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In Memory of Jay Evans - 1st U.S. Whitewater Team Coach

Friday, September 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Stec
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Jay Evans was the first coach of the U.S. Whitewater Team, from 1969-1972.  In that capacity he coached both slalom and wildwater for the 1969 and 1971 World Championships and then slalom at the 1972 Olympic Games, where Jamie McEwan won a Bronze Medal in C1. 


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May 13, 1971

Memo #6
From: Jay Evans
To: The 1971 U.S. Whitewater Team 

It is the time now to either fish or cut bait.  As a member of the U.S. Whitewater Team from now until after June 23 you will no longer fit your training in and around other activities, but rather you will consider your training first, and then plan for other things if time and energy are available.

You have a distinct obligation to yourself; to your team-mates; to those volunteers on the Slalom Committee and the coaching staff who have been working hard over the past two years; and to the many hundreds of people across the country who have donated generously to the U.S.I.S.C.A. and to the Olympic Fund which is supporting you.  We have all given 100% of ourselves -- we will expect no less from you.  

Since the U.S. Team this year numbers 34 athletes, in order to be an effective force at Merano, instead of naming assistant coaches I shall appoint a Squad Captain from each of the five classes.  These will be experienced, senior members who will act as an advisory committee in planning and carrying out each day’s schedule and in working out any problems that arise.  The Squad Captains will be given administrative assistants to help in such duties as shuttling, stop watching, and general support of the daily training program.

******   Policy Guidelines ******

#1.  Attendance at all practices and team meetings will be mandatory.  Only the team physician can excuse you from an appointment.  Report all injuries -- however slight -- to the team physician directly following practice.  

#2.   We will use “Vince Lombardi” time, i.e. if a meeting is called for 7 P.M. you’d better be there and ready to go by 6:55!

#3.  Even the mildest form of boisterous or irregular behavior via alcohol and/or drugs is more than ample grounds for instant dismissal from the team.

#4.   No U.S. Team member will use tobacco while in uniform or in public.

#5.  Your relations with the townspeople of Merano will be impeccable, always keeping in mind that as a United States team member you are an   ambassador of goodwill.  All local laws and regulations will be cheerfully and scrupulously observed.

#6.  All contact with the local, national and international press, media, or even free lancers must be referred to John Wilson or Bill Riley.  Individual team members will not talk to the press, magazines, radio or T.V. at any time without prior clearance.

#7. International rules forbid your corresponding with race officials during the World Championships.  If you have a question or a complaint you report thisto the team manager. 

#8. The U.S. Team will be quartered at Hotel Rosengarten St. Georgenstrasse from the evening of June 9 through the evening of June 23.  At least two meals per day will be taken there and team meetings will be held there.   Be sure to check the team bulletin board at the Rosengarten frequently.  You are responsible for all information posted there. 

#9.  Personal Appearance.  As a member of the U.S. Team receiving Olympic subsidy, you will be expected to be neat, clean, and well groomed at all times.  There will be no place for slobs or slovenly dress or appearance at Merano.

#10.As in past years, this will be a cooperative effort.  We have come together from 12 different states -- which is a beginning; keeping together is progress, and working together means success.  Slalom specialists will be expected to help with wildwater and vice versa.  This will be a Team effort.


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