Duog A USSA level 500 coach and former World Cup competitor, Kraig brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to CVA. A life-long student of the sport he has vast technical knowledge and has worked with men and women from the youngest juniors to the World Cup elite. Following his graduation from Burke Mountain Academy in the 1980s Kraig raced with the US Ski Team on the World Cup and Europa Cup circuits. He then headed to the University of Vermont where he earned a degree in Education with a Certificate of Athletic Training. Over the next thirteen years Kraig gained valuable organizational, managerial and leadership skills at the helm of Mt. Mansfield Ski and Snowboard Club, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and Smugglers Notch Ski and Snowboard Club. From 2004-2010 Kraig worked with USSA and the U.S. Ski Team where he coached athletes at the Nor Am, EuropaCup and World Cup levels while delivering skill development to some of the nation's fastest athletes. He has spent the last 6 years coaching U16 and U19 boys at Burke Mountain Academy helping many athletes reach the USST and upper level college levels.    


ChipWith 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 the fact that 95% of them having gone on to post-season championships. He attended Sierra College and holds USSCA Level II, and USSA level 300 certifications.    




Last season Jeff joined CVA full-time as the U14 boy’s coach. Previously he coached the CVA Weekend Program for 11 years. During his last years with the Weekend Program 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.   



ChipJohn returns to CVA for his second year on the men’s U16 staff. 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. From 2011 to 2015 John was the Head U16 and U14 coach at the Pat’s Peak Ski Club. John is a 26 year member of PSIA and a Fully Certified Level 3, as well as a USSA Level 300 Coach.  


WillieEmilie is a Sugarloaf local who raced for 15 years, expanding her career to international FIS and to a USCSA Nationals competitor. Emilie graduated from Carrabassett Valley Academy in 2010 and went on to compete in the USCSA division for four years while earning her Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. As a student athlete studying Exercise Science, Emilie began to understand how the work done in the gym correlates to the work put in on snow. During her time as an undergraduate, Emilie completed an internship with the Human Performance Department at CVA in 2014, when she began working one-on-one with athletes in the gym. Since starting at CVA, Emilie has developed a close relationship with the Human Performance Department and has spent the past spring working with Shelby. Entering her third year at CVA, Emilie is excited to return to the U16 Women’s Team for the second year and share her enthusiasm for the sport.    


NateCheryl's coaching experience spans over seventeen years. She returns for her fourth season as a full time CVA winter term coach.  Her passion and expertise shine when working with developing athletes. She has been involved with CVA alpine programs for 15 years working with J5, J3, U14 and U16 age groups. 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.  


Kevin brings 24 years of coaching experience around the world to CVA. Since 2005 Kevin has been living full-time in Europe, immersing himself in the European ski racing culture and coaching from the club to the elite level. He has spent seasons in Europe coaching for the US men’s and women’s teams, Finland’s Women’s Europa Cup team, FIS level club teams in Finland, Norway, Austria, and New Zealand. After growing up in Oregon Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a French Ski Instructors diploma. Kevin is fluent in French and enjoys cross country skiing and cycling.   


Speedy is a USSA level 300 coach with 40 years of dedicated ski racing competition, coaching and program director experience. In addition to being a successful competitor himself, he served as a world cup service tech and has coached at the top levels of the sport both in USA and Canada. Mark’s most recent coaching positions include Directing Speedy’s Private Ski Team and Ski Camps in OR and CO, Head Women’s U19-21 USSA/FIS Program Coach at NYSEF/Northwood Lake Placid NY, Head U16-21 USSA/FIS Program Coach Snow Summit CA, Team Geronimo Private Ski Team Aspen CO, Head Alpine Program coach Loveland Ski Team CO, FIS Women’s program coach Squaw Valley CA, Head Men’s FIS program coach MT Hood Meadows Race Team OR. Additionally, throughout his professional coaching career, Mark has helped numerous young athletes reach their goals and potential. Starting at the junior level, many of his athletes have developed into members of their respective USSA regional Teams/Championships, collegiate and national ski teams. While others have gone on to finish on national, NCCA, World Cup, Olympic, and World Championship podiums. Most notably worked with renowned Canadian racer Thomas Grandi when serving as the Program Director / Head Coach with the MT. Norquay ski team in Canada. Thomas went on to be the first Canadian male skier to win a world cup GS (Alta Badia ITA) and a silver medal in the World Championships (Turin ITA).   


Ron brings with him 38 years of alpine coaching experience with all age groups.  He started his coaching career in the late `70’s in the Mt Washington Valley, NH, arriving in ME in 1980 to coach the U. Maine Farmington ski team while earning his BA there.  In 1985, after a year of coaching at Squaw Valley, CA, he came east to NY to earn his masters in physical education at SUNY Cortland, where he also headed the Greek Peak Ski Club for 5 years.  In 1990 Ron returned to New England, landing at the Green Mountain Valley School, coaching and teaching there for 9 years.  From 1999-2009 Ron was the Head of Coaches’ Education in the Ski Industries Program at the University of Maine, Farmington.  Since returning to Maine in 1999, Ron has coached at Shawnee Peak, Titcomb, Black Mountain & Sugarloaf, and has done independent coaching & ski camps in the West, Europe, & South America.  He was most recently Program Director for the Saddleback Ski Club.  He has held a level 500 USSA coaching certification and PSIA level 2 certification since the early `90’s, and worked for 15 years delivering USSA Coaches Education throughout the East and at National Academies as an examiner in the West.  Ron is the MARA Alpine Officials Chairman, a level 6 USSA & FIS Technical Delegate.  He is fluent in French, having studied in France for 2 semesters.   




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