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Andy Schmitz
Team Leader/Women’s Coach, Triathlon
    Andy Schmitz, USA Triathlon high performance general manager, will serve as the women’s coach and team leader for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team.

    A veteran of many international multisport events, Schmitz has directed USA Triathlon’s high performance department for the last two years. During that timeframe, he has served as the U.S. team leader and coach at most ITU World Triathlon Series events.

    Schmitz was a member of the U.S. coaching staff for the 2008 Olympic Games and served as the team leader and head coach for the 2010 and 2011 ITU World Championship Series Grand Final, as well as the 2011 Pan American Games, which saw the U.S. capture a gold and silver medal.

    In his role as high performance general manager at USA Triathlon, Schmitz directs the operations and administrative side of the high performance staff. He guides strategic planning, including race-related resourcing and staffing, and develops and manages the department’s annual budget. He directs USA Triathlon’s talent identification and athlete development programs, serves in an advisory capacity to the Elite Triathlon Academy and manages relationships with the United States Olympic Committee, the ITU and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

    Prior to joining the USA Triathlon staff as sport performance manager in 2005, Schmitz was an assistant cross country and track coach at Ohio Wesleyan University. He holds a master’s degree in sport and exercise studies from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s from Baldwin Wallace College in business administration and sport management. He was a three-sport athlete and was named an Academic All-American in cross country at Baldwin Wallace.

    Additionally, Schmitz served as the head coach for the University of California Triathlon Club from 2007-09, leading the squad to the combined team championship in 2008 and runner-up finishes in 2007 and 2009.
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