Michigan sailing group names program director

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Little Traverse Sailors in Harbor Springs, Mich., hired Dan Thompson as program director.

Thompson served for the last two years as sailing director of the Little Traverse Yacht Club and as the Little Traverse Sailors race team coach during the summer this year.He will continue in both of those roles while overseeing Little Traverse Sailors. Thompson replaces Linda Orlow, who retired at the end of the season.

"Dan Thompson brings a wealth of experience in junior sailing and coaching at a national level to LTS, while at the same time he's very familiar with our program and the Harbor Springs sailing community," Little Traverse Sailors board president Tom Trautman said in a statement.

"Dan is beloved by the kids for his friendly and low-key coaching style, while at the same time he always impresses with his innovative ideas, strong work ethic and drive for excellence."