- Courtesy USOC Bill Baum
Joining the U.S. Olympic Committee in late August, golf executive Sarah Hirshland becomes the Colorado Springs-based organization's 12th chief executive officer. Hirshland, currently chief commercial officer for the United States Golf Association, joins USOC as it fends off criticism of its alleged disregard of complaints of sexual assault by coaches and managers over a span of years.
She succeeds Scott Blackmun, who served for eight years before stepping down in February, citing health concerns, though he had come under pressure amid sex abuse scandals, most notably the case of gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, convicted of abusing young female athletes.
USOC Chair Larry Probst said in a release Hirshland is an "energetic, creative and inspiring leader" who can assure "the athletes we serve are protected, supported and empowered in every possible way."
At USGA, Hirshland oversaw global media, corporate partnerships, merchandise and licensing, marketing and communications, among other things. Hirshland termed her new job "an absolute dream come true," and acknowledged "challenges ahead as we navigate this critical moment in the USOC's history." A Duke University grad, she and her husband will move to Colorado Springs.
The release didn't state Hirshland's salary, but Blackmun's compensation totaled $1,075,604 in 2016, the most recent year available from IRS records.