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27 January 2017

USA's Jason Regier named Head Coach of Denmark WC Rugby

Three-time Paralympic medalist with the USA Jason Regier, has been identified as the man to guide Denmark to wheelchair rugby success at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.


The Danish national team will chase its third consecutive medal at the European Championships this summer, with the American veteran at the helm as head coach.


Regier comes with 12 years of national team experience from the US, where he most recently played as vice-captain and helped his side to Paralympic silver in Rio in 2016.


He takes over coaching responsibilities from experienced Danish duo Thor Johansson and Torben Nygaard.


"It is a great opportunity for me. I have followed the Danish team for many years and have had the opportunity to play with and against many of the Danes," Regier said.


"There are strong veterans, experienced players and great talent in the squad, so I'm thrilled to be a part of Danish wheelchair rugby."


Para Sport Denmark identified the 41-year-old American after a thorough process, which saw him stand out from strong field of candidates for the coaching job.


"The choice of Jason is mainly due to his vast experience in international wheelchair rugby, but also his burning desire to make a difference for the Danish national team, as he already has a thorough knowledge," Para Sport Denmark elite boss Michael Møllgaard Nielsen said.


"He has come in with a great vision and exciting new ideas that we think can lift the team."


The new coach meets his players for the first time in his new role at the Danish national championship, which runs from 17-19 February. 


His first task will be the IWRF European Championships finals in Koblenz, Germany in June, where the goal is to win a medal, while Regier's long term aim is to take the Danish national wheelchair rugby team to the Paralympic Games for the first time in its history at Tokyo 2020.


Jason Regier fast facts:

- Born in Denver, Colorado, in 1975.

- Is quadriplegic (paralyzed from the chest down) after a car accident in 1996.

- Has played wheelchair rugby for over 19 years and has been part of the US national team since 2005.

- Has won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Paralympic Games.


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