U.S. halfpipe coach Bud Keene to retire

U.S. halfpipe coach Bud Keene to retire

April 7, 2006 Off By Pete Rugh

U.S. halfpipe coach Bud Keene to retire{mosimage}PARK CITY, Utah – Bud Keene, the U.S. snowboarding coach who led the Americans to four halfpipe medals in the Torino Olympics, said Thursday he will retire at the end of the season.

Keene oversaw the U.S. halfpipe program, which once again was best in the world. Shaun White and Hannah Teter won gold medals in the Olympics and Danny Kass and Gretchen Bleiler earned silver medals.

Though snowboarding is an independent sport and not all riders were even affiliated with the U.S. team, Keene was in charge of bringing all Americans together for big-time events, especially the Olympics.

“He established a deliberate strategy to work with all U.S. riders, regardless of their … affiliation,” said Jeremy Forster, director of the U.S. snowboarding program.

Keene’s assistant, Mike Jankowski, will take over as halfpipe coach next season.

– The Associated Press