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Coach Education Committee

Coaches Must be an Active Annual or Sustaining Life Member with a Clear Background, Safe Sport and Heads Up Certifications (see details below).


Name Rank Email Location Status
Dr. Ronald Allan Charles Hachidan ronaldallancharles@msn.com,ronaldallancharles@comcast.net Goose Creek SC Member
Manmohan S. Chima Shichidan sewadhar@hotmail.com Plano TX Chairman
Peter C. Mantel Rokudan judo.bum@hotmail.com Toano VA Member
Jason Morris Hachidan jasonmorris210@yahoo.com Glenville NY Member
Hayward H. Nishioka Kudan nishiokahayward@gmail.com San Pedro CA Member
Lynn J. Roethke Hachidan behealthy@clubolympiawi.com Fond Du Lac WI Member


Category Form Action Notes
Judo Coaching Certification Application Form View Download
Judo Team Travel Policy View Download
Judo USJA Coaches Website Manual View Download
Membership Background Consent Release Form View Download
Membership Background Screening Policy View Download

While there are many activities to accomplish and numerous objectives to be met, the USJA Coaching Education and Certification Committee has these main goals:

  • Run clinics and training camps throughout the country to raise the technical skills of coaches and their athletes.
  • Run a certification program of outstanding quality emphasizing a comprehensive approach to coaching.

Coaching Class Approved Instructors

Name Rank Email Location Status
Paul Bova Rokudan pb@tcc1000.com Trafford PA Member
Justin Breese Yodan blackbearjudo@gmail.com Ketchikan AK Member
Dr. Ronald Allan Charles Hachidan ronaldallancharles@msn.com,ronaldallancharles@comcast.net Goose Creek SC Member
Manmohan S. Chima Shichidan sewadhar@hotmail.com Plano TX Member
George E. Chittenden Sandan unitedjujitsu@yahoo.com Oak Ridge TN Member
Marshall R. Coffman Godan mrcoffman1@comcast.net Dunkirk MD Member
Marc B. Cohen Shichidan marccohen55@gmail.com North Valley Stream NY Member
Andrew Connelly Hachidan connelly@sohkjudo.com Spring TX Member
Michael T. Dobbs Sandan michaeltomdobbs@icloud.com Brentwood TN Member
Kenneth Durand Shichidan kdurand603@gmail.com Keene NH Member
Gary S. Goltz Hachidan gary@goltzjudo.com Upland CA Member
Mark E. Guerrero Godan JudoGorilla@yahoo.com Glendora CA Member
Rodney Jaime Yodan rodneyjaime@gmail.com Spring TX Member
William McElhaney Sandan bill@mcelhaney.com Hughesville MD Member
Dennis A. Mercer Rokudan mercerd2@comcast.net Westminster CO Member
Philippe Morotti Godan philippemorotti@gmail.com Los Angeles CA Member
Neil Ohlenkamp Shichidan judounleashed@gmail.com Member
David Overbury Yodan daveoverbury@gmail.com Long Beach CA Member
John Paccione Rokudan sijudo1@aol.com Cape Coral FL Member
Dave Passoff Shichidan dpassoff@hotmail.com Great Neck NY Member
Dr. Robert Reilly Godan reilly@media.mit.edu Lanesboro MA Coach Instructor
Brian P. Rowe Shichidan rowe@etsu.edu Johnson City TN Member
William D. Sherwin Jr Rokudan bilncris2@verizon.net Abington MA Coach Instructor
Michael L. Szrejter Hachidan mikesz@bellsouth.net Boynton Beach FL Member
Ed Thibedeau Godan et@arkansasgoshinkan.org Little Rock AR Member
Matthew Vander Horck Yodan m.vanderhorck@gmail.com Lakewood CA Member
Jovany Varela Rokudan jovanybjj@gmail.com Gardena CA Member
Mark F. Waldron Rokudan Judojoshu@Gmail.com Franklin IN Member

Safe Sport Program

Please remember all coaches must now take and pass this on-line test. You may do this at your convenience. It takes between 2 and 3 hours total but can be completed in segments. Once you have completed the program, please send a copy of the certificate to the USJA Office. Please go to Safe Sport, select the option of USA Judo member or Non-USA Judo member, and follow the required steps. You will use your USA Judo membership number if you are a member. If you are a non-member, you will be given a number to use to access Safe sport.

Heads Up Concussion Training

By taking this free, online course and using what you learn, you will be well positioned to improve the culture of concussion. Your actions can help create a safe environment for young athletes so that they can stay healthy, active, and thrive – both on and off the playing field. Click Here to take the course. Once you complete the training and quiz, you can print out a certificate and email it to the office for verification.

Background Check

A completed and clear current background check is required for all Certified Coaches per the USJA’s Background Screening Policy. (Download the Background Screening Form or go to the Background Screening Site.)

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