Club snowboard coach signs on with USASA
ASPEN The United States of America Snowboard Association’s executive board recently named Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club coach Miah Wheeler as the coaches’ representative.Wheeler, who has been overseeing the club’s snowboard clubs for the last four years, will oversee two new initiatives for USASA: the development of the new PacSun USASA Snowboard Team and the creation of a comprehensive coaches training and certification program.”It used to be that, once an athlete got to a certain level, there was no real development path for them,” Wheeler said in an AVSC news release. “We’re creating that path and building a pipeline for up-and-coming riders so they can really challenge for spots on the U.S. Snowboarding Team.”The team, which has a roster of 22 amateurs who qualified based on their performance at the USASA national championships last winter, has a few familiar faces: AVSC’s Jordan Karlinski is on the team for halfpipe and slopestyle, and fellow club rider Kyla Sobieralski was a first alternate for slopestyle. Also, Wheeler will oversee a team of coaches in each discipline, including AVSC’s Travis McLain (slopestyle), Thedo Remmelik (alpine), Nathan Parks (boardercross) and Spencer Tamblyn (halfpipe).”I’m surrounding myself with the guys who are the best in the country,” Wheeler said. The team will take part in two training camps before December and compete in four events during the winter. Our goal is to give these kids every advantage and work in partnership with their club coaches so they can progress to the top, Wheeler said. The development team gives my athletes a future and an attainable goal to strive for. It gives me more fuel to motivate them. Wheelers other responsibility will be to build a new training and evaluation program for snowboard coaches. Were putting the best coaching minds together to brainstorm and create the best program possible, he said. USASA has a long way in a short period of time. Were moving the sport forward.
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