USSA Tri-Regional athletes at the first Tri-Regional training camp at Mammoth Mountain, CA (Beat Hupfer)
PARK CITY, UT (July 13) – In a move to create a national approach to alpine development, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has shifted Lester Keller to Regional Alpine Development Director. Keller, who has a long history in USSA development programs, transitions into the role after spending over 20 years with the Western Region. The Western powerhouse has been the top scoring region at the U.S. Alpine Championships for the past 11 seasons. His position will generate further support for USSA clubs and promote cooperation amongst regions with the goal of increasing the number of regional level skiers who qualify for the national team. Keller will provide direction and leadership to three new regional coaches to be hired this summer.
Lester Keller has been hired as Regional Alpine Development Director for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.
The new role will seek to enhance regional level athletes' preparation with a unified approach that supports and promotes cooperation amongst USSA clubs and regions.
He will provide direction and leadership to three USSA coaches to be hired this summer to support the Eastern, Rocky/Central and Western regions.
Additionally, Keller will work with newly hired U16/U18 coach Thomas Erhard to help identify the top performing young athletes across the country.
Erhard was recently hired to create high level training opportunities for the best U16/18 athletes in the nation.
Keller transitions into the role after spending over 20 years in USSA development programs, including serving as director of the top performing Western Region.
QUOTES Patrick Riml, Alpine Director Lester will be charged with providing leadership and direction to our regional development pipeline as a whole. This shift will look at what is successful in our top performing clubs from each region and bring that knowledge together to create a national program that increases the number of young athletes we have qualifying for the national team.
His experience in creating and building development programs over the past 20 years with the U.S. Ski Team and in guiding the highly successful Western Region make him a perfect fit for this innovative role within our organization.
Lester Keller The first step is for me to visit each region and their top performing clubs to learn about what is working well within their programs. After identifying those resources, we'll then build a national development program through our regional coaches that will support those clubs with some of the things that they maybe can't do on their own.
This is about creating the opportunity for positive cooperation nationally amongst our clubs and regions with the ultimate goal of increasing the quality and quantity of regional level ski racers in the United States.