Coach Eric Tollefson, Level 4 NTS
Eric started shooting archery as a junior at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Finding he had a good “eye” for good shooting form, and needing college credit hours, Eric began teaching the P.E./archery class in his senior year, thus starting a lifelong love of the sport.
During the years following graduation, Eric continued to shoot as time allowed and in his 40s, began to shoot Olympic style recurve with Level 4 Coach Mike Burnham, currently Head Coach for Long Beach State's collegiate team. As his abilities improved, he began to shoot in local events in California until eventually reaching the national level in the Senior Games.
In working with Coach Mike, Eric learned more about the B.E.S.T. Method (Biomechanically Efficient Shooting Technique) developed by Coach KiSik Lee, the US National Head Coach, and took the course to become a Level 2 Instructor. A desire to learn more led to the Level 3 Coach Course in 2006 and finally to the Level 4 NTS Coach Course in March of 2011. At this point in time there are less than 100 Level 4 Coaches in the US.
The Level 4 Course was taught by Coach Lee and, because of his knowledge and teaching ability, Eric was invited to work with the young archers in Coach Lee's JOAD group in Long Beach, CA. During his time there, Eric gained an exceptional insight into what it takes to develop top level archers.
As Elite Coach in Yankton, Eric will work with all levels of archers, with special focus on developing nationally ranked shooters from within the JOAD and college ranks.
Nancy Teachout, Level 1
Cedar Bartos, Level 1
Jamie VanLent, Level 2
Tom Juffer, Level 2