Team Afton ARC's Coaches each bring a special set of skills to the team. Some of the most experienced instructors at Afton are ARC Coaches. Many of the coaches are Certified by PSIA, USSA and are former or current racers themselves. ARC coaches come from varied coaching backgrounds including High School, College, USSA, and NorAm team experience. One thing these men and women all have in common is a passion for teaching a lifelong sport to a new generation of young athletes.

 

Meet The 2018-19 ARC and Jr ARC Coaches

John Ames - PSIA Level I. John says, “I coach skiing to share the joy of the sport, and to celebrate success with my students.” He’s been teaching/coaching for more than a decade. John’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Oh boy. Hiking, camping, canoeing, snowshoeing - It depends on season and conditions.

 

Steve Craig - PSIA Level II. Steve says, “Ski racing is one of the few sports where boys and girls can train and race at the same time. This promotes friendships that can last for years. The other satisfying aspect of ARC is seeing the racers develop and see how happy they are when they make that break-through. That is what makes the hard work, early mornings, late nights and the cold practices worthwhile.” He’s been teaching/coaching for over 15 years. Steve’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Road biking.

 

Tim Brown - PSIA Level I. Tim says, “I enjoy working with kids and developing them into lifelong skiers.” He’s been teaching/coaching for several years. Tim’s favorite activity besides skiing is... “If I'm not on a bike, you'll find me on the water.”

 

Douglas Boehme - PSIA Level I. Doug says, “I love sharing the passion of skiing and keeping kids off of video games.” He’s been teaching/coaching for nearly a decade. Douglas’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Cycling and Sailing

 

Ceci Charlsen - Ceci says that she coaches “for the smiles on the kids in JR arc when they come down after their first run on their first race.” She’s been teaching/coaching for several years. Her favorite activity besides skiing is... Horseback riding!

 

Julia Charlsen - PSIA Level I. Julia says, “I Love spending time with kids, laughing, being outside, learning, sending them home to proud moms and dads, and of course I love working with people who love skiing! She’s been teaching/coaching for more than a decade. Julia’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Anything outside, with friends and family.

 

Andrea Cibuzar - PSIA Level I. Andrea says, “I love giving back to young racers, sharing the excitement of learning a sport and being a part of the racing community.” She’s been teaching/coaching for several years. Andrea’s favorite activity besides skiing is... My husband and I love boating in the summer and hiking with our dog

 

Regi Collis - PSIA Level II. Regi says, “I love racing. Coaching and running races allows me to share with and create that passion in others.” She ‘s been teaching/coaching for over 20 years. Regi’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Spending time with my family.

 

Joe Dean - USSCA Level 100. Joe says he loves “seeing how the kids grow in their individual accomplishments.” He’s been teaching/coaching for nearly a decade. Joe’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Spending time with his kids.

 

Floyd Foslien - PSIA Level III, USSCA Level 100. Floyd says, “I enjoy helping the athletes discover ‘that next step’ which gets them fired up about a great sport..” He’s been teaching/coaching for over 25 years. Floyd’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Mountain biking.

 

Sarah Foslien - PSIA Level I. Sarah says, “I love sharing my passion for skiing and ski racing is one of the best ways to keep kids involved in the sport.” She‘s been teaching/coaching for several years. Sarah’s favorite activity besides skiing is... hiking

 

Michael Haut - PSIA Level I. Mike says he coaches, “For the love of the sport and watching the racers growing up.” He’s been teaching/coaching for more than a decade. Michael’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Mountain biking in the summer.

 

David Jackman - PSIA Level II. David says, “I just really enjoy working with the kids and seeing them progress.” He’s been teaching/coaching for more than a decade. David’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Golfing, motorcycle riding & hunting.

 

Andrew Junker - PSIA Level II. Andrew says, “It's s lifelong passion.” He’s been teaching/coaching for more than a decade. Andrew’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Thinking about skiing/praying for snow (sailing).

 

David Keysser - PSIA Level I. David says, “Skiing has been a passion my whole life and it brings me great joy to give that gift to the next generation.” He’s been teaching/coaching for several years. David’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Travel (a plus if it's travel for skiing)

 

Patrick Keller - PSIA Level II. Patrick says, “I enjoy helping others grow in the sport and being part of their passion.” He’s been teaching/coaching for nearly a decade. Patrick’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Biking, swimming, hiking, anything outdoors

 

Tim May - PSIA Level II. Tim says he coaches “to give back to the sport and community.” He’s been teaching/coaching for over 15 years. Tim’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Building.

 

Gary McIntyre - PSIA Level I. Gary says, “I love working with the kids and my own kids got old, so I needed to find new kids!” He’s been teaching/coaching for nearly a decade. Gary’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Biking, golf, travel with family.

 

Jeff Miller - PSIA Level I. Jeff says, “I love to see the kids advance thru the year.” He’s been teaching/coaching for several years. Jeff’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Snowmobiling.

 

Steve Mintz - PSIA Level III. Steve says, “There's nothing better than enjoying a gorgeous winter day on the hill.” He’s been teaching/coaching for over 20 years. Steve’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Making music with my band and spending time with my family.

 

Esteban Navarro Lopez Hermosa - PSIA Level I, USSCA Level 200. Esteban says, “I love helping kids becoming better skiers and racers and better people overall.” He’s been teaching/coaching for several years. Esteban’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Mountain biking, dirt biking and being outdoors in general.

Kevin Neubauer - PSIA Level III, USSCA Level 100. Kevin says he coaches “to give back to a program that has given more to me than I could ever repay.” He’s been teaching/coaching for over 20 years. Kevin’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Anything outdoors.

 

Mike O'Reilly - PSIA Level I, USSCA Level 100. Mike says, “I enjoy sharing passion for the sport and watching our guests grow in talent from junior arc age to high school.” He’s been teaching/coaching for over 15 years. Mike’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Fishing and hunting.

 

David Peterson - PSIA Level II. David says, “I thoroughly enjoy working with the racers and the other coaches.” He’s been teaching/coaching for over 15 years. David’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Mountain biking

 

Gary Phleger - PSIA Level I, USSCA Level 100. Gary says, “I love to ski!” He’s been teaching/coaching for over 15 years. Gary’s favorite activity besides skiing is... “Spending time with my lovely wife, Susan, of 26 years, my son (Joshua, 26), my daughters (Allison, 26, Anna13) and dog (Oakley, 3).”

 

Grant Pinska - Grant says, “Coaching is a passion for me!” He’s been teaching/coaching for 2 years and is a former ARC racer. His favorite activity besides skiing is... Skiing

 

Olivia Raedeke - PSIA Level I. Liv says, “I coach skiing to further the sport, work with the kids and spread my passion for skiing and being outside!” She’s been teaching/coaching for several years. Her favorite activity besides skiing is... Boating.

 

Lindsey Scott (Pielage) - PSIA Level I. Lindsey says, “Ski racing was how I made my closest friends, so I love creating the environment for kids to grow their talent and their friendships.” She’s been teaching/coaching for several years. Lindsey’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Ultimate Frisbee.

 

Liesl Schultz - Liesl says, “I met most all of my closest friends through skiing, and I always want to give back to that experience.” She ‘s been teaching/coaching for several years. Liesl’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Rock climbing or water skiing/wake surfing, hiking - playing outside!

 

Don Selbitschka - PSIA Level II. Don says, “It’s fun to teach children because they always have a different perspective.” He’s been teaching/coaching for over 15 years. Don’s favorite activity besides skiing is... horseback riding/walking my dog

 

Michelle Sheehan - Michelle says, “I love sharing my passion for ski racing with others and creating lifelong friendships and relationships while doing something fun! She’s been teaching/coaching for several years, and she is passionate about working with students with complex communication needs. When not working or skiing, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, reading and spending time with my husband, Jeff, and two daughters, Magnolia and Aubrey.

 

Steve Spencer - PSIA Level III. Steve says, “I coach because I love learning, love passing on the learning, and seeing the progress..” He’s been teaching/coaching for over 20 years. Steve’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Having other fun with the family: Camping, fishing, travelling etc. anything that has us together.

 

Bruce Stroebe - PSIA Level I, USSCA Level 300. Bruce loves the opportunity to make that “small impact” we get to make with all our racers. He‘s been teaching/coaching for over 20 years. Bruce’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Hiking

 

Dale Swanson - PSIA Level I. Dale says he wants “to inspire others to love the sport I do!” He’s been teaching/coaching for over 25 years. Dale’s favorite activity besides skiing is... White water kayaking!

 

Massimiliano “Toffe” Toffolon - PSIA Level I, USSCA Level 200. Toffe says, “My goal as a coach is to have as great a positive impact on my athletes and to foster individual and team success.” He’s been teaching/coaching for nearly a decade. Massimiliano’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Reading, traveling, running and cycling.

 

Meghan Tomai - PSIA Level I. Meghan says, “I love to see the growth from the start to the end of the season and when something just clicks for the racer.” She ‘s been teaching/coaching for nearly a decade. Meghan’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Tennis/pickle ball, cabin time, water skiing... lots of stuff.

 

Mark Weinberger - PSIA Level III, USSCA Level 100. Mark says that he teaches and coaches because “it's fun.” He’s been an instructor for over 25 years. Mark’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Bicycling. He’s also a tremendous Nordic skier.

 

Mike Zajac - PSIA Level II. Mike says, “I am not ready to grow up and keep a real (in the eyes of the world) job.” He’s been teaching/coaching for over 25 years. Mike’s favorite activity besides skiing is... Boating. He runs a marina in the summer.