US Sailing Announces Search Committee for Olympic Team Leadership

BRISTOL, R.I. (April 20, 2023) – US Sailing, the sport’s National Governing Body, today announced the creation of a search committee to find the next leader of the US Olympic Sailing Team. The committee, which is comprised of US Sailing Association Board Members, US Sailing Foundation board members, Olympians, staff, a USOPC representative, America’s Cup sailors, and more, will conduct the global search for the next Vice President of High Performance.  

This broad and diverse search committee is part of a comprehensive search process that includes several important steps and stakeholders from across the sailing community participating in a variety of ways.   

The job description has been reviewed by staff, athletes, and the USOPC. Including a broad cross-section of stakeholders ensures that important voices are truly heard and will result in a clearer and complete list of the job requirements necessary for leading a high-performance team in today’s world. The collaboration so far has included valuable comments from many and demonstrates the importance of inclusiveness. A diverse screening committee consisting of additional staff and leaders in the sailing community will review resumes, ensuring that even more voices are heard in this important process. 

While dozens of sailing community members have already expressed interest, the global search continues. Having such a broad and diverse search committee, as part of a larger comprehensive selection process, will enable US Sailing to take learnings from the past to find the best suited next leader of Olympic High Performance and set up future success in high performance sailing for the United States. 


Members of the Search Committee include: 

Brian Keane: US Sailing Foundation Chairman  

Sarah Lihan: US Sailing Board Member, Olympian, Sailor Athlete, and Interim Co-Head of Olympic department 

Linda Lindquist-Bishop: US Sailing Foundation Board Member, Management Consultant, World Champion/America’s Cup Sailor 

Stuart McNay: Four-time Olympian (2008, 2012, 2016, 2020) 

Thomas Mistele: United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation Management and Governance Consultant  

Daniela Moroz: 6x Formula Kite World Champion, 4x US Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, US Sailing Team Athlete  

Alan Ostfield: US Sailing Chief Executive Officer 

Caleb Paine: US Sailing Team Coach, 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist, America’s Cup Sailor 


About US Sailing 

The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the National Governing Body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and advancement for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Bristol, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team. For more information, please visit   

About the US Sailing Foundation 

The US Sailing Foundation secures the resources required for US Sailing to develop innovative and dynamic programs to support sailors aspiring to race at the highest levels of domestic and international competition. Donations to the US Sailing Foundation support the sport of sailing by expanding access, providing the highest standards in education, and fostering competitive excellence for all sailors. Every dollar is invested to build a strong and vibrant future for our sport. 

About the US Sailing Team 

The US Sailing Team is an annually selected group of the top-performing male and female Olympic-class sailors in the United States. The team is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the National Governing Body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. US Sailing helps these elite athletes with financial, logistical, coaching, technical, fitness, marketing and communications support, as well as by managing the U.S. athlete selection system for the sailing events of the Olympic Games. US Sailing Team sponsors include Technical Apparel Partner Gill Marine, IR&D sponsors, Garmin, Nimbix and Siemens, and Equipment Sponsors Harken, McLube, New England Ropes, Oakley, Yeti, Oro Sports, and Harken Derm. For more information, please visit

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