We are very fortunate to have such a diverse and well rounded group of individuals committed to working with the athletes of LRT. Though they all come from different back grounds and experiences in life, they share a common passion for the sport and its healthy lifestyle. The number one goal each of our coaches shares is to help all of our athletes achieve their very best every day. Take a look at the bios and get to know the folks behind the goggles!
Trevor grew up skiing at Cannon and raced as an athlete of the Franconia Ski Club. After graduating from the University of NH (B.S. Cum Laude) a "few" years ago he came back to the North County to spend a winter skiing before he got a "real" job...that one winter has turned into a lifetime in the mountains, with no regrets. His coaching career started at Cannon as a coach for FSC. After five years of coaching he was named the Program Director, a role he held for a decade. All along he continued to coach, working with athletes from from J5(U12)at local races to JII(U18)at National Championships. Trevor is a USSA Level 300 Certified coach, has attended the National Coaches Academy at Mammoth, California and is also a USSA Level 3 Chief of Course, Alpine Official and Referee. In 2006 Trevor was selected as Eastern Staff to the Whistler Cup National Development System project where one of his athletes was competing. He was honored to be selected by U.S. Team Staff as course setter for the K2 GS in that event where the U.S. Team got second place after Norway in the Nations Cup. Trevor has coordinated many summer ski camps at Mt. Hood, Oregon and has coached at fall camps in Copper, Colorado. He is very proud of all of the accomplishments earned by athletes he has coached over the years, including but not limited to: Macomber Cup individual and team titles, Lafoley Spring Series champion, multiple JIII Junior Olympic podiums in all three disciplines, JIII Regional & State series titles, 2 NHARA BWL Championships, 2015 NHARA U12 Slalom Champion, 5 athletes to Whistler Cup(earning 3 medals!), 3 athletes to Topolino Winter Games in Italy, 7 athletes to Eastern U14 Championships, 2 athletes to U14 Can/Am event, 2 athletes named to U.S. Nationals and several to National Development System Camps in the U.S. and Austria. More importantly, however, is the true connection he makes with all of his athletes. A connection that helps them all reach their absolute best both in skiing and in life. Trevor lives in Franconia with his wife Sandy who works at Garnet Hill as Director of Planning for Merchandise and their two children Libby, and Connor who is a LRT athlete.
Aaron Loukes: Aaron grew up ski racing at Mt. Mansfield Ski Club in Stowe, VT and raced for Plymouth State College. He raced in the national championship races all four years. Aaron is a former winner of the Governors Cup race held each year in March and has a passion for ski racing, coaching and teaching. He is currently the head coach of the Lin-Wood Middle and High School Teams, whose teams have won several state championships over the years. He also directs a mid-week youth program called Kanc Carvers for athletes 3rd-5th grade. He has coached ski racing to athletes from U8 -U21 and brings a great deal of teaching / athletic adminstration experience to the program. He has a Masters in Athletic Adminstration and he has spent 3 years as a high school athletic director. Aaron coached varsity baseball for 14 years and was named New Hampshire Baseball Coaches Association "Class S Coach of the Year in 2006" He is currently a K-12 Physical Education teacher at Lin-Wood Public Schools. He is a member of the NH Interscholastic Athletic Association Ski Committee and is board member of NHARA. Aaron traveled to Mammoth Mtn. in 2012 to attend the National Coaches Academy and received his USSA Level 300 Certification as an Alpine Coach. His interests are skiing, running, baseball and spending time with his wife Kristin and kids Chloe, Lucy and Charlie.
Mike Cosman: Mike has been an LRT staple for over a decade and is one of the more familiar faces throughout the NHARA community. Mike leads the LRT Race Department and in this role has responsibility for all of the NHARA, USSA and FIS sponsored events that are held each year at Loon Mountain. Mike is a Level 3 USSA Technical Delegate and a Level 2 Referee among many other official certifications. Mike and his wife Meg raised two ski racing daughters and both are still involved with the program. Mike and his family live in Sharon, MA.
Kara has been skiing at Loon Mountain since the age of two. She raced for Natick High School from 1999-2003. Kara earned her B.S. in Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She then went on to earn a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Simmons College. Kara started working for the Loon Seasonal Programs in 2002. She has taught children of all ages and abilities, including many kids that are apart of the Loon Race Team. Kara is a very energetic and dedicated coach, with a true passion for both skiing and helping the next generation of LRT rippers started out on their best foot. She is thrilled to be bringing her knowledge and love for the sport to the Rut Riders. Kara was named LRT Coach of the Year by her peers in 2015.
Hannah has been skiing at Loon Mountain since she was two. She started racing with LRT at the age of seven as a Rut Rider, and she currently races for Westford Academy’s alpine ski team. Hannah was recently named varsity captain by her peers as a junior. Hannah has qualified for MIAA state championships her freshman and sophomore years, and received the Dual-County League All-Star award and Mass Bay West Alpha Division Award for her outstanding performance her sophomore year. In the 2014-2015 season, she decided to start coaching as a CIT, and then became a coach in the 15-16 season. Having been a summer camp counselor and currently working as a swim instructor, Hannah loves working with kids, and is super excited to share her love of skiing with her athletes.
Libby has grown up in the sport of skiing, taking her first runs at the age of 2. She's been directly involved with ski racing since she was six, having been an athlete at the Franconia Ski Club and the Loon Race Team where she qualified for the NHARA U12/U14 Championships and raced at the U16 State Championships both years. She's currently a member of the highly successful Profile Patriots Alpine Ski Team, where she started at the Varsity level in 7th grade. Her ski racing experience has taken her to Copper Colorado as well as Mt Hood Oregon. She's also a member of the Profile Patriots Varsity Soccer Team. Libby is looking forward to helping the next generation of LRT rippers become the best they can be this winter.
Catherine has been skiing at Loon Mountain since she was only 2 years old. She joined The Loon Race Team as a Rut Rider at age 6. Her dad, Mike, was a coach for over 10 years at Loon and was known for not only his ski ability but also his tremendous passion for the sport as a part of an active and healthy lifestyle, which has surely impacted her philosophy as a coach. After leaving LRT to go to college out west, she found a love for backcountry skiing and obtained her A.I.A.R.E. Avalanche Level 1 and 2 certifications. She also carries a PSIA Level I certification and is an excellent skier. When Catherine came back from out West, she started working as the supervisor of the Scouts seasonal program at Loon. Catherine is now a Nursing major at Northeastern University. When she is not at school or skiing at Loon, she works in the Surgical ICU at Massachusetts General Hospital. With a passion for the sport of skiing and the LRT program, Catherine is very excited to be following in her dad’s footsteps and returning as a coach to LRT!
Dana’s ski racing began with the “candy bar” races at Mt.Pisgah, NY. Once hooked, her racing career took her from Nashoba Valley to the US Telemark Ski Team, with stops along the way at BBTS, UMass, and University of Colorado. After college she spent time teaching math and coaching racers at Gould Academy before returning to Massachusetts where she joined the coaching staff at Nashoba Valley. These days Dana can be found “racing” her family around the mountain where the prize is bragging rights instead of candy. She is excited to return to coaching where she believes in bringing the best out of young athletes; helping them develop confidence, passion and lifelong love of skiing.
Bryce will be returning to the team this year for his 4th season. He has been around the ski racing business nearly his entire life. He grew up skiing on the Loon Race team and when he reached high school he raced for the Lin-Wood Ski team. He helped his team win three consecutive state championships, establishing a school record that still stands. His senior year he was the NHIAA GS State Champion and he continued on to the Regional Meet of Champions where he was on the podium. He also raced for New England College his freshman year. Bryce is one heck of a skier and can't wait to share his love of the sport with all athletes he has the pleasure of coaching.
Ryan grew up in Bow, NH where he anchored the Falcons racing team both his junior and senior year. His coaching career took off where his USSA experience ended; at the local ski hill, Pat’s Peak, coaching JV’s for three seasons. After entering the elementary education program and also pursuing a degree in economics at Keene State College, Ryan then resumed coaching JV’s, this time at Mount Sunapee for three seasons before graduating from KSC summa cum laude. After graduation Ryan hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and then began working for Sport Thoma as a sales rep and ski technician. He lives in Lincoln in the winter and works on Lake Winnipesaukee in the summer.
Justin is a first generation ski racer turned coach. While attending UMaine Farmington he was involved in the ski industries program, was a part of the UMF ski team (earning their way to USCSA nationals at Winterpark, CO) and passing the PSIA level 3 skiing. Justin has a great passion for the sport of skiing and ski racing and is excited to share this with the U10 age group as well as the rest of the LRT family. He brings over 5 yrs of coaching experience to LRT, both here at Loon and at the Franconia Ski Club. When not coaching Justin is an advocate for at risk youth and may also be seen trying to keep up with his daughter Chloe.
Coach "Pez" is back for another season with LRT. Previously he was Head Coach of the Nashoba Valley Rovers USSA Race Team. He has been coaching ski racing since 1999. He served as the Children’s Race Committee Chair of the Tri-State Ski Racing Association from 2012-2014. He is USSA Level 200 certified coach and a Certified Race Referee and Alpine Official. Coach Pez raced for the University of Lowell back in the 80s. He grew up skiing at Loon and can remember the days when the Seven Brothers and East Basin Chairs were the only option when the gondola line was long. He and wife Deb just bought a home in Thornton with plenty of space for dry-land fitness madness.
Liza returned to the LRT coaching staff recently after two years spent in Montana. She is an amazing skier who has a deep love for the outdoors. She has 6 years experience as a coach with LRT. While in Montana she was a Montessori teacher (when it wasn't snowing). Liza grew up in Lincoln and raced for LRT and the Lin Wood Lumberjacks and spent time at Burke Mountain Academy. She was also recently a member of the U.S. Telemark Ski Team. Liza's playful enthusiasm and raw athletic ability make her an amazing role model for our younger skiers, as long as they don't mind her skiing in a TUTU!
Mark has been skiing since age 3 and racing since he was 8. As a youth racer, he skied out of Nashoba Valley until high school. Mark attended and raced for The Holderness School in Plymouth, NH and continued ski racing through his four years at Boston College where he was Captain of the team. His senior year, Mark's squad claimed the top spot in the Eastern Collegiate Regionals earning the team a spot at NCAA Nationals in Idaho. He's also been involved with coaching at LRT at both the U10 and U12 level for four seasons.
Mark loves the winter and has learned many life lessons through his experiences on the snow, time with teammates and competition. As a Coach, Mark hopes to share his passion for skiing, instill strong fundamentals and a sense of camaraderie with the kids to develop their skills and foster a lifelong love of the sport.
Maura has been skiing at Loon since she was two years old. She began racing for LRT in 2000 and graduated the program in the Spring of 2012. She started coaching Rut Riders and moved up to U10 in 2014. She has also coached for 4 years at fall ski camps in Copper, Colorado. Maura is excited to be back this season. She is currently attending Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering with a concentration in Bio-engineering. When she is not skiing, Maura enjoys Ultimate Frisbee. She can't wait to get back on snow and start skiing with the athletes of the Loon Race Team.
Marissa is a fun loving, USSA Level 200 certified coach who brings her infectious energy and enthusiasm for skiing to the hill every day. This is her 8th year with LRT. She has coached Rut Riders, U10s and U16's in her time with the Club in addition to four years in the Childcare Center on Loon. An excellent skier and athlete, Marissa raced for her very successful High School ski team from 7th grade on. She has experience coaching at both Eastern Regional and International U14 events as well as Camps in Copper, Colorado. She is a recent graduate of Plymouth State University with an Athletic Training Degree and looks forward to continuing her education to a Masters Degree.
Rich is a highly spirited and enthusiastic addition to our U14 staff. He has coaching experience at Squaw Valley, California and has also been a big mtn coach at Telluride, Colorado. He also coaches the Prep team for the New Hampton School. Known for his love for the sport and infectious enthusiasm, he's often seen with his athletes trailing in his wake with huge smiles on their faces, he promises to keep the "Fun" in fundamentals this winter. When he's not on snow Rich is a white water rafting guide in California and can also frequently be seen floating around the White Mountains with his paraglider. He's hoping to fore run a race this year with the paraglider!
Bailey grew up in Lincoln, NH where he literally spent everyday that he possibly could skiing at Loon Mountain. When he was nine years old he joined the Loon Race Team and raced for Loon all the way up until his freshman year of college. Midweek, Bailey also raced for his High School, Lin-Wood, from 7th -12th grade. Bailey was NHIAA Div IV Skier of the Year in 2014 and is a former NHIAA Division IV GS and SL Champion. He is also a winner of the Governors Cup. Bottom line? This kid RIPS! In his free time, he loves to work on his WRX which he also race throughout the summer. When he's home he loves to go dirt biking, skateboarding, and hang out with friends. He spends summers at Lake Winnipesaukee out in the islands where he loves to sample the rope swings and cliff jumps, go sailing, water skiing, hiking and sometimes wake surfing! Bailey is very excited to be coaching at LRT this year and can't wait to get to the mountain and shred with everyone!
Harry has a long history in ski racing in New Hampshire. Most recently he has was Head Coach and Program Director for the Bretton Woods Ski Team, where he worked for a decade. Prior to his tenure at Bretton Woods Harry was the Program Director for the Sunlight Ski Team Educational Foundation in Glenwood Springs, Colorado and the Director of Racing at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. Harry was also the Program Director of the Franconia Ski Club in the 1980’s. He also has coaching experience as Head Coach of Ski Valley Christmas Camp, Crotched Mountain Ski Club, Greek Peak Christmas Camp and the WVA Summer Race Camp in Hintertux, Austria. During his college career, Harry was a four-year member of the University of New Hampshire at Plymouth Ski Team where he was inducted into their Ski Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the NEISC All Conference Team. Harry was a member of the NCSA National Champions Team, a top finisher in the Masters National Challenge and spent 2 years on the New England Pro Tour. He is also an accomplished tennis player and cyclist.
Lexi Casale grew up racing in NH and is an LRT alum. She raced for Loon Race Team from age 8 - 15. She attended Waterville Valley Academy and won back to back championships in the Ski East League (‘08, ‘09) for Hingham High School. She is also a former Tecnica Cup winner (’08). Lexi attended Loon Fall camps in Copper, Colorado and a summer camp in Saas Fe, Switzerland with the Holderness School. Lexi coached for a year at Waterville Valley’s seasonal program, and two years at Loon’s seasonal X Team program before starting with LRT. She is a very strong skier who brings a great passion for the sport to her athletes and who relates her athletic experience to the next generation of skiers very well. More importantly, Lexi knows how to balance fun and hard work in order to get the most out of her athletes. She is very excited to return to LRT for her fifth season!
Zachary grew up racing for Burke Mountain’s Junior Program until high school, where he raced for St. Johnsbury Academy and raced USSA as an independent racer. He attended The College of Idaho where he studied Business Administration, minoring in Physical Education, Art and Design, and Visual Studies. He also raced for Utes all four years, overcoming a knee injury and becoming Captain for two years. He led his team to an undefeated season, 6 national titles, and he was named to the NWCSC All Conference Team for two consecutive years. Zach coached previously with LRT(U12/J5) for two years and has also coached six summers for the Ligety Weibrecht Ski Camp at Mt Hood, Oregon.
Tyler is a student at Plymouth State University. He is a former athlete at the Bretton Woods Ski Team and the Franconia Ski Club. He was a varsity skier for the Div 4 State Champion Profile High School Patriots and he competed at the Eastern High School Championships.Tyler has several years experience coaching in NH for the Bretton Woods ski Team where he worked with U12 and U14 athletes. An excellent skier, Tyler will be a great visual model for our athletes(if they can keep up). He is known for his fun loving personality, hard work ethic and love of the sport of skiing. Tyler works in the summers as a counselor at the Lafayette Recreation program where he is adored by all of the kids he works with.
Originally a native of Milwaukee WI, Jeff was fortunate to have indulgent parents who relocated to Franconia NH, where the mountains are much taller. He learned to ski and then race at Cannon Mountain with the Franconia Ski Club, where he met many characters along the way, and semi-successfully transitioned from bamboo to rapid gates. A graduate of Littleton High School (NH), St. Lawrence University and the New England Culinary Institute, Jeff spent many years as a chef throughout New England and NYC and on the road with bands wealthy enough to deserve and afford his efforts. He currently and enthusiastically teaches Culinary Arts at Salem High School CTE in Salem, NH. Jeff coached the J3/U16 program at Bretton Woods for eight seasons and is happy to be rejoining old friends at Loon Mountain to pursue the passion of ski racing. Also of note is the life lesson appreciated during Jeff’s formative years, that should anyone be offered a ride in a vintage Plymouth Volare to go ski racing, the opportunity should not be declined.
Howard has been teaching and coaching at Loon since the 2002-2003 season and joined LRT last year first as a Rut Rider coach and then as a U14 coach. Prior to joining LRT Howard taught in the Junior Seasonal Program and coached the Xteam. During his early years with the Loon Mountain program he participated in PSIA programs even pursuing his Level 2 PSIA certification. Howard became a Lincoln resident last year because of his equal love of being an instructor/coach at Loon in the winter and a hiker/climber/trail runner in the summer and loves nothing more than spending his spare time in the White Mountains and the Lincoln-Woodstock area.