Meet the Coaches

"These coaches are the backbone of the organization.  They are all in, and MRT could not be more proud of the coaches we have in this organization.  MRT gives a great coaching experience our athletes!" 

- Jean-Pierre Veillet,  MRT President  

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John Rust, Program Director

Meadows Race Team is the organization that brought John to Hood River more than 20 years ago. He has served as program manager for Mt. Hood Summer Ski Camps for 10 years prior to taking the Hood River Community Education Director position in 2009. With a long career on Mt Hood John Rust is proudly back as the Program Director for the Meadows Race team. As a vibrant and active community leader, John has taken the reins of MRT and quickly gained the respect and admiration of this Ski community.

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Katy Loewy, HEAD COACH

MRT is excited to announce Katy Loewy as their next Head Coach. In March we kicked off a national search for our head coach position. We took input from our athletes, parents and board members on the type of candidate we desired. While all skills are important it was clear that our club was looking for someone that could compliment that with a commitment to our mission and values. Words that rang true were role model, community builder, and great communicator. There was an overwhelming desire to make our athletes feel safe-valued and supported.

"Katy grew up in the Seattle area ski racing for Team Alpental Snoqualmie (TAS). She then went on to race for the Gonzaga University club team. After graduating, she spent several winters working as a part-time coach for TAS while balancing a career in the Seattle tech industry. She worked with athletes from from ages U8 through U19 adding to her experience with different age groups and skill levels. After many years working behind a desk, Katy was drawn back to her roots and passion for skiing and decided to pursue coaching full-time. She moved to Sun Valley, ID and worked for the Snow Sports program before finding her way to the beautiful Hood River area. She spent last winter splitting time between White Salmon and Snoqualmie Pass WA working as a full-time U16-19 coach/FIS coach for TAS. She holds a USSA level 100 certification and plans to continue her coaching education moving forward. When Katy is not on the snow coaching, you can find her backcountry skiing, riding her mountain bike, rock climbing or searching for the next adventure!"

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Ben McKinley

Freeski Program Head Coach

Meadows Race Team is excited to announce the addition of a Freeski Program for the 2019-20 season and has hired Ben McKinley as the Head Coach. Program Director John Rust says, “Our board identified an incredible opportunity to expand our offerings and decided starting with the 2019-20 season to offer a freeski program. Hiring Ben was an incredible move for our organization.” Freeski has many elements first and foremost being “Big Mountain skiing”, but also includes Skier Cross, Ski Mountaineering and in parts of the county with access to bumps it includes moguls/aerials. We are starting with Big Mountain skiing and will likely have athletes dabble in skier cross in the coming seasons.

Ben is an OR native, living in West Linn with his wife, two daughters and two dogs. He runs a web development company and seeks to share as many outdoor experiences with others as possible. He spent his childhood in southern Oregon, skiing with the Mt. Ashland Racing Association. A committed ski racer, Ben always had a healthy love for off-piste skiing. In high school, he spent a winter at Schweitzer before shifting focus to football through college. During college, the love of skiing was too much to ignore and he began coaching high school ski racing. He spent the next 11 years coaching Tigard and Jesuit high schools. He was then invited to join the MAC ski coaching staff. Over 13 years, the focus shifted from coaching adults to cultivating a Freeride program. Ben is excited to provide a place where athletes can explore a broad offering of big mountain and backcountry opportunities. The program is in constant pursuit of building competence, confidence and respect for wild mountain terrain.

 MRT COACHING STAFF

"Youth ski racing is about community. MRT's community is strong, diverse, and hugely effective in developing exceptional kids.

I'm proud to be part of it".

-AJ KITT,   AMERICAN DOWNHILLER

 

AJ KITT, U14 LEAD COACH    BOARD MEMBER    4 time OLYMPIAN

AJ KITT, U14 LEAD COACH

BOARD MEMBER

4 time OLYMPIAN

SEAN WELCH    U12 LEAD COACH

SEAN WELCH

U12 LEAD COACH

JEFF HERMAN    U8 LEAD COACH

JEFF HERMAN

U8 LEAD COACH

SHAWN DARRIS    HIGH SCHOOL LEAD COACH

SHAWN DARRIS

HIGH SCHOOL LEAD COACH

FRANCOIS PELLETIER    U10 LEAD COACH

FRANCOIS PELLETIER

U10 LEAD COACH

STEVE LISAC    25yr+ USSA COACH

STEVE LISAC

25yr+ USSA COACH

BRANDON GREEN    COMP TEAM COACH

BRANDON GREEN

COMP TEAM COACH

Rachel Landon,  High School

Rachel Landon,

High School

SAM HUMPHREYS    U12 COACH

SAM HUMPHREYS

U12 COACH

AARON ZAROSINSKI    U14 COACH

AARON ZAROSINSKI

U14 COACH

JEANNE WELCH    U14 COACH

JEANNE WELCH

U14 COACH

GEORGE DOLAK    U14 COACH

GEORGE DOLAK

U14 COACH

EVA DELLIS    U14 COACH

EVA DELLIS

U14 COACH

GEOFF BARROW    U12 COACH    BOARD MEMBER

GEOFF BARROW

U12 COACH

BOARD MEMBER

JEFF JONES    U12 COACH

JEFF JONES

U12 COACH

JEREMY INMAN    BOARD MEMBER    COACH

JEREMY INMAN

BOARD MEMBER

COACH

KATLIN KARSTEN    U10 COACH

KATLIN KARSTEN

U10 COACH

BRIAN STANLEY    U10 COACH

BRIAN STANLEY

U10 COACH

CAAN ZAROSINSKI    U10 COACH

CAAN ZAROSINSKI

U10 COACH

BOB STAWICKI    U10 COACH

BOB STAWICKI

U10 COACH

EMILY WRIGHT  U10 COACH

EMILY WRIGHT

U10 COACH

GREG TANSEY  EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER  U8 COACH

GREG TANSEY

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER

U8 COACH

CLAIRE CODY    U8 COACH

CLAIRE CODY

U8 COACH

DARYL SEITZER  U10 COACH

DARYL SEITZER

U10 COACH

HAILI HERMAN  U8 COACH

HAILI HERMAN

U8 COACH

FER KLUG  U8 COACH

FER KLUG

U8 COACH