Gorry to join Brevard cycling coaching staffJune 28, 2016
Gorry, who graduated from Brevard on April 30 with a double major in Exercise Science and Mathematics, is one of the Tornados’ most decorated cyclists.
“I really enjoyed my time at Brevard College as a student,” Gorry said. “Having the chance to stay with the cycling program as a coach is very exciting. I'm looking forward to this opportunity to stay in Brevard and help Brad take the team to a higher level.”
Specializing in the Mountain Bike discipline, the Payson, Arizona native won individual national titles in short track and cross country and helped the Tornados to a team relay title as a junior competing at the Division II level. He was named Sports Spot Male Student-Athlete of the Month in October 2014 after helping Brevard to its third straight national title. He was also instrumental in Brevard’s second-place finish in the Division I mountain bike competition in 2015.
“Cypress has always been one of the most focused and driven athletes I've had the opportunity to coach and work with,” Perley stated. “He understands the process that is bike racing and training, and all the ups and downs that come with it. Since coming to Brevard as a student, his interest in coaching has only increased.”
Gorry has been successful racing outside the collegiate structure as well. He earned his first career win at the Pro Cross Country Tour this weekend in Angel Fire, New Mexico, one week after finishing fifth in Missoula, Montana. He will travel to California next month to defend the U-23 Cross Country national championship he won in July.
He has also raced in multiple world championships and has competed for the last four years as a part of Whole Athlete/Specialized, a prominent development program. Outside of cycling, he has worked as an associate coach for Whole Athlete, a California-based coaching firm that writes individualized training plans for cyclists at various levels.
“Before graduating he was already gaining experience with some personal clients he was coaching, but now I'm very excited to have him join Brian, Neko, and myself on our fantastic coaching staff,” continued Perley. “His level of racing experience and coaching will transfer to our collegiate program very well, but even more importantly is the strong passion he shares for Brevard College and the sport of collegiate cycling. It's great to have another BC graduate join us in the coaching role.”
Featured image courtesy of Kayla Leed.