POSTED: Thursday September 10th 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
USOC Hires Ron Brant as High Performance Director
Brant will work alongside Sports Performance Team Leader Rachel Isaacs and help guide the high performance initiatives for 10 Olympic and Paralympic sports.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Ron Brant, who has served as the men’s national team coordinator for USA Gymnastics since 2000, has accepted a position with the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as the High Performance Director in the USOC’s Sports Performance Division, the organization announced today.
Brant will continue as men’s national team coordinator through the conclusion of the 2009 World Gymnastics Championships in London. After he joins the USOC, Brant will work alongside Sports Performance Team Leader Rachel Isaacs and help guide the high performance initiatives for 10 Olympic and Paralympic sports including boxing, diving, fencing, gymnastics, judo, karate, synchronized swimming, taekwondo, wrestling and boccia.
“Ron embodies those characteristics that will allow the USOC to better service the needs of U.S. athletes and the National Governing Bodies,” said Mike English, USOC Chief of Sport Performance. “His proven track record with USA Gymnastics combined with his dedication to ensuring athletes, coaches and teams can achieve competitive excellence makes him a valuable asset.”
During Brant’s tenure as national team coordinator, the U.S. men have earned three gold, two silver and two bronze medals at world championships and one gold, three silver and one bronze at the Olympic Games; earned first back-to-back Olympic team medals; and the best Olympic medal performances since 1984 and best world medal tally since 1979.
From 1990-2000, he served as the head coach of the U.S. Olympic Training Center Resident Men’s Gymnastics Team in Colorado Springs. In that time, Brant helped develop three Olympians, 10 World Team members and a World silver medalist.
“Ron has been an incredible leader for the men’s national team over the past eight years,” said Steve Penny, President of USA Gymnastics. “His efforts and strategic planning have resulted in outstanding accomplishments, including an historic back-to-back team medal performance at the past two Olympic Games. Together, with the support of the coaches and others associated with men’s program, Ron has raised the bar on our goals and expectations for success, which will be a strong legacy to his efforts. We wish him all the best at the USOC and look forward to working with him in his new role.”
Brant obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Park and Recreation Administration from the University of Illinois, Champaign, in 1981.
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