Former Interim CEO Mike McNees Leaves USATF

By LetsRun.com
May 7, 2012

One week after new CEO Max Siegel took over at USATF, former interim CEO Mike McNees is out. McNees was more than the average "interim" CEO as he ran USATF for 19 and a half months. We here at LRC thought things ran smoothly with McNees. Nothing seemed to differ with things in the past, and Mike was working for less than half the average salary of the CEO. USATF IRS 990 documents say McNees' base pay in 2010 was $174,988. The USATF board in its infinite wisdom bumped Logan's pay to $500,000 soon before firing him.

Press Release from USATF leaving below.

McNees departs USATF

USATF Communications
May 7, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS - USA Track & Field Chief Operating Officer Mike McNees is leaving the organization as USATF transitions into a new phase, USATF announced Monday.

McNees joined the USATF staff on March 1, 2009, as Chief Operating Officer. He was named Interim CEO on September 13, 2010 and served in that capacity until April 30, 2012.

"Having the opportunity to come back to my home state and lead this sport has been an honor and privilege," McNees said. "The organization is charting a new course, and I'm proud to have done my small part in support of the team as I now re-chart my own. USA Track & Field, and I personally, both have a lot to look forward to. I want to thank all who helped make my time here rewarding, including the staff, the dedicated USATF members, and especially the amazing athletes who make us all look good every day. Go USA!"

"Mike has selflessly served USATF for more than three years," CEO Max Siegel said. "He is a former athlete and coach who gave equal attention to every constituency of our organization. As we move into the next chapter of our organizational history, we sincerely thank him for everything he has done for USATF and wish him and his family the very best."

McNees, 56, previously was County Administrator of Blaine County, Idaho, and had been City Manager of Sarasota, Fla. A native of Indiana, he was a three-time varsity letterman for the Indiana University track team, specializing in the 400m hurdles. He was a Big Ten team champion as well as a member of IU's school and Big Ten meet record-setting 4x400m relay. While at USATF, he competed in masters track & field on the regional and national level, while also expanding his horizons into the half-marathon on the roads.

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