USA Diving Announces Board of Director Openings and Elections Effective 2022
by USA Diving
USA Diving will be conducting 2021 elections in December for four positions on its Board of Directors. All voting will be done electronically.
The composition of the board of directors has been restructured to allow for 33 percent athlete representation beginning in 2022. The new board composition will consist of eight independent directors, five athlete directors, one coach director and one affiliate director.
Eligible athletes will elect three board members. To accommodate for the additional athlete positions, the previous at-large director position on the board has been eliminated and the two coach director positions have become one position. Two athlete positions are new positions. A third elected athlete will serve as an athlete director and alternate USOPC AAC representative now that Lauren Reedy has moved into the AAC representative position.
Current coach members will elect one coach director. The two coach directors currently on the board are both eligible to run, and nominations will also be accepted for additional candidates wishing to serve.
The pool of athletes eligible to serve has increased. Any diver who represented the United States at an Olympic Games, Pan American Games or World Championships at any time is now eligible to run for election as a 10-year-plus athlete. Previously, athletes were limited to running only within a 10-year period after their competition. Additionally, the criteria for athletes who are still within the 10-year window has been expanded to include athletes who have competed at FINA Grand Prix and World Series meets, World University Games or select national events including Olympic Trials and World Championships trials in the past 10 years.
Nominations will be accepted through December 13.
Eligible voters will be notified by a separate email and will also receive candidate information. Voting will open on December 20 and will close at 5 p.m. ET on December 23.
One coach director will be elected to serve through 2026. If there are more than two candidates, voting will be by ranked choice.
Who can serve: Only those coach members and competition coach members who, at the time of the election, are currently coaching one or more active athlete members of the corporation are eligible to be a coach director.
Who can vote: All current coach members and competition coach members (as of October 18) will be eligible to vote.
Eligible 10-year athletes will elect two athlete directors to the board to serve through 2024.
Who can serve: Any 10-year or 10-year plus athlete is eligible to run. Candidates do not need to be a current member to run but must become a member if elected.
Who can vote: Only those individuals on the 10-year list who have a current athlete membership (as of October 18) will be eligible to vote.
Athlete Director/Alternate USOPC AAC Representative
Eligible 10-year athletes will elect one athlete director who will also serve as the alternate USOPC AAC Representative. The athlete will serve through 2024.
Who can serve: Athletes wishing to be considered for the AAC alternate must have competed in an Olympic Games, Pan American Games, or other major international meet (World Championships, World Cup) in the past 10 years. Athletes do not need to be a current USA Diving member to run but must become a member if elected. Eligible athletes can be considered for both an athlete director position and a director/AAC alternate (they must designate both on the nominee information form; if elected to both, the athlete will assume the AAC alternate position on the board and the athlete with the next highest vote tally will be elected to board.
Who can vote: Only those individuals who meet the criteria to serve as AAC alternate and are current USA Diving athlete members will be eligible to vote.