At left, Signe Jordet, U.S.A. Ski Jumping director of sport development, Kevin McAllister, and Jen Lowe, sales and marketing manager for Utah Olympic Oval, at the 2014 U.S.A. Nordic Combined Continental Cup.
Springfield College Sport Management and Recreation Department Chair Kevin McAllister was recently elected president of the board of directors for U.S.A. Nordic Sport (USANS). The appointment to president follows McAllister’s role in leading a transition committee that assisted with the merging of the U.S.A. Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined.
Under McAllister’s leadership, a new set of bylaws was transcribed for USANS and a new mission statement was drafted. The mission of USANS is to encourage, promote and develop the Nordic disciplines of ski jumping and Nordic combined in the United States; assist U.S. athletes in achieving sustained competitive excellence in Olympic, World Championship and other international competitions in the disciplines; and to promote the highest standards of sportsmanship, fair play, and good will between individuals of all nations through competition in the discipline sports.
“This opportunity to serve as president of the board of directors for USANS is a great honor, and I am excited to have the opportunity to work with so many talented people both with U.S.A. Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined,” said McAllister, who has been a Springfield College faculty member since 2003.
In his role with USANS, McAllister has the opportunity to work with Springfield College alumna Signe Jordet, U.S.A. Ski Jumping director of sport development since 2012. Jordet earned a master’s degree in sport management and recreation from the College in 2010, and she was instrumental in recruiting McAllister’s leadership for U.S.A. Ski Jumping and Nordic Sport.
“We are always willing to assist and work with graduates from our sport management program at Springfield College,” said McAllister. “We are very proud of Signe and the work she has done in her role with U.S.A. Ski Jumping. There was an opportunity for me to get involved and assist in some leadership areas and I am looking forward to the challenge. This experience will also provide some great examples in the classroom when teaching our current sport management students.”
Moving forward, McAllister and the USANS’s board of directors will get to work on fundraising, forming a International Competition Committee for USANS, and building a competition program that reflects both National team needs while supporting recruiting efforts and support for the clubs and regional events.
“There will be no shortage of topics to address and work that needs to be accomplished,” said McAllister. “I am surrounded by very talented individuals on the board and we are all dedicated to helping U.S.A. Nordic Sport grow.”
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