USABS pursuing leadership change

Aug. 12, 2019, 9:01 p.m. (ET)


Contact: Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director
(518) 354-2250,


USA Bobsled/Skeleton pursuing leadership change


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (August 13, 2019)– The USA Bobsled/Skeleton (USABS) Board of Directors has voted to pursue new leadership and will end the contract with its CEO, Darrin Steele, on September 13, 2019. Steele has served as CEO for USABS since October 2007.


“We thank Darrin for his 12 years of dedicated service as CEO and for his many contributions to the sport,” said USABS Board Chair Robert Bergbauer. “This was a very difficult decision. We are grateful for Darrin’s guidance, but the board feels it’s time for a fresh perspective as we head into the future. We’re looking forward to continuing Team USA’s success through 2022 and beyond.”


John Rosen, USABS Emeritus Board Chair, will assume the role of Interim CEO until a permanent replacement is selected and retained. Rosen will work alongside Steele through the middle of September to help with the transition. The board has launched a search committee to evaluate CEO candidates and select the new CEO. 


Steele competed for USA Bobsled at the 1998 Nagano Olympics and 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics prior to his 12-year tenure as CEO of USABS. The U.S. team won nine Olympic medals and 21 World Championship medals under Steele’s leadership.


“I’m incredibly grateful for the past 12 years with USABS,” Steele said. “I’ve been able to work with some amazing people and shared some incredible moments that I’ll never forget. I’m proud of the work we’ve done, and I wish the organization well as the baton is passed to the next federation leader.”


Steele will continue serving as the Vice President of Sport for the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation while completing his PhD dissertation in Educational Leadership, Research and Policy from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.


Please contact Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director, at, or at (518) 354-2250 with media inquiries.


About USA Bobsled & Skeleton
USA Bobsled & Skeleton (USABS), based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. USABS would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: BMW of North America, Under Armour, Kampgrounds of America, BiPro, Boomerang Carnets, Hudl, Tesa Tape, PVS International, Ferris Mfg. Corp, Machintek, deBotech and Carpenter. For more information, please visit the USABS website