Michael Savage '86, Program Director/Head U16 Coach
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 17 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.
Andy Willihan '02, Weekend Program Manager & Head U14 Coach
Andrew Willihan is in his 10th year coaching for Carrabassett Valley Academy. He is very excited about returning to lead the SCVA program that spurred his love of coaching. 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 SCVA 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 2 Pod leader for the SCVA program. In addition to SCVA, during the week, he worked with Maine high school student athletes in central Maine as the head coach for MCI, Winslow, and Waterville Senior High School. He was hired full time at CVA in 2008 as a womens assistant coach working primarily with development and FIS women as well as being the womens equipment manager. Andrew is an alum of CVA and truly understands how vital the SCVA weekend program is to the overall success of the academy.
Nate Jenckes, Head U18/21 Women's Coach
Nate has over 17 years of coaching experience and is a Level 400 USSA Certified coach. Nate attended University of Maine at Farmington where he earned a Bachelors degree. His concentration is 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 Junior Olympic Champions. He is a past MARA coach of the year. Nate will coach Men’s Soccer this fall. Nate lives in Wilton, ME with his wife Melinda and daughter Jaycee.
Robin Chace, U18/U21 Women's Coach
Robin joins CVA after working for Vail Ski Club for 4 years as Head U14 Coach and Assistant J1-4 Coach. She is a Gould Academy Alumni, and earned her Bachelors Degree in Community Health from the University of Maine at Farmington in 2007.
Ryan Poulin, U18 Men's/ Women's USSA Coach
Ryan was born in Farmington, Maine and grew up skiing at Sugarloaf Mountain. He spent each winter engaged in the Bubblecuffer program until transitioning into snowboarding. He then excelled in Boardercross and Big Air competitions as a snowboarder until the end of high school. After high school he served our country as a Reconnaissance Marine, and following his return from Iraq attended college at the University of Wyoming. It was here that he once again competed on snow however, this time as an alpine ski racer! His love for the sport was re-invigorated, and he knew this discipline would be a priority focus in his professional career. In pursuit of a Division 1 Track and Field scholarship, Ryan transferred to the University of Maine and completed his BS in Kinesiology and Physical Education. He then moved to the Rocky Mountain region where he worked as a private ski and snowboard coach as well as in the strength and conditioning field. While out West, Ryan was asked to assist the Men’s U.S Alpine Europa Cup Team in Park City, Utah and to lead team building exercises for the athletes during summer camps. Returning to Maine, he was appointed as a strength and conditioning coach at Bowdoin College, and became certified as a USSA alpine ski racing coach. Ryan is currently finishing his master’s thesis and continuing to gain higher levels of USSA alpine ski certifications.