Olympic leader represents U.S. at global level
ALUMNI | Lawrence F. Probst III, BE72, chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), has been elected a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), one of four representatives from the United States among its 102 members worldwide.
He has served on the IOC’s International Relations Commission since 2011 and assumed duties as chairman of the USOC in 2008. One of the IOC’s most important roles is selecting the host cities for the Summer and Winter Games.
In addition to his work with the Olympics, Probst, who was the University’s Winter Commencement speaker last January, is chairman of the board of Electronic Arts, the world’s leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment. He joined the company in 1984, served as its president from December 1990 to October 1997 and was CEO from May 1991 until April 2007.
Matthew J. Robinson, UD professor of sport management, calls Probst’s election to the IOC “an incredible honor and achievement” that is well-deserved.
“In his time as chairman of the USOC, he has overseen unprecedented success of U.S. athletes in both the London and Vancouver Games, with even more success anticipated in the upcoming Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in February 2014,” he says.
Robinson serves as the director of the International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program (ICECP), which is funded by the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity Fund and offered in partnership with the USOC. Over the past six years, ICECP has hosted 139 coaches from more than 80 countries in 23 different sports at UD and at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.