AVSC alpine coach Callahan honored
October 24, 2012
ASPEN – One year after winning the United States Ski and Snowboard Association’s coach of the year award, Pat Callahan has been honored again.
The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club alpine coach recently received the Halstead Award, given by the USSA’s Rocky Mountain Division for outstanding volunteer services to the sport. He now is in the company of past winners and ski pioneers Dick Durrance, Steve Knowlton, Bill Marolt, Pete Seibert and Frank Willoughby, among others.
“I love watching the kids develop and finally achieve something they didn’t think they could achieve,” said Callahan, who has coached at the club for 17 years. “It’s having a hand in an amazing thing.”
Callahan, 47, is serious on the hill, working as Aspen Winternational’s chief of course for the past five years. In addition to the World Cup, he has served on multiple committees with USSA.
“It’s important to know the rules,” and things like qualification criteria for big events like the junior championships, he said.
Other recognizable Halstead Award winners include Aspen native and U.S. Ski Team CEO Marolt (1988), plus the club’s new director of excellence, Walt Evans (2002).
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“Pat’s been very influential in a quiet way for many years,” said Evans, who was recognized for his dedication as a race official. “He provides leadership with wisdom. Pat instills the love of skiing as a sport and the love of mountains as a lifestyle.”
Callahan heads to Silverthorne on Nov. 3, where he’ll receive the award during a meeting of the USSA technical delegates.
“I’m happy to give back to the sport,” he said. “It’s given me so much.”
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