Head Alpine Ski Coach
Johnson State College
Level 500 USSA international coaches academy
Sandy, a native of Peterborough, started skiing at age 3. He started skiing on the Peterborough high school ski team as a 7th grader through a special exception. At age 15 he also began competing in canoeing and kayaking placing in the top 3 in the US Nationals in three different canoeing events.
In 1979, he turned ski professional and raced on the American Pro Ski Tour throughout the US, Canada and Europe. He began coaching while still racing with Lathrop ski camps and the Norwegian Development team. After knee reconstruction surgery in early 1983, Sandy turned to ski area management. At Temple Mountain he installed NH’s first Quad chairlift, lights and snow making. He was instrumental in uniting the NH ski areas into one marketing and lobbying group as Ski NH, serving seven years as president of the organization as well as representing small ski areas on the National Ski Area Association. He received life-time leadership achievement awards from Ski NH and NSAA (National Ski Area Associations).
In 1998, he returned to his roots as a ski coach immediately earning the highest available international coaching credentials. He has coached for the US Ski team national development summer camps in Norway. He coached at Cannon, was head coach and program director at Waterville Valley and at Proctor Academy where he was the head women’s FIS coach. He was able to coach both his daughters as they raced during their NH school years taking them to Austria, Canada and France for training. He has organized and coached at preparatory ski camps in France, Canada and Chile.
Sandy loves the life sport of skiing which he believes teaches kids to be self-reliant and to generally make good choices while also exposing them to other cultures and the harsh lessons taught by mother nature.
Johnson State College; Level 500 USSA international coaches academy; holds various licenses in the construction industry
What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Mitch McLaughlin, a visiting professor at Johnson State College - an innovative designer who worked with Big Surf, a recreational wave facility in Arizona and Stratton Mountain Ski Area. He epitomized thinking outside the box and empowered self-confidence and self-reliance.
How would your friends describe you in three words? hardworking, enthusiastic and "MacGyver"
What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? Ski Area and Recreation Facilities Management
What is your favorite place on campus and why? On the ski trails and ski jump where I spent many race days before high school.
I am most happy when... I am outdoors working on our farm.
What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome? Missing the wedding and arriving late to the reception where I met my future wife, Sally.
If I had a free afternoon I would... go paddling or go walking in the woods.
What is your favorite outdoor activity? Skiing.