George Ryals IV (above) joins USA Archery as the new Paralympic Head Coach. He has 25 years of experience in teaching and coaching archery, extensive experience in archery product design, and proven skills in team building.
Coach Ryals has had much personal success as an archer and a coach on the national and international stage. He recently worked with the USA Archery Para team as a coach at the 2018 Para Pan American Championships. A USA Archery Level 4-NTS Coach, Ryals was also named USA Archery’s and the US Olympic Committee’s Developmental Coach of the Year in 2014.
“I am thankful for this opportunity and am very excited to work with the incredibly passionate and dedicated archers of the U.S. Para Archery Team,” said Coach Ryals. “We are fortunate to have great talent in our current team, and I look forward to working with the athletes to build on their successes. We will grow awareness, innovate technology and work together to adapt, overcome and create a lasting dynasty.”
Ryals joins the USA Archery Para program at an important time as it gears up for success at the 2019 World Archery Para Championships, as well as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. As Paralympic Head Coach, Ryals will focus on competitive excellence and growing a deep pool of talent through recruitment, outreach and education initiatives.
USA Archery Chief of Sport Performance Mary Emmons said, “We are excited to have George serve as the Paralympic Head Coach. His experience in leading teams and developing competitive high-performance athletes will be a great asset to the Para program. I am confident his coaching expertise and vast knowledge of archery will help our Para program reach new heights in the coming years.”
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