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NICA hires former Outward Bound director Steve Matous as new president

Published May 6, 2019

BERKELEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Interscholastic Cycling Association has named Steve Matous its new president, effective May 20.


Matous, a former executive director of Outward Bound USA, succeeds Austin McInerny, who was president of NICA for nearly seven years. McInerny announced in January that he would be stepping down.

Matous was executive director at Outward Bound USA for five years. He also is a former executive director of The Access Fund, a national nonprofit advocating for conservation and recreation; membership director and interim CFO for The American Alpine Club; and founder and chairman of The Outdoor Alliance, a coalition of national outdoor recreation programs. He has also been an independent strategic business consultant for nonprofit organizations, business incubators, venture development organizations, small businesses and private equity firms.

Matous' hiring comes as NICA begins implementation of a 5-year strategic plan that prioritizes strengthening NICA's brand, programming, operations and support services to deliver and maintain measurable value to NICA's membership while also diversifying programming to enable growth, reach new populations and meet student-athlete and coach needs and development goals. 

Susan Helm-Murtagh, NICA's Board Chair, said, "Steve's skills and background, combined with his passion for youth development and cycling, make him a great fit for NICA. As we continue to experience strong demand and to grow both in size and in breadth of programming and services, we will benefit enormously from his leadership and experience. Welcome to the NICA family, Steve!"

McInerny said, "As the outgoing leader of NICA, I am thrilled to have Steve step into my role. His experience will serve NICA's membership well and I am confident in his abilities to shepherd the staff and to work with the board of directors in continuing NICA's growth," McInerny said. "I'm really excited about Steve and look forward to continuing to be involved as I transition onto NICA's Advisory Council where I will be able to support Steve and help continue building support for NICA's efforts."

Matous said, "I began my professional career as field staff for the Colorado Outward Bound School, working with youth from across the socioeconomic spectrum in the mountains, canyons and rivers of Colorado and Utah. I look forward to again working to provide the access, support and programs for today's youth; to build strong minds, bodies, character, and communities through cycling and for all youth to participate, feel valued and empowered through their participation in NICA's programs."

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