Our Coaches

Your child's safety and development as a well-rounded athlete are our top priorities. All Rapids Archery JOAD coaches are background checked and certified by USA Archery and SafeSport certified by Team USA. We teach the National Training System, which was developed by the head coach of the U.S. Olympic archery team and is designed to promote biomechanically sound form.


Rich Cockrell / Head Coach

Coach Rich is a USA Archery Level 5 certified coach, the highest level of coaching achievement possible. He has students who have competed on the US Archery Team (USAT) and has one who is currently as resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. Coach Rich is available for private lessons. Contact him at racockrell@icloud.com.


Tim Wilson / Head Compound Coach

Coach Tim is a USA Archery Level 3 certified coach and an active competitive archer. He is a two-time MN state field archery champion, 2016 Voyageur Cup champion, and finished 9th in the 2018 US National Indoor Championships masters division. Coach Tim loves helping young athletes make the leap from beginner to competitor. He is also available for private lessons. Contact him at tim@timwilson.info.


Tom Popsun / Assistant Coach

Coach Tom has been coaching JOAD for 7 years and is currently a Level 3 Coach. Prior to coaching archery, Tom was an archery judge for 4 years. For the past 9 years, Tom has been a dedicated instructor for Anoka County 4H. In addition to Archery, he enjoys teaching youth safe and proper shooting fundamentals in other shooting disciplines. Tom is a certified MN DNR Firearm Safety Instructor, rifle, trap and pistol instructor and a certified Firearm Range Safety Officer.

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Darwin Burket / Assistant Coach

Coach DJ is a USA Archery Level 2 certified instructor and participant in our adult JOAD program.


Other Volunteers

Our JOAD club benefits from the generous contributions of many others too. We couldn't do it without you.


Linda Cockrell / JOAD Club Coordinator

Linda is a World Archery certified judge and has traveled around the world (including the 2012 London Olympics) officiating at archery tournaments. She is the Director of Shooting (DOS) at our events. Any questions about JOAD payments or USA Archery membership should be directed to Linda.


Diana Withers / Parent Coordinator and Coach

Coach Diana is in her first year with Rapids, but coached a NASP team for three years. She is also a 4-H shooting sports coach. She is married with 3 children, including Rachel who is on the Bandit Team. She works as a collegiate public speaking instructor.

Diana is a great resource for parents who are new to JOAD.