USA Triathlon has named Deb Wilson as Commissioner of Officials, a role responsible for interpreting and enforcing the USA Triathlon Competitive Rules and supervising a nationwide network of Regional Officials Coordinators. Wilson assumes the role full-time on April 9, and will work remotely out of Rutland, Massachusetts.
Wilson replaces Charlie Crawford, who announced his retirement in January after 21 years as USA Triathlon’s first full-time Commissioner of Officials. Thomas Reilly was initially named as Crawford’s replacement on March 1, but was unable to assume the role based on the advice of his physicians due to an unexpected health issue.
A Category I USA Triathlon Official, Wilson started in the USA Triathlon Officials Program in 2010. She assumed the role of Regional Officials Coordinator for the Northeast Region in 2013. In that position, she was responsible for recruiting, training, supervising and assigning officials to USA Triathlon Sanctioned Events in her Region.
“With her vast officiating experience and dedication to the multisport community, Deb stood out immediately as a strong candidate for this position,” said Rocky Harris, CEO at USA Triathlon. “We are proud to welcome her to USA Triathlon’s full-time staff and are confident she will positively impact both the officials program and the experience of our athletes at USA Triathlon-sanctioned events.”
“I am truly honored to be selected as Commissioner of Officials, and am excited to join the dedicated and talented staff at USA Triathlon in supporting the triathlon community,” Wilson said. “The officials in our program come from all walks of life to work as an official because they love the sport. I look forward to meeting with the many people who help make our work so meaningful and having the opportunity to serve with current and future officials to grow our program and sport. I would like to thank Charlie Crawford for the work he has done for the sport over many years, and for his mentorship throughout my career.”
Wilson has experience officiating at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, Collegiate Club National Championships and Northeast Regional Championships. She also served as head official for the elite races at the New York City Triathlon and Rev3 Quassy, two of the most competitive professional non-drafting triathlons in the U.S.
She has also held certifications as a USA Triathlon Level I Certified Race Director, USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach and USA Cycling Level 2 Certified Coach.
Wilson joins USA Triathlon from Babcock Power, where she worked as an HRIS & Benefits Analyst starting in 2015. She was a business analyst and programmer at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, from 2013-14, and held various positions in systems analysis, office management and computer operations at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, from 2000-13.
In addition to her professional pursuits, Wilson is an advocate for animal-assisted therapies and is an ambassador and mentor for the nonprofit organization Pet Partners.
For more information on the USA Triathlon Officials Program, visit usatriathlon.org.
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).