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, Alpine 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

Big Mountain Head Coach

Meadows Race Team is excited to announce the addition of a Big Mountain 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 during the 2019-2020 season with a big mountain program. Hiring Ben was an incredible move for our organization.” Big mountain has many elements first and foremost being “Big Mountain skiing”, but also includes Backcountry Skiing, Ski Mountaineering, Skier Cross, and Ski Mountaineering. We will stay true to our core while expanding as interest and capacity allow.

CLICK HERE for more on the BIG MOUNTAIN PROGRAM.

 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

 

SHAWN DARRIS  U14 Lead Coach  Shawn in the self proclaimed Swiss Army Knife of ski coaches.  He has a wide range of skills, but true to our mission and vision finds total enjoyment in coaching elite level racers and newcomers just the same.  Shawn’s passion for outdoor activities extends to rock climbing, back country fishing, mt. biking and much more.  He’s also a masterful storyteller!

SHAWN DARRIS

U14 Lead Coach

Shawn in the self proclaimed Swiss Army Knife of ski coaches. He has a wide range of skills, but true to our mission and vision finds total enjoyment in coaching elite level racers and newcomers just the same. Shawn’s passion for outdoor activities extends to rock climbing, back country fishing, mt. biking and much more. He’s also a masterful storyteller!

SEAN WELCH  U12 LEAD COACH

SEAN WELCH

U12 LEAD COACH

FRANCOIS PELLETIER  U10 LEAD COACH

FRANCOIS PELLETIER

U10 LEAD COACH

AJ KITT,  BOARD MEMBER  4 time OLYMPIAN

AJ KITT,

BOARD MEMBER

4 time OLYMPIAN

JEFF HERMAN  U8 LEAD COACH

JEFF HERMAN

U8 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

AARON ZAROSINSKI  U14 COACH

AARON ZAROSINSKI

U14 COACH

JEANNE WELCH  U14 COACH

JEANNE WELCH

U14 COACH

SAM HUMPHREYS  U12 COACH

SAM HUMPHREYS

U12 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

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