SASI Canoe Sprint Head Coach Resigns To Take Up Kiwi Position

29 Nov 2017

Nathan Luce has tendered his resignation from SASI to pursue an opportunity as an assistant coach with Canoe Racing New Zealand’s women’s program for the Tokyo Campaign.

Luce, a Canadian, was a former Sprint Head Coach with the USA and joined SASI in November 2011. Concurrent to his SASI role he was an assistant to National Sprint Coach Jimmy Owens with the Men’s K4 program for the London and Rio campaigns.

SASI Director Wes Battams commented that, “Nathan has developed a really strong program at SASI during his tenure. The current generation of paddlers has come through under Nathan’s watch with a number of athletes pressing for senior national team selections. We thank Nathan for his dedication and hard work over the past six years. “

SASI has appointed current National Canoe Coach based out of SASI,  Duke Ruzicic as the Interim Head Coach effective immediately. Ruzicic has previously coached the Serbian National Women’s Team to numerous European and World Championship titles and was the Serbian Olympic Coach in Rio.  Previously, Duke was a member of the Serbian National Team and has also helped with the Canadian and Hungarian National Programs.

SASI will work with its program partners in Australian Canoeing and Canoeing SA to determine the long term coaching structure and appointments.

Nathan coaching Nathan and SASI athlete