Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club Hires Kalen Lee Scholz
Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club has hired Kalen Lee Scholz to become the Head Coach and Program Director for their expanding operation.
She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the club’s programs, including the Sprint Program, Beginner Racing League, Dragon Boat Program, Recreational Program (including Adult Learn to Paddle, Moonlight Paddle, Summer Rentals) and the Summer Day Camp Program.
LCKC’s Tracy Barth, incoming-president for 2017 and head of the search committee said, “We received a lot of qualified applicants, but at the end of the day, the board realized that the best person to fill the position was already here at the club. Having someone that is familiar with the athletes, parents, and the community will allow our new head coach the ability to jump right in and begin work immediately.”
Kalen Lee Scholz began paddling as a member of the LCKC Sprint Team and began her coaching career in May, 2009 when she was hired by LCKC as the Development Coach. Over the years, she has built the developmental team from fewer than 10 athletes to 44 athletes presently.
In her position as Development Coach she directed the Beginner Racing League—a twice a year introduction to the sport of Sprint Canoe/Kayak for 10–14 year-olds, coordinated club regattas and planned team trips to venues in Canada and across the USA. She was our Nationals Head Coach this year in Oklahoma City where the team won the Bantam and Juvenile Age Classes and the Masters won the overall title in the age class.
“I am excited and honored to take on this leadership role at LCKC. I am truly looking forward to working with athletes throughout their paddling careers and supporting them as they strive to reach their goals whether it be in local, national, or international competitions. My goal is to increase community awareness and grow our membership so that more people will be exposed to the wonderful experiences that I know are common here at LCKC—the place that has been my home for the past 17 years,” said Scholz.
Stop by the boathouse at Lake Lanier Olympic Park to meet Kalen and to get involved with all the club’s programs, activities and events.