College Sailing hires Executive Director
Published on August 1st, 2022
The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) has hired Reed Maltbie as the organization’s first Executive Director. The ICSA is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada.
The ICSA Executive Committee recommended hiring an Executive Director after The Collegiate Sports Associates report presented at the 2020 ICSA Winter Meeting.
The new role will serve as the ICSA’s most visible spokesperson, with Maltbie overseeing the day-to-day operations of College Sailing and serve the board of directors, conferences and teams that compete throughout North America.
In building this role, the ICSA board of directors envisioned additional support for teams and conferences in their external relations, fundraising and sponsorship, and media relations. Further, this position will expand ICSA’s connection to its 25,000+ alumni, fostering a culture of engagement and volunteerism, while supporting the current generation of student leaders and coaches.
This role will also optimize and promote ICSA’s relationship with other US and International sailing organizations.
With nearly 30 years of experience as an educator/coach and two masters degrees, Maltbie brings a wealth of practical experience to this role. Reed was introduced to the sailing community through his role with US Sailing and first worked with ICSA during the 2020 Winter Meeting. Reed comes to ICSA after serving as COO serving as COO Doors of Change, a nonprofit working with homeless youth.
“Accepting this position means a great deal as it is, for me, realizing some lifelong goals,” noted Maltbie. “I believe my purpose is to help create a better sporting environment for generations to come and this role affords me the opportunity to fulfill that purpose in a sport that people can do for life and with broad reach.
“I spent several decades as a player, coach, educator, and leader in the soccer world and I experienced similar dynamics there. I am hoping to draw upon those experiences to bring a fresh perspective to ICSA and leverage the strengths of our leadership to create the best competitive environment for every team in the organization.”
Soccer may have been his start into youth sports but Maltbie has worked with dozens of sports as a consultant and is excited to make an impact in sailing.
“This is the kind of role and community where we can really make an impact on the sport and the world through our work,” he added. “I cannot wait to embed myself in this community, empower our great leaders to continue to grow the sport of sailing, and encourage our student-athletes to chase their own excellence on and off the water.”