ALPINE

Will Brandenburg

Will Brandenburg

Alpine Program Director

208-481-7269
wbrandenburg@svsef.org

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Years with SVSEF: 3

Alumni: –

Hometown: Spokane, WA

Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Anywhere in the trees

Ski background: Will raced with the Spokane Ski Racing Association, and later at Schweitzer Mountain. He was named to the U.S. development team in May 2006. Will finished second in the giant slalom at Alyeska at the U.S. Alpine Championships in 2007, was a member of the 2010 Olympic Team with a best place finish of 10th in the super combined, and was part of the U.S. Team for the 2011 World Championships. His best World Cup finish was sixth place in a slalom at Kranjska Gora in March 2012, and he won the combined at the 2013 U.S. Alpine Championships.

Why you coach: I love the sport of ski racing and the growth that it provides the individual.

Hobbies/other interests: Anything to do with lakes, golfing, mountain biking

Certifications: PSIA L3

Josie Brownell

Josie Brownell

Alpine Program Coordinator

208-726-4129
jbrownell@svsef.org

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Years with SVSEF: 2

Hometown: Stowe, VT

College: Colorado College

Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Exhibition & Warm Springs

Ski background: Josie started out ripping East Street on Spruce in Stowe, kept with it through high school, went to college out west, started skiing for fun, and finally bought some fat skis!

Why you coach: I attribute my independence and love of the mountains to ski racing. I want the kids I coach to make lifelong friends, appreciate this amazing place and learn to love skiing – just like I did when I was growing up!

Hobbies/other interests: skiing, hiking, baking, my dog Birdie

Certifications: AV1, WFR, CPR

Nate Schwing

Nate Schwing

Alpine PG and FIS Head Coach

435-640-1049
nate@svsef.org
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Years with SVSEF: 11

Alumni:

Hometown: Grew up in East Aurora, NY

College: Lees-McRae College

Ski background: I spent four years ski racing on the USCSA college circuit along with playing Division Two soccer, before moving out west to Park City. I joined the Park City Masters’ Team, and spent the next four seasons training with the Masters while competing on the FIS circuit. When my ski racing career ran its course, I took a job in Sun Valley as a coach for the Hailey Ski Team. I spent two years coaching for the Hailey Ski Team before taking the Head FIS Coach position with SVSEF in the 2007-08 season.

Hobbies/other interests: Hanging out with wife Sarah and son Evan, golf, mountain biking, camping, watching America’s team the Buffalo Bills

Certifications: USSA Level 300 Alpine Coach

Chuck Harris

Chuck Harris

Alpine USSA Head Coach

208-630-3699
charris@svsef.org
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Years with SVSEF: 2

Alumni:

Hometown: Portland, OR

College: Eastern Oregon University

Ski background: Coached from 1994-1999 at Burke Mtn Academy with Men’s FIS and 1999-2002 at Ski Club Vail with Men/Women’s FIS. From 2002-2014, was the Team Program Director for FIS/U16 at McCall Ski Racing, and from 2014-2016 was Jackson Hole Ski Club Head U16 Coach.

Certifications: Level 400 USSA, Level 3 Referee

James Tautkus

James Tautkus

Alpine Intermountain Division (IMD) Head Coach

208-721-8672
jtautkus@svsef.org
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Years with SVSEF: 3

Alumni:

Hometown: Manchester, NH

College: University of New Hampshire

Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Rotarun

Ski background: Grew up ski racing in New Hampshire until I was 21. I fell into coaching though I think I always knew that’s where I was headed. After college I decided to move out west to make less turns and meet a cowgirl.

Why you coach: I have deep, passionate and intimate love for the sport of ski racing and believe I have spent enough time with it to offer valuable perspective.

Hobbies/other interests: JamesTautkusMusic.com, host of Piste OFF: the Official Podcast of Fantasy Ski Racer

Certifications: USSA Level 300 Coach, USSA member for 27 years

Adele Savaria

Adele Savaria

Alpine North Series Head Coach

208-720-3455
asavaria@svsef.org
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Tor Jensen

Tor Jensen

Alpine Mini World Cup (MWC) Head Coach

208-721-3084
tor@svsef.org
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Brian Caulkins

Brian Caulkins

Alpine LASAR, Rota-Rippers and SVSEF Devo Head Coach

208-720-0128
bcaulkins@svsef.org
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Alumni:

Hometown: Medford, Oregon

Ski background: In high school I was reintroduced to skiing and it changed where I am today; I moved to Ketchum in 1982.

Hobbies/other interests: Surfing, cycling

Certifications: USSA Coaching Level 100, CPR and First Aid Certified, Concussion Cert and Experienced in Concussions

BIG MTN

Conor Davis

Conor Davis

IFSA Big Mtn. Travel Head Coach

208-721-8084

cdavis@svsef.org

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CROSS COUNTRY

Rick Kapala

Rick Kapala

Cross Country Program Director, Comp Team Coach

208-720-7981
rick@svsef.org

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Years with SVSEF: 31

Alumni:

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

Certifications:

USSA Level 300 Cross Country Ski Coach

Wilderness First Responder

Kelley Sinnott

Kelley Sinnott

Cross Country Asst Program Director, Prep Head Coach

208-720-8998
kelley@svsef.org
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Years with SVSEF: 13

Alumni: Yes

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

Certifications: USSA L200

Chris Mallory

Chris Mallory

Cross Country Gold Team Head Coach

603-498-1398
cmallory@svsef.org
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Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Cross Country Post Grad Head Coach

315-480-6104
psmith@svsef.org
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Ashley Knox

Ashley Knox

Cross Country Comp Team Head Coach

208-720-2558
ashley@svsef.org
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Years with SVSEF: 12
Alumni: Yes
Hometown: Hailey, Idaho
College: University of Utah
Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Fox creek for run/trail
Ski background: I joined the SVSEF Cross Country Prep Team in 7th grade. I fell in love with ski racing in ninth grade and continued it through college. I started coaching summer camps for SVSEF during college and officially started coaching the Comp Team in 2006.
Hobbies/other interests: Mountain biking, back country skiing, and hanging out with my son.
Certifications: L100, L200
Emily Williams

Emily Williams

Cross Country Striders Head Coach

208-481-2332
ewilliams@svsef.org
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Years with SVSEF: 2

Alumni: Yes

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

Certifications: Level 1

freeski

Tyler Conway

Tyler Conway

Freeski Travel Head Coach

970-409-9617

tconway@svsef.org

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Alumni:

Hometown: Maryland

Ski background: Tyler started competing in slopestyle, big air and rail jam events in 1999. Competing led to coaching and ski instructing at Mount Snow Ski Resort in 2002. Specializing in park and pipe, Tyler moved to Summit County, Colorado, in 2006 to work for Keystone. Two years later, he 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.

Certifications: USASA 100,200, First Aid+CPR, Woodward Trampoline level 400

freestyle

John Grigsby

John Grigsby

Freestyle Travel Head Coach

207-233-8501

jgrigsby@svsef.org

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Years with SVSEF: 2

Alumni:

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

Certifications: Level 3 USSA Freestyle

snowboard

ADMIN

Scott McGrew

Scott McGrew

Executive Director

208-720-3829
scott@svsef.org

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