At the USA Swimming Golden Goggles event in mid-November Coach Michael was confirmed as the new Chair of the International Relations Committee. The committee is a direct report to the President of USA Swimming and is responsible for overseeing matters of protocol and strategy for USA Swimming in the global arena.
"I look forward to the challenges this new position presents," said Coach Michael following the announcement, "and am deeply honored to be trusted to plan and develop the agenda for expanding the influence of USA Swimming in the swimming world."
Coach Michael stepped off the Board of Directors in September after 13 years of service on the Board. During that time he spear headed several major initiatives for USA Swimming including the Club Excellence program, Athlete Partnership Agreement, two re-writes of organizational ByLaws and the development of online membership registration.
During his tenure (1999-2012) as the longest serving elected member of the Board he served as a Zone Director, Program Development VP and Chair of the Olympic International Operations Committee. He has also served on the Rules Committee, Club Development, Camps, Age Group and Senior Committees.