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Contact: Laura Sullivan
CUMMINGTON, Massachusetts. – JUNE 16th, 2017. The U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) held its annual Board of Directors meeting June 9th-10th and is excited to announce the winners of several annual awards and the election of new Board members.
Coach of the Year:
The USCSA Coach of the Year is presented to the coach who, during the past season, has exemplified the qualities of a great coach in every sense of the position. For 2017, the USCSA Coach of the Year was awarded to Jerry Wolf, Head Alpine Coach for Rocky Mountain College.
In his 16th season as coach for the Rocky Mountain College Battlin’ Bears, Coach Wolf fielded one of the college’s most successful teams in its history in 2017. For the first time in school history, both the men’s and women’s Alpine Ski Teams took home USCSA Collegiate National Championships at the same event, while Andraz Reich-Pogladic and Frida Svedberg also took home individual men’s and women’s combined Alpine National Championships respectively.
After winning the award, coach Wolf said, “What a great year for Rocky Mountain College, both men's and women's USCSA National Championships, and now the USCSA coach of the year! It was awesome to receive the award, I wasn't even thinking about it. Looks like my ski racing career is complete and I can go out on top into retirement (put out to pasture).
What am I thinking, I'm having too much fun, and I have 10 new Freshman recruits coming this Fall. I think I'll stick around a while and see what happens. Seriously though, thanks to USCSA for all the opportunities, and of course those who voted for me, it's greatly appreciated. GO USCSA!”
Holger Petersen Volunteer Award:
Named after the founder of USCSA, the Holger Petersen Volunteer Award is a prestigious honor, given out infrequently to a Board member who has had a profoundly positive impact on the organization. This year, the award was presented to Mike Dzubay.
Mike has been involved with USCSA since 1989 helping to run Midwest Collegiate Ski Association conference races. During this time, he has helped with a countless number of events, overcoming all of the weather and logistical challenges the midwest can throw at him. Since 2011, he has also served as USCSA Vice President of Alpine, and has tapped into his many years of experience to provide interpretation and guidance to the Board of Directors regarding the ever changing US Ski and Snowboard and FIS rules.
After being presented with the award, Mike said, “I am honored to be awarded such a high compliment and recognition for the time and love we ALL have for this sport and the USCSA. The Holger Peterson award is going to be cherished with the memories of all the volunteers and student athletes that I have had the privilege of working with over the years.”
Volunteer of the Year Award:
Every year, the USCSA relies on hundreds of volunteers to make the regular season and National Championship competitions successful. Although every one of these individuals are critical to the organization, occasionally one volunteer will go above and beyond others to enhance the USCSA experience for athletes and fans. This year, the 2017 Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Ethan Palmer.
Ethan began his involvement with USCSA in 2011 by volunteering with the Southeast Conference and has also attended and helped run several Collegiate National Championship events since then. This past season, he was pivotal in the success or the Snowboard and Freeski events at Mt Bachelor, ensuring that events stayed on schedule and being a point of contact that could always be relied on when event questions arose. "It is an honor to accept the Volunteer of the Year award, especially in the wake of a Nationals that will certainly go down as one of the most challenging events USCSA has ever pulled off,” said Ethan after receiving the award. “I want to thank all of the volunteers that were there, who give so much to this organization every year; we could not have done it without each and every one of you!”
The USCSA Keystone Award is given by the USCSA President to honor an individual or individuals who have assisted the President in the operations of the organization. Going beyond the role of a volunteer, this person helps to ensure the delivery of the best service possible to the organization and its membership. The 2017 Keystone Award was presented to Kale and Kirstin Westby.
Kale and Kirstin began their involvement with USCSA as competitors with the University of Minnesota Alpine Ski Team, and since graduating have been volunteers with the Midwest Collegiate Ski Association conference. Beginning in 2014, they have also volunteered at every Collegiate National Championship event, and have been integral to the success of each one. From leading volunteer teams, to sourcing new equipment such a dual slalom start gates, to scouting future Championship venues, they have gone above and beyond what is asked of them and have strived to make every event they attend better than the last.
“We're honored to be presented with the keystone award. Volunteering with USCSA is just a small way for us to give back to an organization that has meant so much for us,” said Kirstin Westby. “We've met our closest friends through ski racing and most likely never even would've met each other without this program. It takes an army to run our national event and we're so proud to be able to help the president produce such a high quality program that gets better with each year.”
New Board Members:
Corey Tolkin, formerly the Assistant Conference Coordinator for the Atlantic Highlands Conference was confirmed to become the Conference’s coordinator. She replaced Chris Shumeyko, who was unanimously elected to serve as USCSA’s Executive Vice President. Adam Stark, who previously served as the Executive Vice President, was also unanimously confirmed to be come the President of USCSA. Adam began his involvement with USCSA in 1997 when he helped start the University of Wisconsin Stout ski team, then becoming a Student Representative and volunteer with the Midwest Collegiate Ski Conference.
After the meeting, incoming President of USCSA Adam Stark said, "Coming out of this year’s board of directors meeting, I was honored to be elected the President of the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association. I want to recognize the commitment and contributions of our former president, Andy Rangen, who has successfully led the USCSA over the past 4 years. Andy’s legacy will remain, as his dedication to the students and the board is unparalleled.
The enthusiasm and energy among the board members in this year’s meeting leaves me excited for our future. I am also continuously impressed with our student representatives who share their opinions and represent their peers well – I look forward to seeing more of their contributions throughout the year.”
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Laura Sullivan at LauraSullivan@uscsa.com