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Olympic Silver Medalist Brett McClure Chosen To Direct USA Gymnastics’ Men’s Program

By Craig Bohnert | Feb. 14, 2017, 8:45 p.m. (ET)

Brett McClure reacts after his performance on the still rings during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on June 26, 2004 at The Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif.

 

Brett McClure, a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team that claimed team silver at the Athens Games, has been selected to fill the newly-created position of men’s high performance director, USA Gymnastics announced Tuesday. McClure will assume his new duties May 1.

The men’s gymnastics coach at the University of California-Berkeley since 2013, McClure brings extensive experience to his new position. Prior to being named Cal’s head coach, he was an assistant at Stanford University, earning National Assistant Coach of the Year honors for his role in the Cardinal’s 2011 NCAA championship. He also served as an assistant coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy from 2006-10, earning Mountain West Conference Associate Coach of the Year honors his final season.

“Brett brings a diverse background to this role and is a true team builder,” USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny said in a news release announcing McClure’s selection. “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.”

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“I am humbled and honored for this opportunity to work with USA Gymnastics as the new high performance director,” McClure said. “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.”

The high performance director’s position was created last fall at a strategic planning session for the 2020 Olympic cycle after fifth-place team finishes at the last two Olympic Games. It replaces the former national team coordinator position, held the past eight years by Kevin Mazeika, a two-time Olympic head coach who led the 2004 and 2008 Olympic teams to team medals.

A member of the U.S. national team from 1999-2006, McClure was part of two world championship team silver medals in addition to the Athens Olympic silver-medal team. He also earned a bronze in pommel horse at the 2001 Goodwill Games and won two national titles on pommel (2001, 2004).

Among McClure’s responsibilities will include working with USAG’s Men’s Program Committee to develop and execute an international competition plan for both the junior and senior national teams for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and beyond, in addition to working with elite athletes and coaches.

“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,” said Men’s Program Committee Chairman Yoichi Tomita.

McClure will be based at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and will report to Dennis McIntyre, the USAG’s vice president of men’s gymnastics.