Our AAP 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 Adult Archery program is growing by leaps and bounds.
Gabe Querol – Level 3 Certified
As one of the founders of the AAP at CBH, Coach Gabe has seen the program grow from just a few participants to more than 20 and still growing. As a shooter himself, Coach Gabe has several local, state and National level podium finishes to his credit and has made the USAT Senior team as well. As a testament to his success as a coach, he was nominated and voted as Developmental Coach of the Year with USA Archery along with another great coach from the state of New York.
While he considers himself extremely fortunate to arrive at this point in his archery career, Coach Gabe attributes his success and knowledge to the many people that went before him and passed along their knowledge to him.; from national coaches, to international competitors. As a coach in both the JOAD and AAP programs at CBH, he recognizes that learning never stops, and hopes to pass along and receive knowledge from the students with whom he works.
Melinda Kolker – Level 2 Certified
Coach Melinda has been a USA Archery Level 2 Instructor since 2013. She and her son joined CBH in 2015 after moving to the Chicago area from Arizona, where they were very active in the archery community. Melinda is currently a back-up instructor for CBH JOAD along with being directly involved in the CBH Adult Archery program.
One of Coach Melinda’s favorite aspects of coaching is to hear what draws new archers to the sport. In her case, it was her fourth-grader who wouldn’t stop asking to take archery lessons. After their first lesson, both she and her son were hooked. For Coach Melinda, lessons turned to coaching and coaching turned to competing. Along with coaching youth and adults at CBH, Coach Melinda has competed on a regular basis in since 2016 and is always willing to help other archers learn about the sport and about competition archery.