The Squaw Valley Ski Team (SVST) has announced the addition of Jim Hudson to its coaching staff as the Under 14 Development Manager. Hudson will assume the responsibilities of U14 head coach as well as help drive and enhance a seamless model from the SVST Development Team to USSA U10s, U12s, and U14s, a position previously held by John Cashman who is now head coach of the U16 National Training Group.
The Squaw Valley community sees this as a homecoming for Hudson as he spent several great seasons from 1988-98 coaching at Squaw prior to his departure to help build the Sugar Bowl Ski Team into what it is today.
“I am coming home, back to ski and coach at Squaw Valley with the SVST,” said Hudson. “This is where I first put on skis, where I grew up and fell in love with skiing on this mountain — KT-22 and the amazing people.”
In his tenure with the SVST and the Sugar Bowl Academy Ski Team, Hudson developed scholarship programs, comprehensive safety programs, athlete evaluation systems, and overall highly competitive and productive youth athletics. His commitment has always been promoting well-rounded athletes and human beings. He has been an active and pivotal member of the Far West ACC, shaping what U14 racing is within the Far West division today. Hudson is a Dave McCoy Coach of the Year award recipient and co-founder of the Sugar Bowl Academy, but most importantly he has shared his passion for skiing with so many athletes, coaches, and their families.
Hudson’s experience is unparalleled in the Far West and USSA with so many years of dedication and commitment to the betterment of ski racing, especially with U14 skiing. When asked about his return, Hudson was quick to point out Squaw Valley’s rich history of amazing skiers, athletes, and tradition of great coaches.
“I started my coaching with Sully here years ago and had the chance to coach many incredibly talented athletes, including Julia Mancuso. I am extremely grateful and proud to be coming home, to be a part of SVST’s continued success and growth again. I’m excited to ski, coach, and enjoy this winter and many more at Squaw Valley,” he added. “I am fortunate to be able to help provide not only technical skills and training for young athletes but also a positive, safe environment conducive to team members’ growth and development as ski racers and human beings.”
Release courtesy of the Squaw Valley Ski Team