McBride named U.S. Ski Team’s Coach of Year
Aspen native John “Johno” McBride, the head downhill and super G coach for the men’s U.S. Ski Team, was named the United States Ski and Snowboard Association’s Coach of the Year as well as the alpine team’s International Coach of the Year this week.
In his first season as the head DH and super G coach for the U.S. men, McBride, 38, helped guide the team to its finest season in recent history. Highlights included Daron Rahlves’ historic win on the infamous Hahnenkamm downhill course at Kitzbuehel, Austria, and Bode Miller’s record three medals at the World Championships at St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Miller, who finished second in the overall World Cup standings behind the dominant Austrian Stephan Eberharter, made the leap to the top of the overall standings by competing in all four events this past winter: downhill, super G, giant slalom and slalom. In years past, Miller had only competed in the technical events, GS and slalom, as well as combined.
“Everyone has a small part in the way the environment and the team comes together,” McBride said in a March interview with The Aspen Times. “I’m just a small part in it like everyone else.”
McBride deflected much of the credit to the racers, although he noted that they are are acting much more like a team than in past years.
“For the first time since I’ve been involved in the ski team, guys are genuinely interested in helping each other out – that’s unique in an individual sport,” McBride said.
McBride, who lives in Old Snowmass, attended the University of Vermont where he also raced. After graduation, he moved back to Aspen to coach with the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club. He spent seven years with the AVSC, then joined the U.S. team eight years ago as an assistant coach.
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