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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

Certification: 

  • 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.

Certifications:

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

Occupation:

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)

Cycling
Kayaking
Hiking


Hawks_R.jpgU12 - Rich Hawks, Jr.

Certification:

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

Certification: 

  • 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 

Certification: 

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


FREESTYLE TEAM


Cleveland_B.jpgBrook Cleveland

Certification:

  • 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.

  

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Mike Hertler

Certification:

Experience, Background and Interests:

 

 


  

Lidlow_P.jpgPhil Lidlow

Certification:

  • 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

Certification:

  • 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

Certification: 

Years Coaching: 2nd Year

Past Experience: Hunter Mountain Snowboard School 

Accomplishments / Interests: