George Ganoung Named 2014 Elite Cycling Team DirectorPosted 16 Feb 2014 in News
US Military Endurance Sports is proud to announce that US Coast Guard Commander (Ret) George Ganoung will be joining the USMES staff as the Director of Elite Cycling Programs for the 2014 season. A seasoned veteran in road racing, George ranks among the most decorated American military cyclists, having won 2 Armed Forces National Championships and competed in 5 Military World Championships scoring some of the top placings for the United States finishing 7th in 2004 and 9th in 2009.
George also has an extensive background in running and multisport winning the Duathlon National Championship in 2000 prior to switching his focus to cycling. He is currently nearing completion on his USAC Level 2 Coaching certification in addition to USA Triathlon and USA Track and Field coaching certifications. When asked what he is most excited about for the 2014 season, George said “I started coaching over the last couple of seasons and have received good feedback and have enjoyed helping others. I am really looking forward to sharing all I have learned from my experiences to help our team become the best bike riders they can be given their time constraints and abilities.”
In his military career, George worked as a diver in marine safety and environmental protection before focusing on information technology for the majority of his career, earning master’s degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration. After retiring last summer, he has been focused on starting his own endurance sports coaching business, Otterhaus Performance Coaching, and continues to compete as an elite and master’s cyclist primarily in the Mid Atlantic Region.
In his role as Elite Cycling Director, George will mentor and guide the development of USMES elite cyclists of all disciplines and will work closely with Kathy Rakel, the USMES Elite Triathlon Director and USN Commander Jon Puskas, the USMES Adaptive Sports Director.