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USAC locks in Miller for athletics role

Monika Prell in Ataun, Spain
April 07, 2009, 0:00 BST,
April 20, 2009, 21:06 BST
First Edition Cycling News for April 7, 2009

Jim Miller has been named USA Cycling's Director of Athletics effective immediately. Miller had been...

Jim Miller has been named USA Cycling's Director of Athletics effective immediately. Miller had been appointed to the position on an interim basis last February.

"I'm excited at the opportunity to lead USA Cycling's efforts in its pursuit of athletic excellence," said Miller. "Along with the solid coaching staff and support structure that's already in place, I'm looking forward to the challenge at hand.

"As an organisation, we already have a number of athletic programs that have proven to be tremendously successful," he added. "I hope to apply the same principles responsible for that success across all competitive disciplines and convey a sense of stability, confidence and long-term vision that our athletes and supporters can buy into."

Miller began his tenure at USA Cycling seven years ago and has since served USA Cycling in a variety of capacities. Hired in 2002 to manage the USA Cycling-run T-Mobile Women's Professional Cycling Team, Miller later became director of the women's national road team before overseeing all of USA Cycling's endurance-specific programs, including junior, U23 and women's.

As director of athletics Miller will oversee athletic programs for all major disciplines of competitive cycling: road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. The ultimate goal for Miller is the success of American riders at the international level, as well as the development and support of future talent.

"Under Jim's direction I am confident that USA Cycling's athletic programs will continue to provide American athletes with the opportunity to achieve and sustain a high level of success," said USA Cycling Chief Executive Officer Steve Johnson.

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