Dr. Gabe Cagwin

President of the USAT Foundation
Chief Advancement Officer

Resides:  Colorado Springs, Colorado 

Educational Background:  Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Master's in Higher Education Administration, and Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration - all from the University at Buffalo

Career: Dr. Gabe Cagwin, who joined USA Triathlon in September, serves as the President of the USA Triathlon Foundation and Chief Advancement Officer.   

Prior to joining USA Triathlon, he served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Tarleton State University. As part of the President’s Executive Cabinet, he provided strategic oversight to development and fundraising, advancement services, alumni engagement and university event management.  One of his main goals was to lead and bring a new perspective to help them launch the largest capital campaign in school history, a $100 million campaign that, thanks to early success, is 2 years ahead of schedule and will enhance access, opportunity and innovation at Tarleton.  Tarleton experienced their most successful year in fundraising history under Gabe's guidance breaking records for fundraising, donor count, Alumni Association growth and bringing in the largest cash gifts and endowments in school history. 

Prior to joining Tarleton, Gabe was a member of Arizona State’s executive leadership team since 2012, where he started as the Associate Athletic Director, was promoted to Senior Associate Athletic Director, and then a year later, promoted to Chief Business Development Officer.  He oversaw the fundraising campaign for the $306 million Sun Devil Stadium renovation, managed all capital campaigns, helped manage ASU’s 330-acre Athletics District to monetize university land and provide assets for the community, increased donor count from 8,500 to over 16,000, and took their fundraising from raising around $8M a year to consistently topping $46M annually, with a high of $86M.  

Before joining ASU, Gabe served as Director of Major Gifts at UCLA and was then promoted to Assistant Athletic Director where he lead their $135 million campaign to renovate Pauley Pavilion.  He also had stints at Penn State University and University of Tulsa.  

Role with the USA Triathlon Foundation:  President of the USA Triathlon Foundation/Chief Advancement Officer

Why are you involved with the USA Triathlon Foundation: After spending his entire career in higher education, the opportunity to be a part of the Olympic movement and build upon the vision set forth by CEO Rocky Harris was something he could not pass up.  

Athletic Background:  Gabe played Division I basketball at the University at Buffalo and is still very active with the sport.  Gabe enjoys all athletic activities and is excited to get more involved with Multisport.