McDonough named USAC Director of Athletics

Colorado Springs, Colo. (June 19, 2006)—USA Cycling has named Pat McDonough as its director of athletics effective immediately. Formerly USA Cycling’s national track programs director, McDonough replaces recently appointed chief executive officer, Steve Johnson.

McDonough, a silver medalist in the team pursuit at the 1984 Olympic Games, was brought to USA Cycling in April of 2004 as part of an initiative to revive track cycling in the United States. Prior to his position as national track programs director, McDonough was the director of the Lehigh Valley Velodrome in Trexlertown, Pa. for 15 years.

As director of athletics, McDonough will oversee athletic programs for all major Olympic disciplines of cycling – road, track, mountain bike and BMX – with the ultimate goal being success of American riders at major international competitions including Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cups and Pan American Games. McDonough will oversee the identification and development of current and future athletes, craft selection procedures for major international events and create, implement and monitor programs designed to further advance the accomplishments of Americans in the sport of cycling.

Since McDonough’s tenure at USA Cycling, some of the marked improvements relative to the track program include improved selection procedures, an increased amount of internationally-sanctioned track events in the U.S., the introduction of performance-based financial incentive programs to athletes, a bolstered coaching staff, and key results in international competition including the first U.S. world championship on the track in ten years.

“I’m thrilled to be given this opportunity to further contribute towards the development and success of American cyclists,” commented McDonough. “We have some exciting programs in place and will be developing more initiatives designed to improve services to athletes across the board. The success of Americans at the international level is at an all-time high and ultimately our goal is to instill in our athletes that it’s not about being the best in the country, it’s about being the best in the world.”

McDonough’s promotion comes five weeks after the USA Cycling Board of Directors officially named former director of athletics and chief operating officer Steve Johnson as chief executive officer. Johnson held the title of director of athletics since the fall of 2002.

“Pat’s appointment to director of athletics ensures a seamless transition and was a logical choice given his experience, passion, knowledge and reputation,” commented Johnson. “He’s been directly involved in the design and employment of several successful athletic programs since he’s been at USA Cycling and we’re exceptionally fortunate to have someone with Pat’s credentials and skill set take over the helm of our athletics program. The success and popularity of American cycling is at an all-time high and that trend will continue under Pat’s direction.”

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