Colorado Springs, Colo. — USA Racquetball announced today that US Junior Team Head Coach #16 men’s professional International Racquetball Tour (IRT) player, Charles “Charlie” Pratt, has appointed #15 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 Cheryl Kirk as Team Leader. This delegation will lead the 2017 US Junior National Team to the 2017 International Racquetball Federation World Championships being held in Minneapolis, Minn., this November.
Collins, currently residing in Stockton, Calif., joins the team as an Assistant Coach for the first time. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience coaching junior players. Collins holds a degree in psychology from the University of Hawaii and works extensively with players on mental preparation and sports psychology. He currently plays on the IRT and is ranked #15.
Horn, residing in Pleasanton, Calif., has recently served as an Assistant Coach for the US Adult National Racquetball team and now brings his coaching talents to the junior ranks. Graduating from Cal State – East Bay, he has a degree in liberal studies and minor in Spanish. Horn has volunteered many hours coaching local junior players in the Stockton and Pleasanton areas. He brings experience as a member of the US Adult National team and as a professional player ranked #13 on the IRT.
Nance returns from the 2016 Junior Worlds Team. She doubles as the team’s Athletic Trainer and as Assistant Coach. Nance brings a wealth of knowledge and experience working with the top junior players in the Stockton, Calif., area including IRT players Jose and Markie Rojas. She holds a degree from University of Pacific in physical therapy and a Bachelor of Science degree in human performance from San Jose State.
Also returning from the 2016 Junior Worlds Team will be Meyer as the Esprit Team Head Coach. She brings 13 years of experience guiding the 12 and under team members in international competition. Meyer holds a Bachelor’s degree in sociology and elementary education plus a Master’s degree in elementary education which gives the USAR youngest team members the guidance and structure needed to compete on the World stage.
Rounding out the delegation will be Kirk as Team Leader. She brings years of logistical experience guiding the USAR delegation and accompanying family members in international competition. Her attention to detail is second to none which keeps Junior Team USA a well-oiled machine. Kirk has also served as an IRT Tournament Director.
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.
Photos of Robert Collins and David Bobby Horn by Restrung Magazine at the 2016 US Open in Minneapolis, Minn.