BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Mandy Gallagher has been named the Lees-McRae women’s assistant cycling coach, announced vice president of athletics and club sports Craig McPhail.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to capitalize on a growth area amongst women’s cyclists. Having someone with Mandy’s skill set makes us all much improved,” said McPhail. “We are excited to see the impact she will make on our team as well as community.”
Gallagher brings a plethora of experience to LMC while she is a Level 2 certified coach with USA Cycling and possesses a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Georgia (2005).
“We are thrilled to have Mandy join our coaching staff here at Lees-McRae. She has great experience in North Carolina developing women cycling, and has an extensive background on college campuses teaching students,” praised director and head coach of cycling Tim Hall. “Mandy’s passion for coaching, teaching, and growing women cycling will definitely help take our program to the next level.”
Gallagher is in the process of becoming USA Cycling certified as a power-based training coach. Coaches with this certification have extensive knowledge of power-based training, including how to determine training zones, normalized power, and advanced testing concepts like the Performance Manager, Functional Reserve Capacity and the Power Duration Curve.
She has been a women’s development committee member for the Carolinas Cycling Association since Oct. 2013. There, she works with a committee of eight to help to create and promote women’s cycling in the Carolinas. Gallagher assists to develop, coordinate, create partnerships and alliances, and co-sponsor events, including the women’s and junior’s only race weekend in Columbia, S.C. She serves an area contact for the triangle area of N.C. (Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill) for those interested in cycling, especially women new to the sport.
“Mandy will spend the next month getting to know our current team, reaching out to our recruits, and taking part in road nationals in Asheville. She will help our women be more focused and ready to compete,” said Hall. “Moreover, it gives us all motivation for what is possible to achieve in the future.”
From June 2012-Jan. 2014, Gallagher served as the co-manager for SpokesWomen Syndicate, Inc. SpokesWomen Syndicate is a 501©3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting women’s cycling through advocacy, clinics and events. She oversaw the organization’s operating budget and headed efforts to obtain sponsors and funding for the organization. Gallagher served as the primary contact for the team for USAC and Carolinas Cycling Association.
Gallagher spent the four-plus years as an assistant professor in the school of communications at Elon University. She taught for nearly three years at Texas Tech University as an assistant professor in the college of mass communication. From Aug. 2002-May 2005, Gallagher was an instructor and a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia.
“I am so honored to join the Bobcat cycling family! This team has a long history of success, and I am excited to contribute,” said Gallagher. “I look forward to the opportunity to help further develop our women athletes.”
LMC cycling will compete at the Collegiate Road National Championships May 13-15 in Marshall and Burnsville, N.C.