USA Cycling Names Coaches of the Year|
Wednesday, January 10, 2001
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (December 8, 2000) -- Dean Golich (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Bryan Miller (Telluride, Colo.) have been named the SA Cycling Coaches of the Year. Golich was honored as National Coach of the Year, while Miller received the Development Coach of the Year award.
Golich coached two of his athletes to Olympic, international and national success. Mari Holden (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won a silver medal in the time trial at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She then went on to take the time trial gold medal at the World Road Cycling Championships in Plouay, France as well as winning her fifth national time trial title in 2000.
Golich's second Olympian is mountain biker and cyclo-crosser, Alison Dunlap (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Dunlap competed in her second Olympic Games, placing seventh in the mountain bike race in Sydney. She led the World Cup series for much of the year before taking second place overall at the end of the season.
Golich began coaching in 1996 after working as a physiologist for USA Cycling from 1994-96. He coaches both road cycling and mountain biking and serves as the team manager for Team GT. In addition to Dunlap and Holden, he currently coaches Katja Repo (Finland), Steve Peat (Great Britain), Roland Green (Canada) and others.
Miller has been a competitive cyclist at the elite/professional level for 20 years and is attempting to pass his knowledge and experience on to younger riders as a development coach. Miller has worked with junior mountain biker and cyclo-crosser Walker Ferguson since 1996.
Ferguson followed up a silver medal at the Junior Cyclo-cross World Championships in 2000 with a gold medal and world title at the 2000 Junior Mountain Bike World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain. Ferguson displayed his versatility by also competing in the Junior Road Cycling World Championships in 2000.
Miller and Golich will now compete against other national governing body coaches for the USOC Coach of the Year award. Lance Armstrong's coach, Chris Carmichael, was USA Cycling's 1999 National Coach of the year, while Stephane Girard was honored as USA Cycling's Development Coach. Carmichael went on to win the USOC National Coach of the Year award.