U.S. Paralympics Hires New Director of Track and Field

By Olivia Truby | Jan. 23, 2018, 6:30 p.m. (ET)

Catherine Erickson will take over director responsibilities for U.S. Paralympics Track & Field in April 2018.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, today announced the hiring of Cathrine Erickson as its next director of U.S. Paralympics Track & Field. Erickson will report to Julie Dussliere, vice president of U.S. Paralympics.

“We’re incredibly excited to welcome Cathrine to Team USA,” said Dussliere. “With more than 20 years of experience in collegiate, elite and international coaching, we’re thrilled to have her help U.S. Paralympics Track & Field achieve its goals and live out its mission.”

Erickson has spent the past five years as the director of the men’s and women’s track and field and cross-country programs at Northeastern University. In addition to overseeing a six-team program with more than 120 student-athletes and coaches, her role also included budget management, alumni relations, fundraising oversight, meet management and recruiting. Erickson has guided the program to win 15 conference championships in the past five years.

Erickson is replacing Cathy Sellers, director of U.S. Paralympics Track & Field, who will retire in April 2018 after serving the USOC for 15 years, including nine with U.S. Paralympics.

 
As the director of U.S. Paralympics Track & Field, Erickson will develop and implement high performance plans for Team USA, contribute to the U.S. Paralympics athlete identification and development strategy, supervise coaches and national team staff, and identify and oversee operations for national- and international-level Paralympic track and field competitions hosted in the United States.

“It is truly an honor to join Team USA as the director of U.S. Paralympics Track & Field,” said Erickson. “I want to thank Julie Dussliere, Rick Adams, chief of sport operations, and Alan Ashley, chief of sport performance, for the opportunity to be a part of the organization. I look forward to working with such incredible athletes, guides, coaches and staff. The program has a proven record of success under Cathy’s leadership, which I aim to continue to evolve and strengthen on the world’s stage.”
 
Erickson’s 20 years of coaching experience includes positions at Harvard University, University of Tennessee, Clemson University and the University of Mississippi. She also served as the Olympic development coordinator for women’s hammer throw at USA Track & Field for several years. Additionally, she was a coaching staff member for the U.S. at the world junior championships in 2008. 
 
Erickson received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University where she competed as a two-sport athlete in track and field and basketball. She went on to complete her master’s coursework from the University of Little Rock and served as a graduate assistant coach for the track and field team. She will relocate to Colorado Springs from Dedham, Massachusetts, to begin her duties with U.S. Paralympics on Feb. 20.