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In what is being described as “part of a continuing effort to streamlineour services,” USA Cycling CEO Gerard Bisceglia this week eliminated threetop management positions at the organization’s main office in ColoradoSprings, including that of Jeff Pierce, vice president of athletic performance.Bisceglia, who started as chief executive officer on July, told Pierce,membership vice president Lisa Herdelin-Doherty and MIS directorChuck Henry that they were fired and that their positions would not befilled. Bisceglia, who is traveling to the NORBA finals in Mount Snow,Vermont, could not be reached for comment Thursday.USA Cycling’s chief operating officer, Steve Johnson, told VeloNewsthat the decision came after “an evaluation of our budget, our revenuesand operating expenses.”Johnson said that Bisceglia has moved quickly to shake up the organization,improve services and bring an element of financial stability by approachinghis management responsibilities as he did in the private sector. The 52-year-oldBisceglia was most recently president of Shogun Express, a restaurant managementfirm in Scottsdale, Arizona, and was part of a management team that tookthe Circle K convenience store chain from bankruptcy to profitability inthe late 1980s. “His approach is that when you cut, you cut from the top,” Johnsonsaid, pointing to the fact that while Herdelin-Doherty’s vice president’sposition has been cut, USA Cycling has recently added two new positionsin that department. “We should see an improvement in services because thosetwo people will be working directly with members.”While Bisceglia’s cut-from-the-top approach was more management-focusedthan was the 20-percent staff cut the organization underwent two yearsago, one top-level position seemingly immune from cuts is that of formerCEO Lisa Voight. Voight, who left the post in May, now has a two-year contractthat allows her to continue as USA Cycling’s “senior advisor for Olympicand international relations,” a position said to be paid at $100,000 ayear.In an interview with VeloNews in July, Bisceglia declined tosecond-guess an arrangement approved by the USA Cycling board of directors,saying that “I really don’t think it’s in my best interest to pursue thatissue. My concern is the future. Whatever the arrangement the board hasmade is fine with me. I am only concerned with the way this organizationis run from here on out.”Regarding the current “reduction-in-force,” Johnson denied that anyof the job cuts were based on performance or represented any major philosophicaldifferences with those whose positions were cut. In Pierce’s case, forexample, his biggest effort was focused on the U.S. national women’s team,currently sponsored by Cannondale and T-Mobile.“The prospects for the T-Mobile team are just as bright, if not brighter,today than they were yesterday,” Johnson said.Johnson said that while he expects to remain in his current COO post,he will re-shift much of his attention to managing the athletic programsat USA Cycling. “I came from the athletics side and that’s still wheremy interests still are,” he said.Some of the management responsibilities in membership services are expectto shift to the department’s manager, Theresa Delp.