In this role, Griffin will direct the training and competition preparation of the U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Team, a group that won fourteen medals at the recently completed 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing under his leadership as head coach. Paralympic cycling includes road and track disciplines for athletes with physical and visual disabilities riding standard bicycles, tandem bicycles, racing tricycles, and handcycles. Griffin will lead U.S. Paralympics athlete identification and development efforts in cycling, and he will coordinate closely with new efforts being instituted by USA Cycling, the National Governing Body for the sport of cycling, to build participation in Paralympic cycling competition through USA Cycling clubs and programs.
"I am thrilled for this new opportunity," said Griffin. "This is an exciting change that will allow us to build on the foundation of the current U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Team program as well as develop a sustainable athlete identification and recruitment program."
Griffin brings 20 years of Olympic and Paralympic coaching and program administration experience to his new role with U.S. Paralympics. He served 11 years as USA Cycling's National Coach, including at the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, where he led U.S. athletes to 48 Olympic, Pan American, World Championship and World Cup medals. He has served as Head Coach of the U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Team since 2002 through the USOC's partnership with Carmichael Training Systems, Inc. of Colorado Springs.
"Griffin brings a wealth of results and passion to our Paralympic cycling program," said Charlie Huebner, Chief of Paralympics, U.S. Olympic Committee. "USA Cycling and the USOC are making a commitment that will allow Craig to focus 100% of his expertise to building Paralympic cycling in the U.S."
"As we work collaboratively to enhance Paralympic cycling in the United States, Griffin will be an integral key to its success," said Steve Johnson, chief executive officer of USA Cycling. "His vast experience, knowledge and vision for the future of Paralympic cycling - from the grassroots level to the elite level - will allow continued growth in our Paralympic cycling programs."
Prior to becoming a coach, Griffin, who is a citizen of New Zealand, earned the title of Road Race Champion in 1985 and was a member of the 1986 Commonwealth Games Team.