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Competition Teams Coach Profiles

Meet our coaches:


Alpine Team

Blanch_G.JPGU10 - Gary Blanch

Certification: PSIA Level 3, USSA

Years Coaching: 8 years; all at Hunter Mtn.

Past Experience: 7 years Coaching Teen Pro Development Skiers 

Accomplishments / Interests: B.S., John Jay College Of Criminal Justice, N.Y.C, Professional background: NYPD Lieutenant, Ret. (1986-2008), Skiing, Scuba Diving, Golf, Guitar, Dirt bike riding, Motorcycle riding

Giannini_K.jpgU12 - Katie Giannini


  • PSIA Level III
  • USSA/NYSSRA- Alpine Coach, Alpine Official, Alp: CO1, RF1

Experience, Background and Interests:

  • Undergraduate: Special Education / Psychology
  • Graduate: Special Education
  • Post Graduate: Certificate in Assistive Technology and Adaptive Equipment Design

Coaching and Related Experience:

  • Hunter Mountain coach- J5's, Hunter Mountain Ski School exam training coordinator, Assistant Training Coordinator under Ray Allard, Staff trainer/exam training specialist, PSIA A.R.T. and  Area Rep, Adaptive Sports Camp Director (15 years)
  • Entering 29th  year of teaching and coaching skiing as a certified instructor
  • Other interests: hiking, golf, cycling, gardening, fitness, cooking, travel

U14 - Gudlauski_E.jpgEd Gudlauski

Why I Coach:

I absolutely love skiing and all that goes with it.  After more than ten years as a Professional Ski Instructor and Race Coach I am as enthusiastic about it today as ever.  I especially enjoy working with kids and have a passion for coaching them.  There just is no satisfaction greater than the “I got it” twinkle in a kid’s eye and knowing that you helped put it there.


  • PSIA: Level 3
  • USSA: Level 100 Coach,…Level 200 cert in progress.
  • Certified Referee
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine: Personal Trainer


Global Manufacturing Systems Architect

Professional Background:

  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Information Technology

Hobby Interests:

  • Auto restoration and tuning
  • Shaker/ Arts & Craft style furniture and cabinet making
  • Wines and cooking

Sports Interests: (other than skiing)


Hawks_R.jpgU12 - Rich Hawks, Jr.


PSIA Level III, USSA Alpine Coach and Alpine Official

Experience, Background and Interests:

  • First Aid, NYSSRA Member, NCAA Division III racer - Franklin Pierce College
  • Started at Hunter as a J6 coach in 1989.  Had the pleasure to teach Jeremy “Worm” Transue.  Has had the opportunity to teach both children and adults over the past years on staff. 
  • Hunter Mountain Racing Foundation Board of Directors.


Schmidt_D.jpgU16 - Doug Schmidt


  • PSIA Level 3
  • USSA Level 100 Coach

Years Coaching: 20+ years total, 15+ years full time

Past Experience: 

  • Hunter Mountain Head J1-2 coach
  • Ski School Director for Tanglewood and Ski Big Bear
  • Race Director for Tanglewood and Ski Big Bear

Accomplishments / Interests: Ski Instructor of the year 2001 – Hunter Mountain


U16 - Theinpont_P.jpgPaul Thienpont 


Years Coaching: 2nd Year

Past Experience: I am a former Hunter Mountain Racing Foundation ski racer. Raced for SUNY University at Albany.

Accomplishments / Interests: Skiing, Golfing, and Hiking.


U10 - Frank Corso


Cleveland_B.jpgBrook Cleveland


  • Level 1 & 2 Aerials USSA
  • PSIA Level 1

Experience, Background and Interests:

  • Windham Freestyle team 1989 to 1994
  • Hunter Freestyle Team 1994-97
  • Lake Placid Freestyle team 1997-99
  • Squaw Valley CA Freestyle team 1999-2001
  • US National and US selections
  • Mogul, and  Aerial competitions
  • Freestyle skiing Scholarship, North Country Community College in Lake Placid
  • Olympic Regional Development Authority Supervisior for Sports Development
    Sports included:
  • Luge, Bobsled, Skeleton, Aerials, Skiing, Cross country skiing, Trampoline, Nordic Jumping, Hockey and CURLING!!!
  • Trampoline Coach ORDA
  • Built World Cup Freestyle Course for ORDA at White Face
  • Certified Physical Education Teacher
  • Main area of study was Special Education
  • NYS Physical Education Major of the Year 2004
  • United States Physical Education Major of the Year Award winner 2004
  • Coached at hunter the season of 1996-97 while competing
  • Coaching hunter 2005 to present

Employed by the FDNY, stationed in Da Bronx. This year will be building the World Cup freestyle and slopestyle course in Lake Placid.



Mike Hertler


Experience, Background and Interests:




Lidlow_P.jpgPhil Lidlow


  • USSA Freestyle Level 1, USSA Freestyle Official Chief of Scoring, PSIA Level 3

Experience, Background and Interests:

  • Ski Instructor 4 Years
  • Ski Coach Seasonal Program 2 Years
  • Ski Coach Freestyle Program 2 Years
  • Ski Coach / Student @ Lake Placid Water Ramps 6 Years
  • 25+ Years New York City Financial Industry Technical Support Currently Network Engineer
  • Recreational Soccer Coach 6 Years
  • Wrestling Coach 2 Years
  • Saltwater Fishing Guide and Competitor for Life

Murdy_B.jpgBill Murdy


  • PSIA Level 3, USSA Level 2AI

Experience, Background and Interests:

  • Coaching at Junior Olympics, Nor-Ams and Nationals
  • Off Season – Surfing, Fishing, Triathlons

Larissa DeMelo


Ray Cigna


Snowboard Team

Pesciotta_D.jpgMichael "Pablo" Dawybida


Years Coaching: 2nd Year

Past Experience: Hunter Mountain Snowboard School 

Accomplishments / Interests: