The board of directors of United States Modern Pentathlon has elected Barry Matchett (Chicago, Ill.) as chairman for a term ending January 1, 2011. He will serve the remainder of the term of board member Atif Sidiqqi who will continue to serve on the board as the chairman of the Ethics and Audit Committee.
Matchett competed in pentathlon on the U.S. National Team from 1997-2000 while living at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After retiring from the sport, Matchett founded Windy City Fencing, a youth fencing club in Chicago, with former pentathlon national team member Josh Holmstrom. The duo started the club after seeing the lack of youth fencing opportunities in the heart of Chicago. Matchett sold all interest in the company in 2006.
"I am honored to serve on the board of USA Pentathlon and as chairman," said Matchett. "As a board we will continue to work to build the sport from the grassroots up. We will improve the opportunities for athletes of all ages from around the country to participate in this great sport. We will also continue to seek to provide our elite athletes what they need to compete at the Olympic level as we prepare for the 2012 summer games in London. I look forward to working with our executive director, Brad Camp, and the entire pentathlon community in this endeavor."
Matchett is the co-legislative director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center, the Midwest's leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and environmental business innovation organization. In this role he works with legislators throughout the Midwest to pass legislation to accelerate the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Prior to his current role he served as senior policy advisor to the chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission, the state's public utility commission. In that role Matchett worked on the deregulation of the telecommunications and energy industries in Illinois. He serves on the board of directors of the Illinois Environmental Council, the Illinois Renewable Energy Association, and the associate board of directors for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
Matchett has a bachelor of arts degree from Grinnell College and a masters of public policy from the University of Chicago. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two young children.