The Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club hired Kalen Lee Scholz recently as its new head coach and program coordinator.
She was hired out of a field of 13 applicants from around the world, including South Africa, Canada, Australia and France, as stated in a press release.
As coach and program coordinator, Scholz is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the club’s programs, including the sprint program, beginner racing league, dragon boat program and recreational program, among many others.
”I am excited and honored to take on this leadership role at LCKC,” said Scholz, who began training with the LCKC in 1999.
“I am truly looking forward to working with athletes throughout their paddling careers and supporting them as they strive to reach their goals, whether it be in local, national, or international competitions.
“My goal is to increase community awareness and grow our membership so that more people will be exposed to the wonderful experiences that I know are common here at LCKC, the place that has been my home for the past 17 years.”
During her time as an LCKC athlete, the new LCKC coach was selected to be a member of the Junior National Team from 2002–2005 and the Senior National Team in 2005. She received the Mimi Le Beau Memorial Award at the National Club Championships in 2003 and 2004.
This award is presented to the winner of the one-person kayak (K-1) 500 meter Junior Women’s Final. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Her continuing education includes Certified Georgia Educator and USA Canoe/Kayak High Performance Coaching Certification.
Kalen began her coaching career in 2009 when she was hired by LCKC as the Development Coach. Over the years, she has built the developmental team from fewer than 10 athletes to 44 athletes presently.
In her position as development coach, she directed the beginner racing league, a twice-a-year introduction to the sport of Sprint Canoe/Kayak for 10–14 year-olds, coordinated club regattas and planned team trips to venues in Canada and across the U.S.
Scholz was the 2016 US Nationals coach as it won the bantam and juvenile age classes, and the masters won the overall title in the age class. She serves as a member of the USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint Coaches Association Board.