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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jay Moyer

jmoyer@uscsa.com

 

JUNE 25th, 2018. 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 selection of new conference coordinators.

 

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 2018, the USCSA Coach of the Year was awarded to Bruce Diamond, Head Alpine Coach for the University of Connecticut (UCONN).

In his three years as the head coach for UCONN, Coach Diamond has continued to strengthen the team. Year after year, UCONN has qualified for the USCSA Collegiate National Championships, frequently finishing as the top club team in the country. Coach Diamond also plays an integral role within the MacConnel division of the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference and has provided the USCSA National organization valuable insight based on his years of coaching and legal expertise.

After winning the award, Coach Diamond said, “It is a huge honor – and a complete surprise – to receive the USCSA coach of the year award, in particular, because there are so many amazing coaches in this organization who are deserving of this award. I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of the group of coaches in the USCSA.

Ski coaches are part of a unique fraternity in the sports world. I love the feeling of comradery as we all pitch in to help and support each other. That feeling continues throughout the day as we watch our athletes compete on the mountain in a thrilling event that so many people have worked hard to create. College racing in general and the USCSA in particular, embody the very best of the sport of ski racing. It’s amazing to watch the student athletes support their teammates and competitors from the first to the last racer. For the first time in their careers, these athletes are ski racing as part of a team, rather than as individuals. Being part of a team  dynamic  adds an entirely new level of fun to the sport. Ultimately, we, the coaches, officials and volunteers do this for the athletes, and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to coach my athletes. Thanks to them for making me look good.

I’m  also grateful to have the opportunity to spend so much time on the hill with such a great group of  USCSA coaches, so many of whom are deserving of this award. Thanks again for the honor.”
 

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 2018 Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Andrew Johnson.

Andrew began his involvement with USCSA in 2006 as an athlete at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Upon graduating, he began volunteering with the Midwest Collegiate Ski Conference and since 2009 has played an integral role in the operations of the USCSA Collegiate National Championships. Among the many responsibilities he takes on each year, Andrew is a key reason our annual live stream broadcasts run smoothly. "It's a great organization to be a part of. It's very rewarding to be able to give back to the sport that I love,” Said Andrew. “Being able to volunteer at races around the country over the past 10 years has been a great experience with many networking opportunities.”

Conference Coordinator of the Year:

Each of the 11 USCSA Conferences is led by a Conference Coordinator, and each of them plays an integral role in the success for both their conference and the National organization. The Conference Coordinator of the Year award is given to a coordinator who goes above and beyond their typical duties to have a major impact on USCSA as a whole. This year, the award went to Bo Bigelow.

Bo began his involvement with USCSA in 1996 as an athlete at the University of Rhode Island. Upon graduation be became the McBrine Division coordinator, one of the six divisions within the USCSA Eastern Conference. In 2013 he became the Eastern Conference Coordinator, a position which he still holds today. This year, he was also elected by the other USCSA Conference Coordinators to become a Vice President of Conferences, a position where he will represent conference issues on the USCSA Board of Directors. “I am extremely honored to have been selected for this award from such an amazing pool of dedicated volunteers,” said Bo after winning the award.

New Conference Coordinators and Board Restructure:

Shawndrea D’Ooge, formerly a member of the Southwest Collegiate Ski Conference Executive Board, was confirmed to become that Conference’s coordinator. Ross Collins, the Head Alpine Coach for the University of Nevada Reno, was also selected to serve as the Northern California Conference Coordinator, a position he was acting in last season.

USCSA’s Board of Directors ratified new bylaws at the meeting in order to create a more effective Board and committee structure that streamlines the operation and governance of the organization. Under the new structure, operational committees comprised of subject matter experts and conference coordinators will evaluate and issue changes that steer the-day-to-day operation of the organization, including competition rules. The nine member Board of Directors will now focus on governance and the overall direction of the organization. Adam Stark, USCSA President, said “I am very proud of the organization, change is not easy but the former board saw the value of placing ownership of rules governance with sport experts. This change then allowed the creation of a smaller board that can focus on the mission, vision and growth of the organization. It is a very exciting and monumental change for the organization, one that will move it forward into the future.

 

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Jay Moyer at jmoyer@uscsa.com