KILLINGTON, Vt. (Nov. 17, 2010) – The Killington Winter Sports Club (KWSC), formerly known as the Killington Ski Club, in conjunction with Killington Mountain School (KMS), recently announced the appointment of new alpine coaches for the 2010-2011 season.
Mike Cahill, a Killington Mountain School FIS coach for the past two seasons, has been named the Head J4/5 Coach and Alpine Head Coach for the KMS BOOST program. With 14 years of coaching experience, Cahill has worked with a variety of high level programs including GMVS, KMS & the Winter Park Competition Center (CO) and has brought elite junior athletes to top national rankings. He holds a B.A. in Sports Management from Champlain College and is USSCA Level 300 certified.
“Mike brings a level of experience and professionalism to this position that will bolster the development of athletes in his programs,” said KWSC/KMS Competitions Program Director Matt Gnoza. “He will add to the strong history of success that the Killington Mountain School and the Killington Winter Sports Club have earned. We’re excited to have Mike’s strong leadership for the youngest of our athletes.”
In addition, Scott Smith, son of Killington founder Preston Smith, has been named a J1/2 coach for KWSC/KMS. Smith (KMS ’76) was a member of the U.S. Development Team in 1979 and took 12th in Slalom at the U.S. National Championships that same year. He was a member of the University of Vermont Carnival Team from 1981-1984. Most recently, he was the Head J4 Ross Coach and then the J4 Jones Coach at Suicide Six in Woodstock, Vt. He holds a B.S. in Recreation Management from the University of Vermont and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of New Hampshire.
Chris Clarke has been named the Head Ross Coach for KWSC/KMS this season. He will coach the youngest age group, also known as J5 (ages 8-9 in the Mid-Vermont Council Series, VARA), and in a sense, will be the first race coach these young athletes will interact with. Clarke brings with him a long history of more than 30 years of coaching and instructing at Killington and was an active Masters racer for more than 20 years. He lives with his family in Eastern Pennsylvania and spends winters in Vermont. He is a commercial pilot as well.
The Killington Winter Sports Club/Killington Mountain School Competition Programs are the primary development pipeline for the Killington Mountain School. These programs are administered by KMS in conjunction with the Killington Winter Sports Club and aim to create an appropriate environment for the development of competitive athletes who are shaped by the ideals of athleticism and who are inspired by a lifelong love of their sport.
The KSC/KMS Coaching Staff teach athletes how to be safe on and around the mountain, while supporting and sustaining each participant with instruction, information and encouragement at all levels. The multi-snow sport program offers a two-day program that starts the first weekend of December and ends the last weekend in March and a three-day program that starts the first full weekend in November and ends the last weekend in March.
Killington Mountain School is a fully approved Vermont independent school whose mission is to inspire students to pursue excellence in academics and athletics in a culture that promotes integrity, leadership, responsibility, and respect. To learn more about alpine, snowboard, freestyle, and freeride training and opportunities, visit www.killingtonmountainschool.org or call 802.422.KMS1.