Longtime Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Alpine Team leader Michael Rogan joins the USSA as a fundamental skills development coach. (Jonathan Selkowitz/www.selkophoto.com)
PARK CITY, UT (Sept. 11) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has made another move designed to dramatically enhance athlete fundamental skills development across the nation. USSA Alpine Director Patrick Riml announced the appointment of longtime Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Alpine Team leader Michael Rogan as fundamental skills development coach. The addition of Rogan is a key element in the USSA’s move to provide higher quality training and education to the nation’s best young athletes from coast-to-coast, with a focus on fundamental skill development. He will work closely with alpine coach Thomas Erhard in providing support to top U16 (under 16) and U18 (under 18) in each region across the country.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has appointed longtime Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Alpine Team leader Michael Rogan as fundamental skills development coach.
The addition is key element in the USSA’s move to provide higher quality training and education to best young athletes coast to coast, working in partnership with PSIA to provide specific skiing skills training.
Rogan will work hand in hand to enhance the USSA’s new SkillsQuest program, which was rolled out this spring to provide local clubs with a template to enhancing fundamentals training for their USSA athletes.
USSA has revamped its alpine development program to provide higher quality support to the best development athletes. Over 60 top U16 athletes were invited to a first-ever national camp at the USSA Center of Excellence last March. The camp provided an opportunity for training, education and talent identification.
This spring veteran development leader Lester Keller was appointed regional development director, overseeing programs across the country. Erhard was named this summer to specifically work with U16 and U18 athletes nationally.
Rogan is a five-time member of the PSIA Alpine Team.
In addition to his longtime role with PSIA, Rogan is director of instruction for SKI Magazine and is operations manager for Hotel Portillo in Chile.
Rogan has played a key role with the U.S. Women’s Alpine Speed Team in providing them specific programs for pre-race on-snow warm-up.
Rogan will base out of the USSA Center of Excellence in Park City where he will provide support to development athletes nationwide as well as those attending the new USSA Team Academy.
QUOTES Patrick Riml, USSA Alpine Director One of the key factors we identified for future success was greater emphasis on younger skiers learning the very basic fundamentals of skiing – not just ski racing. As a PSIA leader, Michael has had a profound impact on our women’s national team athletes from project work he has done at camps in Mammoth Mountain. We’ll now be able to extend that support to our top development athletes in regions across our entire country.
Michael Rogan What a great opportunity for both PSIA and the U.S. Ski Team to create a stronger connection between coaching and the broader ski instruction community. It is an honor to be a part of the national development program and I hope that this is a continuation of a great relationship between our organizations.
Mark Dorsey, Executive Director, CEO PSIA Instructors are in a unique position to identify talent at the grass-roots, and Michael’s new position with USSA reinforces the connection between strong fundamentals and elite competitors. Every opportunity to create, excite, and retain new skiers is important to the sport, and continuing the U.S. Ski Team's high profile success is a big part of that equation. We’re thrilled that Michael is in a position to contribute at such a high level.