Suwanee, GA – (Dec. 1, 2020) – The National Council of Youth Sports, the leading youth sports advocacy organization in the United States, has announced the election of a new slate of Board officers including Adam Andrasko of USA Artistic Swimming, Jack Crowe of the CoachSafely Foundation, Gil Fried of the University of New Haven and Trish Sylvia of the National Center for Safety Initiatives.
“We are excited about the talent, experience and energy Adam, Jack, Gil and Trish bring to furthering our mission,” said Wanda Rutledge, outgoing NCYS Board Chair. “They will provide world-class leadership and guidance to NCYS, our membership and the youth sports community.”
Crowe, the founder and chairman of CoachSafely, has been at the forefront of setting a higher standard for youth sports safety since retiring from a decorated career as a college football coach. “I am honored,” he said, “to be part of such a distinguished team as the National Council of Youth Sports, which has a vision for improving the lives of our nation’s children.”
Adam Andrasko, CEO, USA Artistic Swimming has more than a decade of experience with National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC). He previously served as Member Services Director at USA Field Hockey and Manager of Community Partnerships at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee.
Jack Crowe, Founder and Chairman, CoachSafely Foundation is a legendary college football coach. He was most recently the head coach at Jacksonville State University with stops at Auburn, Arkansas, Clemson, Baylor, Livingston and North Alabama. He formed the CoachSafely Foundation, which has grown from consultancy to policy-lobbying non-profit to 501(c)(3) research and education organization designed to set a higher standard for youth sports safety policy, education, research and community outreach.
Gil Fried, Sport Management Professor/Departmental Chair, University of New Haven has 30 years of experience in the sports sector. Professor Fried is a specialist in sport law, finance and facility management. He has written more than 12 books and 300 articles on sport risk management, facility management, esports and sport finance. He has served as general and outside counsel for Dixie Baseball/Softball and the Sportsplex Operators and Developers Association (SODA).
Trish Sylvia, Co-founder of the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI). For nearly two decades, NCSI has been on the forefront of helping to protect athletes, families and organizations through market-leading safety and security programs. Trish is passionate about child safety and well-being and serves as a speaker and thought leader on the importance of a holistic approach to safety in youth sports. Prior to NCSI, Trish was a corporate executive in the private sector for 15 years.
The current NCYS Board of Directors is: Chair – Adam Andrasko of USA Artistic Swimming; Vice-Chair – Jack Crowe of the CoachSafely Foundation; Secretary – Gil Fried of the University of New Haven; Treasurer – Trish Sylvia of the National Center for Safety Initiatives; Joseph Janosky of Hospital for Special Surgery; Stan Kubis of SK Advisory Group; Pam Marshall of AAU; Talty O’Connor of Covey Communications Corporation; and Past President – Wanda Rutledge of New Jersey City University.
“I am honored and humbled by the caliber of expertise and years of experience serving youth sports that these members bring to the Board,” said Wayne B. Moss, the Executive Director of the National Council of Youth Sports. “Youth Sports Organizations have been through a challenging year, and I look forward to bringing together the wisdom and insights of the Board to help guide NCYS toward fulfilling its mission of serving youth sports organizations across the country.”
About the National Council of Youth Sports
NCYS members comprise the Who’s Who in the youth sports industry. The NCYS membership serves some 60 million youth registered in organized sports programs. NCYS promotes the value of participation for all youth as well as increased safety and quality and is an advocate for youth sports experience and outcomes. For more information, please visit www.ncys.org
About the CoachSafely Foundation
The mission of the CoachSafely Foundation, a non-profit education and research organization, is to limit youth sports-related injuries through the research, advocacy and education of coaches, parents, physical educators and other influential figures in young athletes’ lives. The Foundation’s vision is to set a new standard for youth sports safety through the influence of laws, policies and best practices, using data-driven research to limit youth sports-related injuries. The Foundation’s goal is to provide the CoachSafely injury recognition and prevention course to youth sports coaches in all communities without a direct cost to the coach. Learn more at www.coachsafely.org.