FLC ready to walk the ‘squawk’

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FLC ready to walk the ‘squawk’

Skyhawks set to fluff their feathers at their own Squawker MTB Classic
Skyhawks ‘squawk’ without McGovern

Fort Lewis College will be without its director of coaching when they ride the Squawker Mountain Bike Classic this weekend after Chris McGovern stepped down from the program last week.
Last Friday, McGovern announced his resignation effective Oct. 31 after the end of the mountain biking season for “family stuff,” but McGovern said Thursday he’s already left the program.
“I’m not 100 percent sure what I’m supposed to say,” McGovern said when asked why he left. He simply referred to the news release issued by FLC last week.
Asked how he felt about leaving the program, McGovern said he’d “be glad to be back with my family.”
McGovern joined FLC on Jan. 10 as the men’s road coach and coordinator of the road cycling team for the spring season. He was named interim director of coaching in March but now is moving on to pursue “other professional interests,” the news release said.
“Chris McGovern will be sorely missed as our coach,” said Dave Hagen, director of operations for Fort Lewis cycling.
McGovern helped lead the Skyhawks to second-place finishes at the 2010 cyclocross national championship over the winter, the 2011 road nationals last spring and the 2011 track nationals last month, according to the release.
The cycling program currently is ranked No. 1 in the country by the National Collegiate Cycling Association, and the mountain bike team is the four-time defending national champion.
Hagen said the team will make do with local coaches for the remainder of the mountain bike season into cyclocross season.
“Any time you lose a head coach like that, it’s going to be hard on the team, but we will survive,” Hagen said.
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