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Contact: Laura Sullivan
CUMMINGTON, Massachusetts. – JUNE 17th, 2016. 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, the launch of a new website, and new Board members.
“Each year, we give out a host of awards to worthy recipients,” Said USCSA President Andy Rangen. “One of the biggest challenges is selecting from so many deserving people. This year's class of recipients was top-notch and really exemplifies what our organization is all about.”
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 2016, the USCSA Coach of the Year was awarded to Ron Bonneau, Head Alpine Coach for the College of Idaho.
In his 26th season as coach for College of Idaho Yotes, Coach Bonneau fielded one of the college’s most successful teams in its history in 2016. Not only did both Yotes’s men’s and women’s alpine teams win conference titles by sweeping all eight qualifying races, but the men’s team also won their first Western Regional Title in over 20 years.
“To receive the USCSA Coach of the Year Award is a special recognition for the efforts put forth throughout the season and for all those leading up to this time,” said Coach Bonneau. “Remaining true to philosophy and values, sharing time with a quality group of athletes, and having support from family and friends all lend in making this opportunity possible. I am grateful for the privilege to coach at The College of Idaho and going forward, I hope that my efforts will continue to impact student-athletes in a positive and fulfilling manner."
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 Paul Rozsypal.
Paul Rozsypal became the head Alpine coach for the University of Colorado Boulder’s USCSA team 17 years ago, and since then has also served on the USCSA Board of Directors as the Rocky Mountain Conference Coordinator. During his tenure, Coach Rozsypal created one of the largest USCSA teams in the country, guiding many individuals and teams to Conference and Regional Championships. He also served as a tireless advocate for athletes as a Conference Coordinator and Board member. At the end of the 2016 season, Coach Rozsypal announced his retirement to pursue a new business venture.
After being presented with the award, Coach Rozsypal said, “It is a true honor to be a recipient of the prestigious Holger Petersen Award in Park City, Utah. This is an accolade that has been presented merely a handful of times since Mr. Petersen founded the U.S. Collegiate Ski Association in 1978 (then known as NCSA). I would like to thank the USCSA Board of Directors for this distinguished recognition and to all involved in this strong organization.”
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 2016 Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Lissa Thies.
Lissa began her involvement with USCSA as a competitor and since graduating has been a constant presence in the Midwest Collegiate Ski Conference, volunteering at races all over the midwest, In 2014, Lissa also started volunteering at the USCSA National Championships™ as a volunteer and has played an important role there ever since. This past season, she organized and oversaw a team helping with parent and spectator outreach, which assisted many fans each day. "It's great to be appreciated for something I love to do,” said Lissa after winning the award.
The USCSA Keystone Award is given by the USCSA President to honor an individual who has 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 2016 Keystone Award was presented to Bob Zuber
Bob has been involved with ski racing for decades and became an active volunteer with USCSA when his son began competing for Princeton University. As a certified Technical Delegate, Bob has served on the jury for many Atlantic Highlands Conference races over the years. At the national level, he has filled an important role by providing guidance related to the USCSA in risk management. Bob’s work has directly contributed to the success of the USCSA, at every level.
New Website and New Board Members:
USCSA is proud to announce the launch of a newly redesigned website at http://www.uscsa.com. The new website will provide a centralized hub for current and prospective students and fans to gain information about the organization, sports offered by USCSA, schedules and results, and a streamlined process to register with USCSA.
Two new Conference Coordinators were confirmed at the 2016 Board of Directors meeting. Jim Longo, Alpine coach for Colgate University, will take over the Mideast Conference and Nick LaBue, Alpine coach for the Colorado School of Mines, is the new Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Conference. In addition to the new Conference Coordinators, Adam Stark was elected Executive Vice 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, President of USCSA Andy Rangen said, "The 2016 USCSA National Meeting was a huge success. The USCSA continues positive growth and trajectory. Much of our energy was focused on continued improvement to our product and the value that it brings to our membership. One of our big challenges is with continuity across the country and we are continuing to work on improving that.
My sincerest appreciation and gratitude goes out to all of our volunteers, parents, partners, sponsors, alumni, coaches, and especially the athletes for helping to make the past year a huge success!"
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Laura Sullivan at LauraSullivan@uscsa.com