Oakland, CA–Only eight months after its inception, the SoCal Interscholastic Cycling League has hired Glendale Composite Team Coach, Matt Gunnell, as its Executive Director, to start officially in June.
The league sees this as a tremendous boost to the new SoCal mountain bike program which has been directed and operated primarily by the staff of the NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League, based in Oakland. In its inaugural season, over 100 riders from 14 teams competed in the racing series, which ran March through May.
The founder and director of the NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League, Matt Fritzinger, stated “Matt Gunnell has been involved with the SoCal League from the ground up as a founding committee member and he’s also built the Glendale Composite high school team. He brings a wealth of experience that combines working with kids in the classroom, and his experience as president and race organizer for the highly successful Pasadena Athletic Association Cycling Club, he was the obvious choice for the job. We expect this new League to grow like wild fire.”
Gunnell, who is already busy planning the next season, commented “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build on the work of Matt Fritzinger, Quintin Easton, and the many people who have made high school mountain bike racing a reality here in SoCal. I believe that the model for high school mountain bike racing developed by the NorCal League has the potential to revolutionize mountain biking, and cycling in general, in the U.S. The NorCal League successfully created a wedge by getting clubs started in a few schools. After that they were able to successfully address the concerns of risk management, proper youth coaching, and create a model season. In other words, they have created a template that is understandable by students, parents, administrators, coaches, and sponsors. Once you see it you get it.”
The founding president, Quintin Easton, will work closely with Gunnell to continue the success of the SoCal League.