Johno McBride returns to lead AVSC alpine team |

Johno McBride returns to lead AVSC alpine team

Johno McBride works with AVSC athletes during a May 3 training camp on Aspen Mountain. McBride, who coached Bode Miller to two overall World Cup titles, has joined Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club as its alpine head coach.
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Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club alum and former national ski team coach John “Johno” McBride has returned to his roots to serve as alpine head coach.

McBride, 49 and a second-generation Aspenite, comes to AVSC after a successful four-year stint coaching downhill and super-G skiers on the Canadian National Team.

McBride worked in a similar capacity with the U.S. Ski Team during the 1990s.

Bode’s coach

McBride is probably best known for his tenure as Bode Miller’s coach during the two seasons (2005 and 2008) when Miller won the overall World Cup trophy.

Spending up to nine months on the road can take its toll, and McBride said this week that after the season’s final World Cup speed races in Kvitfjell, Norway, “I just decided it was time to come home.”

Johno and his wife Sunni, who live in old Snowmass, have three children ages 6, 9 and 10.

AVSC Executive Director Mark Cole said he has tried to hire McBride for different roles during his tenure with the club but that the timing wasn’t right, until now.

“I’ve seen Johno being a good match for our program for years and have tried to get him into various key positions. To see that being realized is very satisfying,” Cole said.

Cole said the addition is a positive for AVSC.

“Johno has so much experience coaching at a high level,” Cole said. “I’m looking forward to Johno bringing out the best in (the AVSC coaches).”

Return engagement

This is actually McBride’s second time coaching for AVSC.

Following a stint on the U.S. Development Team and later as a student-athlete at the University of Vermont, McBride worked with the then-Aspen Ski Club under former alpine director Shane Burton.

McBride’s first assignment as AVSC’s alpine head coach was working with about 20 athletes during a May 3-4 training camp on Aspen Mountain.

“My goal for this program is to give kids opportunities and expertise so they can reach their potential as skiers,” McBride said. “With these mountains, facilities and support of the community, we have the ability for these athletes to really flourish.”

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