Podcast: New USA Cycling BMX Boss Jamie Staff
When news began to spread that there would be a shakeup at the top of the USA Cycling BMX program, there was wild speculation on who might next sit in the chair vacated by Mike King. For every name spoken on the social networks and forums, it’s safe to say 10 more were bandied-about behind the scenes–all by people (like us) who had no connection to the actual internal workings of the organization.
Within a few hours, it started to come clear that Jamie Staff, who was serving as the so-called “Director of Sprint” for USAC, working out of the Carson, CA velodrome, would be the new “Director of BMX.”
Jamie had a long BMX career, where he won, among other things, the NBL Elite Men Title in 2001, and made every main event in the Van’s Triple Crown series (which was kind of an “ancestor” to modern-day BMX Supercross). He competed in the Athens and Beijing Olympic Games as a track cyclist for Great Britain (winning a Gold Medal in Beijing for the Men’s Team Sprint). Soon after, he retired from competition, and moved his family back to Southern California, where he joined USA Cycling in 2010.
As with any change in leadership, there are a lot of questions about the new administration’s management style, and what changes will be made going forward.
Rather than let the Internet continue to churn out theories, we invited Jamie to join us on the Announcers Tower Podcast, to talk about his vision for the program going forward, a little on his personal bio, and whether he will be devoting all his time to the BMX program, or will be splitting shifts between BMX and Track.
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At the close, we said that jamie has a job that is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. Your whole world depends on factors that are seemingly outside the control of any one person. He does a very good job in the interview of putting that into perspective and making the big picture between here and the medal stand in Rio a series of “pixels,” or tiny details. We wish him the best, and appreciate the interview.