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Coaching Staff

LOON RACE TEAM STAFF 2018/2019 SEASON

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 Hamilton Program Director/Head U16 Coach. Level 300 Certified

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, 2017 U14 State SL 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(LRT Rut Rider coach), and Connor who is a LRT athlete. 

Trevor Hamilton

Aaron Loukes Assistant Program Director/ Head U12 Coach. Level 300 Certified


Aaron Loukes

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. 
 

Aaron Loukes

Alpine Race Director

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.
 

Mike Cosman

Catherine Regan Head Coach, RUT RIDERS. Level 100 Certified

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 USSA Level 100. 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!

Steve Gaebel, Rut Riders

Steve grew up skiing and racing at Nashoba Valley.  After taking time off in High School and College to concentrate on Cross Country and Track & Field he reignited his passion for skiing by taking weekend trips to Loon and Sunday River.
 
Most recently he coached the U8 team at Nashoba Valley to the league championship and can’t wait to join the Rut Rider coaching staff at LRT.  He is looking forward to working with the kids and believes the most important thing is to have fun and help them to become life long skiers.  

Libby Hamilton, Rut Riders

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. As a member of the highly successful Profile Patriots Alpine Ski Team,  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 as well as all over New England.  This is her second year with LRT and she is looking forward  to helping the next generation of LRT rippers become the best they can be this winter.

OLIVIA ECONOMIDES, RUT RIDERS

Olivia is a lifelong skier who trained as an athlete at the Franconia Ski Club. in High School Olivia  raced for both the Newfound High School ski team and the State Champion Profile High School ski team. She also played soccer, lacrosse and volleyball. Recently; she has Worked at Loon for Ski School and in the Adventure Center with children ages 7-14. She’s very familiar with the mountain and enjoys sharing her passion for the sport with the next generation. Olivia Is a student at Plymouth State University who Studies Biology/ Pre Med. This summer she did cancer research at Dartmouth College as part of their summer studies program. She’s actively involved with the University, serving as the secretary of the student senate and She’s also the Vice President of her class and volunteers to run the food pantry and organize various student events on campus. She’s looking forward to being a part of  the Loon Race Team family!

 

ISA MILLER, RUT RIDERS

Isa’s love of skiing began with waddling around in ski boots as soon as she learned to walk and she was on snow by her first birthday. Around 7 years old she was enjoying all aspects of skiing including participating in development programs, school races, exploring the back-country, and even some Nordic. Skiing was an important part of her life growing up. Through middle school and high school skiing took up most of the time she could spare. After some light encouragement from her uncle Bode Miller, who you may have heard of, she spent the 2017/18 season working at Cannon Mountain where she coached the Cannon Kids Program. Over the years Isa has become an all around winter sports enthusiast and is incredibly excited to be joining the LRT Coaching Team this winter! Isa is also currently a full time student at Plymouth State University working on a degree in Art Education.

 

SAMANTHA JANSSENS, RUT RIDERS

Samantha is from Cohasset, MA and is a junior at the University of Miami studying Physics and Marine Science. Although she studies in the sunshine state, skiing is her favorite pastime. She has been an avid skier since age 3; she first learned to ski out in the Rockies with her parents, and eventually decided to try her hand at racing when she joined LRT at the age of 13. She was the captain of the Notre Dame Academy ski team, which won its division and placed third in the Massachusetts State Championships. She’s coached for the Loon Mountain Children’s center and is excited to bring her skills and knowledge back to LRT!"

DANA GREENBERG Head Coach, U10. Level 100 Certified

 

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 Gillen, U10

Bryce will be returning to the team this year for his 5th 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. 

COLBY CHASE, U10

Colby is a former LRT and Linwood Lumberjack athlete. He grew up on the mountain and is a spirited and very skilled skier. He has experience working with young athletes at the Loon Ski School. Colby is a father of two and is finishing up his studies at Plymouth State University. He also runs a very successful painting business which he has guided to double digit growth this summer . He is really looking forward to spending time helping our U10s be their absolute best this season. Welcome to LRT Colby!

Caitlin Cosman, U10 Level 100 Certified

Caitlin has been a part of Loon Race Team  in one way or another for the past 18 years. Starting as a Rut Rider herself, she graduated the program in 2014 and started school at Northeastern University studying Political Science, International Affairs, and Law and Public Policy. During her freshman year Caitlin began to split her winter between coaching for the Rut Riders and racing for the NU Ski Team competing in the Thompson Division of USCSA. For her first three seasons the women’s team was undefeated and scored first in the division every time. Due to eligibility rules, Caitlin had to take off the 2018 season, but decided to put her coaching skills into good use and became Head Coach of the Huskies. The women’s team made Nationals for the first time in four years that season. Caitlin has been waiting to get back on snow since she took her last run last season and is excited to work with athletes under the age of 20 again!

JOE WARD, U10

 

Joe is from Hooksett, NH. He's a Junior at Plymouth State University studying Business Administration.   He grew grew up skiing, starting at the age of three. When he turned 14,  he took the skills that he had accumulated over the years and started to teach and inspire inner city children at McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester, NH where he was a ski instructor for 2 years. This past summer he successfully ran his own painting business where he exceeded all his goals and created a network of happy customers. He's looking forward to working with the U10's to help them set goals for themselves and then crush them.

EMILY BOMBACH, U10

Emily is from East Lyme, CT and has been skiing since the age of 3. She grew up spending every weekend at Loon with her family. Emily started with doing seasonals and began racing with LRT in middle school. She coached at the Children's center for two years and loves to teach. Emily is currently a sophomore studying health sciences/ Pre PA at the University of Connecticut. She is very excited to come back to LRT!

Ryan Hunter, U12

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.

Maura Cosman, U12 Level 100 Certified

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.

Dan Doyle, U12

Dan started skiing at a young age, eventually going through the development team and race team at Bretton Woods, then coached by LRT U19 coach Harry Maybee. He then moved over to the Franconia ski club for his U16 and U19 years. As a member of the Profile Ski Team he helped them to win 2 state championship titles out of the last three years. He’s qualified for the NHIAA Meet of Champions, which brings the top 10 athletes from each of the 4 divisions in the State of NH together to race it out for a chance on NH’s team to the Eastern High School Championships. Dan is life long skier who brings strong ski skills and a great passion for the sport to LRT.  

Jesse Anser, U12

Jesse grew up skiing at the age of 2 and began racing when he was 7 at a tiny “hill” called Mt. Peter in Warwick, NY. Though a small area, it had lights and allowed for training nearly every day. Throughout his racing career he traveled all over New England to compete at various levels of racing. In 2010 he won the New York State title in Slalom and Giant Slalom, and then went on to compete at Eastern Regionals at Attitash finishing Sixth in G.S. He then went on to race at Plymouth State University but decided to hang up the race skis for a while. Last season he rekindled his love for racing participating in Loonatics and was the overall champion. Jesse currently is the Marketing Director for the NH-FUN Family of parks which includes the Whales Tail and Outdoor Adventures in Lincoln. He is very excited to join LRT this season.

 

 

Joe Peznola, Head Coach U14. Level 200 Certified

Coach PEZ

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.

 

Mark Mezzanotte, U14. Level 100 Certified

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.

 

BRUCE MCLAREN, U14

Bruce came to  the U.S. from Scotland when he was 8 yrs old. He grew up in Northern NH where he was a ski racer and soccer  player. He raced as an athlete with the Franconia Ski Club and excelled in Slalom. He was also  an N.H.I.A.A. All Conference soccer player and played 2 years semi pro for the Lowell Reds. His coaching experience includes Burke, Bretton Woods and  the Franconia Ski Club. in the "off" season he coaches for the Lightning soccer club, a travel team based in the Hanover area.  Over th years Bruce has also been involved with Bode Miller and other U.S. Ski Team athletes dryland fitness programs and is a member of the board for the Turtle Ridge Foundation, Bode Millers non profit organization. Bruce is looking forward to extending the energy, professionalism and dedication to athletes progress of the Loon Race Team with the U14's this winter.

Lexi Casale, U14

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. 

 

 

Marissa Haase, U16 Head Womens Coach. Level 200 Certified

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.

 

 

Tyler Doyle, U16 Head Mens Coach

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.This is Tylers fourth season with LRT. Before coming to LRT; he spent several years coaching for the Bretton Woods ski Team where he worked with U12 and U14 athletes. Tyler has coached at both Regional and National level U16 events including the U16 Can Ams at Mt Tremblant. An excellent skier, Tyler is 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. 

BAILEY CLERMONT, U16

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 guy RIPS! In his free time, he loves to work on his WRX which he also races 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! 

Jeff Bratz, U19

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.

Harry T Maybee "H", U19 Head Coach. Level 300 Certified

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.