January 11/07 7:26 am - New Team Director for the Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
Posted by Editoress on 01/11/07
Kirk Willett Appointed Team Director Of The Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
Courtesy Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
Kirk Willett, a former professional cyclist and well-known team director, has been appointed Team Director of the Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team. Willett will join Harm Jansen on the frontlines to handle team logistics, day-to-day operations, race strategy, and overall management of team personnel.
A seasoned professional, Willett is recognized on the racing circuit for his tactical skills, logistical expertise and his ability to quickly discern the advantage in the field, helping lead his teams to prominent wins.
Kirk is a natural competitor, said Team Owner Sean Tucker. He brings global experience, managerial and tactical skill, plus a core competence in sports science to our team. His in-depth knowledge of the sport, his ability to motivate and direct comprehensive racing operations make him a fantastic asset to Toyota-United. We are pleased to have him on board.
Prior to joining Toyota-United, Willetts experience included a three-year stint, from 2000 to 2003 as Team Director for the Prime Alliance Cycling Team. There he managed high profile athletes, leading the team to over 100 wins and the number one position on the NRC calendar. In 1999, as a leader of the Mercury Professional Cycling Team, Mr. Willett also served as Development Cycling Team Director/Manager.
Willett began his cycling career in 1984 at age 14, gradually moving up the ranks to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials and joining the pro-cycling elite as a member of the U. S. National team. His illustrious career includes racing in the U.S. and in Europe as part of the Mercury Pro Cycling Team, the Comptel/Colorado Cyclist Professional Cycling Team, and other elite teams. During his career, Willett achieved over 100 national and international career victories, garnering top 5 finishes and stage wins in key NRC races including the Tour de Toona, the Cascade Cycling Classic, and the Redlands Classic. He also competed in UCI Pro Tour events such as the Tour of Switzerland and garnered stage wins at the Tour of Venezuela and Tour of El Salvador. He enjoyed yellow jersey wins at the Visalia/Exeter Road Race, the Tour le Fleur Road Race, the Tour of Willamette and the B.C. Commonwealth Invitational Road Race. Willett completed his professional racing career in 2000.
Mr. Willett attended the University of Oregon from 2004-2006, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Science, and a minor in Chemistry. He plans to merge his passions for cycling and science as a physician, and will graduate from medical school in 2011.