BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SWAY MTB Club is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors who provide guidance, support, and vision for the club.

Kurt Dorshimer, President

Kurt Dorshimer has been involved with many types of cycling from BMX to motorcycles throughout his life. In 2011, he returned to riding mountain bikes and was quickly introduced to the sport with a mindset of “ride with a purpose.” With this attitude, he quickly found himself training regularly and involved in racing events all over the Southeast United States. Kurt has competed at expert levels over the years in various mountain bike series as a member of the PRC cycling team.

In recent years, he has focused more time and energy into helping youth riders in the Southwest Atlanta area. Kurt has realized the positive impact of mountain biking on today’s youth and is an advocate for getting more kids on bikes in Georgia.

In 2019, Kurt was introduced to the Georgia League with the Chattahoochee Grippers Composite team as a level one coach. While attending his first Georgia League race, the league’s commitment to professionalism and organization inspired him to get more involved. In addition to this, the family atmosphere at our events and the dedication by every rider / coach encouraged Kurt to pursue his level three coaching license. At the end of the 2019 season, Kurt was asked and became the head coach for the Grippers for the 2020 season. In 2020, the Grippers tripled in size requiring the team to split into multiple teams for the 2021 season. As a result, Kurt will now be the head coach for the Line Creek Shredders Composite team and will support all teams under the Southwest Atlanta Youth Mountain Bike Club (SWAY MTB) organization. Kurt, along with other coaches has developed SWAY MTB specifically to encompass all our junior, middle, and high school teams in our area under one organization. Kurt has three children in the SWAY MTB programs and is always looking to meet new people and encourage them to get out and ride with us.

Kurt has ridden trails all over the country from Vermont to Colorado, but the place he favors and compares all others to is Dupont. Know by Kurt and his friends as “Happytown”, Dupont’s trail system is just outside of Brevard, North Carolina. This trail system offers something for everybody and has some of the most fun, fast, flowy sections along with challenging technical ascends & descends.

 

Dan Miller, Vice President

Dan began coaching youth mountain biking in 2016 as a General Volunteer for the Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League. The following year he helped develop Coweta Composite, the first NICA team in Southwest Atlanta. He served as Team Director and Assistant Coach. In 2019, Dan helped develop the Chattahoochee Grippers alongside his good friend and fellow SWAY board member, Kent McMullen. He served as Head Coach for the Grippers in 2019 and as Assistant Coach in 2020.

Dan has been mountain biking for over 10 years. Whether training, racing, or simply riding for pleasure, his sweet spot is on a bike. The sport is one of his greatest passions. Dan’s personal endeavors on the bike don’t compare to the fulfillment he receives from coaching. Being a coach and mentor to youth has become a true reward. He strives to steward the role he has been given and is thankful for the opportunity to help cultivate youth through biking.

Dan is excited to step back into the role of Head Coach for the Grippers in 2021 and can’t wait to see the influence of SWAY and its affiliates!

Kent McMullen, Secretary

Kent started working with the Georgia League when he became a coach for the Coweta Composite Team in 2017.  In 2018, Kent became part of the Core Staff of the Georgia League as the League’s meteorologist and has continued as the League’s meteorologist to this date. He also is on the In-Field Course Marking Team and the Out-field Course Marking Team (also known as the Easy Rider Vampire Slayers) for the Georgia League races. In 2019, Kent became the Team Director for the Chattahoochee Grippers and continues as Team Director to this date. He has also worked with NICA by writing NICA’s Weather Policy.

Kent has and still competes in races with Chain Buster Racing, Go Nuts Race, Goneriding, Mountain Goat Adventures, and Dirty Spokes. In 2018, Kent won the Go Nuts Spring Series in his division and was also the USAC Region Champion in his division.

Sam French, Treasurer

Sam French is originally from the Black Hills of South Dakota where he was an active member of the mountain biking and climbing communities. His first experiences with off-road cycling were riding his father’s old ten-speed on the numerous mining roads in the Black Hills. He discovered NICA at a ‘weather tent’ at a Go Nuts event where members of the former Coweta Composite team were stationed. Since then, two of his children have participated on NICA teams, and  Sam has attained his Level 3 NICA coach certification with the Georgia League. For the 2021 season, Sam is the Team Director for the Line Creek Shredders.

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