Doug Logan was fired as CEO of USA Track and Field on Monday, ending his turbulent tenure after a little more than two years.
After listening to a presentation from Logan during a meeting in Las Vegas over the weekend, the board of directors voted to oust the leader who proposed many uncomfortable changes after the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Logan's contract called for a $1.8 million payment if he was terminated without cause, though he may not end up receiving the full amount.
"I'm in the process of discussing the terms of my separation with USATF," Logan said. "Therefore, out of respect for the process, I will not fill in any details at the present time."
Chief operating officer Mike McNees will assume leadership duties while the board begins its search for a new CEO.
"We sincerely thank Doug for his efforts and his passionate focus on our sport," USATF president and chair Stephanie Hightower said. "After undertaking an evaluation over the course of the past few months, our board has decided it is in our best interests to engage different leadership to move the sport forward."
Logan was an outsider when he was hired and promised to make people uncomfortable as he tried to bring a fresh perspective to track and field -- a sport run largely by volunteers and oft-criticized for instability at the top.
His biggest endeavor was the "Project 30" report, an unflinching account of the problems at USA Track and Field that contributed to winning 23 medals in Beijing, disappointing by U.S. standards.
Logan appointed a panel to write the report and suggest changes. The panel decried an overall "lack of accountability, professionalism and cohesion" among staff, coaches and athletes.
One of the most radical ideas was a restructuring of the way the United States trains for relays -- a controversial undertaking, the progress of which has been hard to evaluate thus far. Logan also set a goal of winning 30 medals at the London Olympics.
As CEO, he earned criticism for being an outspoken loose cannon who didn't play to the core members of the track world.
Logan was given 45 minutes to state his case at the meeting in Las Vegas on Saturday. On Sunday, the board met without him in the room to discuss his future. The announcement of his firing came Monday in a news release.
USATF vice chair Jack Wickens refused to get into details of Logan's evaluation.
"There are undoubtedly going to be rumors and innuendo of whether it was a single issue or a single force at work," Wickens said. "It was none of that. It was a respectful, complete process. The board felt the sport's goals and the organization's goals would be best served with a new leader."