shooter. If we are talking about juniors then I think we are using the wrong approach. We need the juniors so we have a continuing and growing source of new shooters. However, we should not lose sight of those who have aged out of the juniors but are a proven commodity and deserve support if they continue to show quality performance. If we don't we have wasted the time effort and resources we have previously invested.
     
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    You can sure see there are different priorities from the above posters.

    Put your preferences aside and concentrate on the well being of the TEAM.

    Todd has his hands full...not with just the shooters, but the outside forces.
     
  8. ZEREX

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    The snake is still there and now he has his old eyes and ears back.
    There was a reason Wanda was let go the first time.
    I give Todd 1 year, the minute he bucks anything Mitchell says, the "opinion" and or"movement" will begin to get rid of him.
    Sounds to me like no one else wanted the job
     
  9. pufftarget

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    My post had nothing to do with Todd. I think he will be a good coach and will certainly work well with the athletes and shbould be able to rely on management to have his back with the athletes when he is in the right, something which has been missing in the past. My concern is with USA Shooting and its mission, which I take to be to develop world level athletes and which it has done in the past in spite of the management. I feel that it is up to the BOD to oversee the operation and assure that USA Shooting has a procedure to provide continuing support to athletes who have shown ability and potential for further development to world level status. This process is sure to raise controversy over the selections but a "selection committee" should be ready to justify their decision and be answerable only to the BOD and consequently the membership. This includes reduced funding for team members making teams but failing to perform timt after time and being merely a place holder.

    Chuck
     
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    So what was the reason for Erikson's departure?
    dju
     
  11. StonewallRacing

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    My reference of "young shooters" would be all of the USA Shooting team members from the Junior Olympic team through the National team.

    I can't tell you what the average age of the shotgun team is, but my guess is quite a few more under 21 than over 30. We have a four-year cycle to see who rises to the top.

    As noted the organization is not without issues, distractions, ego's and personal agendas as is most any where the stakes are this high. Let's hope that the goal is not overshadowed by the issues.

    SW
     
  12. ZEREX

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    I wish Mr Graves the best.
    I've seen seen him overseas and in the states.
    He truly has the shooters best interest at heart.
    I hope and pray that his efforts are not derailed by the political undercurrent of the organization of which he serves
     
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