USA Gymnastics Names McClure As Men's High Performance Director
INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 14, 2017 -- USA Gymnastics has named 2004 Olympic team silver-medalist Brett McClure of Berkeley, Calif., as the high performance director for men's gymnastics. McClure, who currently is the head men's gymnastics coach at the University of California -- Berkeley, will report to Dennis McIntyre, the vice president of men's gymnastics, and will be based at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
"Brett brings a diverse background to this role and is a true team builder," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "His experience provides him with perspective as a coach with prominent collegiate teams, an athlete who represented the USA at World Championships and the Olympics, and as a member of the resident athlete program at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Brett knows what it takes to achieve success at the highest level, and he has a clear vision for the future of men's gymnastics in the USA."
Yoichi Tomita, chairman of the Men's Program Committee, said, "Brett's skills and knowledge of private club programs, collegiate programs and the national team was impressive, and his presentation and interview garnered strong support from the selection committee."
"I am humbled and honored for this opportunity to work with USA Gymnastics as the new high performance director," said McClure, who officially starts on May 1. "Gymnastics has been my entire life, and it is a dream come true to be able to give back to the program that has given me endless opportunities. I look forward to stepping into this new role following the conclusion of the NCAA season.
"Cal men's gymnastics, UC Berkeley, alumni and supporters have supported every effort I've made to improve not only the program, but also men's collegiate gymnastics, with the utmost trust, confidence and passion," said McClure. "For that, I will be forever thankful. I look forward to continue helping NCAA gymnastics programs from my new position."
McClure's responsibilities will include working with elite athletes, elite coaches and the Men's Program Committee to develop and implement an international competition plan for the junior and senior national teams for 2020 and beyond.
McClure has served as the head coach for Cal since 2013. While at Stanford as the assistant coach from 2010-13, the men's team won the NCAA title in 2011, the same year McClure was named the National Assistant Coach of the Year. He also was the assistant coach from 2006-10 at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he was named Mountain West Associate Coach of the Year in 2010.
As an athlete, McClure's accomplishments include: 2004 Olympic team silver medalist; two World team silver medals (2001, 2003); 2001 Goodwill Games pommel horse bronze medalist; and the pommel horse title at the 2001 and 2004 U.S. National Championships. He was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1999-2006, competed on three consecutive World Teams, and was a part of the resident athlete program at the USOTC for 10 years.
At a strategic planning session for the 2020 Olympic cycle held last November at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, the leadership position for the men's national team was revamped from a national team coordinator to a high performance director. USA Gymnastics expects to fill the currently vacant head coaching position at the USOTC in the near future.
Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men's and women's artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and Gymnastics for All (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, log on to www.usagym.org.