Built on a Tradition of Excellence

Alpine Leadership

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.

Mike Morin
Alpine Program Director

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 was awarded the 2017 US Ski & Snowboard Domestic Alpine Coach of the Year award and, most recently, the 2018 VARA Development Coach of the Year Award. 

mmorin@gosms.org

Jim Sullivan
Alpine Program Admissions

Jim Sullivan joined Stratton Mountain School in 2016 to focus on Alpine admissions/recruitment and coaching the U14s and the Development Team. Jim is also the head boys soccer coach at SMS; he has coached soccer for the past decade in Manchester, Vermont and for the Southern Vermont Fusion club teams.

Jim grew up ski racing in southern Vermont out of the Mt. Snow program. He attended and raced for Middlebury College; graduating as a history major. Jim coached at the Mt. Snow Training Center from 1988-98 and was the head J-III (U14/16) coach. He graduated from Vermont Law School in 1993 and practiced law in Connecticut from 1993-2006, before moving back to run Magic Mountain in Londonderry, Vermont. Jim was the general manager of Magic from 2006-2015 during which time he also revived the race program and acted as the alpine racing director/head coach. He moved on from Magic in 2015 and worked at Mt. Snow Academy as director/ head coach of the development program working with U12s, U14s and U16s.

jsullivan@gosms.org

Micah Lashar
Head FIS Women’s Coach

Micah brings over a decade of coaching experience to SMS, including at the USSA, FIS, and Nor-Am levels. For six years Micah was a very successful women’s alpine coach, while also leading the 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. He has worked on many US Ski Team projects over the years, including World Junior Staff. Micah was a five-time All-American in both skiing and soccer prior to beginning his career as a coach. 

 

mlashar@gosms.org

Matt Prendergast 
Head FIS Men’s Coach

 

mprendergast@gosms.org 

Morgan Korpi
Head U16 Women’s 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. 

 

mkorpi@gosms.org

   

Naga Kusumi
Head U14 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.

nkusumi@gosms.org

Jay Ogle
High Performance Director

A 2010 alum, Jay Ogle returned to Stratton Mountain School in 2016 as the High Performance Director. Jay works directly with the athletes as the head strength and conditioning coach, while also working in partnership with US Ski an Snowboard to bring the best possible training, testing, and evaluation procedures to SMS. Jay graduated the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where he was a 4 year member, and senior captain, of the UNH Ski Team. An All-American his senior year, he was also a two-time inductee into the National Collegiate Honors Society, Chi Alpha Sigma, and a three time Academic All-American. While attending UNH Jay also worked as a CF-Level 1 Trainer and Certified Olympic Weightlifting Coach at Crossfit Portsmouth, where he trained a broad range of athletes, including many high level high school aged athletes.

Accreditations:
US Ski and Snowboard Level 100 Coach
USAW Sports Performance Coach
CF-L1 Trainer
CF Weightlifting Coach
CPR/AED Certified

jogle@gosms.org

Rolf Gidlow
Head U16 Men’s Coach

 
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