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USA Archery Names Dr. Helen Bolnick Coach of the Year

June 2, 2008

Atlantic Cape Community College Archery Coach Dr. Helen Bolnick was named Coach of the Year by USA Archery, the national governing body for the sport.

Bolnick, 82, of Elmer has led the ACCC team to numerous victories for more than 30 years. Most recently, she was director of the 2008 U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships held at ACCC May 15-18. Several of the team's student archers ranked very high during the tournament. Among them were Steve Gatto, an All-America archer from Hammonton who came in second in the country, and Mark Schiavo of Mays Landing who came in sixth.

During Bolnick's career at ACCC, the team has produced 37 All-America archers. Bolnick also was involved in three Olympic competitions, including those held in Los Angeles in 1984 and Atlanta in 1996. In 1976, she founded the Atlantic City Archery Classic, a competition established to generate more interest in the sport on a regional level.

In addition, she was the recipient of the 2006 Margaret Klann Coach of the Year Award, named for the legendary archery coach who held forth at Arizona State University from 1946 to 1976. Klann founded the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships in 1966.

The Coach of the Year Award is presented to active coaches who have USA Archery Level 4 or 5 certification, who have spent many years in the sport and have coached teams that have produced record results, among other criteria.