The Fort Lewis College cycling team turned to longtime bicycle racer and cycling coach Chris McGovern to lead the program on an interim basis.
McGovern, the owner and head coach of Cycleution, was named coordinator of the road cycling team for Fort Lewis and mens road coach. Cycleution is a company that provides coaching services for cyclists.
Jimmy Kight, another multi-discipline cycling coach, was named the womens road coach for this season.
The search to find the permanent replacement for former FLC cycling director Matt Shriver will begin in the spring, a news release Friday from FLC said.
Shriver, who also raced bikes for FLC, recently moved from FLC to Trek bicycles, where he will work with Lance Armstrongs RadioShack professional cycling team.
It was critical that we put good people in place to handle the upcoming road season, which starts soon, FLC athletic director Kelly Higgins said in the news release.
Its clear we have that now with Chris and Jimmy on in these interim positions. I know they will work great together this spring, Higgins said.
McGovern is a USA Cycling-certified coach. Hes worked with all levels of riders. He also brings more than 30 years of experience as a racer from the BMX level to professional racing with the Zaxbys, Jelly Belly, HealthNet and Sierra Nevada cycling teams.
McGovern assisted the Skyhawks when they finished second at the 2010 USA Cycling Cyclocross Championships in Bend, Ore., last month.
Kight also has coached a variety of cycling disciplines, including road, mountain bike, BMX and cyclocross.
As a professional mountain bike rider, he competed for Team GT and Dos Equis/Barracuda. Hes a former World Cup slalom cycling champion and a cycling gold medalist from the X Games.
Both Kight and McGovern will begin their duties at FLC on Monday.
FLC, one of the premier programs in Division I cycling, has won 17 USA Cycling national championships in mountain biking, cyclocross and road racing.
The 2009-10 team won the national title in mountain biking, finished second in cyclocross and road and third in track racing.