USA Cycling has announced that Gary Sutton will join its Elite Athletics department as the new Head Endurance Track Coach. The role will report to Jim Miller, USA Cycling’s VP of High Performance.
“Endurance track is an area of strength for the US,” said USA Cycling CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall. “We are the reigning World Champions in the Women’s Team Pursuit and earned two silver medals in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. However, we have greater ambitions for the future and want to keep improving. Gary is one of the most experienced and skilled track coaches in the world, and we are very fortunate to have been successful in recruiting him to join our team.”
The Head Endurance Track Coach will focus on identifying and developing a deep pool of world-class endurance track athletes and fully leveraging USA Cycling’s development programs and high performance support. In this role, Sutton will build upon the success of USA Cycling’s World Champion team pursuit squad with the aim of achieving USA Cycling’s goal of becoming the number one women’s endurance track program in the world while launching a new men’s endurance track program as well.
With more than 25 years of coaching experience, Sutton has a distinctive track record in the sport. Most recently, he was the Women’s Track Endurance Coach for Cycling Australia, serving in that role since 2010 and achieving international success at the highest level with multiple athletes across multiple events. Well respected for his technical skills, Sutton is equally praised for his commitment to individual athletes and focus on developing good people – not just great athletes. Prior to coaching, Sutton was an elite cyclist in his own right having competed in the 1976 and 1980 Olympic Games and winning the amateur World Championship in the Points Race.
“Obviously, I am really looking forward to working at USA Cycling and being part of their renewed focus on high performance athlete development,” Gary Sutton commented. “The US has amazing talent and depth in women’s endurance track, and I am excited to work with these athletes and their coaches. And the opportunity to build a men’s endurance track program and work with Jim Miller and his high performance team is also very exciting for me.”