USOC spokesman Seibel steps down

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(A.P.) Darryl Seibel announced his resignation as chief communications officer at the U.S. Olympic Committee today, the fourth executive to leave the federation since the end of the Beijing Games.

Seibel, 41, said he would leave June 5 to pursue new professional opportunities but would offer consulting help on some projects, including the search for his successor.

“Since the conclusion of the Beijing Games, I have had the opportunity to give serious consideration as to when the time would be right to turn the page and begin a new chapter professionally – and that time is now,” Seibel said in a statement.

Seibel has been the USOC’s top public-relations person for the past 6½ years and has spent most of the last 20 years in the Olympic movement, with USA Wrestling, USA Hockey, the Colorado Springs Sports Corp. and the USOC.

Seibel took over his current job around the time Jim Scherr became CEO of the USOC and will leave three months after Scherr was replaced by Stephanie Streeter.

Seibel joins Scherr, chief of sport performance Steve Roush and chief marketing officer Rick Burton as the fourth key member of the USOC executive team to leave in the past seven months.

Also gone from the USOC’s executive offices during that span was chief information officer Damani Short.

The USOC will conduct a national search for Seibel’s replacement, who should be in place by next year’s Winter Olympics.