The U.S. Ski Team has released John McMurtry from his responsibilities as alpine-program director, team Chief Executive Officer Howard Peterson said.

McMurtry, who held the position since 1988, and holds a masters degree in sports science, was offered a new assignment in sports medicine and science, but had not accepted the offer, according to a prepared statement released Friday.Peterson will act as interim alpine director.

"John has contributed a lot to the program over the years . . . . But we felt that John's talents were better suited in another area of our program," Peterson said.

McMurtry, 40, of Denver, was women's slalom and giant slalom coach from 1976 to 1984, when he left to co-found a sports medicine program in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., the statement said.

He returned to coaching in 1987 to head the team's new development program.

"I've worked for the U.S. Ski Team for 12 years and I have no regrets," McMurtry said. "It's been the best 12 years of my life."

On Thursday, men's slalom and giant slalom head coach Georg Capaul, was reinstated after being dismissed a week earlier for an unspecified "behavior issue," a statement said.