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Unlike many coaches Lane came up not through competition but through a coaching background. He received his BS from the University of Utah in Psychology – emphasis on sports psych – once he realized that was where his talents and passion were. He has spent a lot of time training instructors and helping develop educational materials through his work in AASI and became a consultant for USSA (United States Snowboard Association) back in 1998, when he started helping that organization develop coaches education. Leaving the Snowbird Mountain School in 2003 he quickly found a new home as the Head Coach of the Snowbird Snowboard Team. With the amazing terrain at Snowbird and the introduction of USASA competition to the team, the numbers quickly grew and some amazing riders started to emerge who competed in national and international competitions. He stayed active in USSA and became active in USASA, quickly gaining his level 100 and 200 coaches certification and then moving into the group of Trainers for other coaches. He is now one of a small group of level 300 coaches who develop and implement coaches educational content. In 2007 Lane was named the new coach for the AASI National Team.
While Lane is still the Head Coach at Snowbird, he and other coaches around the Intermountain Region talked at competitions about how the sport wasn’t growing like it should, especially around the Salt Lake City area. With the amazing access to world class resorts and the huge population center along the Wasatch range, Utah should be producing many of the top athletes in the world. He and TUT coach/director Stu Rea chatted often about the resources available and underutilized in the state and how they could help bring snowboarding to a larger percentage of the population. Here the idea was born for Team Utah in which athletes (or prospective athletes) could easily gain access to training at one of the many resorts around the state. By taking advantage of the multitude of resort options as well as some truly exceptional (and unique) training opportunities like the Olympic Park and USSA’s Center of Excellence, TUT could offer world class training at prices that were within reach of a more middle class population. So with that idea in mind Team Utah was started in the spring of 2009.
Lane will be the head coach of the Snowbird TUT program in addition to his directorial duties.
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photos by Catherine Fegan-Kim and Robin Clegg
In Andy's own words
I am 23 years old and a recent graduate of Plymouth State University in NH. I
am from Mattapoisett, MA and since a very young age was raised on surfing,
skating and snowboarding. I was the last one in my family to start snowboarding
when I was 10 years old. By the age of 12 I was already competing and
medaling at USASA nationals and sponsored by the American Ski Company. Soon
after, I started what would be a long term sponsorship with Atomic Snowboards
and traveled around the country following contest circuits like the Grand Prix’s.
When I was 15 I became a member of the US Junior Gold Team, and trained
with the US Team halfpipe coaches in the summers. The following season I was
the USASA National halfpipe champion as well as a semifinalist at the US Open.
After postponing college for a chance to move out west and peruse
snowboarding I unfortunately blew out my knee and decided to go to school.
While In college I started coaching under Bill Enos for the Waterville Valley
Academy (who produced riders like Pat Moore, Chas Guldemond, Tim
Humphreys, Greg Maxwell, Brandon Reis and many more). Later I began judging
for USASA and other various east coast events. This past winter I began
coaching again for the Holderness School in NH which produced several USASA
national medalists. After finishing school this past spring I moved to Park City,
where I now reside and await the lifts to start spinning. I look forward to
meeting you all as the Head coach for TUT Canyons Snowboard Team.
Andrew Johnson, TUT Canyons head coach
We at Team Utah are glad Andrew made the trek to Utah, and his past coaching and riding experience combined with The Canyons' terrain promise to bring a season to remember for TUT Canyons riders. Andrew's Canyons staff includes Gregory Gibb, a longtime coach and instructor.
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Here is the tentative coaching staff for Team Utah for 2009-2010!
-Jacob Levine – Head Coach firstname.lastname@example.org
-Andy Johnson – Head Coach email@example.com
-Greg Gibb firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Fermier – Head Coach email@example.com
Jeremy Jolley – Head Coach firstname.lastname@example.org
Snowbird SB Team
Lane Clegg – Head Coach email@example.com
Jed Doane firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Utah Park City Coach Nathan Curtis has been snowboarding for almost fifteen years, and has specialized in coaching the younger age groups since 2004. Nate's impressive resume includes directorship of the Junior Team division of the Park City Snowboard Team from 2004-2009, and he is also a sales representative for top brands like VonZipper, Bond, Matix, Weekend, DVS, and Lakai. Nate brings experience in both industry and coaching to Team Utah, and his passion for coaching will bring a great season to his riders.
Nate Curtis, Breckenridge, Colorado
Nate, coaching and loving it!
Nate wallrides in the Brighton park
---In Nathan's Own Words---
From the age of thirteen I realized I was a “Snowboarder”. Even though I didn’t have the opportunity to ride as much as I would prefer, I would still spend my days in the classroom fantasizing about riding powder and hitting jumps. It wasn’t just a weekend activity for me, it was something that started to define the way I dressed, the way I saw my surroundings and the way I related to my friends.
When I turned 18 I received a job working at Snowbird, and was riding 150 + days a year. Although it was a mere ticket checking position, however I felt I was “living the dream”! I was riding more then I could have ever imagined and making friends who felt the same way I did.
While at Snowbird, I did many jobs from being a Crew Leader for Conference Facilities to Asst. Forman of Mineral Basin chair lift and to even guiding snowmobiles out of Mineral Basin. Everything that had to do with this lifestyle interested me and I craved to learn more.
While at Snowbird I found myself entering a few competitions and even privately coaching a few friends. In November of 2004 I was hired as a Coach for the Park City Snowboard Team. This was it! I had found the thing that interested me the most! I found that I enjoyed helping others progress their own skills and I enjoyed learning new ways to communicate ideas to others.
Eventually I was approached by the Director of the team and asked to run the Junior Program. I’ve spent the last few years defining my skills as a coach. The summer of 07 I received a job coaching at High Cascade Snowboard Camp. While there, I was able to learn new aspects of coaching from some amazing coaches and professional athletes. I know that this is a changing environment and there is always new ways to relate and teach athletes.