Former Bode Miller Coach to Train Team Canada

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 3, 2009 3:50 pm

Former U.S. Ski Team coach John “Johno” McBride has signed on with the Canadian men’s speed team as their assistant coach. The 44 year-old McBride has a history of success with his athletes. He coached Bode Miller to Olympic medal performances in 2002 and later his overall title in 2005, and also helped U.S. Ski Team star Daron Rahlves rack up 12 World Cup victories.

After working with the U.S. Ski Team, McBride joined Miller’s Team America, and supported the naturally gifted athlete through his peak seasons. McBride, a University of Vermont graduate, later went home to Aspen, CO to be with his wife and daughter, and coach Challenge Aspen, a competitive ski organization for athletes with physical challenges.

“I love coaching. Hopefully I can bring a little something to the table for the race season and get guys fired up and motivated and believing in themselves,” McBride said in a Team Canada statement. “I know that they are talented enough to step up on those stairs.”

Alpine Canada Chief Athletics Officer Max Gartner feels that McBride’s experience and proven athlete success will be invaluable heading into the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

“Johno has a track record of success in his coaching career and we felt that was important as we sharpen the focus toward the Olympics,” Gartner said. “His personality and positive energy is also very important, it will be a huge asset to our men’s program this season.”



 photo: Dan Atchison