USA Luge has completed its extensive coaching shake-up as it aims to secure success at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games and beyond.
It has been announced that the USA Luge junior national team will now be led by Robert Fegg, who takes over as head coach from Fred Zimny.
After three decades in the organisation, Zimny has decided to pursue other opportunities.
Fegg raced with Germany from 1997 to 2001, winning medals at the World Championships and Junior World Championships.
He coached with the Canadian Luge Association from 2003 to 2014, and then moved on to coach the South Korean national team from 2014 to 2018.
The home team at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics registered three top-10 results.
Nagano 1998 Olympian Larry Dolan, who headed the USA luge C team, will now join Fegg as assistant coach on the junior national team.
Bethany Bedford, a two-time Olympian, will take the reins from Dolan as head coach of the C team.
Aidan Kelly, a Sochi 2014 Olympian, is the head of recruitment and leads USA Luge’s development team, where its youngest athletes enter the pipeline.
Chris Mazdzer’s silver medal-winning performance at Pyeongchang 2018 was the first for the United States in men’s singles since luge entered the Olympic programme in 1964.
It came four years after Erin Hamlin, the US’s flagbearer for the Pyeongchang 2018 Opening Ceremony, won a first medal for the Americans in women’s singles with bronze at Sochi 2014.
"After Chris’s achievement, and the bronze medal from Erin Hamlin four years ago, it’s imperative that we keep the momentum going," USA Luge chief executive Jim Leahy said.
"To that end, we are organising ourselves now for success four years from now in Beijing."
There has also been a recent change at Board level with Dwight Bell, who had served five terms as USA Luge President over the past 35 years, giving way to Erin Warren.
Warren, a two-time Olympian who finished sixth at Nagano 1998, was voted into office during a Board meeting in March.
"I am privileged to serve this organisation, especially knowing how Dwight’s stewardship has served USA Luge so well for so long," he said.
"This Board will remain true to its mission of developing athletes that will compete successfully and honourably at the sport’s highest levels."
Warren also stated that Leahy has made a commitment to USA Luge for the next quadrennial, leading the staff and athletes through Beijing 2022.
Furthermore, the national governing body announced in April that interim head coach Bill Tavares had agreed to shed his interim title and take the reins of the national team for the next four years.
Tavares, an Albertville 1992 Olympian, has now coached teams that have won medals in five consecutive Winter Olympics, going back to his days as coach of the US women’s bobsled team.
He also announced the return of assistant coaches Bengt Walden and Lubomir Mick, as well as certified athletic trainer Matt Oakes and team manager Keith Younger.
Warren, Bell, Leahy, Mick and Mazdzer are among seven Americans who have positions within the International Luge Federation (FIL).
The others are Claire Del Negro, vice-president of sport artificial track, and Lake Placid Sports Medicine’s Eugene Byrne, who is now a member of the FIL Medical Commission.