(April 30, 2013 – Colorado Springs) – Carmichael Training Systems is happy to announce that renowned endurance coach Craig Griffin is returning to CTS to reconnect with his passion for coaching individual athletes. The former USA Cycling Coach of the Year and US Para-cycling High Performance Director is available for new athletes through CTS Athlete Services: www.trainright.com (719-635-0645).
Craig Griffin has a long and illustrious history with cycling, para-cycling, and CTS. He was the Endurance Track Coach for US Cycling through the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games before becoming one of the first CTS Coaches in 2001. From 2002 through 2008 Griffin led a team of CTS Coaches working with the US Paralympic Cycling Team, dramatically improving the team’s performance en route to winning multiple World Championships and medals in the 2004 and 2008 Paralympics, along with setting several world records.
Following a successful Paralympic campaign in 2008, Griffin left CTS to become the US Para-cycling High Performance Director and Head Coach for the US Para-cycling Team, positions he held through March 2013. As High Performance Director, Griffin developed a robust National Team program, doubling the number of athletes who met the time standards necessary to qualify for the team. During his tenure, para-cycling experienced significant growth worldwide, and still US Para-cycling continued to increase the percentage of total medals won at major international competitions. The US Para-cycling Team is currently ranked #1 in the world on the road. Under Griffin’s direction, the team earned 17 medals at the 2012 London Paralympics, finishing 2nd in the medal count behind Great Britain.
Griffin’s return to coaching individual athletes is great news for CTS. “There are very few coaches in the world who have Craig Griffin’s level of experience, expertise, and results,” said CTS Founder Chris Carmichael. “He’s been a huge asset for all the organizations he’s worked for, including CTS. I’m proud to have him back coaching for CTS, and I’m honored that CTS was where he wanted to go.”
“The years I was a CTS Coach were the happiest of my career, because working one-on-one with athletes is what I’m most passionate about,” said Griffin. “I’m proud of my role in developing US Para-cycling from a club-like environment to a world-leading competitive program, but I missed the unique and fulfilling relationships you develop when you work closely with individual athletes.
A pioneering company in the endurance coaching industry, Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) has improved the performance of more than 10,000 athletes since 2000. Founded by renowned coach and author Chris Carmichael, and home to more than 40 full-time, professional coaches, CTS inspires and empowers the athlete in EVERY BODY to perform at their best. The company provides personal coaching, training camps, and Endurance Bucket List experiences to athletes of all ability levels. For more information, visit www.trainright.com.
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