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 U19 Men's Coach
Leading CVA's U19 Men 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, U19 Men’s Coach
With 30 years of coaching experience, Chip Cochrane has been at Carrabassett Valley Academy for over 20 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. His ability to elevate his athletes is evidenced by 95% of them having gone on to post season championships. He attended Sierra College and holds USSCA Level II, and USSA level 300 certifications. In the summer months Chip and his family operate Allagash Canoe Trips.
Sean Chatellard, U16 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 continued on to pursue a career in tennis and played three years as a semi-professional tennis player on the Futures (ITF) and FFT tours in Europe. He then returned back to the United States to begin a career in coaching. Sean was a U16 coach for two years at the Aspen Valley Ski Club, then moved to CVA to assist as a U18 men's coach, and is now the men's U16 coach for this season. Sean also coaches tennis at a world class tennis academy in South Carolina during the summer months. In addition, Sean speaks four languages: English, French, Japanese and Spanish. V
JOHN TYLER, U16 MEN'S COACH
John has been sharing his passion for skiing for over 28 years in various roles. Growing up skiing and racing in New Hampshire, influenced by great coaches and ski area operators, John was inspired to follow their example. After NCAA racing at Johnson State College in VT, John returned to Temple Mountain where he worked as a head coach and later was responsible for all skier development. For several years after that, John was the Director of Alpine Activities at Gunstock Mountain Resort where he was responsible for all guest experiences as he led all resort profit centers. With a strong desire to get back to coaching full-time, John returned to Crotched Mountain where he launched a new USSA race program that quickly grew into a vibrant club. John also was the resorts Director of Snow Sports; expanding children’s development programs and private lessons. In 2011 John was offered the Head U14 coach position at the Pat’s Peak Ski Club and Pat’s Peak Race Department were he has been coaching the past four years. John is a 26 year member of PSIA and a Fully Certified Level 3, as well as a USSA Level 300 Coach.
Andrew Willihan '02, Head U14/U16 Coach
Andrew Willihan is in his 13th year coaching for Carrabassett Valley Academy. He is very excited about leading the U14/16 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, is the Chairman of the Children's Committee for MARA, and is a member of the Eastern Children's Committee. Andrew is an alumnus of CVA, graduating in 2002.
Emilie Garand '10, U16 Women's Coach
Emilie is a Sugarloaf local who raced from age 6 to 21, and graduated from Carrabassett Valley Academy in 2010. After a year of college in upstate New York, she decided to make a change and move out to Durango, Colorado to achieve her BA in Exercise Science at Fort Lewis College. This season she’s looking forward to be back at CVA for her second year to work with the U16 women athletes and share her enthusiasm for the sport.
Nate Jenckes, Head U19 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.
Eric Wallace, U19 Women's Coach
Eric started his coaching career at Aspen Valley Ski Club in the early 90's after spending his youth racing in the Rocky/Central Region at the FIS level. After thirteen years in the Aspen area, a move to Oregon gave Eric a chance to work with the Mt Hood Meadows program before moving East. Once in Maine Eric coached a local high school team and USSA club at Shawnee Peak. The high school team won 5 state meets under his watch. More recently Eric has spent the past 4 years at Gould Academy working with U16-18s. In the off-season Eric captains a saltwater fly fishing operation in the FL Keys and along the Maine coast.
Robin Chace, U14 Women's Coach
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!
JEFF BEAUREGARD, U14 MEN'S COACH
After 11 years as a CVA Weekend Program coach, Jeff is joining CVA full-time as the U14 men’s coach. In the Weekend Program he enthusiastically coached every age group; most recently he was the U16 head coach and prior to that, was the U18/U21 head coach. Jeff holds a USSA Level 200 certification and is an alpine official. He has a genuine passion for skiing, ski racing, and CVA, which he naturally shares with his athletes. Jeff grew up skiing at Jay Peak and was a member of the ski club there. In 1985/86 he was a member of the NJCAA National Champion team at Champlain College. After college he went on to coach and teach skiing at Jay Peak and was part of the race crew at Beaver Creek, CO. Jeff recently retired from the US Border Patrol after a 24 year career in Federal Law Enforcement. He and his wife Ragan (CVA French teacher) are building an off-the-grid home in Eustis. Ragan and Jeff are the parents of Patrick ’11, Christian ’11 and Matthew ’13.
Cheryl Rowland, Bridge Coordinator & U14/16 Coach
Cheryl's coaching experience spans over fifteen years. She has been involved with CVA programs for 13 years working with J5, J3 and U16 age groups, and winter camps. Cheryl has a USSA Level 200 Alpine Coach certification and competed for four years on the Division 1 Bates College Alpine Ski Team. She also holds an MBA from the University of South Alabama. Her enthusiasm and passion for skiing and ski racing is exemplified by maximizing each athlete’s improvement and developing their full potential.
David Hamblet, Weekend Program Manager
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.