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USA Cycling personnel changes continue

With the departure of USA Cycling's director of communications, Bill Kellick, the organization continues to see significant staff turnover

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Less than three weeks after USA Cycling fired its longtime technical director Shawn Farrell, personnel changes continue at the national federation.

On Thursday, the federation sent out a brief email announcing that Bill Kellick, director of communications, had “resigned his position to move on to new opportunities in his career,” asking that all media inquiries be directed to communications manager Kevin Loughery.

Kellick had been in that role at USA Cycling for two years.

Loughery would not comment on Kellick’s departure. “He tendered his resignation to explore other options,” Loughery said. “He felt his skill set could be used in other places. I honestly don’t have a whole lot of information in terms of specifics.

“It’s not a dramatic thing at all,” Loughery told VeloNews Friday. “There’s nothing really there.”

Kellick did not immediately reply when asked for comment.

The departure is one in a recent flurry of changes at USAC. Two weeks prior, the day after Farrell was terminated, national events manager Tony Leko left USA Cycling for a position at U.S. Lacrosse.

One week later, national events manager Rachel Leif gave notice that she will be taking a leave of absence in early 2015.

Both national events manager roles fall under Micah Rice, who is vice president of national events, overseeing all national championship events.

“Rachel is not leaving — she is still with us but will be on maternity leave next February,” Rice said in an email. “Tony [Leko] got a job offer with U.S. Lacrosse so he is moving on. I am moving Tara McCarthy, our race director certification manager, to replace Tony as national events manager, but I have created another national events manager position, a new spot, to give our department more bandwidth.”

USA Cycling’s website currently lists seven different openings, including the technical director and national events manager positions, plus an internship opening.

Other openings include national sales manager, race director certification manager, creative content manager, digital and social media manager, and Atlantic collegiate cycling conference director. The director of communications position is not currently listed.

“I’m not going to comment on any personnel changes,” Loughery said. “That doesn’t affect our membership, or our day-to-day.”

VeloNews has also learned that Farrell, USA Cycling’s technical director for 11 years, is in discussions to step into a position at the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado, which is currently restructuring its leadership.

VeloNews.com editor Spencer Powlison contributed additional reporting to this story.