BERKELEY, Calif.–Vanessa Meyers Hauswald has been appointed the new executive director of the Northern California High School Cycling League. She will take over from the current executive director, Matt Fritzinger, on August 1, 2010 after finishing the school year as a high school English teacher. After 10 years of leading the NorCal effort, Fritzinger will be moving on as the Executive Director of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.
The NorCal League secretary, Carol Eber, said, “We are delighted to appoint a person with Vanessa’s experience, skills and personality traits. She is passionate about cycling. She’s very skillful in engaging people in discussions and connecting with diverse groups. Additionally, her connections to the industry are excellent, so She really brings a lot to the position.”
Hauswald says, “I am thrilled to have this opportunity. I have come to know and love the NorCal League first as a team coach, and then as president of the League Board of Directors. As a cyclist my entire life, I find it deeply fulfilling to help kids find empowerment through mountain biking, and I look forward to furthering this mission.” She also says that, “The League has achieved so much in its first ten years, and it is now my privilege to help direct it into the next decade.”
Hauswald lists her early priorities as meeting coaches to learn how the League can better support them and their riders; expanding the volunteer base; and tapping into the support structures offered by the fledgling National Interscholastic Cycling Association.
About the NorCal High School Cycling League
The NorCal High School Cycling League, founded in 2000, is a non-profit organization open to students from both public and private schools. The League exists by virtue of a range of fundraising activities as well as generous donors and sponsors including the founding sponsor of the SoCal League, Easton Foundations; the founding national sponsor, Specialized Bicycle Components, SRAM, Trek Bicycles, Clif Bar, Inc., Shimano, Fox Racing Shox, Gary Fisher Bikes, Creation Engine, Mike’s Bikes, Mountain Hardwear, The Pedaler, Primal Wear, and Touchstone Climbing Gyms. The League provides coaching and camaraderie to help students achieve both competitive and non-competitive cross-country mountain biking goals in a safe and enjoyable manner. Each season includes a fall Leader’s Summit for coaches, wilderness first aid training, winter riding camps, and a five-race series. For more information on the League visit www.norcalmtb.org or call (510) 524-5464.