Tammy Gambill Wins USOC Developmental Coach of the Year Award

(6/24/06) - U.S. Figure Skating coach Tammy Gambill (Redlands, Calif.) was named the 2005 U.S. Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year last night at the Night of Champions event at the U.S. Olympic Assembly in La Jolla, Calif.

In 2005, Gambill coached three skaters to U.S. titles junior ladies champion Sandy Rucker, novice men's champion Austin Kanallakan, and juvenile girls champion Julie Kim. She is the current chair of the U.S. Figure Skating Coaches Committee, member of the Professional Skaters Association's Board of Directors, and past member of U.S. Figure Skating's Board of Directors. She is also a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Athlete Development Committee and Sports Sciences and Medicine Committee.

Besides Kim, Gambill currently coaches 2004 Junior Grand Prix Final champion Dennis Phan, 2006 U.S. novice men's sixth-place finisher Richard Dornbush, 2006 U.S. novice ladies fifth-place finisher Victoria Rackohn, 2006 U.S. intermediate ladies bronze medalist Ellie Kawamura and 2006 U.S. junior men's fourth-place finisher Daisuke Murakami.

U.S. Olympic and Pan American sports organizations selected their 2005 National, Developmental and Volunteer Coaches of the Year as part of the USOC Coach of the Year Recognition Program. The five finalists in each category were selected by a panel of former coaches and officials. Other finalists for the Developmental Coach of the Team Award were Jay Benner (Tacoma, Wash./USA Swimming), Susan Butz-Stavin (Fleetwood, Pa./U.S. Field Hockey), Jimmy Jang (Marquette, Mich./U.S. Speedskating) and Maureen O'Toole Purcell (Danville, Calif./USA Water Polo).

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