Located on Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl Ski Team lays the foundation for passionate skiers to embrace challenge with grit, grace and courage
Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy coaching staff provides a focused and fun training environment that reflects a commitment to long-term athlete development. Drawing on their domestic and international experiences, coaches design yearly training progressions that challenge the technical and tactical skills of each individual athlete.
A four-year alpine team member at Northern Michigan, Andrew graduated with a degree in Sport Science in 2012. He also served as president of the ski team and attended USCSA Nationals in both 2011 and 2012. Immediately after graduation, Andrew began work at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, first as a human performance intern in 2012, as a U16 coach from 2012-17 and as a U19 Men’s Coach last season.
The experience Andrew brings to the table as a former collegiate athlete and as ski coach at one of the top ski clubs in the world would have been enough to know that he is ready to lead a group of U16 young men. However, combined with overwhelming endorsements from Scott Houser, Brandy Barna and SSCV COO John Hale, it’s clear that his impact on our program will be significant and immediate.
Teresa joined SBSTA during the memorable winter of 2016/2017. She currently supports our organization as the Accounting Assistant in the business office. Her education is in Business at California State University, Sacramento and Accounting at Sierra College. She considers herself a lifelong student and is currently working towards her degrees at CSU. Her professional experience includes the Resort at Squaw Creek and bookkeeping for several local businesses. Her passion is working for a nonprofit (she has worked for Project MANA) and continues to work with the Truckee Downtown Merchant Association through Truckee Thursdays. Teresa and her husband look forward to watching their son, Dominic, continue to be a part of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team!
Nick comes to us from China Peak, where he was most recently Director of Marketing for the resort after a very long and successful career in ski racing. Nick grew up skiing right here in Tahoe chasing his dream to ski at the World Cup level. He attended the University of Utah where he was a two time All-American and a team captain from 2010-2012. After his time at the U, Nick pursued his World Cup dreams with increased focus and intensity skiing with two private teams in Colorado culminating in a start at the Soelden World Cup opener in 2015.
Nick continues to be a fitness enthusiast and is an avid mountain biker looking forward to settling back in Tahoe. His passion and unique experience both in and out of the sport make him a great leader for the group of young men at SBA chasing their own ski racing dreams.
Craig started skiing for the Sugar Bowl Ski Team when he was six. He skied for Sugar Bowl till the age of 13 when he moved to Canada for high school. After returning to Tahoe to attend the University of Nevada, Reno, he returned to Sugar Bowl to start his coaching career. He has moved from mighty mites through the age groups where he has found a home as the U14 Head Coach. As well as his coaching duties, Craig is heavily involved with Residential Life as the Head Residential Life Staff. He spends his summers ski coaching and rowing a raft on the Rogue River in Oregon.
Jamey Conley is joining SBSTA as Head of Strength and Conditioning. Jamey has a BS in Athletic Training from Springfield College, where he played on the Men’s Lacrosse Team. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with experience working in collegiate and professional sports settings, as well as in the private setting working with middle school, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. He was most recently a Performance Coach for Altis Performance and for U.S. Ski & Snowboard High Performance.
Nicole Cordingley is joining SBSTA as Head Women’s U16 Coach. Nicole grew up skiing with the Franconia Ski Club at Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire. She was a Division 1 NCAA skier at St. Michael’s College, where she earned a degree in Accounting and Business Administration, concentrated in marketing. She has spent the last two seasons as a U16 coach at Park City Ski & Snowboard, which sent nine athletes to the U16 Nationals this past season.
Eric Harlow, former USSA Eastern Region Development Director, joins the Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy (SBSTA) in a new role as the Director of Alpine Programs. Harlow joins SBSTA with an extensive background in alpine ski racing having worked for several programs around the country. Harlow grew up in New Hampshire playing baseball, golfing, and skiing before focusing full-time on ski racing at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. Recently married, he and his wife Catherine are looking forward to getting acquainted with the Lake Tahoe area.
John Horsch is a native of Chicago, where he developed a passion for competitive sailing. He has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the captain of the Sailing Team. After college, he pursued an Olympic campaign in the Soling class, and was named to the US Sailing Team in 1998. John's work experience includes positions with several education technology companies and a position with Artemis Racing, the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup. John's extensive volunteer experience includes positions on the boards of Aim High, Escuela Bilingüe Internacional, and SBSTA.
Mark spent the first 20 years of his career as an engineer and manager at Hitachi. He grew up working with his father in the garage, woodworking and fixing just about anything. When he and his family moved to California in 2010, he elected to homeschool his daughter Aspen, now an SBA student, and work full time on his woodworking art. When she started 7th grade at SBA, he took a job at Mountain Forge to learn the art of metalworking to add to his artistic repertoire. Mark loves spending time with his wife, kids, and grandkids, but is also passionate about mountains, snow, skiing, wood and metal working arts, and making his family's home and the SBA "home" a beautiful and safe place for all of us.
Lisa joins Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy after taking time off to stay home with her children, two of which are on the ski team. Lisa graduated from Radford University with a degree in Business and worked in the banking industry for many years. She moved out west in the late 1990's with the goal to introduce her children to the love of skiing. One of her favorite aspects of working for the organization is seeing the love of skiing instilled in the kids every day.
Mamie will start her second year at SBSTA and hails from the northwoods of New Hampshire, Gorham specifically. She grew up skiing at Wildcat Mountain and came to us with experience coaching at Mount Snow Academy, a ski academy in southern Vermont. Year one was a huge success for Mamie and she built strong relationships with the girls in the U19 group and across the staff.
Mike, a Tahoe native and known to many of our coaches, athletes and families. His love of skiing is infectious and rooted in growing up at Squaw Valley Resort with the likes of Marco Sullivan and Julia Mancuso. As a coach, he was most recently US Ski and Snowboard’s Western Region Development Coach, but has also coached at Squaw Valley (4 years) and with the USST Women’s Development and Europa Cup teams (5 years). Mike’s energetic personality and vast experience will make an immediate impact on the program. He lives on Donner Lake with his wife, Chelsea, and his two daughters, Amina and Sierra.
Ursula returned full circle to the Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy in 2015. Her career path started with five years in the hospitality industry at the Four Season Hotels in Newport Beach and New York City. She returned to school at the University of Nevada, Reno for a Journalism degree with an emphasis on advertising and marketing. She previously worked for the Sugar Bowl Ski Team from 2003-2007 assisting with strategic planning and managing the business office. She continued to hone her skills as Director of Administration for an estate management company in the North Tahoe area, and oversaw the accounting, human resources and customer service channels.
After eight years she crossed paths with the Sugar Bowl Academy administrative team and rejoined the SBSTA community in her current role. Watching the little 2007 Mighty Mites graduate as Seniors was the highlight of her first year back. She is grateful to bring her expertise back to the team and watch the next generation of skiers at SBSTA!
Ursula and her family have lived in Truckee, CA since 1996. She moved here to snowboard and stayed to raise a family in this amazing community. Always trying to find a way to get into the Bikram yoga studio, she is also an avid movie-goer and stays busy with various community organizations including Board of Directors of the Friends of the Truckee Library.
Jon grew up in Northern Virginia and has lived in the Truckee/Tahoe area since 2003. He attended The University of Vermont and skied for various freeride teams and stared in a few East Coast ski movies. He has been the head coach for the Snow Rangers program since its inception in 2009. You can find him backcountry skiing all over the Tahoe Basin on his days off. He also enjoys nordic skiing, mountain biking, running, filming, and traveling.
Nick is entering his 16th season working for the Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy. He was born and raised in Truckee, and grew up skiing for the Squaw Valley and Truckee High School Ski Teams. He studied Sociology and Child Development at Chico State while spending his winters coaching at Sugar Bowl. Nick has over 20 years of experience working with children of all ages, including working in multiple preschools, after-school programs, summer camps, and coaching football for Truckee High. He has a passion for coaching and believes we can help shape fantastic kids as well as fantastic skiers on the Sugar Bowl Ski Team.
This may sound like hyperbole, but after over 20 years in ski racing, I can assure you that it isn’t. If you asked experienced coaches across the country to make lists of the best coaches in the US, most of those lists would include Brad Saxe. His experience coaching at the club level, all the way up to the World Cup and everywhere in between is marked with plenty of success along the way. He has been responsible for moving athletes from the USST Europa Cup team to the World Cup team, from both the Western Region Team and the club to the USST.
Of additional value to a program like ours is Brad’s ability to mentor our younger staff while also acting as a sounding board from even our most experienced. He will make a significant impact on our program at every level. By teaming Nick and Brad together, we have formed a staff that will challenge and support the U19 men’s group as they move through the year.
Entering his third year with SBA, Geordie doesn’t need much of an introduction. In 2016-17, Geordie worked as a winter-term, full-time coach with the U16 group and this past season, he coached with the U19 Men. Along the way, Geordie has spent time with some of our best and has also proven to be able to successfully adjust his approach to both the level and the gender of the athlete. He’s been to multiple NPS Projects and to U16 Nationals as a coach with the Western Region, where he’s built strong relationships with the USSA staff. Gladys and I are excited to see how Geordie’s experience and engaging personality will impact the U16 women’s group which returns 3 athletes who qualified for 2018 U16 Nationals.
Will is a native of Auburn, Maine, and most recently spent 15 years at the Maine Winter Sports Center in Caribou, Maine as the Community Development Director, Head Cross-Country Coach and Director of Competition. Prior to that he served as the head coach for the Gap Year Program at Mountain Lakes Nordic. He has also coached at Carrabassett Valley Academy, Bates College, Jackson Hole Ski Club and the Auburn Middle School. He has worked as trip leader for the NENSA Junior National Team on three occasions, served as wax technician for both the US Ski Team and the US Biathlon Team, and personally coached five athletes to Olympic Winter Games teams.
Will graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in English and Creative Writing and is a past Maine State Arts Fellow in Fiction. He spends most of his time off campus with his daughter Aesklyn, his wife Sarah Dominick, and their two springer spaniels, Castor and Pollux. He hopes to find enough time each week to write again.
Kris Thomas joins Sugar Bowl Academy as Head Freeride Coach and Mountain BIke Team Director. Born and raised in Littleton, Colorado, Kris’ parents instilled their love for the mountains at a young age. Kris found that passion and spent his youth skiing and mountain biking in the front range of the rockies. After graduating with a B.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado, Kris moved to California in 2002 to chase his dreams on snow. After years of teaching kids at Squaw Valley, competing on the IFSA tour and searching the sierra for untracked runs, Kris is excited to help inspire our athletes to achieve their dreams on snow and off.
Savannah grew up in Lander, Wyoming where her love for the outdoors began. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2015 with a degree in Accounting. After graduating she worked for Goldman Sachs, focusing on account reconciliations and audit.
She then worked for Kuhl Clothing as Key Accounts Manager for two years. Outside of work you can find her mountain biking and spending time with her dog.
David Vaughan hung up his race skis and started competitive snowboarding in Eastern Canada at the prodding of his twin brother. The competition path took him to Vermont to attend Stratton Mountain School where he won two ISF Junior World Championships (3 Podiums) and was named to the Canadian National Snowboard Team. As a member of the National Team, David was based out of Lake Tahoe training with the Cross-M and competed in World Cups, World Championships as well as capturing multiple podium finishes at Nationals. A knee injury and several surgeries ended David’s competitive snowboard career and he returned to Canada and became a successful entrepreneur. His passion for snowboarding never died and in 2016 he started manufacturing snowboards and returned to Truckee where he achieved his goal of spending over 100 days on snow per year. David believes in cross-training and when not on the snow can be found mountain biking, swimming, and playing tennis.