Alpine Programs

USSA Names Eastern Alpine Youth Coordinator

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USSA
2013-10-08 15:20
 

WESTFORD, VT (Oct. 8) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has continued to grow its professional staff structure in the USSA Eastern Region, naming Mount Mansfield coach Thomas Ashworth (Stowe, VT) as Eastern youth coordinator and coach. He will be responsible for managing youth development programs for athletes 16 and under, working directly with USSA Eastern clubs to deliver Alpine Training System programs under the leadership of Eastern Alpine Program Director Eric Harlow.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has named Mount Mansfield coach Thomas Ashworth (Stowe, VT) as Eastern youth coordinator and coach.
  • Ashworth will be responsible for managing youth development programs for athletes 16 and under.
  • In his new role, Ashworth will work directly with USSA clubs to identify talent and provide development projects and education as a part of the USSA Alpine Training System.
  • Ashworth has a long history of working in snowsport education. The past two seasons he served as U14 coach for the Mount Mansfield Ski Club and Academy. Prior to that he worked as manager of Stowe’s on-hill ski and ride school programs as well as a learning center director at Wachusett Mountain in Massachusetts.
  • In addition to his background in snowsport education, he has worked with major national brands on events with international marketing companies and the Major League Baseball Players Association.
  • Ashworth will work under USSA Eastern Alpine Program Director Eric Harlow and with USSA Eastern Regional Alpine Coach Martin Guyer.
  • The USSA’s alpine regional structure provides a unified national development direction administered by Alpine Domestic Program Manager Michelle Demschar, providing leadership to each of three regional directors across the USA. USSA Eastern is the largest of three regions in membership population, with a well-developed network of USSA clubs.

QUOTES
Eric Harlow, USSA Eastern Alpine Program Director
Tom brings our USSA Eastern athletes and parents a wealth of experience from inside the ski world at successful youth programs like Mount Mansfield Ski Club and Wachusett Mountain. In addition, his business and events background gives him a unique set of skills to manage programs. He's an energetic, positive leader and just the type of action oriented, forward thinker that our region needs to bring great content to our youth families, coaches and athletes.

Lester Keller, USSA National Alpine Development Director
The growth of professional infrastructure in our regional programs has been a main focus over the last year. USSA Eastern represents a wealth of opportunity with our largest athlete population in the nation. This position will support an even higher level of service to our clubs and the young ski racers making their way through the USSA Alpine Training System.