We just received the following email from super-agent Ricky Simms. Centro goes to Nike (and Alberto).
Ricky Simms wrote:
Matthew Centrowitz signs endorsement contract with Nike
For immediate release -
11th January 2011 – PACE Sports Management is pleased to announce that World Championships 1500m bronze medalist Matthew Centrowitz today signed a multi-year endorsement contract with sportswear manufacturer Nike. The former University of Oregon runner will wear the Oregon based company’s swoosh logo and train as part of the Alberto Salazar coached Nike Oregon Project with assistance from his current coach Andy Powell who guided him throughout his college career.
Matthew had a breakthrough season in 2011 winning the NCAA 1500m Championships, USATF 1500m Championships and the bronze medal in the IAAF World T&F Championships in Daegu. He ended the season ranked No. 1 in the US and No. 8 in the world in the 1500m.
“I am very excited to sign a professional contract with Nike and become part of the Nike family. They have many great athletes and I hope my achievements will make the brand proud in the years to come,” said Matthew.
Commenting from the Nike HQ in Beaverton Global Marketing Manager for Athletics John Capriotti commented, “We are excited to have Matthew as part of Nike's Running Team. I am particularly interested in watching his continued development as a World Class Middle-Distance Athlete.”
The Nike Oregon Project was founded in 2001 and has been very successful under the guidance of three times New York marathon winner Alberto Salazar. Current Oregon Project athletes include World and European 5000m Champion Mo Farah (GBR), US 10,000m Champion and Record holder Galan Rupp (USA), World Half Marathon bronze medalist Dathan Ritzenhein (USA) and World Championships 1500m finalist Ciaran O’Lionard (IRL)
PACE Sports Management is one of the world’s top athlete management companies and has a great tradition in 1500m running having represented 2000 Olympic Champion Noah Ngeny (KEN), 3:29 runners William Chirchir, Daniel Komen and Laban Rotich as well as 3:30 runner and former World 4k Cross Country Champion John Kibowen.