Leaders’ Summit Presenter Bios

 
Austin McInerny, NICA Executive Director
Austin has had a long history with the NorCal High School Cycling League and has contributed in a significant way to help write the Coaches Manual as well as instructing at leaders’ summits in various states. Austin was the head coach for the Berkeley High School Mountain Bike Club for five years, has managed the USA Cycling Western Regional Development Camp in the past, and has served as the president of the board of directors for the NorCal High School Cycling League while also serving on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. Austin was the proud recipient of the first ever Community Impact Award presented by NICA in 2010 and since late 2012 is NICA’s executive director.

 

Dan Freeman
Dan is Team Director and a teacher at Drake High School. He founded the team in 2002 and is a lifelong educator with a focus on helping teens achieve academic and athletic goals, as well as introducing them to philanthropic work through school, sport and travel. Dan also oversees all business aspects of the program including fundraising, committees, budget, expenses, personnel and affiliations. Drake High School organized their mountain bike team in 2002 with 8 student athletes and has grown into a championship team. They are the Cal State Champions for 2009, ‘10, & ‘11. Additionally, 17 Drake riders have officially qualified for Nationals by virtue of their top 15 performances at State in 2011.

 

Lee McCormack
Lee McCormack is NICA’s skills development director and a world renowned riding technique instructor. He uses his sequential teaching curriculum to help riders of all styles and levels — BMX, mountain and road; beginners to pros — ride better, safer and faster. Lee wrote and illustrated the books Mastering Mountain Bike Skills, Welcome to Pump Track Nation, Pro BMX Skills and Teaching Mountain Bike Skills. Lee has won numerous writing and informational graphics awards, and he was part of the team that won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for public service. Lee lives in Boulder, CO, with his wife Arlette and their four kids — Kate (22), Ian (19), Fiona (2) and Finley (2). He rides as much as he can.