Puerto Rico’s Victor Lopez elected new NACAC President
MOSCOW—Puerto Rico’s veteran Track and Field administrator Victor Lopez was elected President of the North American Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC), to serve out the 2013-2015 term left vacant by Jamaican’s Neville “Teddy” McCook, who passed away on February 11, 2013.
McCook had been NACAC President since 2007 and IAAF Area Representative from 1999.The run for the NACAC presidency became a two-man race when St. Lucia’s Alfred Emmanuel withdrew just after scrutineers from Antigua and Barbuda, Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Islands we put in place, leaving Jamaica’s Athletics Administrative Association General Secretary Garth Gayle and Lopez—who also heads the Association of Pan American Athletics—(APA) to vie for the top post.Lopez earned 18 votes to Gayle’s 12 to become the new president. An amendment to the NACAC Constitution was also passed, bringing it in line with the IAAF’s Constitution. The NACAC President will have a seat on the IAAF Council.
Haiti’s Alain Jean Pierre who cheered the NACAC Congress had been appointed the acting president since the passing of McCook.
About the new NACAC President:
DATE OF BIRTH: May 29, 1943
PROFESSION: University Professor & Lecturer, Chief Athletic Coach and International World Leader as President of the IAAF Coaches Commission, past President of the Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation (CACAC), President of NACACTFCA since 1989, President of the Association of Pan American Athletics (APA) from 2011 to present and 2nd Vice President of the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee since 2012.
LANGUAGES: English and Spanish
WORK EXPERIENCE- Head Coach Women Track and Field & Cross Country at Rice University in Houston, Texas USA – 1979 – 2005- Physical Education Instructor and Head Coach for Cross Country at the University of Puerto Rico, Cayey Campus: 1978 - 1979- Director of Athletics and Head Track Coach at the University of Turabo in Caguas, Puerto Rico: 1973-1978- Graduate Student Assistant Track Coach at the University of Houston, in Texas USA: 1971- 1973 Physical education teacher at Douglas Elementary School in Houston, Texas: 1971 - 1973
SPORTS CAREER- Chairman of the IAAF Coaches Commission: 2005 – Present- President of the Association of Panamerican Athletics (APA) since November 2011- President of the Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation (CACAC) from 1998 to 2012- President of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Coaches Association (NACACTFCA) since 1989- Member of the IAAF Technical Committee for 12 years - 2nd Vice President of the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee (COPUR) representing the public interest - Consultant and Lecturer for the IAAF Academy for the Americas - Director of coaching education for the Central American and Caribbean region for 8 years - Board Member of NACAC, IAAF Regional Development Center San Juan,- Board Member Teodoro Moscoso World’s Best 10 K- Editor of the IAAF-NACAC Technical Bulletin for 11 years - Editorial Board Member of the IAAF New Studies in Athletics for 10 years - Coach of the Puerto Rico Olympic and National Team in 1973, 1974, 1978, 1984, 1992, 2000, 2004.- Coach of the Canada Olympic Team in 1996 - Former athlete and medallist of the Puerto Rico National Team - Recipient of the IAAF Veteran Pin and the IAAF Plaque of Merit
NACAC Board 2013-2015
Source: Article and Photos
Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway (IVB)
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