BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN)—Matt Fritzinger, the founder of the Northern California High School Cycling League, commences his new position as executive director of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association on August 1.
The NorCal League has been used as the model for other high school cycling leagues in the USA, and Fritzinger’s transition from NorCal to National ensures a continuation of the same principles that he and members of the NorCal board of directors created and implemented over a 10-year span, according to a press release.
Matt Fritzinger said, "I feel a lot of personal satisfaction looking back at what we created at the NorCal League, and I stress ‘we.' The caliber of people on the NorCal board and in the organization has been outstanding from the outset, and it’s been a privilege to work with every one of them. Their wide range of progressive thinking and solid experience has driven all of this. The NorCal model has proven to be replicable, and now I’m dedicated to doing that across the USA."
Austin McInerny, president of the NorCal League, who has been with the League since 2002, acknowledges Fritzinger’s role. "I have been honored to work closely with Matt for the past eight years. From the first season he has remained true to the League’s mission and has worked tirelessly to develop opportunities to expand high school mountain biking while always balancing increased competition with equally important social aspects and providing opportunities for volunteer involvement. While the NorCal League will miss Matt’s leadership, we are thrilled to see him take charge of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. We all owe Matt a very sincere ‘thank you,’ because without his vision and extremely hard work, I seriously doubt we would be seeing the current resurgence in mountain biking that is making its way across the country."