Moving from an organization of 30,000 members to 6,000 would be a big change for anybody. But for Adam Andrasko, new CEO of USA Synchro, that change involves switching gears from a director-level position with USA Field Hockey to the top role in a sport that is new to him: synchronized swimming. The goals for the new CEO aren’t small. Andrasko wants to share USA Synchro with the world at the next Olympic Games, where he hopes American athletes will stand out with a new swimming style.
Why did you make the move from USA Field Hockey to USA Synchro?
This is something I’ve been working toward since I started my career. I started with the U.S. Olympic Committee, and that transitioned to a really good job opportunity with USA Field Hockey. The things I learned at USA Field Hockey for nearly three years set me up for this opportunity. I guess I had my eyes open for any opportunity that would allow me to advance in my career and use those skills that I acquired at Field Hockey. When Synchro posted its job opportunity, I took a leap of faith and here we are.
What will you focus on in your new role with USA Synchro?
There’s a really good organizational structure put into place, so we will focus very much on the success of the national team, at the very forward-facing opportunity that we have. Our national team hopes to qualify for duet and the team event at the Olympic Games. We haven’t been in a team event for the last couple of Olympic Games, so that’s definitely a priority of ours. We hired a national team coach, and assistant coach—they started the same day that I did in their roles. We’ll look to them to put together a team that can win the Pan American Games and qualify for the Olympic Games, and then they need to build that team as best they can, same for the duet team.