2016/2017 Alpine Coaching Staff
Carrabassett Valley Academy (CVA), United States Ski and Snowboard Association’s (USSA) 2016 Club of the Year, announces its alpine coaching staff for the 2016-17 season.
“Along with his role as Alpine Program Director, Kraig Sourbeer will serve as the Head Men’s U19 Coach,” said Kate Punderson, Head of School. “Kraig’s ability to develop athletes to their highest potential at the regional, national and international level is well proven, and he is excited to bring his recent six years of experience at Burke Mountain Academy to the CVA boys. A USSA level 500 coach and former World Cup competitor, Kraig is bringing a wealth of personal and professional experience to CVA.”
Sourbeer stated, “We conducted several national coach searches and connected with dozens of highly qualified candidates. The result of this process is a team of diverse professional coaches who all share a passion for education, ski racing, and a model of coaching that emphasizes individual commitment to the process, total support of the athlete, and motivating the athletes to believe in themselves and have fun. I am proud that the following coaches will be joining us.”
Kevin Eccles, former National Team coach, will be the Head Women’s U19 Coach. 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.
Mark Archer, affectionately known as “Speedy”, will be the Assistant Women’s U19 Coach. Over his 35-year coaching career Speedy has found himself inside many World Cup, Nor Am and FIS level venues. In addition to working with the women’s program, Speedy will be assisting all alpine coaches and athletes with equipment.
Ron Bonnevie will be the CVA Weekend Program Manager and Head U14 Coach. Ron brings with him 38 years of alpine coaching experience, a level 500 USSA coaching certification and PSIA level 2 certification.
Supporting the U14 program will be Jeff Beauregard as the Assistant U14 Coach. Jeff has 12 years of coaching experience and holds a USSA Level 200 certification.
Chip Cochrane will return to work with the U19 men. 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 coached current U.S. Ski Team athletes Bode Miller and Sam Morse during their CVA days.
Sean Chatellard will serve as the Head Men’s U16 Coach. 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 entering his 2nd year as the Head men's U16 coach.
Assistant Men’s U16 Coach, John Tyler returns to CVA for his second year on the men’s U16 staff. John is a 26 year member of PSIA and a Fully Certified Level 3, as well as a USSA Level 300 Coach.
Emilie Garand will serve as Head Women’s U16 Coach. 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 with a degree in Exercise Science, Emilie understands how the work done in the gym correlates to results on snow.
Assistant Women’s U16 Coach will be veteran CVA coach Cheryl Rowland. She has been involved with CVA alpine programs for 15 years. Cheryl has a USSA Level 200 certification and competed for four years on the Division 1 Bates College Alpine Ski Team.