ALPINE COACHES

 

 
 

Craig Bennett

Alpine U14 Head Coach

802.422.5671, ext. 258
cbennett@killingtonmountainschool.org

Craig joins the KMS Academy program after having worked with the Development program for many years. Craig has been the head U16/U19 coach at KSC/KMS for the past three years, before that he was with the U14 group. He has coached many current KMS athletes in their younger days, and brings with him a great understanding of the progression through the age groups. Craig was also a FIS level and NCAA Division 1 ski racer, competing as a NHARA/USSA athlete from age 6 to 17 in NH. He raced USCSA for Clarkson University and competed at USCSA Nationals in 1993 and 1995. Craig graduated from Clarkson with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. His wife Jeannine is KMS’s Race Administrator, and his daughter Sydney and son Aidan will be joining the U19 Alpine team.

Brendan "Drex" Drexler

Alpine U14 Coach

802.422.5671
bdrexler@killingtonmountainschool.org

Drex, a 2018 Graduate of Castleton College, has a Master’s degree in Athletic Leadership and an undergraduate degree in Sports Management and Business Administration.  Drex has been an assistant coach with the Castleton University team while pursuing his studies, and grew up ski racing in New Jersey.

Peter Girardi

U19 Coach & Residential Life Coordinator

802.422.5671, ext. 265
pgirardi@killingtonmountainschool.org

Peter comes to KMS after three years coaching in upstate New York. In New York, he served as a level head coach and developed programming for a new level in response to USSA’s age change.

He spent four years in Bozeman, Montana earning a Bachelor’s Degree from Montana State University in Industrial Engineering. After college he returned to work for the program he grew up skiing in, Labrador Mountain Ski Club, in Truxton, New York, as a coach.

Micaela Holland

Head Men's Alpine Coach and U19 Coach

802.422.5671, ext. 260

mholland@killingtonmountainschool.org

Holland comes to KMS from her alma mater Bates College where she served as the Head Alpine Ski Coach for the past four years. During her time at Bates, Holland coached the program to multiple top 5 team results and four NCAA Division I National Championship appearances. She has also held several other leadership roles in the industry, including the Head Coach of Clarkson University and a U16 coach, dorm parent and 7th grade teacher at Green Mountain Valley School. Holland is a highly accomplished athlete herself with three NCAA Division I National Championship appearances during her collegiate career. She also serves on the US Ski and Snowboard Eastern Development Committee. 

Brett Jacobson

U16 Men's Alpine Coach

802.422.5671, ext. 292

bjacobson@killingtonmountainschool.org

Brett joins KMS from two successful seasons at Sugar Bowl Academy, where he worked with the Woman's FIS team as the Head Coach. During that time one athlete would qualify for the US team, two would qualify for World Juniors, and another would win two medals at the Para-Olympics. Brett has also worked closely with the Western Region and US Team as a guest coach for numerous projects. Brett started his coaching career at his alumni Sun Valley, where he worked with several age groups during his 10 years with SVSEF.  

 

Brett enjoys mountain biking, motocross, photography, and exploring Vermont with his girlfriend and rescue dog.  

Jacob Johnston

Head Women's Alpine Coach

802.422.5671, ext. 261

jjohnston@killingtonmountainschool.org

Johnston hails from Maine where he was the Head Alpine Ski Coach at Colby College. After serving as the assistant coach for one year, Johnston seized Colby’s alpine program for the 2019-2020 season and led his athletes to consistently place in the top 10, securing many top 3 team results and qualifying three athletes for the NCAA Division I National Championships. Johnston has also held coaching roles at Bates College and Gould Academy and is a US Ski and Snowboard Level 200 coach. 

Chelsea Marshall

Women's Alpine Coach

802.422.5671, ext. 233
cmarshall@killingtonmountainschool.org

Chelsea Marshall grew up skiing at Killington Resort. She developed a love for the sport at a young age and fearlessness for speed. Chelsea was a member of the US Ski Team for 10 years, where she took a liking to Downhill and competed in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

 

She had a very successful World Cup career with several of top 10 finishes and a handful of National podiums. Chelsea looks forward to returning to her home mountain this season and also to starting a series of race camps which will be held throughout the winter.

Chelsea also hosts race camps at Killington Resort, providing kids a unique opportunity to learn from an Olympian and former U.S. Ski Team athlete.

Kip Spangler

High Performance Director and U16 Alpine Coach

802.422.5671, ext. 285
kspangler@killingtonmountainschool.org
 

Kip graduated from KMS in 2011, and then went on to ski for St. Lawrence University. After earning a Bachelor's degree from SLU in 2015, Kip returned to KMS as a coach. Kip’s goal is to follow in the footsteps of the great coaches and mentors he had as an athlete at KMS, including Tom Sell, Jack Bailey, and Greg Hardy.

 

He serves as a U16 Alpine coach and an Alpine strength and conditioning coach, and holds USSA level 100 and CSCS certifications. Kip enjoys his role working with all athletes and then KMS coaching staff at KMS.

Pavel Stastny

PG/U19/21 Alpine Coach

802.422.5671, ext. 267
pstastny@killingtonmountainschool.org

Pavel brings more than 38 years of coaching experience and a track record of helping athletes reach the highest level of sport. Most recently, he coached Sarka Zahrobska to five top-15 World Cup finishes. Previous to that, he was the head coach for the Alpine Canada Men's Europa Cup Team, during which time two Canadian men captured Nor Am championships and a third finished second to his teammate.

 

Pavel also placed multiple athletes, including Greg Hardy, on a variety of national junior teams while working as the head alpine coach at Stratton Mountain School from 1990-2007. He coached Olympians Gaku Hirasawa (1994, 1998) and Tasha Nelson (2002). He was a professor of sports science at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, and he holds a doctorate in sport training.

Pavel's hobbies include skiing and cycling. He has two children, Diana and Pavel, Jr.

Kyle Tracy

U16 Women's Alpine Coach

802.422.5671, ext. 275

ktracy@killingtonmountainschool.org

Kyle has been involved with the KMS BOOST Program since 2013 as an Alpine Coach, both here at Killington and also at Mt. Hood, Oregon, and is now an Alpine Coach at KMS.


Kyle was a top seeded alpine racer and team captain at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire.  He then moved to Beaver Creek, Colorado where he gained experience on the operations side of ski racing as the Race Department Foreman, organizing and setting up high profile skiing events ranging from World Cup Races, National Team’s Preseason Training and Celebrity Events to NASTAR and Pay to Race venues.  He also assisted in training and coaching the US Disabled Ski Team.


Upon return to New England, Kyle served as the Director of Ski Racing at Wachusett Mountain in Massachusetts.  He was also a ski manufacturer sales representative for Nordica USA.  


Kyle has stayed involved in ski racing for years as a Masters Racer and Coach, Night League Participant and select specialty race competitor while running a commercial/ residential painting company in Newburyport, MA where he lives with his wife Tracie (yes… Tracie Tracy) and their three children; Summer, Bode and Reed.  

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Kris Pepe

Freestyle Mogul Program Director/Head Coach

802.422.5671, ext. 271

kpepe@killingtonmountainschool.org

From 2008-2014, Kris was the head mogul FIS/Nor-Am coach at Telluride, and served most recently as the head freestyle coach at Aspen.

 

Kris began his freestyle career as a competitive athlete out of Hunter Mountain, NY. From there he traveled to Park City to compete nationally, attaining strong results. Kris got his start in coaching at Park City, before moving on to Telluride where he was instrumental in developing one of the most highly successful FIS programs in the country.

 

Most recently, at Aspen, Kris has been tasked with building a grassroots freestyle mogul program. He has been developing training plans, athlete development models, and appropriate coaching plans from the ground up, focusing on what athletes need at each stage of development from U8′s through U21′s.