Popular ski coach dies in windsurfing accident

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 4, 2010 5:50 pm

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, and the family and friends of Jeff Young are in mourning. On Monday, one of the club’s most popular ski coaches, Jeff Young, died in a windsurfing accident on the Columbia River near Arlington, Oregon. His body was found by the Coast Guard at about midnight.

SSWSC Athletics Director Sarah Floyd said Young has worked as a coach in Steamboat Springs for the past five years and worked with all ranges of age levels in the Alpine Program during that time. Last winter, he worked with the club’s recreational development program.

“He was totally focused on his daughter,” said Blair Seymour, who worked with Young.

Seymour called Young a dedicated father and passionate coach.

“He was kind, quirky and intense,” Seymour said. “Jeff would never answer his phone when coaching. He drove me crazy because he was always late. But he got so wrapped up with skiing that he would simply lose track of time.”

Young is survived by Hannah, his 16-year-old daughter. Young’s wife died in 2003. Hannah is a member of the Winter Sports Club.

Roger Perricone, manager of competitive services at the Steamboat Ski Area, said he got to know Young last winter as a volunteer with his department.

“He was a good guy,” Perricone said. “He knew what he was doing when it came to setting up a race course, and he will certainly be missed by our crew.”