Three-time Olympic cycling coach Andy Sparks served as the director and head track cycling coach at USA Cycling for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Andy guided Team USA to their first-ever team pursuit world championship title followed by two Olympic medals at the Rio Games.
Previously, Andy led the para-cycling coaching program for the United States Olympic Committee as well as the track cycling program at the UCI’s World Cycling Center in Switzerland, which was comprised of more than 100 athletes and coaches from the governing bodies of over 30 nations.
A two-time winner of the USA Cycling Coach of the Year honor, Andy passionately applies the latest scientific research, practical sports knowledge and his own unique vision to craft a coaching and directing style that focuses on athlete psychology, emerging and practical technology, race specificity and power acquisition. His winning philosophy and advanced methods have helped his athletes win an extraordinary 40 World Cup medals, 30 world championship medals, 16 world championship titles, five Olympic medals and two world records. This remarkable record of success has made Andy a three-time winner of the United States Olympic Committee Order of Ikkos award for outstanding leadership and coaching excellence within the United States Olympic movement.
Highlighting his ability to create partnerships, Andy has had a positive impact on the US Olympic community by effectively constructing and launching programs such as the IBM-Watson program for the US Olympic Cycling Team and taking on robust initiatives like covering the Velodrome in Colorado Springs for year-round training (a $3.2 million project).
You can contact Andy directly @ ASparks@performance-united.com