Scott Schnitzspahn has been working with endurance sport athletes and sport organizations since the early 1990s. As one of the first few coaches to be certified at the highest levels of coaching by both USA Triathlon and USA Cycling, Scott developed junior and age-group champions in both triathlon and cycling before he eventually led the national team programs for both USA Triathlon and USA Cycling. He is the only person to ever hold both roles. Scott returned to USA Triathlon in October of 2022 as the High Performance General Manager leading the Olympic and Paralympic triathlon teams and their athlete development programs.
In between leading the U.S. National Teams for triathlon (2006-2010 and now again as of October of 2022) and cycling (2017- March 2020), Scott was the High Performance Director at the United States Olympic Committee who coordinated sport science, facilities, logistics, technology and financial support for the athletes and coaches of USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, US Rowing, USA Sailing, USA Canoe & Kayak, the US Tennis Association, USA Badminton, USA Table Tennis, and USA Modern Pentathlon.
Over his career Scott led teams at four Olympic Games, three Pan-American Games, over twenty World Championships and countless world cup and other international competitions. Scott earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from The Ohio State University, a certificate in Olympic Sport Leadership from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Coaching Certifications from USA Cycling, USA Triathlon, USA Track & Field, the Bicycling Instructor Certification Program, the Colorado High School Cycling League, bike fit technician certification from Serotta, SafeSport Trained certification by the U.S. Center for SafeSport and CPR & Wilderness First Aid certification from the American Red Cross. Through the years, Scott has built an extensive network of the top coaches, sport scientists, elite athletes, medical professionals and sport administrators that he can call on when needed. Scott is also a frequent presenter and writer on high performance sport topics, coaching, and sports business.
A father of two amazing daughters and married to a successful woman, Scott is passionate about equality in sport (and life) for women and minorities. Having lost an athlete on one of his teams to suicide, he is also an advocate for mental wellness programs and concussion research and education. While at USA Cycling, Scott helped to launch the Stay in the Game Network to promote mental wellness and facilitated a partnership with the TeachAids Crash Course program to educate athletes on concussion.
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