Oct 14, 2016

Legendary Goalball Coach, Ken Armbruster, Retires

Legendary Goalball Coach, Ken Armbruster, Retires
Winningest coach in USABA history retires with 4 Paralympic medals after 20 years of service.

Colorado Springs, Colo. (October 14, 2016) - After 20 years as Head Coach of the USA Women’s Goalball team, Coach Ken Armbruster will retire effective 15 October 2016.

“I depart from coaching with both a heavy heart and a sense of accomplishment,” said Armbruster. “The friends I gained with fellow coaches, players and officials are some of the most cherished of my life.” 

Coach Armbruster accumulated more wins than any other coach in USABA history with an international record that includes 284 victories and 4 Paralympic medals, including a Gold medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games. Most recently, Coach Armbruster led the U.S. Women’s team to a bronze medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

As a club coach, Armbruster amassed 472 additional victories including, 10 National Championships and 31 Regional Championships. In 2008, Armbruster was named the United States Olympic Committee’s Paralympic Coach of the Year.

In summarizing his success, Armbruster said, “No coach is successful without great players and I was fortunate to coach many of them over the years.”  One constant during those years on the goalball court was his daughter Jen Armbruster, who was a member of every national and international team he coached. 

“Coach Armbruster built a standard of excellence that leaves an indelible mark in the history of USA goalball,” said Mark Lucas, executive director of U.S. Association of Blind Athletes. “USABA congratulates Coach Armbruster on his retirement and thanks him for his many years of volunteer service!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured: Coach Armbruster leading the pregame "U-S-A" chant before U.S. Women played Brazil in the bronze medal game at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Photo: Michael A. Clubine of Wheelchair Sports Federation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured: An emotional Coach Armbruster embracing his daughter, Jen Armbruster, after winning bronze at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Photo: Michael A. Clubine of Wheelchair Sports Federation


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