All hail: Peter Vidmar named new chairman of USAG
Posted December 8, 2008on:
USA Gymnastics has announced the election of Peter Vidmar as the chairman of the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors, which as decreased in size from 48 to 20. (FYI, USAG, 20 people is still a lot of people to be running anything. It’s why most countries have one-member executives. Anyway.)
I find it a little diasappointing that USAG has chosen another man to replace outgoing chair Ron Froehlich. Generally speaking I’m pretty neutral on the normative superiority of female political representation, but it’d be nice to have someone who comes out of WAG instead of MAG. That is, if it were a WAG coach that would be fine too.
There are also now three new “public-sector members”: Mary Lou Retton, Bitsy Kelly and Jim Morris, who join Frank Marshall. The rest of the board consists of athlete and discipline representatives and some officers.
Who is Bitsy Kelly, you ask? Well, she is the president of both Outrigger Activities and Bitsy Kelley Outdoors, a multi media company. Frank Marshall is the founder of Amblin Entertainment with Steven Spielberg; he’s a movie producer. And Jim Morris is the president of the Pacers.
Peter Vidmar, of course, was a member of the 1984 gold medal-winning Olympic Team, and is also a Famous Mormon. Do you have to wear the underwear while you do gymnastics?
USA Gymnastics Board of Directors
Chairman: Peter Vidmar, Coto De Caza, Calif.
Vice chairman: Paul Parilla, Lake Forest, Calif. (non voting position)
Secretary: Gary Anderson, Hillsboro Beach, Fla. (non-voting position)
Treasurer: Jim Morris, Indianapolis, Ind.
National Membership Directors
Tom Koll, Omaha, Neb., women
Steve Rybacki, Covina, Calif., women
Yoichi Tomita, Tucson, Ariz., men
Russ Fystrom, Minneapolis, Minn., men
Dr. George Drew, Three Rivers, Mich., trampoline and tumbling
Tonya Case, Yucaipa, Calif., acrobatic gymnastics
Brooke Bushnell Toohey, Lake Placid, N.Y., rhythmic gymnastics
Advisory Council Directors
Mike Burns, Minneapolis, Minn.
Ron Ferris, Austintown, Ohio
Mike Lorenzen, Mountain View, Calif.
Karl Heger, Rockford, Ill., trampoline and tumbling
Jessica Howard, New York, N.Y., rhythmic gymnastics
Michael Rodrigues, Livermore, Calif., acrobatic gymnastics
John Roethlisberger, Knoxville, Tenn., men
Kim Zmeskal, Lewisville, Texas, women
Public Sector Directors
Bitsy Kelley, Outrigger Activities/Bitsy Kelley Outdoors, Portland, Ore.
Frank Marshall, entertainment producer, Santa Monica, Calif.
Jim Morris, Pacers Sports and Entertainment, Indianapolis, Ind.
Mary Lou Retton, former Olympic champion and motivational speaker, Houston