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USATF CEO Doug Logan Names High Performance Panel

Announcing the USATF High Performance Audit Panel

Monday, October 13, 2008

Several weeks ago I announced my intention to form an independent
audit panel to examine our practices, methods and procedures for
selection, coaching and preparing our national teams for international
competition. This panel was to report back to me, personally, their
findings within a short period of time. Today, I can announce the
make-up of the USATF High Performance Audit Panel, my written charge to
them and my intentions regarding the results.

The Panel will be composed of Olympic gold medalists Carl Lewis and
Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, who also has been a sports administrator;
1992 Olympic mens coach and USTCCCA Hall of Fame coach Mel Rosen;
renowned physiologist and Olympic silver medalist Ralph Mann; and USOC
executives Doug Ingram, Steve Roush and Jay Warwick, all of whom have
been successful athletes or coaches as well as NGB administrators.
Biographies of the panelists are below.

I was pleasantly surprised to receive over a hundred names to
consider for the panel. Highly qualified individuals volunteered to
participate, and many names were nominated by others. It made the
choice very difficult, but in the end I have put together a gold
standard team that meets our needs. I wanted individuals of high
character who had a personal connection to success in past Games. I
wanted the panel to represent our sport in its rich racial and gender
diversity. I wanted all aspects of prior competition represented:
athletes, coaches and administrators. I wanted one or more
representatives who were experts in the science behind training and
coaching. And, I wanted individuals who were not directly involved with
our efforts to prepare the 2008 squad for Beijing. To aid our effort,
the USOC responded to my request and graciously assigned an A team of
executives to the panel.

In total, this group knows success in sports on a personal basis and
all know what it takes to achieve the highest results. We are thankful
that they have chosen to serve us.

I am making public my written charge to this group its Charter which
you also will find listed below. But the panel is not limited to the
items in the Charter. If there is a course of inquiry that they feel
they should pursue, they are free to follow their instincts and wisdom.
Nothing is beyond examination.

I plan to publish on our website their written report. If I disagree
with any of their findings, it puts the onus on me to make a
persuasive, public case in the alternative. Panel recommendations I can
take of my own authority I will pursue expeditiously; those that may
require Bylaw or other more formal changes will find me leading the
campaign to have those changes made.

I urge all who may be contacted by this panel to cooperate fully
with this effort. I have put the resources of USATF at their disposal.
We arent out to get anybody we are out to get better!

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USA Track & Field High Performance Audit Panel Charter

The USA Track & Field High Performance Audit Panel (The Panel)
is charged with examining USATFs High Performance Programs,
specifically as they relate to how we select, prepare and manage our
International Teams. USATF bylaws stipulate that as an organization, we
have a duty to develop the highest possible performance level for the
United States in international competition and field the most competent
United States individuals and teams. We must provide support and
conditions for athletes at all levels of the sport which ensure optimal
performance.

The Panel shall be composed of seven individuals who shall commence
their work on October 13, 2008. In analyzing the topics below, The
Panel should evaluate current systems, consider alternatives, and
determine if, in its opinion, any changes should be made. A final
report, including the Panels findings and recommendations, shall be
presented to the USATF CEO by January 12, 2009.

The Panel shall evaluate the following:

  1. International Team Staff system
    1. Volunteer Staff Selection
      1. Selection process
      2. Qualifications for selection
    2. Professional/Pool manager staffing
    3. Responsibilities prior to and during International competition
      1. Responsibilities of each staff member
    4. Accountability of volunteer and professional staff
  2. International/Olympic Team Selection Process
    1. Timing of Olympic Trials
    2. Selection criteria
      1. Criteria for entry into Olympic Trials
      2. Criteria for Olympic Team selection Individual events
      3. Criteria for selection into relay pool
        1. Selection process and decision-making
  3. Olympic Team Preparation
    1. Volunteer and professional staff involvement with athletes
      between Olympic Trials
      and Olympic Games

      1. How often and in what context?
      2. Can USATF exert any influence over Olympic Team members
        between the
        Olympic Trials and Olympic Games, to best determine
        competition schedule and preparation?
    2. Communication with athletes between Olympic Trials and Olympic
      Games

      1. How and how often?
    3. Team Training Camp
      1. Philosophy behind training camp
      2. Timing
      3. Location
      4. Management
      5. Athlete access to personal coaches/trainers
      6. Security, leisure and other issues
      7. Cost/Benefit analysis
  4. National Relay Team Preparation and Training
    1. Genesis of National Relay Program
    2. How often and what context do athletes practice relays?
    3. Who is required to attend relay camp?
    4. Who conducts relay practice?
    5. What standard practices are enforced?
    6. Consequences for not taking part in camp?
    7. Who selects final relay lineups for competition?
    8. How many times do the final lineups practice before competing?
    9. Cost/benefit analysis of National Relay Program
  5. Management of Team USA at International Competitions
    1. Staff/athlete dynamic
    2. Volunteer staff/USATF staff dynamic
    3. Athlete support
      1. Access to personal coaches, trainers, and friends/family
      2. Logistical responsibilities to athletes
    4. Travel arrangements
    5. Olympic Village life and impact on athletes
  6. Team USA performance
    1. Analyze team performance in Beijing
      1. Medal tally
      2. Individual performances personal bests, seasonal bests
      3. Relay performances analysis
    2. Evaluate Team USA International Competition performance trends
    3. Determine areas with developmental needs/underperformance
  7. USATF High Performance/Development programs
    1. Do existing USATF programs adequately prepare athletes for
      future competitions?
    2. Evaluate USATF Development programs overall
      1. Committee System
      2. Event Summits
      3. Training Centers
      4. Role of Sports Science
      5. Youth/Junior development
      6. Identify areas of success and areas of developmental
        need

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USATF High Performance Panel Biographies

CARL LEWIS: One of only two men to win nine gold medals in
Olympic track & field competition, Carl Lewis is considered by many
to be the greatest Olympic athlete in history. A former world record
holder in the 100m, Carl won four golds at the 1984 Olympics (100, 200,
long jump, 4x100m relay); two golds (100, long jump) and one silver
(200) in 1988; two gold in 1992 (long jump, 4×100, WR); and one gold in
1996, winning his record fourth consecutive Olympic title in the long
jump. In 1992, he anchored Team USA to a world-record in the 4x100m
relay that stood until 2008 (37.40), and at one point won 65
consecutive long jump competitions.

RALPH MANN, Ph.D: Dr. Ralph Mann has been at the top of his
field as an athlete and now as one of the worlds foremost sports
scientists. The 1972 Olympic silver medalist in the mens 400m hurdles,
Mann was a three-time NCAA champion in the 440-yard hurdles. Competing
for Brigham Young, he won the 1969 title by tying the American record
in 49.6 seconds and broke the world record in winning the 1970 crown
(48.8). He won five national AAU titles as well. Now one of the worlds
premiere biomechanists, Dr. Mann in 1982 was one of the six individuals
that created the framework that brought sports science to USA Track
& Fields development programs. For the past 25 years, he has
overseen USATFs sport science analysis of sprints and hurdles.

BENITA FITZGERALD MOSLEY: The 1984 Olympic gold medalist in
the 100m hurdles, Fitzgerald Mosley has been equally successful in her
career since 84, as an executive in and advocate for women in sport and
business. Currently serving as President and CEO of Women in Cable
Telecommunications, Fitzgerald Mosley previously worked with the USOC
in various administrative and developmental capacities, including as
Director of Olympic Training Centers from 1997-2000. She is a trustee
and past president of the Womens Sports Foundation Board of Trustees. A
native of Virginia, she was named Top Female Sports Figure of the
Century from the state by Sports Illustrated.

MEL ROSEN: A member of the U.S. Track and Cross Country
Coaches of America Hall of Fame, Rosen was the mens head coach of the
1992 Olympic Team, where American men won 20 medals, including gold
medals and world records in both relays. He was an assistant coach on
the 1984 Olympic Team staff and was head coach for the 1987 World
Championships team. In 1978 he was named NCAA Coach of the Year for
indoor and outdoor track and was NCAA indoor Coach of the Year in 1980.
It was while coaching at Auburn, from 1963-91, that he saw his greatest
success. He has served as USATFs mens track and field committee chair
and in 1994 received USATFs Robert Giegengack Award for his outstanding
service to the organization. During his career, Rosen coached 143 All
Americans, including 63 SEC indoor and outdoor champions and eight NCAA
champions and is a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. He
continues to teach at Auburn and is a consultant for the mens track
team there.

DOUG INGRAM: Doug Ingram is the Managing Director,
Performance Services, for the United States Olympic Committee. It has
been his job to ensure that Olympic Teams perform to their highest
levels as he oversees the USOC divisions of Sports Medicine, Sports
Science and Coaching. He has been on the USOC staff since 1992,
including serving as Director of Sport Partnerships and Managing
Director of International Games. He previously had been a successful
swimming coach for 23 years and won USA Swimmings highest award for
contribution to the sport in 1994.

STEVE ROUSH: Steve Roush in December 2004 was named Director
of Sport Performance of the USOC, overseeing the USOC divisions tasked
with providing targeted resources to NGBs, athletes and coaches in
pursuit of sustained competitive excellence. Roush joined the USOC in
2000, as Director of Sport Partnerships and was Managing Director,
Sport Performance. He was Assistant Executive Director of USA Swimming
from 1994-2000 and began his career as a coach in 1979.

JAY WARWICK: Also an accomplished athlete, coach and
administrator, Jay Warwick is the USOCs Director of Sport Partnerships,
overseeing USOC relationships with eleven national governing bodies
including USATF in all matters involving allocation of USOC resources,
national team selection and legal and governance issues. As a taekwondo
athlete, Mr. Warwick was a silver medalist in the 1985 World Games, a
two-time gold medalist in the Pan American Games, a three-time bronze
medalist in World Championships and a bronze medalist in the 1988
Olympics. He was an eight-time National Champion. Warwick served as
National Team Coach for the Pan American Games, World Cup and World
Championships from 1989 to 1997. He was named USTU Coach of the Year in
1993 and USOC Taekwondo Coach of the Year in 1996. He served as
Executive Director of USA Taekwondo from 1998-2002.

 

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