Ive been mulling this one over since i saw the letter. even went to the dojo last night and talked to Mr. Uchida about it to see where his wisdom laid.
I think Jimmy should get the spot. completely. Reasoning is this.. We know that companies in the USA find him to be a face they are familiar with-- he has been on NBC quite a few times and i think he could get us there again as exec. director.
we know his education is top-notch, but i think that the same is true for Joe Marshall as well.
You never heard about Jimmy not being able to fundraise. In fact, thats a huge part as to why he was able to get to the level he is. Hell, it if wasnt for Jimmy Monster.com wouldnt have given the money to the Olympic trials either. It would not shock me at all to hear that monster.com has donated $100,000 to USA Judo the moment Jimmy became Executive Director.
Jimmy has womderful contacts in Europe and i think that he could do a lot to establish a home-base for our athletes to go there and train at for extended periods at very little cost.
Jimmy knows what the US ANti-Doping Agency is all about and he knows exactly how to deal with them should it be necessary.
now, this does not mean that i'm not skeptical about the scenario, but i always said the Jimmy should have a role in USA Judo, just not president from the get-go.
I think Joe Marchal is a great guy, nothing against him. When i first heard he was in the running I thought he'd do a decent job, but i think Jimmy would do a better job. I must say, Joe was a major role model of mine as a kid from Wisconsin and he helped me a lot when i was getting ready to go to japan on my own.
but he has been living in japan for well over a decade. he does not know the atheltes here and they dont know him at all. He does not, as far as i am aware, have the connections in Europe that Jimmy does, though his connections in Japan are unmatched. He was not present at the Olympic Trials, or at least i dont recall seeing him there.
Jimmy has worked with the USOC, USADA, large US-based companies who support Olympic Programs and has face recognition. Executive Director is spelled out right there.