Todd Hays hired as women’s bobsled head coach

May 27, 2011, 4:46 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager
(518) 354-2250, abird@usbsf.com

Todd Hays hired as women’s bobsled head coach

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (May 27, 2011)-The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (USBSF) is proud to announce that Todd Hays has been hired to lead the U.S. women’s bobsled team through the 2014 Winter Olympic Games as head coach. 

“I am very excited to bring Todd onto the coaching staff,” said Darrin Steele, USBSF CEO.   “In addition to his experience as an athlete, Todd easily transitioned into a coaching role last season and was the overwhelming choice of the athletes and the current coaching staff.”

Hays rejoins the U.S. team after coaching for the Netherlands during the 2010-2011 season. Esme Kamphuis claimed silver at the Cesana, Italy World Cup event last February to win the first medal ever for the Dutch team, which is a testament to Hays’ coaching ability. 

“I am incredibly grateful to the Dutch team,” Hays said.  “They are a professional and kind group of people, and I learned so much working with them. I can’t thank them enough.”

As of July 1, Hays will be responsible for overseeing and managing the U.S. women’s bobsled program, which includes assistant coaches and athletes.

“I’m excited to be working for my home country,” Hays said.  “I’m looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned over the last 17 years with the women’s team.”

Hays led the resurgence of bobsledding in the U.S. as an athlete after winning the 2002 Olympic silver medal to break a 46-year medal drought.  The three-time Olympian has a collection of world cup and world championship medals and has etched his name into the history books as one of the world’s best in the sport.

Hays was forced to sever his athletic career just weeks before the 2010 Winter Olympic Games after sustaining a head injury from a crash during a training run for a World Cup event in Winterberg, Germany.

Hays was back at the track in Lake Placid, N.Y. just weeks after returning home from Germany to help teammate Mike Kohn at an America’s Cup competition.  Hays is credited for helping Kohn qualify as the third U.S. pilot at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, which led to his decision to continue his career in the sport of bobsled as a coach.  After a one-year stint with the Dutch, Hays is back again.

“My goal is to continue the tradition of excellence in women’s bobsled in the U.S.,” Hays said.  “This team has the potential to win all of the medals in Sochi, and my goal is to help our women do that.  One of the draws to this job was the level of talent we have in the U.S., and we’ll get the job done in 2014.”

The U.S. women’s bobsled program has won medals in three consecutive Olympics, and the USBSF looks forward to continued success in 2014 with Hays at the helm. 

“Todd Hays is a game changer,” said Elana Meyers, 2010 Olympic bronze medalist.  “He is a great addition to the team and will put the U.S. women in a position to win three medals in Sochi.  His experience as an athlete, coach, and working with sleds will give us the edge we need.  He is truly passionate about helping the U.S. succeed and creating winning teams.”

Hays was born and raised in Del Rio, Texas, but moved to the home of the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation headquarters in Lake Placid two years ago to be with his fiancée, Phoebe Burns, who is also a bobsledder.  Burns and Hays are the proud parents of Jackson, who celebrated his first birthday in bobsled style last February.

“We built a quarter-mile long bobsled track in the yard for his birthday,” Hays said.  “He already has 30 trips from the quarter mile, and next year we’ll make the track longer.  It’s in the blood, what can I say.”

For media inquiries, please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager, at abird@usbsf.com, or at (518) 354-2250.  Follow the team on the USBSF Twitter page at http://twitter.com/USBSF, or on the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation Facebook group page.  Watch athlete interviews and check out the action on the abirdbobsled YouTube channel.

About the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation
The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. The USBSF would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: BMW Group, Under Armour, Vilter Manufacturing, Kampgrounds of America, KBC Helmets, Graph-Tex, EDAS/Ripxx, Alamo Rent A Car, Tesa Tape and Ferris Mfg. Corp. For more information, please visit the USBSF website at http://bobsled.teamusa.org.

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