Pearce, 33, will be involved
in all phases of the Endurance Track Program, including working with the
elite men’s and women’s programs, the U23 program, and developing junior
racers, said Director of Track Cycling Pat McDonough.
“He’s worked for the last year with TIAA-CREF as a rider/coach and has
brought a number of athletes and top road talent to the track,” McDonough
said. “We hope he can take us to the next level.”
McDonough noted that Pearce, a former road rider himself, will be
instrumental in attracting road athletes to track competition. Among his
duties will be running camps in
to educate and develop road cyclists into track athletes.
“It seemed like a natural transition,” Pearce said. “I’ve been
leaning in the direction (of coaching) over the last year with TIAA-CREF,
passing on what I learned to younger riders, and then this was the perfect
opportunity. The track program needs an overhaul, but with the programs Pat
(McDonough) has enacted and the hiring of Gary West (head track coach), all
of the key components are in place for a competitive track program.”
Earlier this month, Pearce retired from professional racing, ending his
career with a silver medal in the points race at the Union Cycliste
Internationale Track World Cup in
. During his 17-year career, Pearce has won 9 National Championships, 11
World Cup medals (including 3 victories), and holds the
10 km record on the track.
Pearce now takes the helm of the endurance track program that has been
without a coach since 2000.
"Colby is a tremendous addition to the USA Cycling endurance program;
and will fill a vital role in implementing our high performance plan on the
track,” said Director of Athletics Steve Johnson. "He brings a
powerful combination of technical and tactical knowledge of both road and
endurance track events to our coaching staff."
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