COACHING STAFF

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Sean Warman | WRF Program Director

Sean brings to our program a depth of technical knowledge and curriculum that will build upon our goals of being a preeminent leader in New York State ski racing. Having dedicated over 30yrs to nearly year round ski instructing, coaching, mentoring, training and leading programs, Sean has returned home. Upon graduating from Rhinebeck High School, Sean headed to the University of Utah. He joined the ski industry as a ski instructor at Heavenly Ski Resort and quickly worked his way up the ranks of PSIA while working back to back seasons in Portillo, Chile and Heavenly for 9 consecutive summers. By 2000, Sean was selected to the PSIA National Alpine Team and Advanced Educator, PSIA-W Demo Team Coach and Selector. Additionally, having competed in a rigorous multi-year selection process he was invited into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard National Coaches Academy and started working as a U.S. Ski Team Guest Skills Coach at their Mt. Hood, Mammoth and Europe camps; a role he continues to serve today.

Sasha Rearick, U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Head Men’s Development Coach, had this to say about Sean: "the team greatly benefited from Sean’s core teaching methodology that comes from his unique blend of high level PSIA and USSA studies".

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Over the next decade Sean served as the Staff Trainer for Heavenly Ski School, the Alpine Race Director for Crested Butte Ski Resort, Training Director, Head of Curriculum Development and SnowSports Manager for Sierra at Tahoe Resort. He served as Teams Director at Northstar Resort in California, Teams Director at Hunter Mountain and Program Director and Head Coach for West Mountain Racing Program. For the past 10 years Sean has been dedicating his time specifically to long term athlete development in the race world.

Sean and his wife, Petra Ruger, are pleased to have put down permanent roots once again in their home town of Rhinebeck, NY where can be closer to family again.

 

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Jason Barcoff | U10 MWC Head Coach

Jason Barcoff started his passion for skiing at Sterling Forest Ski Center in Tuxedo NY at the age of 13.  Shortly there after he received his PSIA level 1 certification in 1994 and his USSA coaches certification in 1995.  Since then he has worked at Hunter Mountain as head J4 coach and worked with major ski manufacturers as a product representative. Jason has made Windham his winter home for the last 14 years.  Jason has been a member of the USSA Eastern Region Development and Children's committees, and past chair of the NYSSRA children's committee.  Jason worked full time providing critical medical transport at Westchester Medical Center STAT team and is currently working as a bike fitting specialist, and cycling coach.

Training, and certifications - US Ski and Snowboard Association: Alpine level 200 Coach, Technical Delegate 2,  Chief of Course level 3, Referee level 3. Professional Ski Instructors of America - Bikefit.com Pro fitter, GURU F.I.S.T. certified, International Bike Fitters Institute certified, Leomo Movement Analysis Systems certification, Velogicfit 3D Motion Capture certification, Functional Movement Screen level 1 certification, National Association of EMS Educators.

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Mike Benchimol | U10 Coach

Mike first started teaching skiing at a small ski area called Deer Run (Scotch Valley Ski Area) in the early 90’s. In 1999 he came to Windham and became a coach with the race team. During those years he has worked with U8, U10, and U12 racers. Recently, he has been working with the young racers training to become coaches.

When not skiing, Mike is a middle school and high school science teacher on Long Island. During the summer Mike is a director and a coach of a Junior Sailing program.  He has two older children who skied with the race program and has two younger children who will be joining the race program in the near future.

An avid soccer player, Mike still tries to find time for sailing, mountain biking, white water kayaking, and rock climbing.

Certifications include PSIA Level 2, Children’s Specialist 2, US Ski and Snowboard Alpine Level 200 Coach, and US Sailing Level 3 Coach.

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Martin Biedermann | U14 Head Coach

Martin brings a wealth of diverse experience to Windham with over 37 years of coaching experience.  He started ski racing at Highmount back in the mid 70’s and ski there till his college days.  He raced at Keene State College and USSA at University of New Hampshire.  After College he return to Highmount where he started to coach in the early 80’s, then moving to Belleayre and finally moving to Windham in 2000.

Martin has coached over the years from the U10 level to the U19 level and has been coaching the U14’s level for the last 9 years.

In addition to his coaching experience, Martin is a Port Captain for an international shipping company responsible for operations in North America, Caribbean and Central America.

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Nicole Cosgrove | U14 Coach

Hailing from the tundra of Minneapolis, Minnesota Nicole joined the Windham Race Factory in 2017. She is an alumni of the prestigious Buck Hill Ski team. Known for it's rope tow and legendary skier's such as Kristina Koznick, Michael Ankeny and Lindsay Vonn, despite it's mere 310 foot vertical.

Nicole attended the University of Colorado where she served as the anchor slalom skier. After two years of collegiate racing Nicole turned in her skis to sail around the world- stopping in fourteen countries along the way.

After graduation she landed an internship in film production in New York City. Nicole is currently a film and television producer in New York City. She has had the honor of working on 30Rock,The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Wolf of Wall Street. Filmmaking and ski coaching are a true symbiotic relationship, because no one likes to make movies in the winter. Nicole looks forward to every weekend at the Race Factory. She hopes to instill her zest for adventure and fearlessness into all of her athletes.

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Todd Glick | U16-19 Coach

Todd started his race career at Holiday Mountain in Monticello, NY. He left Holiday Mountain to live and train full time at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, NY, attending The Mountain House Ski Academy. Todd was an Alpine Competitor obtaining entrance into FIS Finals and NORAMS. He attended St. Lawrence University having the opportunity to compete at the highest level of collegiate skiing in North America. After graduating St. Lawrence, Todd was the head J4 coach at Heavenly Valley Race Team in South Lake Tahoe. During that same time he was the head coach for the Whittle High School Ski Team in Zepher Cove, Nevada. Returning to his hometown, Todd was the head coach for Holiday Mountain Ski Team in Monticello, NY. Todd moved from Holiday Mountain to Belleayre Mountain as a J4 coach. Todd's children, Skylar and Camryn attended National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, NY where Todd was a J3 coach. In 2012, Todd joined Windham Mountain Race Factory and has coached at the U10 to the U19 levels. From 2012 to 2019 he was the head travel coach and technical director. Todd has coached kids since 1983 combining his love of snow with his commitment to athlete success. His knowledge, experience and passion for the sport of ski racing and helping athletes reach their goals has lead him to join the board of the New York State Ski Racing Association, serving as Vice President.

Certifications include: Level 4 Referee,  Level 200 Alpine Coach, Level 2 Competition Official, Level 1 Chief of Race, Level 1 Timing and Calculations, Level 1 Snowboard Coach.

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Doug Hall | WRF Race Coach

Doug started skiing with his family in 1959 (yes on wooden skis with no edges). He started teaching in 1969 as a member of the Eastern Amateur Skiing Association. Went to college in Colorado and taught at Vail for 7 years where he became an Associate member of RMSIA. While at Vail went on to become a full certified instructor in 1976 while working with Horst Abrams helping to develop the first edition of the American Teaching Method. Came back East and taught at Labrador, Smuggler’s Notch and Bristol. Picked up racing again as a NYS Masters while coaching at Bristol Mtn. Coached J3’s and J2’s as well as the local high school. Became a Level 200 Alpine Coach and attended the 1991 National Coaches Academy. While coaching became an official within USSA first as a Referee and then on to all of the other categories. Became a member of the FIS in 2001 and have been involved with racing at all levels including the NorAms, National Championships, World Championships, World Cup and the Olympics. Taught skiing for 14 years and coached for 21. Currently serving US Ski & Snowboard as the Eastern AO chair, chair of the Alpine Technical Committee which oversees the US Timing group, AO Education, US TD’s and Classifications groups, and chair of the US Courses (homologations) working group. Member of the US Alpine Competition Committee and FIS Sub-committee.

Currently serve as a FIS courses inspector and as FIS TD, certified in speed; also serves as FIS TD examiner.

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Caroline Mutter | U12 Head Coach

After working on a fixed income trading floor for 16 years, Caroline finally returned home to the snow. Caroline started skiing at 2 years old on a small hill with a rope tow in her home town of Pittsfield, Maine. In the third grade she joined the race program at Sugarloaf, the coldest, steepest and iciest mountain on the east coast. The on going practice of setting short term and long term goals and the life long friendships she acquired from ski racing with Carrabassett Valley Academy have served as guiding influences through out her life. Caroline is a two time Junior Olympian and has a season of FIS starts under her belt. Her best events were Super G and GS.

Caroline is a US Ski and Snowboard Level 300 Coach and is working towards her level 3 PSIA certification. This is Caroline’s 6th season coaching for the Windham Race Factory.  Skiing is Caroline’s passion and a passion she hopes to pass onto her two children, Tiger and Dax.

When not on snow Caroline and her husband Paul spend their time hiking, biking and waterskiing.

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Rich Prata | U14 Coach

Rich began skiing at age 8 at camp Arrowhead Ski Area in NJ. He began teaching ski lessons at age 14. Rich skied weekends at Belleayre Mountain throughout his high school years. In 1982 achieved PSIA certification level 2. In 1983, began coaching at Windham Mountain and has coached every level skier from U10 to U19. Rich received PSIA Level 3 certification in 1989.

During his early years at Windham, he worked with the ski school to train first year instructors in addition to coaching. Rich has three adult children who grew up racing at Windham.

Rich is a US Ski and Snowboard Level 100 Coach and holds Alpine Race Official certification as Referee..

When off the snow, Rich spends his time windsurfing and biking on the Jersey Shore or the Outer Banks.

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Ion Puspurica | WRF Race Coach

Ion grew up skiing the high peaks of the Carpathian Mountains.  A digital media executive by day, he turned his life-long passion for skiing and mountaineering into a rewarding quest to pass-on to younger generations his love for the sport, on-snow skills and technical knowledge as alpine race coach.

With a professional, fun and energetic attitude, coupled with his unique experience working with athletes at various levels both in US and Europe and a genuine drive to never stop learning, Ion brings to our program a broad background in sport science and pedagogy along with in-depth snow sports technical knowledge.

Ion is a US Ski and Snowboard Level 300 Coach and holds Alpine Race Official certifications as Chief of Race and Referee.

Once snow melts away, you'll find him sailing the waters of Long Island Sound, coaching competitive sailors, or trying to advance his golf game (a self-imposed, never-ending challenge).

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Henry Rivers | U14 Coach

Henri has been skiing and coaching at Windham Mountain since 2003. He has coached U10’s, U12’s and currently is coaching U14’s. He has been skiing for over 45 years and loves this sport. He is a PSIA level II Certified Master Teacher and Certified Children’s Specialist II.

He is a US Ski and Snowboard Level 200 Alpine Coach, and holds Alpine Race Official certifications as Jury Advisor and Referee.

Henri is the proud dad of triplets, Helaina, Henri IV and Henniyah, all avid skiers and members of the Windham Race Factory.

Henri is currently the Executive Vice President of the National Brotherhood of Skiers, one of the largest ski organizations in the country.

 

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Reggie Willcocks | U10 Kandahar Head Coach, Race Hill Manager

Reggie brings to our program over 40 years of ski industry experience both as a competitor and coach. On the pro circuit he raced for many teams including German Ski Club, Roger Williams and New England pro tours. Reggie was sponsored by many equipment manufacturers including Rossignol, Tecnica and Elan and was on the racing and development teams for Hart and Ogasaka. Having received his PSIA PSIA Full certification in 1983, Reggie served as a Member of the PSIA board of Examiners and Alpine Eastern Development team and participated in 10 National Academy programs in various capacities, including staff leader.

A member of NYSSRA and USSA for over 35 years, Reggie has coached and supervised race programs for all ages - U8 to U19 alpine racers. He ran all aspects of coaching and staff training for various age groups at Windham for the past 40 years. This includes course development, on hill training, staffing and starting the first Windham Mountain Adult racing program with over 20 adults in the mid 90’s. Currently he is Head Coach and supervisor for the WRF U10, with 16 coaches under his supervision.

Reggie is a US Ski and Snowboard Level 100 Coach and holds Alpine Race Official certifications as Chief of RaceReferee and Technical Delegate.