Ross Powers named USSA Domestic Coach of the Year
Park City, Utah - Stratton Mountain School’s Snowboard Program Director and two-time Olympic medalist Ross Powers (SMS ’97) has been named the Snowboarding Domestic Coach of the Year by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). He will be presented with the award at the USSA National Congress Chairman Awards Dinner in Park City on May 15.
“I’m very honored to receive The USSA Snowboarding Domestic Coach of The Year Award,” Powers said. “It is a great feeling to join some of my own coaches and friends who have won this award.”
Ross has led the Stratton Mountain School Snowboard Program since 2010. He graduated from SMS in 1997, and he is a two-time Olympian and Olympic medal winner, taking gold in the halfpipe in 2002 and bronze in Nagano in 1998. This April, Ross was inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, only the fourth snowboarder to earn this honor.
This most recent season, Ross coached Madison Barrett, who won the halfpipe at Junior Worlds and placed third at the Seven Springs Rev Tour. SMS student athlete Kiersten Edwards placed third in snowboardcross at the Rev Tour, and the entire SMS team has earned many wins and podiums at USASA events, the Red Bull All Snow and the VT Open.
“We are so proud of Ross and his leadership on the national level in coaching,” said SMS Headmaster Chris Kaltsas. “Five years ago, he transitioned from being the first and the best in U.S. Snowboarding, to coaching and leading the SMS Snowboard Program. We are fortunate to have him at the helm of this sport.”
In 2014, Ross won the USSA Giving Back Award for his work with his Level Field Fund, which supports athletes achieve success at the highest levels of their sport.
In a letter recognizing his Domestic Coach of the Year selection, USSA President & CEO Tiger Shaw said, “Ross has dedicated his life to snowboarding. He started the Level Field Fund… He volunteers for USSA events like Project Gold Camps and is also the Eastern Snowboarding Sport Committee Representative.”
Ross continued, “I want to thank Stratton Mountain School, my team of SMS snowboarding coaches and all of our snowboarding athletes for their support.”
Stratton Mountain School is a ski and snowboard academy located at the base of Stratton Mountain. SMS serves students in grades 7 – 12. The SMS community of students, faculty, coaches and staff share the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.