Coaches & Admin Staff




Scott McGrew

(208) 720-3829

Place of Birth:  Sun Valley, Idaho

Sport: Alpine Skiing


B.S. magna cum laude, Biology and Physiology, University of New Mexico

B.S. magna cum laude, Cultural Anthropology, University of New Mexico

M.A., Business Administration, Boise State University


USSA Level 300 Alpine Coach

National Coaches Academy graduate

Wilderness E.M.T.

First aid and CPR certified


Scott’s journey on skis began in Sun Valley, Idaho not long after being born at the old Moritz hospital (now the Sun Valley Inn). From the rope tow at Rotarun ski area to the slopes of Dollar and Bald Mountain, he was fully immersed in the experience from the beginning. Scott began a competitive ski career as a member of the Hailey ski team at the age of seven, then moved to the SVSEF’s D-team at nine years old with Doran Key as his first coach. He was a member of the SVSEF alpine program from that point forward through his FIS career. Upon graduation from high school, Scott took his alpine racing background to the University of Washington as a member of their USCSA Alpine Team. This is where he got his first taste at coaching, planning, and managing a group as he helped lead the team to regional and national success in the USCSA ranks.  Following a year long stint at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, and a move to the University of New Mexico to finish his undergraduate education, he was reengaged with the SVSEF as a FIS level coach in 2002. For the next 12 years Scott acted as FIS Coach, Head Coach, and Assistant Program Director (eight years), before assuming the role of Alpine Program Director in 2014. For the past 15 years he has had the privilege of coaching and working with athletes, families, and community members to see Junior National champions arise, NCAA athletes find their place, National Team members be announced, and phenomenal young adults emerge; all coming through our SVSEF program. 

Other compelling information and/or accomplishments:

Husband of Siri and father of three lovely children (most of the time) – Simi (9), Leila (7), and Jaxon (5).

World traveler, outdoor enthusiast, martial artist (black belt in tea kwon do – capow!), tireless enthusiast for youth development, athletics, and the mountain classroom as a place to learn life’s most lasting and important lessons. 

nate-schwigNate Schwing

(435) 640-1049

Place of Birth:  Grew up in East Aurora, NY

Sport: Alpine


B.A., International Studies, Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, NC


USSA Level 300 Alpine Coach


Sports have always been a passion of Nate’s for as long as he can remember. Growing up, he played and watched every sport that was put in front of him. He’s always been drawn to the challenge, competition, and strategy that sports provided. Ski racing was introduced to Nate at a relatively late age of 14 – however, he was immediately drawn to the fun and challenge of navigating courses with the preciseness that the sport requires. He grew up ski racing in New York state at a small hill called Kissing Bridge. Kissing Bridge was his ski racing Mecca growing up. Nate was chomping at the bit in school daily to get out on the hill for night training. Ski racing quickly became his number one passion and he traveled New York state through high school, competing and chasing his passion. Following high school his goal was to ski race and to play soccer in college. After searching for schools in Vermont and New Hampshire, he landed on a small school in the western mountains of North Carolina, called Lees-McRae College. Lees-McRae turned out to be the vision Nate had in his mind of what the college he wanted to attend looked like. He spent four years ski racing on the USCSA college circuit along with playing Division Two soccer. 

Following his four years of college, Nate still felt like he had more to do in the sport of ski racing. He moved out west to Park City where he joined the Park City Masters’ Team and worked at night as a bartender. He spent the next four seasons training with the Masters while competing on the FIS circuit. In his four years training and racing out of Park City, some of Nate’s racing highlights included winning the GS at the Western Spring Series and finishing ninth in GS at US Nationals. 

Nate’s time training with the Park City Masters also honed his coaching skills. He was constantly talking to the Masters about the techniques he was working on, and without realizing it at the time, learning how to articulate a ski racing turn into words. 

When his ski racing career ran its course, Nate took a job in Sun Valley as a coach for the Hailey Ski Team. He spent two years coaching for the Hailey Ski Team before taking the Head FIS Coach position with the Sun Valley Ski Education in the 2007-08 season. 

He now enjoys sharing his passion and knowledge for ski racing with the fortunate athletes who call their home mountain Sun Valley. At Sun Valley, athletes have the opportunity to pursue their ski racing dreams and it is an honor to assist and guide them through their journey.

Other compelling information and/or accomplishments:

Nate and his wife Sarah just had their first child, Evan Christopher Schwing. They have been enjoying getting to know the little guy over the summer. Other than that, Nate enjoys playing golf, mountain biking, camping, and watching America’s Team, the Buffalo Bills!  He tries to travel back east as much as he can to visit family and eat chicken wings in Buffalo. 

Brett Morris

(208) 720-8143

Place of Birth:

Jerome, Idaho

Moved to Hailey, Idaho, when two years old so really considers the Wood River Valley his home town

Sport: Alpine Skiing


B.A., liberal arts with emphasis on Asian studies; minor Mandarin Chinese language, University of Montana

M.A., Buddhist Studies, University of Sunderland, UK


USSA Level 300 Alpine Coach

Mental trainer certificate


Brett grew up here in the Wood River Valley and started skiing at three years old. He joined SVSEF as soon as he could as a member of the SVSEF ‘farm’ team (now called ‘D’ Team). He has many fond memories of his time as an athlete with SVSEF, especially of those early days skiing the mountain and enjoying the winters.

Brett raced competitively up into the NOR AM level through high school and two PG years, all as a member of SVSEF until he was 20 years old. He had some good success and results at all levels, but started having a series of injuries his last two years of skiing, which ultimately ended his ski racing career.

He always had a great interest in the mind and developing the mind. As a ski racer Brett’s mind was both a great asset but also a great hindrance as he didn’t understand how to properly direct his mental energies to perform well and be happy. This created a ton of frustration as he knew he wasn’t performing to his potential.

Ultimately this led him to a search of learning how to master the mind and understand how to use this most powerful tool skillfully. After finishing racing Brett started meditating seriously, spending a lot of time in India and all over the world attending courses and ultimately teaching Vipassana meditation courses.

In addition to Vipassana Meditation (, Brett spent a lot of time practicing yoga, tai-chi and studying different traditions both ancient and modern that focus on developing the mind and body. In 2007, his daughter Sacchika was born and he and his family moved back to the Wood River Valley. At this same time he started coaching for the SVSEF Alpine team. It has been his goal to share his love for the outdoors and skiing, but also his love for competition and mental development, hoping to share some of what he has learned so these athletes can understand, utilize and direct their mental energies to lead successful lives both in and out of sport.

Other compelling information and/or accomplishments:

Brett has spent his entire adult life fully engaged in developing the mind and meditation. In this time he has traveled all over the world teaching meditation courses to many different people. This includes spending time teaching 10-day intensive meditation courses to business executives, children, teens and adults, and maximum-security prison inmates. It has been hugely rewarding seeing people get the tools to actually start changing their habit patterns and live happier, healthier lives.

chuck-harrisChuck Harris

(208) 630-3699

Place of Birth:  Portland, OR

Sport: Alpine


B.S., history, Eastern Oregon University


USSA Level 400 Alpine Coach

Level 3 Referee


Chuck has directed and lead ski programs across the country. From 1994 through 1999 he was the Men’s FIS Coach at Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont, and from 1999 through 2002 he coached both Men’s and Women’s FIS for Ski Club Vail in Colorado. He continued his travels westward, acting as the McCall Ski Racing Team Program Director for FIS/U16 from 2002 through 2014 in Idaho and the head U16 coach at Jackson Hole Ski Club in Wyoming from 2014 through 2016.

will-brandenburgWill Brandenburg

(509) 954-7808 

Place of Birth: Walla Walla, Washington

Sport: Alpine Skiing

Education: Mead High School, Spokane, Washington


P.S.I.A. Level 3


Will, 28, was born in Walla Walla, Washington. He learned how to ski at a little mountain called Ski Bluewood outside of Dayton, Washington. Will started racing at the age of seven for Bluewood and instantly fell in love with the sport. He remembers saying back then that ski racing was his favorite sport because it was the only sport he knew where practice was just as fun as competition! Eventually, his dad’s job took the family to Spokane, where he skied for SSRA (Spokane Ski Racing Association) and later SARS (Schweitzer Alpine Racing School). Although skiing has been his passion since he was little, Will always found time to fuel his obsession for sport by playing as many as possible growing up. In addition to racing, he played football all throughout high school. He was a better skier than quarterback though – he still holds the record for worst quarterback rating in Greater Spokane League history, no joke!

After high school, Will took a post grad year at Schweitzer in northern Idaho. Half-way through that season he was invited to travel with the U.S. Ski Team. The following spring he was named to the U.S. Ski Team’s Development Team. Will remained a named member of the U.S. Ski Team for eight seasons. During that time he raced in 53 World Cups, two World Championships (‘11, ‘13) and one Olympics (2010). After the 2014 season, he was cut from the U.S. Ski Team but still had his own World Cup starting spot. He decided to try to race the World Cup on his own and jumped at an opportunity to join the Sun Valley Gold Team. Although Will never fully skied how he wanted to that season, he was able to qualify and race in one final World Championships slalom at Vail/Beaver Creek that February. 

tautkusJames Tautkus

(208) 721-8672

Place of Birth: Concord, NH

Sport: Alpine Skiing


B.A., political science, minor in business management, University of New Hampshire


USSA Level 300 Alpine Coach

USSA Level 100 Snowboarding

CPR and first aid certified


Hailing from the Live Free or Die state, the Pats Peak Ski Club is where James earned his chops as an athlete. He also attended Cardigan Mountain School, Proctor Academy, and PG’d at Waterville Academy before getting his degree at UNH, where he raced independently for two years and coached his senior year at Pats. James was also on the lacrosse team for three years and played regular gigs with his band Heavy Fever. He has had a lot of experience coaching in various programs beginning with Pats Peak, Park City Ski Team, Rowmark Academy, Mammoth, and Green Mountain Valley School. His experience has given him a perspective that he hopes adds value to the program, and he is excited to make Sun Valley his home.

Other compelling information and/or accomplishments:

brian-caulkinsBrian Caulkins

(208) 720-0128

Sport: Alpine Skiing


University of Mammoth

University of Ketchum (pursuing a doctorate degree in Fun Science)


USSA Level 100 Alpine Coach

CPR and first aid certified

Concussion certification

Biography: Brian was born in Medford, Oregon. His family moved to California when he was young. As a junior lifeguard, he found the passion for surfing, which he still has today. In high school he was reintroduced to skiing and it changed where he is today. Brian moved to Ketchum, Idaho, in 1982. He hopes this winter is like his first! He started coaching with Doran Key once his kids moved up to a level of not needing Dad – “it happens.”

Other compelling information and/or accomplishments:

Finding his life mate Sandra while she was working at the Warm Springs lift checking tickets. His two great kids, Chase and Cole, who participated in the SVSEF program and brought him back to alpine skiing. Alpine skiing – “Wow, I got my life back!” Surfing. Cycling – winning state in time, trial and road race. He loves to ride his bike! Most Important: Brian believes in the SVSEF program as a parent, coach, and volunteer.

Brian’s Philosophy:  Always give more than you take; it’s all about the kids!

Scott McGrew, Alpine Program Director/North Series Head Coach

Dane Spencer, Gold Team Head Coach

Neil Lande, Gold Team Tech

Rob Webb, Strength Coach

Nate Schwing, FIS Head Coach

Brett Jacobson, FIS Coach

Brett Morris, FIS Women’s Coach

Chuck Harris, FIS Prep Head Coach

Will Brandenburg, USSA Head Coach

Mike Walchli, USSA U19 Head Coach

Riley Berman, USSA Assistant Coach

Biche Rudigoz, USSA Assistant Coach

Galen Webster, USSA Assistant Coach

James Tautkus, IMD Head Coach

Hunter Storey, IMD Assistant Coach

Kat Tichy-Harris, IMD Assistant Coach

Connor Farrow, IMD Assistant Coach

Charlotte Gourlay, IMD Assistant Coach

Skip Merrick, North Series Assistant Coach

Matt Murphy, North Series Assistant Coach

Pat Revallier, North Series Assistant Coach

Adele Savaria, North Series Assistant Coach

Taylor Stoecklein, North Series Assistant Coach

Tor Jensen, MWC Head Coach

Willie Cannell, MWC Assistant Coach

Ryan Dean, MWC Assistant Coach

Sarah Schwing, MWC Assistant Coach

Steve Smart, MWC Assistant Coach

Lauren Street, MWC Assistant Coach

Brian Caulkins,Devo/LASAR Head Coach

Josie Brownell, Devo Assistant Coach

Susanne Connor, Devo Assistant Coach

Jason Dorland, Devo Assistant Coach

Jeff Enos, Devo Assistant Coach

Kirk Mason, Devo Assistant Coach

Olaf Sather, Devo Assistant Coach

John Shay, Devo Assistant Coach

Claudia Stern, Devo Assistant Coach




Tyler Conway

(970) 409-9617

Place of Birth: Maryland

Sport:  Freeskiing (slopestyle & halfpipe)


USASA 100, 200

First aid and CPR certified

Woodward Trampoline Level 400


Tyler started competing in slopestyle, big air and rail jam events in 1999. Competing lead to coaching and being a ski instructor at Mount Snow Ski Resort in 2002. Specializing in park and pipe, he moved to Summit County, Colorado, in 2006 to work for Keystone. Two years later, Tyler took the opportunity to be the Head Coach for Tahoe Freeride. In the spring of 2009, he was drawn back to Summit County, Colorado, to work for Hawks Freeride/Team Breckenridge as Head Coach and also to work at Woodward at Copper from 2009-2016.

His first goal in coaching is making sure that skiing continues to be fun. Tyler’s coaching drive stems from knowing that success in freeskiing is not only judged by impressive competition results, but also from a good attitude and a positive reputation. He likes to continue to push what is possible in skiing and he loves to ski! Go outside and play.

pat-lee_photoPat Lee

Sport: Snowboarding


Pat attended Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe where he earned his bachelor’s degree in international business. He has been a competitive freestyle snowboarder for over a decade. His enthusiasm for winter sports has resonated with his prior occupations; Pat has been a Smith Sport Optics athlete, a member of the operations crew for Prospecting Idaho (a Smith Optics web series/private snow cat operation) for four years, and has worked for the U.S. Snowboard Team in Grand Prix events operations and as head of operations and branding for the Rev Tour. Pat was a coach for SVSEF in 2008, and is looking forward to rejoining the program.

Tyler Conway, Park & Pipe Team Manager

Conor Davis, Freeski Travel B Lead Coach

Peter Rudman, Freeski Comp Home Lead Coach

Collin Collins, Freeski Comp Home Coach

Preston Clark, FS/FS Prep & Devo Coach

Jamie Collins, FS/FS Prep & Devo Coach

Hanna Curran, FS/FS Prep & Devo Coach

Cameron Fraser, FS/FS Prep & Devo Coach

Michael Niedrich, FS/FS Prep & Devo Coach

Ben Schumacher, FS/FS Prep & Devo Coach

Bryan Simcoe, FS/FS Prep & Devo Coach

Pat Lee, Snowboard Team Manager

Rick Millet, Snowboard Travel Team Coach –, (208) 485-6276

Jon French, Snowboard Progression Team Coach

Andy Gilbert, Snowboard Team Coach –

JaNessa Gilbert, Snowboard Devo Team Lead Coach

Cory Smith, Snowboard Coach




rick-kapalaRick Kapala

208 720-7981

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan

Sport:  Cross Country


B.S., Biology, Michigan Technological University


USSA Level 300 Cross Country Ski Coach

Wilderness First Responder Certificate



After completing his collegiate ski racing career at M.T.U. Rick embarked on his coaching career with coaching positions at MTU, Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, and West Anchorage High School in Alaska. He was named Cross Country Skiing Head Coach and Program Director for the SVSEF in August of 1987. Rick has also coached internationally for the U.S. at World Championships and World Junior Championships and serves on the USSA Cross Country Sport Committee for Cross Country Skiing. 

Other compelling information and/or accomplishments

Awarded the Al Merrill Award by the United States Ski Association

Three Time United States Ski & Snowboard Association Cross Country Coach of the Year

CoachKellyStoneyTiaKelley Sinnott


Place of Birth: Sun Valley, ID

Sport: Cross Country


B.A., Bates College

WRHS ‘01

Certifications: Level 100 coaching, Wilderness First Responder

Biography:  SVSEF Alumni! Kelley started skiing on the SVSEF Cross Country Devo Team and made her way through the program until she graduated in 2001. Her junior ski career highlight was representing the U.S. at the Scandinavian Cup in Estonia when she was a junior in high school. Kelley went to college to ski at Bates and after graduation found her passion for coaching skiing when she returned to Sun Valley and began coaching with the Devo Team in 2005.

Other compelling information and/or accomplishments:  Played hockey in college where her team actually traveled to Estonia as a U.S. club team representative, so she has ‘represented the U.S.A.’ in two different sports in the same random country… kinda fun.

CoachKellyStoneyTiaKelley Sinnott


Place of Birth: Sun Valley, ID

Sport: Cross Country


B.A., Bates College

WRHS ‘01

Certifications: Level 100 coaching, Wilderness First Responder

Biography:  SVSEF Alumni! Kelley started skiing on the SVSEF Cross Country Devo Team and made her way through the program until she graduated in 2001. Her junior ski career highlight was representing the U.S. at the Scandinavian Cup in Estonia when she was a junior in high school. Kelley went to college to ski at Bates and after graduation found her passion for coaching skiing when she returned to Sun Valley and began coaching with the Devo Team in 2005.

Other compelling information and/or accomplishments:  Played hockey in college where her team actually traveled to Estonia as a U.S. club team representative, so she has ‘represented the U.S.A.’ in two different sports in the same random country… kinda fun.

cm_edChris Mallory


Place of Birth: Burlington, VT

Sport: Cross Country

Education: University of New Hampshire ’05


USSA Level 200 Coach

Biography: Chris started out his ski racing career as most New Englanders, in the Bill Koch Ski League. In high school he was multiple time Vermont State Champion. He then spent a year abroad training in Mora, Sweden, before heading to UNH. While at UNH, Chris served as captain of the ski team while competing four years at the NCAA Championships. In 2005 he moved to Sun Valley where he coached the Comp and PG teams for eight years. During this time he coached and served as a ski technician on three U.S. World Junior/U23 Championship teams, and coached multiple Junior National Champions.  The past three years he headed back to his roots as an assistant coach with the UVM Ski Team, before heading west again where he’s now serving as the Cross Country Gold Team Head Coach.

tom_photoTom Smith


Place of Birth: Bend, OR

Sport:  Cross Country

Education: BA International Studies, BS Environmental & Sustainability Studies – University of Utah

Certifications: USSA Lv200, Wilderness First Responder, TESOL Certification


Going into his fourth season coaching with SVSEF, Tom has had the incredible opportunity of working with a variety of amazing athletes and staff including junior athletes, collegiate athletes and our Gold Team pro’s. One of his favorite aspects of the lifestyle is getting to see the personal growth in each athlete, whether they graduate born-and-raised through our program or are with us for a year as many of his postgraduate athletes are, moving on to the next level of competitive development after leaving our program. He remembers his junior coach asking him years after leaving the program he grew up in, “what was my goal in developing you as an athlete?” Tom’s response; “to be the best in the long run.” This hit Tom later in life when he was transitioning from college to the “real-world.” Ski racing and this lifestyle is important to him because he believes it cultivates caring, committed, and passionate people who strive to seek out the best in themselves and their team, today and in all chapters beyond the forefront of ski racing. He chooses this lifestyle because he gets to work with these driven people every day, challenge to seek out our best selves on and off the snow, and have a kick ass time in some amazing places, all in one.

Other compelling information and/or accomplishments

  • Comes from a family of skiers. All of Tom’s family have raced in the Boulder Mountain Tour. Brother, sister and cousins all ski raced collegiately.
  • 5th Year Assistant Coach – University of Utah, 2013
  • Australian XC Ski Team – Head Domestic National Team Coach, Falls Creek Training Centre, summer 2014
  • 2x member of NCAA Championship Team for the University of Utah Ski Team
  • U.S. Junior National Champion, 2007

paul_photoPaul Smith


Place of Birth: Utica, NY

Sport: Cross Country


B.A., Geography, Environmental Studies, University of Vermont ‘11

Burke Mountain Academy ‘07


USSA Level 100 and Level 200 Coach


Every athlete no matter the discipline or end result goal becomes interested in the process of achieving to some degree. Paul’s experience with cross country ski racing has been nothing short of this. The ability and interest to “go for something” knowing it could end in gratification from a result or completely burning in flames is a hard thing to teach. The challenges associated with coaching in skiing have kept him motivated and inspired to stay with the sport. Skills he will value along the way; creativity, patience, perspective, and irresolute leadership.

While Paul did not want to look at another pair of skis again after racing in college, he slowly became interested again through coaching. He started helping a few sessions in the summer for Mansfield Nordic in Vermont. The following winter, it was a few camps here and there with USSA and Burke Mountain Academy. The next year, he coached for St Michael’s College before moving out west coaching the Comp level program at Jackson Hole Ski Club for three years.

His single advice to any athlete; change what you can gain the most from and let the little pieces fall into place.

photo_ashley-knoxAshley Knox (the skier formally known as McQueen)


Place of Birth: Sun Valley, ID

Sport: Cross Country


University of Utah


USSA Level 100 Coach


Ashley joined the SVSEF Cross Country Team in 7th grade and fell in love with the sport in 9th grade. She loved racing and she loved training even more! After graduating high school, Ashley went on to ski for the University of Utah 2002-2006. During the summers, she would attend training camps with the SVSEF Comp Team as a coach. At the end of her senior year at Utah, Rick offered her a job coaching the Comp Team, which she gladly accepted. Through the years, Ashley has been able to help lead some international trips, coach for our regional team at Junior Nationals, and spend endless hours, days and weeks in the mountains and on snow with our SVSEF crew. Ten years after hanging up her race skis and accepting the coaching job, Ashley still loves the sport and feels very lucky that she gets to work with such a great group of kids and coaches!

kristen_photoKristen Monahan


Place of Birth: Minnesota

Sport: Cross Country


Bachelor’s Degree, Exercise Science, Michigan Technological University

Master’s Degree, Exercise Physiology, University Of Jyväskylä, Finland


USSA Level 100 Coach


Kristen ran cross country, cross country skied and ran track and field at Michigan Technological University. She did an internship for her bachelor’s in exercise science, which landed her in Sun Valley with SVSEF. After college, Kristen lived in Finland for two years to obtain a Master’s degree in exercise physiology. She had an amazing experience training and racing for the club team in the city she was living in and immersing herself in one of the Nordic country’s historical cross country ski cultures. She was also fortunate to have the opportunity to work with elite Finnish cross country skiers for her final Master’s thesis. While in Finland, Kristen realized she missed Sun Valley and the mountains, and returned to the valley and SVSEF after completing her Master’s.

Other compelling information and/or accomplishments:

Kristen currently works for the Sun Valley Ski Academy. In her free time outside of skiing, she loves adventuring in the mountains, running, camping, mountain biking, baking without sugar and traveling to new places.

dave-bingham_photoDave Bingham

(208) 720-1479

Place of Birth: Babylon, NY

Sport: Cross country skiing


Level 1 USSA Coach

Wilderness First Aid

Level 1 Avalanche Institute


Born on Long Island in New York, Dave spent his high school years attending The Stowe School, an Outward Bound based “experiential” boarding school in Vermont. Dave cut his teeth skiing and climbing in the wet and icy New England conditions, and later worked at the Trapp Family Lodge Ski School in Stowe under XC Olympian Ned Gillette.

Moving west to ski race and climb in the late 70’s, Dave split several seasons between Yosemite Valley, CA, and Idaho, where he began his coaching career at SVSEF as head coach of the Prep Team and worked summers for Sawtooth Mountain Guides.

Dave has applied his outdoor passion to competitions of all sorts, but he’s perhaps best known for his late 1980’s wins in what’s been called the “first reality TV show” – NBC’s” “Survival of the Fittest,” which featured an international cast of athletes competing in events like whitewater swimming, speed rappelling, and downhill running.

An active technical rock climber, writer and mountaineer, Dave has authored eight editions of his popular guide to Idaho’s iconic climbing area, the City of Rocks, as well as Castle Rocks State Park and the eclectic “Idaho Underground” guide.

Dave has long been an advocate for climbing access, serving as a founding member of “Friends of City of Rocks” and the National Park Service’s Climbing Management Planning Team. Dave is currently on the board of the Climbing Resource Advisory Group (CRAG), which works with NPS and Idaho State Park administrations.

After starting a family, (all four kids grew up in SVSEF programs) Dave returned to SVSEF coaching in 2003, serving as the Head Devo Team coach. With undiminished passion for XC skiing and the breadth of outdoor pursuit, Dave’s mission is to ignite the fires of mountain culture in the next generation through creative activities designed to trick kids in to getting hooked on outdoor exercise.  Dave is heading in to his thirteenth season leading a diverse (and fun!) crew of caring and competent coaches. 

Rick Kapala, Program Director

Kelley Sinnott, Assistant Program Director, Prep Team Head Coach

Chris Mallory, Gold Team Head Coach

Paul Smith, Gold Team Assistant Coach

Tom Smith, Post Grad Team Head Coach

Ashley Knox, Comp Team Head Coach

Kristen Monahan, Comp Team Assistant Coach

Travis Jones, Prep Team Assistant Coach

Julia Seyferth, Prep Team Assistant Coach

Abby Mallory, Prep Team Assistant Coach

Dave Bingham, Devo Team Head Coach

Austin Cobb, Devo Team Assistant Coach

Svea Grover, Devo Team Assistant Coach

Brooke Hovey, Devo Team Assistant Coach

Doran Key, Devo Team Assistant Coach

Laurie Leman, Devo Team Assistant Coach

Paddy McIllvoy, Devo Team Assistant Coach

Michael Lloyd, Lake Creek Trails

Nate Scales, Lake Creek Trails

Kevin Wayt, Bus Driver




John Grigsby

(207) 233.8501

Place of Birth: Portland, ME

Sport: Freestyle Skiing


B.F.A., graphic design, Maine College of Art (MECA)


Level 3 USSA Freestyle


John hails from in Portland, Maine, where he started his coaching career at the age of 17 for the Freestyle Development program at Gould Academy / Sunday River.  During college, he continued coaching weekends at CVA / Sugarloaf, where he later coached full-time for Carrabassett Valley Academy. For the past six years, John was the Director of Freestyle Development at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail. There, he helped grow and develop one of the top Freestyle programs in the country.

Other compelling information and/or accomplishments:

In his downtime John is an avid fly fisherman and bow hunter. 


Jennifer Diehl

(208) 720-2480

Place of Birth: Salt Lake City, Utah

Sport: Aside from downhill skiing, I enjoy trail running, skate skiing, waterskiing, stand up paddling, yoga, mountain biking, fly fishing and hunting.


B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara


Level 100 Moguls Certification                         

Double-Goal Coach 1

First Aid/CPR


Jennifer learned to ski at Alta when she was two years old. Her dad was on the Ski Patrol there, and he carried her around in a backpack while he was on duty. Her mom ski raced for the University of Utah. Jennifer’s grandparents were skiing pioneers; they skied every mountain in the West and continued to ski into their 80s. So… skiing is in her blood.

When her family moved to Sun Valley, Jennifer raced a bit, but she always preferred skiing powder and the bumps. It gave her a sense of freedom and pure joy! Skiing has always been part of her life. When Jennifer and her husband started their family, they introduced their kids to the slopes as babies and they continue to ski as a family. She thinks that’s why she was asked to coach for the Freestyle team: she truly enjoys skiing with her kids! And as a coach, she loves witnessing the pure joy that kids show when everything comes together and they make it down the mountain with confidence and delight.

Other compelling information and/or accomplishments:

Through her production company, Jennifer Diehl Production & Talent, Jennifer produces photo shoots and commercials for clients that use the beauty in our area as a backdrop to promote their brands. Some of her recent clients include:  Wrangler, Subaru, Anthropologie, Woolrich, L.L. Bean, Cole Haan, Albertson Foundation, Beretta, Lincoln and Scott Barber.

But Jennifer’s biggest sources of pride are her two sons, Hunter and Axel. They are her biggest accomplishments! Being a mom keeps her young at heart, and has helped her be a more compassionate and patient coach.

John Grigsby, Freestyle Team Manager

Jennifer Diehl, FS/FS Prep & Devo Team Manager

Josh Zuck, Travel A Team Coach

Kurtis Fieguth, Travel B Team Lead Coach

Wyatt Wilson, Travel B Team Coach

Alden Carter, Comp Home Lead Coach

Mike Sheehan, Comp Home Lead Coach

Brandon Doan, Comp Home Coach

Justine Kaiser, FS/FS Prep & Devo Coach

Tanner Marcoullier, FS/FS Prep & Devo Coach

Kathleen Sheehan, FS/FS Prep & Devo Coach

Tina Cole, FS/FS Prep & Devo Coach

Caroline Hobbs, FS/FS Prep & Devo Coach




sam-adicoff_photoSam Adicoff

(208) 720-6205

Place of Birth: Minnesota


B.S., chemistry, Stanford University, 1981

M.S., industrial engineering, Stanford University, 1982


Sam grew up in suburban Minneapolis and lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1980 through 2000.  He received his B.S. in Chemistry at Stanford University in 1981, and his M.S. in industrial engineering at Stanford in 1982. From 1985 to 1997, Sam founded, grew and eventually sold Edge Information Systems, a network integration company based in San Jose, CA. From 1997 to 2007 he was founder, CEO, and chairman of the board of Ketchum Integration, a provider of integrated voice/data solutions, also based in San Jose, CA. Sam was a realtor for Sun Valley Real Estate, LLC from 2002 to 2007, and he is currently self-employed as a collectible stamp dealer. He has been living in Blaine County for 15 years. Sam is 56 and married with three children, Sarah (deceased), Willie (25), and Jake (21).  His recreational activities include skiing, fly fishing, mountain biking, peak hiking, and gardening.

Volunteer Positions:

– Past board member of the San Jose Civic Light Opera
– Past Board Member and Chair, Sawtooth Botanical Garden
– Past Board Member, Lane Ranch Homeowner’s Association
– Volunteer:  Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Hemingway School, Wood River Middle and High Schools, Community School

zachimg_1752Zach Crist


Place of Birth: Sun Valley, ID


Zach was born and raised in Sun Valley and is a SVSEF Alum. His career highlights include competing on the U.S. Ski Team from 1991-1998 and the World Cup circuit for seven seasons. With nine X-Games appearances after transitioning to skicross, Zach earned gold, silver and bronze medals and was a crucial forerunner for the sport. As a backcountry skier, Zach has adventured throughout the world, filming and guiding, along with his brother Reggie. Currently, he is a guide for Sun Valley Heli-Ski and Sawtooth Mountain Guides, and lives in Ketchum with his wife and children.

mimicw13042627885Mimi Crocker

( 206) 992-3377

Place of Birth: Greenwich, CT


B.A., sociology and business, University of Washington

Biography: Mimi began skiing and racing in Sun Valley in the 1970s and took up residence in the valley in the early 1980s. A part-time student at Boise State University while living in Ketchum, she moved to Seattle in 1986, worked in the booming music industry and completed her college career at the UW. Mimi has run her own businesses as well as worked for outdoor retailers The North Face, Swallow’s Nest and Ex Officio. Prior to returning to Sun Valley in 2011, Mimi was Director of Sales for NJ based print and optical media manufacturer Disc Makers. She brings twenty-two years of leadership and business management experience to SVSEF and is proud to work with such a dedicated and talented team of individuals.

Cynthia Knight

(603) 738-2671


B.A., Boston University

J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law

Certificate in Professional Fundraising, Boston University


A graduate of Boston University and Golden Gate University School of Law, Cynthia has since garnered extensive fundraising proficiency, including an understanding of contractual complexities and estate giving. She holds over 25 years of experience in educational, legal and business sectors, and her roles have taken her across the country, as well as locally in the Wood River Valley. She was most recently a Major Gifts Officer at the Madeira School in McLean, Virginia, and has served in our community as president and board member of the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley and as a committee member on the City of Sun Valley’s Comprehensive Land Committee. Cynthia has strong ties to the Wood River Valley, having lived here both as a full and part-time resident throughout the past 18 years, and having raised her children here.

phil-windham-2013Phil McNichol 

(541) 408-7833

Place of Birth: Providence, RI


B.A., business management, Northern Arizona University


USSA Alpine Coach Level 500
Level 3 USSA Alpine – Chief of Course, Competition Official, Chief of Race, Jury Advisor and Referee
Wilderness First Aid and CPR


Phil’s coaching journey started in 1985 and has taken him from Flagstaff, AZ, to New Zealand, Vail, CO, and Park City, UT, where he landed on the National Team staff in the spring of 1996. With the U.S. Ski Team, Phil worked his way from Head Men’s Junior Team Coach to Head Men’s Europa Cup and finally Head Coach of the U.S. Men’s Alpine Ski Team in 2002. Coaching has provided many magical life experiences, and he has always strived to truly help improve the people he has coached along this journey. After the 2008 World Cup season, Phil started his own consulting and event company, “Top Out Sports,” and developed a world class Alpine Promotional Event with global TV exposure, “Alpine Rockfest.” In 2014 he started with Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation as Alpine Technical Director, which evolved into his current role as Athletic Director, working with all five of our Winter Sport disciplines.

Other compelling information and/or accomplishments:

42 World Cup Victories, 98 World Cup Podiums, 141 WC Top 10 Finishes
First Olympic Alpine Men’s Gold Medal in 12 Years (2006)
4 World Championship Titles, 8 World Championship Medals
6 World Cup Discipline Titles and 2 World Cup Overall Titles
Two Consecutive Years Placed the Men’s US Team 2nd in the Nations Cup.
Awarded 2008 USSA Coach of the Year and U.S. Skiing Alpine International Coach of the Year

erika-3Erika Rixon
(845) 234-2780

Place of Birth: Holmes, NY


B.S., sociology, University of Utah
M.A., sport psychology, University of the Rockies


USSA Coaches level 300 certification
National Coaches Academy graduate
First aid, CPR certified
Certified Personal Trainer (youth fitness, senior fitness, nutrition, strength and conditioning)


Erika began her love for skiing at the age of three, when she would have it no other way then chasing her brother down the slopes. Her youth consisted of many sports but for some reason she was drawn to the cold, snowy winter days, in search of fast skiing filled with adrenaline rushes. At the age of 13, Erika realized that she had outgrown the small hills of southern New York and had to make the transition to the “mountains” of the east in Stratton, Vermont, at Stratton Mountain School. From that day and for the rest of her life, sport has become her passion in all aspects the lifestyle has to offer.


Erika attended the University of Colorado and the University of Utah as a student athlete for the ski team. She received a B.S. in Sociology (2006), attended World University Games two times with a third place finish in 2002, and was a four-time NCAA participant, receiving First Team All-American honors in 2003 with a second place finish. After her college career and a few years of coaching under her belt, the realization was that there is so much more information that she could benefit from. Erika embarked on a M.A. in Sport and Performance Psychology in 2010 from the University of the Rockies, completing it in 2012.


Erika began her first years here at SVSEF as an assistant coach of the U18-U21 program, moving into the role of head coach for the Women’s FIS Team. During the 2014-2015 ski season the opportunity arose to travel the Word Cup Slalom circuit as a coach, in pursuit of not only an amazing experience but capturing a wealth of knowledge that is only conceivable through hands-on experience at the top level of ski racing. Today, Erika brings that knowledge and experience to the SVSEF.

Other compelling information and/or accomplishments:

Erika married an alumnus of SVSEF, Carl Rixon, in 2015. She was honored and fortunate to be the recipient of the SVSEF Life Coach Award recipient in 2013.

Kelly Roberts
(208) 726-4129

Place of Birth: Minot, North Dakota

B.A., Letters, University of Oklahoma


 Kelly moved to the Wood River Valley two years ago with her husband and two children from Chandler, Arizona. Prior to Arizona, Kelly and her family spent several years in Colorado where she learned to appreciate the activities of living in the mountains. Kelly’s professional career has been spent managing in a manufacturing setting, teaching special needs children, and most recently, building a successful real estate career. Like the ever-changing, challenging landscape that surrounds us here, Kelly’s job here at SVSEF is a constantly evolving and rewarding experience.

Other compelling information and/or accomplishments:

Kelly enjoys reading, traveling and hiking in her free time.

Julia Seyferth
(802) 733-8014

Place of Birth: Bennington, Vermont

Sport: Cross Country

B.A., double major in history and studio art, Williams College ’12


Julia grew up in Bennington, Vermont, before attending Williams College in Massachusetts. Following a summer fishing in Alaska and an autumn farming in Vermont, she made the move west to Denver, Colorado, where she spent two years working for Winter Session, a small canvas and leather goods company. Julia moved to Sun Valley in December 2014. She only intended to stay for the winter but has been here now for two years, and works for SVSEF both in the office and on the trails with cross country prep team skiers.

Other compelling information and/or accomplishments:

Julia enjoys making things by hand, baking desserts and giving them away, and borrowing friends’ dogs to take them on runs. She hopes one day to own some goats and to be able to keep her houseplants alive.


Jody Zarkos
(208) 726-4129 ext. 102

Place of Birth: Phoenix, Arizona

A.A., communications, Miller College
Wood River High School


27 years as a local sports editor for KECH/KSKI radio, 17 years as reporter and online editor at Idaho Mountain Express and Wood River Journal, six years at SVSEF as office manager, communications director, events director and now community and donor relations.

Other compelling information and/or accomplishments:

Strangely adept at catching things falling off shelves, always root for the underdog, married 28 years to a man everyone refers to as a “saint,” my favorite part of working at SVSEF is getting to know our athletes and following their journeys throughout the season.

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