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About the Coaches Committee

Coaches Committee Mission Statement

The USA Climbing Coaches Committee exists to; serve as a resource for climbing coaches and in turn, gyms across the country, provide framework around the Coaching Certification Program, elevate the professionalism of the career, and promote inclusiveness and unity in the sport of climbing.

USA Climbing Coaches Committee


The Coaches Committee is an Advisory Committee with the goal to educate and organize coaches in an effort to raise the level of coaching in competition climbing in the USA and among US coaches in international competition. Under the supervision of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and BOD, the CC is responsible for providing educational and development opportunities for USA Climbing Certified Coaches, evaluating the USA Climbing Coaches Code of Conduct and representing coaches’ interests to USA Climbing and its committees. Critical to the CC’s mission is to help keep USA Climbing Certified Coaches informed, educated, and to solicit feedback. In an effort to open communication pathways, each USA Climbing Division has a designated CC member representative. Please feel free to reach out to your Division’s representative or to the CC as a whole for questions, suggestions, and feedback. 

Coach Committee Chairman: Meghan McDonald
Coach Committee Direct Email: coaches@usaclimbing.org

Divisional Coach Representatives
Division 1: Chi Harris - charris@themac.com
Division 2: Rosie Bates -  rosie@mesarim.com
Division 3: Justen Sjong - justen@climbingsensei.com
Division 4: Lance Hadfield - lance@stoneageclimbinggym.com
Division 5: Jessi Hayes - jessi@hoosierheights.com
Division 6: Alex Fritz - alexfritzcoach@gmail.com
Division 7: Justin Wyse - justin@mesarim.com
Division 8: Meghan McDonald - meghan@climbrockclub.biz

USA Team Coaches & Staff

Claudiu Vidulescu – Head Coach
He has served as the Head Coach since 2007. He is currently the owner and head coach for the Stone Summit climbing team in Atlanta, Georgia.  Claudiu has several years of international climbing experience including coaching and route setting.  He is originally from Romania where he started and ran the Romanian climbing delegation.

Meg Coyne- Assistant Coach
Meg is currently a coach for Stone Summit Climbing Team as well as a routesetter for Stone Summit Gym and USA Climbing (Level 4 certification).  Meg competed as a youth in the Youth World Championships held in Australia and Ecuador. She also served as an assistant coach for the Youth World Championship in New Caledonia, Guangzhou, and Innsbruck.

Meghan McDonald- Assistant Coach
Meghan is currently the Head Coach for Team Rock in New York.  Meghan has served as an assistant coach for the USA Team since 2012 and has coached at the Youth World Championships in Victory, Arco, Guangzhou, and Innsbruck as well as at the Pan American Championships in Mexico City and Montreal.

Tyson Schoene – Assistant Coach
Tyson is the Head Coach for Vertical World Climbing Team in Seattle, Washington.  Tyson has served as a USA coach in 2005, 2006, 2007,2008, 2014, and 2015 including Youth World Championships in China, Austria, Ecuador, Australia, Italy and Pan American Championship in Denver, Montreal and Mexico City.

Kim Mitchell – Team Manager
Kim has served as Team Manager at the Youth World Championships and The Pan American Championship since New Caledonia. She has been involved with USA Climbing as a parent of two climbers since 2006. Kim is also a physical therapist with special interests in pediatrics.

Zack DiCristino, MSPT, OCS - Team Physical Therapist
Zack completed his masters of science in physical therapy degree at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2003. After beginning his career at Howard Head Sports Medicine in Vail, Zack took his wealth of experience and helped start and develop the Outpatient Orthopedics and Sport Medicine Rehabilitation Department at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics. His special interests are in manual therapy, return to sport/activity-integration therapy progressions, and the running and rock-climbing athletes. 

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