USA Cycling has named Ben Sharp as its Junior Endurance Program Manager responsible for the junior road program and national team selection. Sharp, an eight-time US national champion, has previously served as head cycling coach at the University of Indiana as well as director of operations for Cadence Cycling & Multisport Centers in Philadelphia.
"As a former school teacher and elite cyclist, I hope to encourage participation in the sport and create an environment where every Junior National Team member will be able to flourish," said Sharp. "A smooth transition into the U23 program is the mid-term sporting goal for most of the athletes, so I hope to arm them with the tools vital to surviving and prospering in the program."
Before guiding other athletes, Sharp had his own success in cycling, winning the 2001 US criterium championship plus eight collegiate national titles on the track.