There’s something to be said about bowing out on your own terms, and that is exactly the kind of mentality seen in US Olympic Snowboard Coach Bud Keene’s decision to retire at the pinnacle of his coaching career.
Keene, whose laundry list of snowboard accomplishments grows with each season, cites wanting to return to a family business with his brothers in his home state of Vermont.
Bud Keene has been responsible for implementing a rookie program titled “Project Gold,” and successfully coached athletes such as Shaun White to several Olympic medals. During his four year tenure as US Snowboarding halfpipe head coach, he helped direct the team to two gold and two silver medals at the 2006 Winter Olympics.
It would be after a two year retirement where Keene would return in 2008 to develop the aspiring youth in the sport.
“The timing is right for me to step away from the day-to-day of coaching the Rookie Team,” Keene said.
For those thinking Keene’s retirement might spell trouble for Shaun White’s Olympic medal defense at Sochi in 2014, don’t rule him out just yet.
“It’s early yet, but Shaun and I are just beginning to talk about the next few years and the 2014 Games in Russia,” Keene said.