| October 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Tim Hinchey

The president and CEO of USA Swimming is part of a new wave of NGB leaders whose background includes professional sports

Being a competitive swimmer since he was a child, Tim Hinchey has a natural affinity for the sport. But his background has been in professional sports, most recently with MLS’ Colorado Rapids, where he was president since 2011 and MLS executive of the year in 2016. Before that he served as the team’s chief marketing officer and in the same role for Derby County, FC, a professional soccer team in England. His previous stops included executive roles with the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats and New Orleans/ Oklahoma City Hornets. He began his career with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings. In June, Hinchey got to return to the sport he loved, being named president and CEO of USA Swimming, succeeding Chuck Wielgus, the longtime leader who passed away in April. In this interview, Hinchey discusses the opportunities ahead, his take on swimming events and why he took the job.

What was your interest in the position at USA Swimming?

It was a call out of the blue. I had just agreed to a new contract with the Colorado Rapids. But this was the one job, being a swimmer my entire life, it was really the only thing I could think about. If I could represent our country and this organization in this sport that has defined who I am as a professional and as a person, it just seemed more like a vocation versus a job.

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