Our JOAD Coaches
At Chicago Bow Hunters, we are proud to provide excellent archery education to the next generation of archers. Our coaches have a collective of decades of competition and coaching experience and are the reason our JOAD program is so successful today.
Gabe Querol – Level 3 Certified – Head Coach
As the Head Coach of the CBH JOAD program for the past 9 years, Coach Gabe has seen the program grow from just a dozen or so kids when his son was a member, to over 40 students, requiring 2 classes with multiple lines for each. He's also lead the JOAD team to extraordinary success at the local, state, regional and national levels. In 2017 alone, CBH JOAD had 47 podium finishes at the State level and 11 podium finishes at the National level, along with one member making the USAT team in the Fall. His "secret" to the success of the program is a simple respect for all shooters' learning types, an absolute passion for archery, and a great team of assistant coaches to help foster his love of archery and teaching. As a testament to his success as head coach, he was nominated and voted as Developmental Coach of the Year 2018 with USA Archery along with another great coach from the state of New York.
Heather Hodge – Level 3 Certified
A member of Chicago Bow Hunters with her family since 2012, Coach Heather has been an active competitor in both the Barebow and Olympic Recurve divisions for the past 10 years. In 2015, Heather joined the coaching ranks as a way to improve her own shooting skills and impart her passion for archery onto the next generation. Along with a passion for archery, Coach Heather is adamant that general fitness and health be the cornerstone to an archer’s foundation. She has created a warm-up routine and multiple fitness regimens specific to youth archery for the JOAD program in order to help students be fit and injury free.
Cheri Kirkpatrick - Level 3 NTS Certified
Coach Cheri’s archery path began in 2002 when her 4th grade Girl Scout troop wanted to learn archery but no one in the Girl Scout council was certified to facilitate. She took the necessary certification courses, and the fun began! This experience led her to become the archery coordinator for the council, including six camps throughout the Chicago/Northwest Indiana area. Coach Cheri enjoys shooting Olympic Recurve at local and state tournaments as well as club leagues. In addition to coaching at Chicago Bow Hunters, she is a USA Archery Level 2 Certified Judge, a NFAA Judge, and a JOAD coach at both Chicago Bow Hunters and Wheaton Rifle Club. Coach Cheri truly enjoys working with the first-time archers. It brings a smile to her heart when she sees them succeed.