Portland, Maine, February 28, 2005—The US Biathlon Association (USBA) today announced the addition of Lawrence Pugh of Yarmouth, Maine and William Haggett of Bath, Maine to their board of trustees. Both have exceptional leadership skills, are experienced fundraisers and have strong ties to New England sports.
The additions represent the first steps in a reorganization of the USBA, which will include moving it’s headquarters from Burlington, Vermont to Portland, Maine, the reduction in the number of trustees from 24 to less that 14 and a rewriting of its by-laws to streamline its operations. The reorganization is to be completed by the Torino Olympics in February 2006.
Biathlon, an Olympic sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship, is the only US winter sport, yet to win an Olympic medal. Biathlon is enjoying its best year ever however, with five athletes combining for 22 top-30 World Cup finishes so far this season. In a sport where one missed target can mean the difference between a gold medal and 20th place, it is clear that the US Team is on the brink.
“We are honored to have people with the exceptional leadership skills of Larry Pugh and Bill Haggett join our organization,” said William Lilly, Interim President of the USBA. “As we move toward restructuring our organization, we will need to focus on creating more of a corporate culture, a culture of success. Larry and Bill are uniquely qualified to help us in that transition. They will also be able to offer great advice in our fundraising efforts.“
Larry Pugh is the former Chairman and CEO of VF Corp., the largest apparel company in the World. VF brands include Wrangler and Lee Jeans, The North Face, Jantzen and Vans Footwear. He is currently a trustee of the Maine Winter Sports Center, a non-profit economic development company that hosted the Biathlon World Cup last winter in Fort Kent, Maine. He is also a trustee of Colby College, Chairman of the Portland Museum of Art and has recently stepped down as Co-chairman of the UNUM/Provident Insurance Board.
Bill Haggett is the Chairman of the Commission to Study Maine’s Hospitals, appointed by Maine Governor John Baldacci. The commission is looking into ways of making quality hospital care more affordable and accessible to all Maine citizens. He is former CEO of Bath Iron Works Naval Shipyard in Bath, Maine, Irving Shipyards in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and a former partner of Sugarloaf USA Ski Resort.
About the US Biathlon Association
The US Biathlon Association exists to support and encourage the development of biathlon in the United States and to prepare athletes for international competition, including the Olympic Winter Games. Founded in 1980, USBA works with Biathlon Clubs and Regional Centers around the country to organize training and competition at the grass roots level and staffs and finances the US Biathlon National Team, Development Team and Junior Team. The US Biathlon Team competes under the auspices of the United States Biathlon Association, the National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of Biathlon. Banknorth is the title sponsor of the US Team. Lapua, adidas, and Exel Ski Poles are supporting sponsors.