USA Triathlon has hired Scott Schnitzspahn as high performance general manager, a role responsible for leading U.S. National Team programs, overseeing the Olympic and Paralympic pipelines and directing strategic planning for USA Triathlon’s High Performance Department.
The hire marks a return to the organization for Schnitzspahn, who previously served as sport performance director for USA Triathlon from 2006 through 2010 and junior program manager from 2004 to 2006. During his tenure, Schnitzspahn was the team leader for the 2008 Olympic Summer Games in Beijing and helped create the Collegiate Athlete Recruitment Program, which led to Gwen Jorgensen winning the first Olympic gold medal for the U.S. and helped begin the process for women’s triathlon to become an NCAA championship sport.
“We are thrilled to welcome Scott as USA Triathlon’s high performance general manager,” said Victoria Brumfield, USA Triathlon interim chief executive officer. “A longtime high-performance leader in endurance sports with a proven track record of high-performance success, Scott will build on our culture of excellence to ensure athlete well-being and establish the best Olympic and Paralympic high-performance triathlon programs in the world. As an athlete-centric leader, Scott has a proven ability to build meaningful relationships both with athletes and coaches, as well as the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and World Triathlon.”
Following his first tenure at USA Triathlon, Schnitzspahn served as the high performance director for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee from 2010 through 2017. He led a team of sport science and medicine professionals and advised on high performance strategy for several sports.
From 2017 to 2020, Schnitzspahn served as the vice president of elite athletics at USA Cycling where he directed all aspects of the elite cycling programs across six disciplines. Schnitzspahn helped launch the Stay in the Game Network to promote mental wellness while at USA Cycling and facilitated a partnership with the TeachAids Crash Course program to educate athletes on concussion.
“It feels great to be back home at USA Triathlon building toward an Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris 2024 with such incredible athletes, coaches and staff,” Schnitzspahn said. “I am excited to join a strong team that has displayed tremendous success in elite triathlon and elite paratriathlon competition and also has a strong elite development pipeline with Project Podium, the Collegiate Recruitment Program and women’s collegiate triathlon on the way to becoming an NCAA Championship Sport.”