Colorado Springs, CO -USA Racquetball announced today that #16-ranked men’s professional International Racquetball Tour (IRT) player Charlie Pratt has accepted the position of U.S. Junior Team Head Coach.
Pratt, 31, was born and raised in Portland, Ore., and he and his wife Ceci now live in Gainesville, Fla., where he is part owner, manager, master trainer, and nutritionist at Zen Fitness, a small gym on a tennis facility with two racquetball courts. Pratt provides personal training and nutritional counseling to his clients. He is ranked #22 in the USA Racquetball rankings.
“I am excited to be a part of the US Junior Team once again,” Pratt said. “I played on the team for five years, and they were some of the best years of my life. I have no doubt that this experience will be the same.”
His goal? To bring the best possible junior team to Junior Worlds (in Minneapolis, Minn. this November), and he delivered this message to juniors competing at the Junior Olympic Championships in Stockton, Calif., June 25-27: “Play hard and have fun!”
“We are pleased that Charlie is assuming this position, and we are looking forward to working with this accomplished individual who has a lot of racquetball experience as a US Junior Team player, a certified nutritionist, an extremely accomplished referee, and much more,” USA Racquetball Executive Director Jason Thoerner said. “Charlie recently competed with the US Team at the Pan American Racquetball Championships in San José, Costa Rica, and earned the silver medal at the event.”
“Congratulations to Charlie on this appointment and for the opportunity to impact racquetball’s next generation of elite players,” US Junior Team Leader Cheryl Kirk added. “He will continue the legacy of former US Junior Team Coaches Kelley Beane and Cheryl Gudinas who have both contributed immeasurably to the lives of hundreds of junior players on and off the court. We can’t thank them enough for their service and dedication.”
Pratt appointed #15 IRT player Robert Collins, #13 David “Bobby” Horn, former Stockton, Calif. coach of Jose Rojas and Markie Rojas, Jody Nance, and Jen Meyer as 2017 USA Racquetball Junior Team Assistant Coaches along with Kirk as Team Leader.
About USA Racquetball
USA Racquetball, founded in 1969, is recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport. The organization annually conducts six national championships and sanctions hundreds of tournaments for players of all ages and skill levels. The organization also organizes the Adult and Junior National Racquetball Teams, oversees the Official Rules of Racquetball, administers National Player Rankings, manages a college scholarship program, and supports the introduction of new players to the sport.