Apirl 3, 2007 -- The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced the finalists for its National, Developmental, Volunteer and Paralympic Coach of the Year honors. Renowned U.S. Equestrian Federation coach Frank Madden stands among the finalists for Developmental Coach of the Year.
U.S. Olympic and Pan American sports organizations selected their 2006 Coaches of the Year as part of the USOC Coach of the Year Recognition Program. The finalists in each category were selected by a panel of former coaches and officials. Finalists were also named for the "Doc" Counsilman Science Award.
The winners will be notified April 10 and will attend a luncheon May 3 in Washington, D.C.
Frank Madden is one of the most successful and dedicated trainers within the ranks of the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF). From his Beacon Hill Show Stables in Colts Neck, N.J., he has trained, in partnership with his wife, Stacia, several of the most promising junior equitation and jumper riders.
Highlights from 2006 include coaching several of USEF's most promising young riders, including Brianne Goutal, who earned a team gold at the Buenos Aires Nations Cup and was named USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year. She also was first at the Garden State Grand Prix. In the North American Young Rider Championships, Madden's students took the team gold and individual silver medals. Beezie Madden, 2004 Olympic team silver medalist and 2006 World Equestrian Games team silver and individual silver medalist, trained with Madden earlier in her career.
Other Developmental Coach of the Year finalists are John Hynes (Ann Arbor, Mich./USA Hockey), Mark Mitchell and Peter Johansson (Wellesley, Mass./U.S. Figure Skating), Jhonny Prado (Coral Springs, Fla./USA Judo) and Bill Rose (Mission Viejo, Calif./USA Swimming).
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