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ODU's Mitch Brindley Named ICSA Interim President

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: February 01, 2002
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Feb. 1, 2002

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (January 31, 2002) -- The Board of Directors of the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association of North America (ICSA) elected Mitchell Mace "Mitch" Brindley its Interim President for the balance of his predecessor's term, which concludes June 30. The election occurred at the ICSA's Mid-Year Meeting at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL, on Saturday, January 26.

The ICSA (formerly the Inter-Collegiate Yacht Racing Association of North America, ICYRA), with over 160 member colleges and universities and approximately 3000 active sailor-athletes in the United States and Canada, operates through seven member districts that are determined geographically. These are the North-Eastern Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA), Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA), South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (SAISA), South-Eastern Intercollegiate Sailing Association (SEISA), Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association (MCSA), Pacific Coast Inter-Collegiate Yacht Racing Association (PCIYRA), and North-Western Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (NWICSA) districts. A graduate and undergraduate delegate represented each district at the meeting. Individuals desiring further information about the sport of college sailing may find it at www.collegesailing.org.

Brindley succeeds Mike Horn, Harvard '63, who served as President from 1988 until his resignation, effective at the close of the ICSA's Mid-Year Meeting. At the time of his resignation, Horn indicated he is looking forward to being able to concentrate full effort on coaching and to enjoying life as a private citizen of ICSA. Commenting on his successor, Horn said,"I know that Mitch will do his very best to rise to the challenge of guiding the Association through its increasingly complex operations."

Brindley will remain Head Coach of the Old Dominion University Sailing Team where he has served since 1995. In 1997-98 Brindley guided his teams to national titles in the ICYRA Team Race and the ICYRA Co-ed Dinghy Championships. As both a crew member and coach, Brindley has been directly involved in five of Old Dominion's 11 national championships. In 2000, they qualified for all six national championship events, a feat which is both difficult and rare in the college sailing world.

Brindley served as an assistant coach at Old Dominion from 1991-1995. As an assistant, Brindley helped guide the team to the 1992 Sloop National Championship in Hawaii. He has been certified as a US Sailing Small Boat Sailing Level I and Level II Instructor.

As a competitor for Old Dominion, Brindley was twice named team captain and twice named a Sailing World All-Star Crew. He crewed when they won the 1988 Sloop National Championship, the 1989 Dinghy National Championship, and finished 5th in the 1989 Team Race National Championship.

Despite the demands of coaching, Brindley remains an active competitor in national and international sailing. He also serves as Vice President ofthe Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Community Sailing Center in Hampton, Virginia and as a member of the Educational Advisory Board for the Schooner Virginia Project in Norfolk, Virginia.

The Sugar Land, Texas native graduated from Old Dominion University in 1989 with a degree in economics. He and his wife, Dawn, currently reside in Smithfield, Virginia.

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