PSIA's Rogan joins USSA alpine development staff
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has made another move designed to enhance athlete fundamental skills development across the country.
USSA Alpine Director Patrick Riml announced the appointment of longtime Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Alpine Team leader Michael Rogan as fundamental skills development coach.
"What a great opportunity for both PSIA and the U.S. Ski Team to create a stronger connection between coaching and the broader ski instruction community," Rogan said. "It is an honor to be a part of the national development program and I hope that this is a continuation of a great relationship between our organizations."
Rogan is a five-time member of the PSIA Alpine Team. In addition to his role with PSIA, Rogan is director of instruction for SKI Magazine and is operations manager for Hotel Portillo in Chile. Rogan has played a key role with the U.S. Women’s Alpine Speed Team in providing them specific programs for pre-race on-snow warm-up.
Rogan will base out of the USSA Center of Excellence in Park City where he will provide support to development athletes nationwide as well as those attending the new USSA Team Academy.
"One of the key factors we identified for future success was greater emphasis on younger skiers learning the very basic fundamentals of skiing – not just ski racing," said USSA Alpine Director Patrick Riml. "As a PSIA leader, Michael has had a profound impact on our women’s national team athletes from project work he has done at camps in Mammoth Mountain. We’ll now be able to extend that support to our top development athletes in regions across our entire country.
The addition of Rogan is a key element in the USSA’s move to provide higher quality training and education to the nation’s best young athletes from coast to coast, with a focus on fundamental skill development. He will work closely with alpine coach Thomas Erhard in providing support to top U16 and U18 athletes in each region across the country.
Rogan will also work hand in hand to enhance the USSA’s new SkillsQuest program, which was rolled out this spring to provide local clubs with a template to enhancing fundamentals training for their USSA athletes.
"Instructors are in a unique position to identify talent at the grass-roots, and Michael’s new position with USSA reinforces the connection between strong fundamentals and elite competitors," said PSIA executive director and CEO Mark Dorsey. "Every opportunity to create, excite, and retain new skiers is important to the sport, and continuing the U.S. Ski Team's high profile success is a big part of that equation. We’re thrilled that Michael is in a position to contribute at such a high level."
USSA has revamped its alpine development program to provide higher quality support to the best development athletes. Over 60 top U16 athletes were invited to a first-ever national camp at the USSA Center of Excellence last March. The camp provided an opportunity for training, education and talent identification.
This spring, veteran development leader Lester Keller was appointed regional development director, overseeing programs across the country. Erhard was named this summer to specifically work with U16 and U18 athletes nationally. -GM
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