Audio Interview: Marcie Van Dusen
Marcie Van Dusen
2008 U.S. Olympian Marcie Van Dusen joins Beat the Streets - Los Angeles as Program Coordinator and Coach. Van Dusen, a Southern California native began her wrestling career competing in USAW and CAGWA events in the inland empire of Los Angeles. Ready to give back to the community and sport that helped her develop as a professional and an athlete, Van Dusen is eager to join BTS-LA.
Graduating from Rim of the World High school in 2000 Van Dusen then transitioned to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO where she lived and trained from 2002 to 2008. As a 5-year member of the U.S. National Team Van Dusen's impressive competitive resume includes a 3rd place finish in the 1998 Cadet World Championships, University World Champion in 2004, and U.S. World Team Trials Champion in 2005, 2007 and 2008. She earned a silver medal in the 2007 Pan American Games and represented the United States in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games finishing in 9th place.
Van Dusen graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a B.S. degree in Geography and Environmental Sciences. Following her passion for coaching Van Dusen became the first female head coach on the college level when she was named women's coach at Menlo College in Atherton, CA serving in that role from 2010-2012.
With a coaching philosophy that is centered on the holistic development of the student-athlete, Van Dusen strives to enhance her athletes' physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual, and social characteristics. She believes that the lessons learned through sport can lead individuals to become successful leaders in their communities and work places as well as their future athletic pursuits.