Michael Savage '86, Program Director
Mike is a native of Stratton, Maine, and a 1986 graduate from CVA's first class of four-year students. After completing his national and international racing career, Mike attended the University of Maine, Farmington, where he received a degree in Business Economics and a Ski Industry Certification. During this time, he was also the Alpine Program Manager of the Titcomb Ski Program. Mike also received his PSIA Full Certification and a Level 500 International Coach Certification.
Mike traveled with the USST Women Europa Cup and World Cup circuits in 1990-1991, before returning to CVA as head coach of the women’s alpine program. During that time he helped establish one of the top Women's Alpine Programs in the United States. He coached Kirsten Clark, one of CVA’s most successful Olympians. He then moved on to be the Women's Head Coach at SMS. Mike then moved West, to Reno, Nevada where he became the Program Director at Mt. Rose. Then 2001-2005, he took the Athletic Director position for Sage Ridge School. In 2005, Mike started an elite women's private alpine team, Team Savage Ski Racing, training elite women from across the country, to become the best they could be in alpine ski racing. Team Savage alumni are now representing NCAA programs across the United States.
He is looking forward to applying the knowledge he has acquired globally to CVA’s alpine program.
Doug Williams, Head U18/U21 Men's Coach
Leading CVA's U18/U21Men is Doug Williams. With over 25 years of experience in the ski industry, Doug has worked at the national and international level of coaching and managed and coached athletes from the World Cup to development level. Prior to joining CVA Doug served as director of a major ski program. His dedication to his athletes and programs has earned him USSA International Coach of the Year and USSA/USOC Development Coach of the Year for Alpine Skiing distinctions, USSA Alpine Club of the Year, USSA Ski Club of the Year, Chief of Race for US National Championships, USST Assistant Coach to World Junior Championships in Maribor Slovenia. Williams has also served as a USST Development Coach, World Cup Coach, and Europa Cup Coach. He has been Chairman of USSA’s Eastern Development Committee and Vice Chair of the National Development Committee.
Chip Cochrane, U18/U21 Men’s Coach
With close to 30 years of coaching experience, Chip Cochrane has been at Carrabassett Valley Academy for the last 18 years. Chip was a U.S. Ski Team member from 1978-1983 and competed in the World Championships in Shladminig, Austria in 1982. Bode Miller’s coach at CVA; Chip was named the 2007 USSA Domestic Coach of the Year. That same year he accompanied Ben Morse to the Topolino Trophy in Italy. Ben is now a member of the US Ski Team. His ability to elevate his athletes is evidenced by 95% of them having gone on to post season championships. In the last two years all of his athletes qualified for post season competition. He attended Sierra College and has his USSCA Level II certification. In the summer months Chip and his family operate Allagash Canoe Trips.
Sean Chatellard, U18/U21 MEN’S COAch
Sean,born and raised in the ski towns of Megève and Chamonix in the French Alps, grew up right in the center of the alpine ski industry. Mentored and coached by his father Jean-Pierre Chatellard (World Cup and Olympic Ski Coach), Sean traveled the world and trained with World Cup skiers throughout his ski racing career. After racing FIS, Sean played three years as a semi-professional tennis player on the Futures (ITF) and FFT tour in Europe. He then returned back to the United States to pursue a career in ski coaching. For the past two years Sean has been coaching at the Aspen Valley Ski Club as a U16 coach and coaching at a world class tennis academy in South-Carolina during the summer months. In addition, Sean speaks four languages: English, French, Japanese and Spanish and is also a free-lance cinematographer video/photo editor. Sean's really looking forward to bringing in his international knowledge and experiences as a high level athlete and coach to the CVA Alpine team.
Andy Willihan '02, Head U14/U16 Coach
Andrew Willihan is in his 12th year coaching for Carrabassett Valley Academy. He is very excited about returning to lead the U14 Alpine Program. Andrew has a strong passion for the fundamentals and education of ski racing. He has a degree in education from University of Maine at Farmington. While working on his degree he coached for the CVA Weekend Program. After graduating from UMF he went to work in the industry as a race room manger for Volkl/Tecnica/Marker. This guided him back to coaching in Maine where he became the J1 and J2 pod leader for the CVA Weekend Program. Andrew was hired full time at CVA in 2008 and has assumed many titles. He has been a Women's Assistant Coach (2008-2012) working primarily with development and FIS women. Andrew recently has been the CVA Weekend Program Manager, and Winter Camp Director (2012-2014). Andrew Is a USSA Level 300 certified coach as well as a Skills Quest Examiner. He also sits on the Maine Alpine Racing Association (MARA) board and is the Chairmen of the Children's Committee for MARA. Andrew is an alumnus of CVA, graduating in 2002.
Nate Jenckes, Head U18/21 Women's Coach
Nate has been sharing his passion for working with alpine competitive athletes, for 20 years. He is a Level 400 USSA Certified coach. Nate attended University of Maine at Farmington where he earned a Bachelors degree with a concentration in elite ski coaching under the tuteledge of Tom Reynolds and the Ski Industries Program. Nate has worked with the USSA Coaches Association, USSA Junior Development Programs and is a contributor to USSA’s “Take Your Brain to the Mountain.” Nate has managed junior alpine racing programs in various locations around the country. He has been successful with junior athletes ranging from USSA entry level to FIS level athletes. He is a past MARA coach of the year. Nate coaches the CVA fly fishing team in the spring. Nate lives in Wilton, ME with his wife Melinda and daughter Jaycee, who attends UMaine at Farmington.
Robin Chace, U16 Coach
Robin was new to CVA last year as the assistant U18/U21 women's alpine coach. This season she's looking forward to working with the U16 athletes. Before arriving at CVA, Robin lived in Colorado and coached full time at Ski Club Vail for four years. At Ski Club Vail she worked as assistant FIS women's coach and eventually went on to head-up U14 program. Robin has a degree in Community Health from the University of Maine at Farmington where she also completed the ski industries program and earned a minor in coaching. During her time at UMF she coached for the Gould Academy/Sunday River weekend program as well as the CVA weekend program. Born and raised on the coast of Maine, Robin is enthusiastic about everything from flannel to fly fishing!
David Hamblet, Weekend Program Director
David raced from age 8 to 18 then got his degree in Business Administration from the UNH Whittemore School of Business. After college, he spent 5 years coaching at the high school level where he coached three boys to state championship titles. David then went back to racing for a few years, competing in the New England Masters program and taking part in one regional and one National Championship event. In 2007, he went back into coaching at Gunstock Ski Club (GSC), where he coached at the J5 level for a few years. For the past three seasons he has been the lead J4/U14 coach and full-time midweek coach for U10's to U14's. This past season, along with heading the U14 program with 30+ athletes and 4 coaches, David was the lead coach for GSC's brand new winter-term with 16 athletes, three coaches and two teachers. During the past three seasons he has coached 9 athletes to Eastern Regional events and four to Can-Ams, with one podium finish at Can-Ams. During his eight years at GSC, David has served on the Board of Directors for seven years, six of those as Vice President of the organization.