Chris Ritrievi, who has served as the associate athletic director for external relations at the University of Utah for the past three years, is leaving to take a job with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. Ritrievi will head the USSA Team Foundation in Park City.

"This opportunity will allow me to combine my fundraising vocation with a personal passion of skiing," said Ritrievi, who is a certified ski instructor. "The vision and mission of the USSA is simple and clear. I look forward to working with our board of trustees, donors and staff to support the phenomenal athletes on all of our teams."

The USSA is an Olympic sports organization providing grassroots programs in competitive skiing and snowboarding from the entry and junior levels up through the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding national teams. The foundation is a major source of revenue for athletic programs at all levels.

"The leadership of the foundation is a critical component of achieving our vision of becoming the best in the world," said USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt. "Chris brings both a personal interest in our sports as well as a long track record of success at some truly outstanding athletic organizations."

Ritrievi was formerly the athletic director at Northern Iowa and has worked in fundraising positions at Bowling Green, Princeton, Penn, Stanford and Michigan State before coming to Utah in the summer of 2005.