Men's Alpine Head Coach Sasha Rearick (right) works with assistant speed coach TJ Lanning during course inspection at Kitzbuehel (Mitchell Gunn/ESPA)
PARK CITY, UT (May 10) – High performance, conditioning and teamwork will be the focus of the staff assembled by men's alpine Head Coach Sasha Rearick for the 2014 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup and Sochi Olympic Winter Games season. Notable additions include the addition of a World Cup Multi Team comprised of overall skiers Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) that will be led by veteran coach Forest Carey, the addition of two new coaches to the men's speed program and a combined World Cup technical and World Cup B training group led by Bernd Brunner. All new coaches will complete the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Sports Science internship program this summer to ensure their athletes have the proper training and conditioning plans for peak performance throughout the season.
Forest Carey has been promoted to World Cup Multi Head Coach and will work directly with overall athletes Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), who hopes to return for his fifth Olympic Winter Games.
Joining Carey are Assistant Coach Mike Kenney, who returns to the men's program along with Adam Cole, a former Junior World Champion for downhill and a two-time NCAA champion.
Andreas Evers will continue to lead the men's speed program along with TJ Lanning and Scotty Veenis. Joining Ever's group is Conditioning Coach Tony Beretzki and 2006 Junior World Champion for downhill Chris Beckmann.
The World Cup Technical and World Cup B programs will merge under Head Coach Bernd Brunner. Veteran ski technician Kyle Darling has been promoted to an Assistant Coach position along with former Development Team coach Ian Garner. Bob Poehling will manage team conditioning.
Randy Pelkey continues at the helm of the men's C and Development Teams along with Assistant Coach Ian Lochhead and longtime team staple Eric Holmer.
The Team will utilize training in New Zealand and Chile along with on snow at official U.S. Ski Team training partners the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain, Mammoth Mountain and Soelden in addition to conditioning camps at the Center of Excellence in the lead up to the 2014 Olympic season.
QUOTES Sasha Rearick, Head Coach Ted had an amazing season last year and for him to continue to improve is critical. We can't rest on what he's already done and we also need the resources to support Bode as he prepares for a fifth Olympics. In order to do that we've created a program that enables our staff to help push Ted and Bode to continually improve.
With the speed side, we made some big changes last year and now we're seeing the momentum move in the right direction, but we still needed to step up. We need to cover the hills better and we need staff to do that, but what we did was bring in a conditioning specialist to work with the guys 12 months a year and we also brought in former athlete Chris Beckmann to provide perspective and to develop for the future.
Bernd was brought in last year to focus on fundamentals with the World Cup B guys and we saw a lot of progress out of his group with guys like Tommy Biesemeyer and Robby Kelley, it's only natural for him to stick with those guys as we combine the tech team and the World Cup B guys into one group that will drive the entire program in one direction.
At the development level, Randy Pekley has been a staple of that program and continues to be a leader with our young athletes.
2013-2014 MEN'S U.S. ALPINE SKI TEAM COACHING STAFF Program Director: Patrick Riml Head Coach: Sasha Rearick Team Manager: Kate Avrin Physio Coordinator: Chris Antinori
World Cup Multi Head Coach: Forest Carey Assistant Coach: Mike Kenney Conditioning Coach: Adam Cole Head Ski Service Ted Ligety: Alex Martin Head Ski Service Bode Miller: Chris Krause
World Cup Speed Head Coach: Andreas Evers Assistant Coach: TJ Lanning Assistant Coach: Scotty Veenis Conditioning Coach: Tony Beretzki Intern Coach: Chris Beckmann Pool Ski Service: Sylvain Munsch Fischer Ski Service: Leo Mussi Atomic Ski Service: Thomas Graggaber
World Cup Technical Head Coach: Bernd Brunner Assistant Coach: Erik Schlopy Assistant Coach: Kyle Darling Assistant Coach: Ian Garner Conditioning Coach: Bob Poehling Pool Ski Service: Matej Cujes Pool Ski Service: Alex Petitdemange Pool Ski Service: Pepi Culver Rossignol Ski Service: Shawn Gaisford
C and Development Team Head Coach: Randy Pelkey Assistant Coach: Ian Lochhead Assistant Coach/Ski Service: Eric Holmer