Former IU Standout McNees Named Chief Operating Officer of USATF
Dec. 19, 2008
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - USA Track & Field CEO Doug Logan on Thursday, Dec. 18 named Michael A. McNees the Chief Operating Officer of the organization. McNees, an Indiana alum and former Big Ten Champion, will officially join USATF on March 1.
McNees was a three-time varsity letterman for the Indiana University track team. Specializing in the 400m hurdles, he earned all-conference honors and was a Big Ten team champion as well as a member of the Big Ten champion 4x400m relay in 1977. Earlier this year, McNees, 53, began training again for masters competition in the 200 and 400 meters.
"Bringing Michael McNees on board is the first, crucial step for remaking USATF as a highly functioning business," Logan said. "He has a unique blend of qualities that makes him extraordinarily well-suited for the particular challenges of this new role. He truly understands our sport on every level, and most important, he understands how to make even the most complex public bodies function on the highest levels."
"I am thrilled to take on this new challenge, which will enable me to apply my professional skills to the sport that has been so instrumental in making me the person I am today," McNees said. "I am energized about the possibilities for USA Track & Field, and I look forward to having a role in fulfilling Doug's vision for the sport."
"Congratulations to Michael and good luck to him as he embarks on what I'm sure will be a very challenging and rewarding opportunity," Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said. "As a former Hoosier I am sure he is up to the task. We are delighted to have Indiana University and Indiana track and field represented in this manner."
Indiana track and field opens the 2009 indoor season on Jan. 10, 2009, when they host the Indiana Open. The meet is the first of six indoor meets that will be hosted at Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to www.IUHoosiers.com.
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