Alpine USSA Head Coach
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Cross Country Program Director, Comp Team Coach208-720-7981
Accolades: Coached internationally, USSA Cross Country Sport Committee, recipient of the USSA Cross Country Coach of the Year (3 times)
Years with SVSEF: 31
Hometown: Hailey, ID
College: Michigan Technological University
Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Any place that includes a desperate thrash while short of food and water with darkness looming
Ski background: Raced at Michigan Tech then coaching took me to Washington and Alaska before coming to Sun Valley. Its pretty sweet getting to go skiing every day with such a great group of athletes and coaches
Hobbies/other interests: Fly fishing, exploring and camping with my wife Bridget
Cross Country Asst. PD, Prep Head Coachkelley@svsef.org
Years with SVSEF: 13
Hometown: Ketchum, Idaho
College: Bates College
Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Coaches’ Climb
Ski background: Grew up skiing with SVSEF before skiing one year in college at Bates.
Hobbies/other interests: Hockey, rafting, Calvin the dog
Cross Country Gold Team Head Coach603-498-1398
Cross Country Post Grad Head Coachpsmith@svsef.org
Years with SVSEF: 2
Hometown: Utica, New York
College: University of Vermont
Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Alice/Toxaway Loop
Ski background: Learned to ski on fish-scales in the backyard in upstate NY. This is right after watching Thomas Alsgaard win Olympic ski races on television in the 1998 Nagano Games. From there cross country ski racing became more challenging and more ingrained with my state of mind.
Why you coach: I enjoy making the most challenging sport in the world seem easy
Hobbies/other interests: Wiffle
Cross Country Comp Team Head Coachashley@svsef.org
Cross Country Striders Head Coachewilliams@svsef.org
Years with SVSEF: 2
Hometown: Hailey, ID
College: Tufts University
Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: So hard to choose!… Winter: Rip & Tear, Prairie Creek Loop, Torin’s Tucker. Summer: Alice-Toxaway Loop, and exploring new peaks in our backyard!
Ski background: Started out chasing Laurie Leman, begging for SPK’s (Sour Patch Kids) around the Lake Creek trails, and was hooked. Moved on to Prep Team with Kelley Sinnott, then to Comp to ski with Ashley McQueen (Knox), Rick Kapala, and Chris Mallory. Thanks to all their great coaching in life and on skis, I qualified for Junior Nationals four times. I stopped competing after high school, but skiing will always be one of the most important parts of my life.
Why you coach: I coach because I want to share the love I have both for the sport and for spending time outside with kids at a young age. The best part of coaching is watching as skiers progress; whether that’s putting their skis on by themselves or making it up and down the steepest, longest hill on the trail system without falling.
Hobbies/other interests: Environmental protection, conservation and sustainability initiatives, trail running, back country skiing
Devo North Head Coach
Freeski Head Coach and Air Barn Manager
Hometown: Johnsonburg, NY
Ski background: Tyler started his skiing journey in 1999, competing in slopestyle, big air and rail jam events. This led to specializing in slopestyle and halfpipe as a freeski coach. Tyler worked as the head coach for Tahoe Freeride, and as head coach and assistant program manager for Team Breckenridge Sports Club. His coaching adventures also led him to work at Woodward. As a Woodward coach, he refined his skills on all things extreme sports, specializing in trick progressions and techniques to help athletes reach their goals. His objective in coaching is to make sure that skiing continues to be fun and is a lifelong activity. He likes to continue to push what is possible in skiing, and he loves to ski.
Hobbies: Skateboarding, blading, hanging with Kingston (Tyler’s son)
William (Gui) Mattheis-Brown
Freeski Progression Head Coach
Years with SVSEF: 1st
Hometown: Durango, CO
College: Washington State University/University of Idaho
Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Copper Bowl at Copper Mountain
Ski background: I grew up competing in the Colorado USSA circuit. After a
few injuries I decided to become a coach and went to college for sport psychology. I have been coaching for 7 years.
Why you coach: I truly enjoying aiding in the development of athletes both on and off the
hill. Shaping kids into highly functioning adults is what I pride myself on.
Hobbies/other interests: Fly fishing and mountain biking.
Freestyle Travel Head Coach
Years with SVSEF: 2
Hometown: Portland, ME
College: Maine College of Art (MECA)
Ski background: I hail from in Portland, Maine where I started my coaching career at the age of 17 for the Freestyle Development program at Gould Academy/Sunday River. During college, I continued coaching weekends at CVA/Sugarloaf, where I later coached full-time for Carabassett Valley Academy.
For 6 years prior to joining SVSEF, I was the Director of Freestyle Development at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, where I helped grow and develop one of the top freestyle programs in the country.
Hobbies/other interests: Fly fishing, bow hunting
Mini Xtreme Head Coach
Snowboard Head Coach
Years with SVSEF: Started in 1993 as a coach, PD 1999-2013, Progression Coach 2014-2016.
Hometown:Born in Sun Valley, raised in Portland, Oregon
College: Pacific Northwest College of Art (drop out)!
Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Front country specialist!
Ski/Ride background: 100+years of skiing in my family! Skateboarding brought me to snowboarding. Never looked back!
Why you coach: Watching the fire get lit never gets old!
Hobbies/other interests: Skateboarding, fishing, art and family time.
Hometown: Hailey, Idaho
Education: B.S. University of New Mexico (biochemistry), MBA Boise State
Director of Events and Volunteers208-726-4129
Hometown: Williamsburg, VA
Education: College of William and Mary
Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Sawtooth Lake
Work experience: CC joined SVSEF as the Director of Events after several years as the Program Manager for Carson International, Inc, a Ketchum based national event and production company. At Carson, she coordinated and organized several nationally televised dog shows from athletic dogs to conformation dogs. Prior to that she was working in Washington, DC, for an organization that planned the travel programs for organizations like National Geographic Expeditions, American Museum of Natural History and the American Bar Association.
Why SVSEF matters to you: To me SVSEF is a way to give back to the community I love so much. From the measurable skills on the snow to the skills that are harder to quantify but develop character and help shape young athletes into the people they become, the impact that SVSEF has on its athletes of all ages is invaluable. SVSEF is more than the exceptional programs we offer, it is a pillar of this community where our athletes, coaches, staff and families foster the mountain culture we know and love. I am proud work for an organization that gives so much.
Hobbies/other interests: When I’m not out on the trails with my crazy dog I love to bake cookies and cook for friends!
Director of Development208-726-4129
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Education: B.A., JD
Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Running Proctor Mtn.Trails
Work experience: 25yrs in legal, business and educational sectors. Favorite job, aside from working at SVSEF, is being a mother of four children.
Why SVSEF matters to you: I believe sport is an extremely important aspect of developing the whole child – physically, mentally and socially. SVSEF exemplifies the qualities of an exceptional community sport centric organization. How can SVSEF not matter?
Hobbies/other interests: Snow sports, hiking, racket sports and family…..including dogs!!
Certifications: US Ski & Snowboard Certification: Alpine Level I and Children’s Specialist
Director of Communications & Design, Cross Country Prep Team Coach208-726-4129
Hometown: Bennington, Vermont
Education: Williams College, B.A. History, B.A. Studio Art
Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Prairie Creek loop
Work background: Experience in marketing, writing, design, account management and social media in textile, fine art and advertising industries.
Why SVSEF matters to you: I spend most of my time in the office, but have the unique opportunity to coach cross country with SVSEF, as well. I’ve seen firsthand how impactful this team can be; the relationships formed and the experience of exploring and growing outside together are a rarity. Growing up cross country skiing has significantly improved my life and influenced my trajectory, and I consider myself lucky to be able to share my love and appreciation for this sport and lifestyle with a wonderful group of kids.
Hobbies/other interests: I enjoy drawing and painting, hiking, low-maintenance house plants, playing soccer, good coffee, art museums, musicals, baking and spending time with my family and friends.
Director of Finance and Administration208-726-4129
Hometown: Greenwich, CT
Education: University of Washington
Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: International & Mayday Bowl
Work background: 25 years working in the corporate sales & management industry in Seattle before relocating back to the valley. The experience I gained has translated well to my position in the business and administration department here at SVSEF; I’m driven to “make a difference” every day, and SVSEF allows me to do just that!
Why SVSEF matters to you: The culture & tradition of ski racing, along with the resort town lifestyle, is very dear to me; I’ve been skiing in Sun Valley since the mid 1970s and ski racing runs deep in my family. There’s nothing more exciting to me than alpine ski racing, and to be able to work for one of the best junior programs in the country is an honor. Beyond my own experience, I have witnessed the positive and life changing impact that SVSEF and our coaches have had not only for my nephew but for most of the kids that participate in our programs.
Hobbies/other interests: Skiing, music, horseback riding, motorsports, and sailing
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Education: University of Oklahoma
Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: It’s Idaho! Too many trails to name and too many mountains yet to explore.
Work background: Kelly’s professional experience has been in sales, business management, and the educational realm.
Why SVSEF matters to you: How could I not love my job at SVSEF; I am surrounded by people who are positively impacting the lives of children and our community.
Hobbies/other interests: Kelly can always be found cheering on her kids in all of their athletic endeavors, around a campfire with family and friends, or on a long hike with her German shepherd, Shiloh.