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Alpine Coaches

At SMS, coaches coach, and teachers teach. With an athlete-to-coach ratio of 5:1, athletes at SMS receive focused individual attention. SMS alpine coaches have coached and raced at the highest levels. Our coaches include World Cup coaches, National Champions, NCAA Champions and NCAA All-Americans. In terms of depth of knowledge, SMS alpine coaches are the best there are. 

The SMS alpine coaching staff provides the latest and most innovative training methods for on-snow training and competition and conditioning through dryland programs. The comprehensive approach has led to a successful, year-round training program, which maximizes the athlete’s potential. Our staff has helped student-athletes find success on the World Cup, NorAm Cup, at World Junior Championships, in collegiate racing as well as at high-level FIS competition.

Alpine Coaches

Mike Morin
Alpine Program Director and Head U16 Men’s Coach

Mike returned to SMS in 2007 after spending 10 years with the U.S. Ski Team. He is the former U.S. Ski Team Head Technical Coach where he coached athletes to three World Championship medals in 2005 and to an Olympic Gold Medal in 2006. During his 10 years with the U.S. Ski Team, Mike coached athletes to more than 25 World Cup podiums. Mike’s Olympic coaching experience has included: 1994 Lillihammer; 2002 Salt Lake City; 2006 Torino.

During the 2002 season, Mike and the U.S. Ski Team won the Marc Holder Trophy for Best Overall Team at the World Junior Championship, an award that had never been won by the U.S. Ski Team. Mike won the International Coach of the Year Award in 2006 for his performance during the Olympics in Torino, Italy.

Mike Morin,
Alpine Program Director
802-856-1132
mmorin@gosms.org

Jim Sullivan
Alpine Admissions Coordinator & Devo Team Coach

jsullivan@gosms.org

Micah Lashar
U19//U21 Women’s Head Coach

Micah came to SMS with nearly a decade of coaching experience at the USSA, FIS, and Nor-Am levels. For six years, Micah was a very successful women’s alpine coach as well as leading their strength and conditioning program at Green Mountain Valley School. Micah is a top-level coach within the National Development System, working on regional and national projects, as well as guest coaching with the U.S. Ski Team. Micah was a five-time All-American in skiing and soccer. 

Micah Lashar

802-856-1134
mlashar@gosms.org

Morgan Korpi
U16 Women’s Head Coach

Morgan Korpi is an alumnus of Stratton Mountain School. After a successful five-year stint coaching at Bromley Mountain, Morgan came to SMS to head up the women’s alpine equipment program. At Bromley, Morgan developed athletes from the U14 level up through the FIS level. He studied at the University of Vermont, where he was a collegiate soccer player. 

Morgan Korpi

802-856-1138
mkorpi@gosms.org

   

Naga Kusumi
U14 Head Coach

For two years, Naga was the J3 and J4 Head Coach at Stratton Training Center. Prior to that, he worked at Hunter Mountain as the Head Coach for J3, J4 and J5 athletes for five years. Naga has a personal background in skiing as well, holding the Japanese national record for speed skiing. In addition to his ski coaching experience, Naga has more than 20 years business experience in imports and marketing for global companies.

Naga Kusumi

802-856-1135
nkusumi@gosms.org

Steve Lathrop 
Devo Team Head Coach

Steve is a former U.S. Ski Team A-Team athlete, and during his time on the National Team, won titles including U.S. Downhill and Combined Champion and CanAm Slalom Champion. He was a member of the FIS World Championship Team, and has been the Director of Lathrop Ski Camps for 15 years, where he has directed young ski racers in all the fundamentals of ski racing.

Steve Lathrop

802-856-1165
slathrop@gosms.org

Jay Ogle
Athletic Performance Director and Coach

jogle@gosms.org

 

Dan Pawlak
Alpine Equipment Manager and Coach

Dan came to SMS in the winter of 2003 after spending 18 years coaching at Mount Snow. At Mount Snow, Dan spent two years as the Head Alpine Coach. Dan grew up racing in nearby New Hampshire where he competed out of Pats Peak and Sunapee and attended Keene High School. In addition to ski racing, he competed in Nordic jumping and, at one point, was ranked third in the East. He continued on to compete at the D1 level for Keene State College for a season before he transferred to University of Massachusetts, Stockbridge School of Agriculture. 

Dan Pawlak

802-856-1138
dpawlak@gosms.org

Erin Lashar
U19/21 Men’s Coach

Erin came to SMS from Mount Mansfield Ski Club where she was the Women’s Ski Coach. In her position, she coordinated the women’s conditioning program, as well as managed all athlete development on and off the hill. Prior to her experience at MMSC, she was a women’s FIS coach at Green Mountain Valley School. She graduated from the University of Vermont, where she was a four-year member of the UVM Ski Team.

Erin Lashar

802-856-1140
elashar@gosms.org

Will Hadden
U19/21 Men’s Coach

Will came to SMS after graduating from Williams College, where he was a four-year member of the Williams College Ski Team. After Williams, Will spent a winter in Jackson Hole and a year working in finance in New York. A graduate of the SMS Class of 2007, Will is happy to be back working in alumni relations, coaching, working in the dorm and enjoying all aspects of SMS life.

Will Hadden

whadden@gosms.org

Coley Oliver
U19/21 Women’s Coach and Physical Trainer

coliver@gosms.org

Tony DiGangi
U16 Men’s Coach

Tony began his coaching career at Gunstock Ski Club in Gilford, N.H. and has coached at all levels of ski racing for the past 20 years. His coaching credits include working with J6 athletes all the way up to U.S. Ski Team and college athletes. Tony is an avid Crossfit athlete, father to a ski-racing son, and is married to Carolyn Beckedorff (SMS ‘85).

Tony DiGangi

tdigangi@gosms.org

 

Christian Herzog
U16 Women’s Coach

Christian Herzog is a Women’s Alpine U16 Coach. He comes to SMS with a wealth of coaching experience, most recently at Team Summit in Copper Mountain, Colo., where he was the Head U16 Coach. Previously, he worked as the Head U14 Coach at the Loon Race Team in Lincoln, NH. Christian attended Colorado Mountain College where he studied ski and snowboard business.

Christian Herzog

802-856-1138
cherzog@gosms.org

Joe Healey 
U14 Coach

Joe has worked throughout New England as a ski coach at various levels. He worked at Okemo Mountain School and Loon Mountain Race Team at the FIS level. He also worked for The Speed Factory as a ski technician and graduated from Plymouth State University with a degree in business administration. At Plymouth, Joe was a member of the Plymouth State Ski Team and served as captian of the Easter Division Championship Team in 2011. 

Joe Healey

802-856-1135
jhealey@gosms.org

 
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