Morgan House has a very specific goal in mind with his new job: He wants to start stacking Summer Olympic Games races with US athletes.
On Monday, the Gainesville native started work in his new role as director of high performance and competition for the American Canoe Association, which is now the governing body for all paddle sports for the Olympics and Paralympics competitions.
“I’m extremely excited for this opportunity,” said House, who will remain in Gainesville for his new position. “With the ACA now in charge, it’s a new era for canoe and kayak.”
House has a decorated career as a veteran paddler for the Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club, winning 50 national championships and placing in numerous world championship events since taking up the sport in 1995. He has extensive background working in the paddle sports community, having served as manager of the Lake Lanier Olympic Park for 3 1/2 years, during which he helped orchestrate more than $1 million in renovations to the home of the rowing and paddling events during the 1996 Summer Olympics.
House’s new position is in a capacity of working with coaches nationally to promote the sport and develop athletes as well as possible. He will also develop criteria and programs for teams across the US.
“I’m going to wear a lot of different hats with the new job,” said House, who most recently worked in the real estate market.
House, who lived and trained for five years at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, learned about this new opportunity by seeing a post about it on social media. He immediately threw his name in the hat of job candidates, liking the direction in which the ACA will take the sport in the future.
“It’s got me very excited working in this new position,” said House.