US Snowboarding has announced the hiring of Spencer Tamblyn as the new freestyle national development coach.
Tamblyn will be taking over for Bud Keene, who announced his retirement last week following a successful 2010 Olympic run.
Bud Keene said, “The choice of Spencer as my replacement was an easy one. He has clearly been the next U.S. coach in line, and though he has not been on the International tour, has been coaching at a world-class level for some time.”
Tamblyn and Keene recently worked together for the 2010 Project Gold camps at Mammoth Mountain this past May.
“The Project Gold and Junior Gold camps were just incredible, Bud loves to cultivate the younger kids and encourage them. He’s all about that because he thrives in it,” Tamblyn said. “We are hoping to pick up off that and improve on that love to coach. We had a chance to do one-on-one interviews with the kids and that allowed us to get to know them off the mountain and know their personalities.”
Tamblyn, like many great coaches, has been on both the athlete and coaching side throughout his professional snowboarding career. Most recently he was running the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s Pro-Am Freestyle Team.
Although its currently the “off season” for US Snowboarding, Tamblyn is already planning for the 2011 season, and is excited to be taking over a program with such a strong legacy.