USSA Coaching Staff

Tony Olin - Head Coach and Program Director

Tony Olin

Head Coach and Program Director of Team Afton’s USSA program. Tony co-directs the Olin/LaCasse Ski racing School at Mt. Hood, Oregon during the summer months and at VAIL, CO in November. He is a Level 500 International Certified Coach and PSIA certified. An accomplished racer himself, Tony skied internationally in NORAM's and Europa Cup. As a collegian, while skiing for St. Olaf College, he was the national USCSA slalom champion in 1987. A father of two, Tony has gained a reputation as a caring, insightful and innovative coach. He has been racing and coaching for over 25 years and has experience at and with all levels. He has helped produce numerous Junior Olympic Champions and U.S. Ski Team Members while remaining attentive to the needs of skiers of all abilities. Tony was named 2007 Central Division Coach of the Year.
Sponsors - Rossignol Skis, Boots, and Bindings, Smith helmets

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Dale Zurbay – Assistant Director

Dale Zurbay

Dale competed in USSA ability and FIS races as a junior and continues to race as a top ranked Masters racer. He raced collegiately at Montana State University and the University of Minnesota competing in USCSA Nationals. Dale is a USSA Level 200 certified coach and has 15 years of coaching experience at the Ability and FIS level. Dale is also our resident officiating trainer and is a USSA Level 2 Technical Delegate. He has coached for Team Afton for 13 years and actually coached most of our staff when they were in the program. Dale is a sales VP for a healthcare technology company and spends his time off the hill on trying to keep up with his wife Sarah and children William and Anabelle.  Sponsors - Nordica Skis and Boots, and Marker Bindings

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Jacob "Jake" Lund - FIS Coach

Jacob "Jake" Lund

Jake is not new to Team Afton - he grew up here. A Middlebury grad, and former US Ski Team member, Jake brings true international status to the position. He's stood in the starting gate of some of the Worlds biggest ski races.

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Mary Rachel ("M.R") Hostetter - Head U16-U14 Coach

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Mary Rachel Hostetter joined us in 2015. She came from a rich history of ski racing that began in Pennsylvania....and quickly redirected her to the mountains of Colorado. She calls herself a Steamboat native. As a junior racer, she rose through the US ranks to attain a berth on the Topolino World Childrens Championships (held in Italy). She skied with the US Ski Team for a spell, before heading to the University of Denver, and then to New Mexico to ski for the Lobos. An All-American with an All-American attitude and smile, we are blessed to have M.R. join the "new migration" and come from the Mountains-to-the-Midwest (crazy as that sounds). She holds a Masters degree in Sports Marketing and is working in the PR industry, along with inspiring our young racers at Team Afton.

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Rory Filson - Rising Stars Lead Coach

Rory Filson

Rory was a Team Afton highlight as a junior. A serious Junior Olympic podium contender, Rory amassed volumes of experience traveling the continent with then coach, Tony Olin. Her exceptional eye for technical perfection always challenges kids to reach a little deeper, run after run. A graduate of St. Thomas University where she majored in communications, Rory is a successful professional in the business world. She and her husband "RJ" are raising the next generation of Team Afton with their little guy "JD". One of our three lead coaches for our Rising Stars program, Rory was part of a successful first season for this special program.

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DJ Walling -Advancement Coach

DJ Walling

A re-newed role this 2016 season, DJ Walling will help with transitioning athletes from ARC - to Associate - to USSA, as well as helping athletes as they advance from non-scored to scored environments.

DJ says: I am excited to be a part of Team Afton. Previously I've been with Team Gilboa, first as a Junior coach, and then as Head Coach for the U14 and under groups. I've gotten to know many of the Team Afton coaches, athletes and parents over the years and see this as a great fit.  My passion for skiing and ski racing runs deep and I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with you all while learning some new tricks from Tony and the rest of the coaching staff. A little information about me - I grew up in Stamford, New York in the Catskill Mountains and learned to ski at the age of 3 on the icy slopes of the East.  Moved to Minnesota in 1995.  My wife, Abby, and I live in Woodbury and are both avid golfers.  I also enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, snowmobiling and most water sports.

Help us welcome DJ's and Abby's new baby to the world! Congratulations!

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Casey Charlson - Rising Stars Lead Coach

Casey Charlson

Casey skied with Team Afton for seven years prior to attending St. Olaf College and competing at the collegiate and FIS levels there. Casey is following in his fathers footsteps (former AAAC President, Cary Charlson) at an Agency within State Farm. Casey is an experienced Junior Olympic, US College Nationals, and US Nationals competitor, and will be bringing his experiences back to his home team for this, his seventh year of coaching.

Casey and Kristin (spouse) are hard at work growing more ski racers - with two kids and counting! Casey was co-leader of the new Rising Stars program and continues in that role for 2016-17.

Sponsors - Volkl, Technica. Marker 

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Eric Levander - Rising Stars Lead Coach

Eric Levander has been associated with Team Afton since the 1990s. He grew up racing and then coaching for the team, left, returned, left - had babies, and now has returned again growing the team. We are super excited to have Eric join our Rising Stars ranks - with his two sons. He's been an ARC dad and coach for several seasons, as well as having coaches USSA for several seasons in the early 2000s.

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Nate Smith - Rising Stars Lead Coach

Nate is native to Afton Alps. Growing up just down the road, Nate spent his youth here. He raced High School for Hastings and made it all the way to State! He joined the coaching ranks with Tony Olin and has been associated ever since. Nate is a successful entrepreneur leading an innovative bottling company that has cracked the craft brewing industry wide open. Lagersmith. That's Nate Smith. Nate is one of our leads for the Rising Star program.

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Chauncey Charlson

Chauncey Charlson

The youngest of the Charlson brigade, Chauncey re-joins us on a more permanent basis this season. A new business owner in the insurance industry, Chauncey skied with Team Afton since he was 5 along with his brothers Colin and Casey-eventually learning all their secrets and fashioning himself as the most stylishof the Charlsons.  Though modest, Chauncey was a top level Mid-Am skier, a Team Central member, a US Nationals qualifier, and a silver medalist at the J2 Junior Olympics. Oh, as a High School skier--he won the individual State Title, too.  We are privileged to have Chauncey impart his special skills of ski racing to our members.

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Brad Erickson

Brad Erickson

A Western State College of Colorado graduate with majors in Business Administration and Psychology Motivation, Brad Erickson brings fresh coaching energy to Team Afton. He raced for Team Afton beginning at the age of 11, qualified for J2 Nationals, competed in Division I for three years, and took home some podium hardware from Junior Olympics and FIS competitions. When Brad is off the hill, he is the Category Manager at Erickson Oil Products, Freedom Valu Centers. He is an avid wake boarder, skier and snowmobiler, and loves his time with family and friends. Brad says it’s a ton of fun to come back and coach for the team where he started racing as a kid. He is dedicated to the program and enjoys the Team Afton community. Sponsors: Atomic, DNA Clothing, Leki

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Doug Nordmeyer

Doug Nordmeyer

Nordy is a Level 400 International Certified Coach and USSA SkillsQuest evaluator. A lifelong ski racer, Doug competed while at the University of Wyoming and on the World Pro Skiing (WPS) and Coors Colorado Pro Tours. While serving as a Naval Aviator, he represented the United States at five World Military Alpine Championships, known as the Conseil Internationale du Sport Militaire. He has also worked as a “Field of Play” course official (speed events) at two winter Olympics (Salt Lake and Whistler).  He has won a variety of races including the Samsonite, Remy Martin, Grand Marnier and Jeep Challenges, as well as the 1973 NASTAR Midwest pacesetting trials, the 1991 National NASTAR championship and a silver medal at the 2008 Legends Race at Vail. A father of four, Nordy has coached since 1973 and can tell many ski tales, most of which, are true. Sponsors - Head Skis, Boots, and Bindings

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Max Lund

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The middle of four brothers to ski under Tony Olin, Max is a multi-year coach, and a 2008 graduate from Hudson High School as well as 2012 graduate of St. Olaf College. In high school, Max won several Mid America FIS races and qualified for the prestigious J2 Nationals, and as a collegiate ski racer, Max was a Captain, MVP as well as All-American. Furthermore, he competed in two US National Championship races. Currently, Max works in digital sales in the Twin Cities. Max is also a crack-up (that's him on the right of his long-time ski mate, Nick Stang, after Max won a ski bet that involved a special haircut for the loser).

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Dave Thorson

Dave Thorson

Dr. Dave started coaching in the early 1970’s as a Buddy Werner coach at Park City. He became Head coach at Duluth Alpine Club and UMD for 3 years, moved back to the Twin Cities to resume his college education. He ran a local professional ski tour for three years before returning to coaching with Scott Wilson and the Welch Village USSA team. When he started medical school he 
took a short break from coaching. His coaching resumed in 1994 with Team Afton. He has coached at the divisional and national level as well as worked as a physician covering skiing locally, nationally and internationally. This year he will be working mostly with the J4, 5, and 6’s and traveling to local races, while he continues to provide volunteer physician coverage for the US Ski Team. As a ski racer, he raced in high school, college and he continues to race locally. He was the Age group National NASTAR champion in the under 30 – 40 age group.

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Sarah Zurbay

Sarah Zurbay

Sarah competed in USSA age, ability, and FIS races both in and out of the Central division. She raced for both St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota competing in USCSA Nationals. Sarah is a USSA Level 200 certified coach. She has been with Team Afton for over 10 years and is a favorite with the kids. When she is off the hill she spends time traveling, playing tennis, waterskiing, and biking with her children, William and Anabelle, and husband Dale. Sponsors - Nordica Skis and Boots, and Marker Bindings

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Mackenzie Lund

Mackenzie joins our staff in 2016-17 in the line of LUND. He's the third Lund brother to join our ranks and we're very excited to have him on board. Mackenzie has been in and around snow and mountains his whole life. He did a couple year stint in Vail, Colorado which further ignited his passions for the sport.

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Ross "Rosko" Baker

Ross Baker was born Team Afton. He's been a fixture or the Team Afton program since he was in D-Team so many years ago. He moved up the ranks - Associate, USSA, FIS, St. Olaf College, and now back with us as Coach! We're so very lucky to have him return to the fold. Ross wants to build things - like houses and skyscrapers, so we've put him to work building young ski racers (he's also very handy at re-building broken gates!). A future Architect? Perhaps. We're just happy to have him on board.

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Jack Stang

Jack has been part of Team Afton for a long time as well. He's grown both as a skier and as a person. He attended and skied for St. Olaf College and was a great team mate. He joined Team Afton last season as an ARC coach - and has graduated to the USSA staff. We're excited to have Jack sharing his wisdom with our skiers.

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