February 9, 2016
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USA Swimming Extends Executive Director Chuck Wielgus’ Contract Through 2020
Organization has achieved record membership, revenue growth and creation of new properties during Wielgus’ 18-year tenure
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The USA Swimming Board of Directors extended the contract of USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus through December 31, 2020. Wielgus joined USA Swimming in this role in July 1997 and is the longest-tenured current chief executive of an Olympic national governing body.
During his 18-year term, Wielgus has led USA Swimming through an extended period of growth in what has become an increasingly competitive marketplace. Membership has surpassed 400,000, while organizational revenues and net worth have more than doubled. Key achievements also include: establishment of Splash Magazine; development of strong corporate and television partnerships; creation of new properties such as the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, the Golden Goggle Awards and Arena Pro Swim Series; and re-positioned the U.S. Olympic Trials – Swimming into one of sport’s major events, held in a 14,000-seat venue with an accompanying 100,000 square-foot Aqua Zone fan festival.
“Chuck's leadership and vision have elevated swimming to a premier position among Olympic sports and made USA Swimming a leader among youth sports organizations,” said USA Swimming President Jim Sheehan. “We are excited he will continue that work for the more than 400,000 members of USA Swimming and guide us to even higher places.”
Under Wielgus’ leadership, the U.S. Olympic Swim Team has won an average of 31 medals in each of the last three Olympic Games to lead Team USA. Additionally, financial support to USA Swimming National Team athletes and coaches has also increased significantly.
“It has been my honor and privilege to serve our sport and to work with an extraordinary legion of athletes, coaches, officials, staff and volunteers,” Wielgus said. “I’m inspired every day when I arrive at the U.S. Olympic Training Center or have the opportunity to meet with our members around the country, and my enthusiasm for the future of swimming is greater than ever.”
Wielgus also spearheaded the creation of the USA Swimming Foundation, for which he has served as chief executive officer since its 2004 inception, which through its Make a Splash initiative has the goal of teaching every child in America to swim.
Earning the first-ever Association of Chief Executives of Sport (ACES) Chief Executive Leadership Award in 2015, Wielgus has also received honors from the American Swimming Coaches Association, College Swimming Coaches Association and El Pomar Foundation.
About USA Swimming
As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org.