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Lake Creek Devo Coaching Staff


Dave Bingham - Head Coach

Dave is a long time SVSEF coach logging about 15 years with the Nordic Devo program over the years.  Dave is not only the Head Coach for Lake Creek but also at Quigley spending as much time as possible with the Valley's young nordic athletes!  He has 2 kids on the XC Prep team and when he isnt shepherding young skiers around the Lake Creek trails, he chinks for Dave Bingham Log Home Chinking.  Dave has always been the ultimate outdoor adventure guy he enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, finding new routes (he is a guide book author) and is still climbing 5.12 at age 52!  Dave's wide range of experience with skiing not only includes his 15 years of coaching experience but also tele skiing, working for the Trapp Family lodge in Vermont, lots of backcountry ski and snowboarding, and 1st descentsen snowboard on numerous area peaks. A couples things you might not know about Dave (and might be quite surprised to hear) are that he... had long hair and wore moccasins in the 70s, and he spent 2 years climbing in Yosemite!


Laurie Leman
Laurie is a long time member of the SVSEF Cross Country Devo coaching staff, she has been with the program for more than 20  years!  Laurie is originally from Vancouver, B.C., graduated with a B.A. from Simon Fraser University and lives in Idaho with her husband Chris.  Along with coaching, Laurie works as a personal assistant and spends her free time Mtn Biking, gardening, and snowboarding.  Laurie's ski background can be summed up in 8 words; love to ski, live to ski, ski to live (and she loves to snowboard too).  One thing you might not know about Laurie is that she plays the keyboard in a band!

Paddy McIlvoy
This is Paddy's fourth year coaching with the Lake Creek Devo Team.  He hails from Las Cruces, New Mexico and has a B.A. in Outdoor Adventure Education from Prescott College. During the off season, Paddy is a fly fishing guide and photographer.  Paddy grew up with an "obsessed Nordic skiing father" and was exposed at an early age to the sport.  He started skiing seriously in College in Northern Arizona, first as a way to approach climbs or mountaineering objectives, then as an end to itself.  Moving to Ketchum pretty much sealed the deal for Paddy and he currently trys to skate, classic or backcountry ski five days a week. Along with skiing Paddy enjoys fly fishing, all forms of climbing, any sort of sliding over snow, mountain biking, whitewater and sea kayaking; for Paddy if it's outdoors, he probably thinks it is fun. One thing you might not know about him is that he kayaked almost a thousand miles on the Sea of Cortez.

Mia James

This is Mia's second year coaching cross country skiing but the Pebble Beach California native grew up alpine skiing before moving to Ketchum and falling in love with Nordic.  Mia is a Middlebury graduate and works both as a freelance writer and as a staff writer for Sun Valley Property News.  While living in Ketchum Mia has skied with the VAMPS, competed, and now developed an interest in coaching where she loves "seeing kids get hooked on the sport and discovering how much fun skiing -even uphill- can be".  When she isn't cruising around the nordic trails Mia can be found mountain and road biking, participating in cycle cross, horseback riding and skiing.  One thing that you might not know about Mia is that well if she "told you, then you'd know and that wouldn't be any fun..."

Krista Clayton

This is Krista's first year coaching with SVSEF but her 7th year as a Nordic coach.  Krista Moved to the Sun Valley area with her daughters M, Kew, and Bel and husband Rob from Park City, Utah.  Krista is originally from Skowhegan, Maine and enjoyed Maine so much that she attended the University of Maine!  Now a resident of the WR Valley, Krista also works at St. Lukes Hospital and Women's imaging and before becoming an XC coach Krista coached alpine skiing for 5 years.  Krista coaches because she loves watching kids learn and develop a love for winter, nordic skiing and fun.  When she isn't chasing kids around the trails she enjoys knitting, cooking, running and reading!