Kelble named head ability coach at Team Summit
COPPER MOUNTAIN – Team Summit announced on Thursday that U.S. Ski Team veteran Frank Kelble will take over as head ability coach, a post formerly held by Chip Woods.Woods has relocated to Sarasota, Fla., due to “family obligations,” according to Team Summit executive director Amy Critz.Despite the loss of Woods, Summit’s largest ski club is getting one of the industry’s best in Kelble – who spent 16 years with the U.S. Ski Team where he coached at two Olympic Games and three world championships. “We certainly didn’t expect (Woods to leave),” Critz said. “But we’re certainly thrilled to get Frank Kelble in two weeks.” An avid sailor, Kelble recently gave up his position on the U.S. team and opened a sailing shop in Dillon to stay closer to his Silverthorne home.
“This opportunity came up and it sounded good,” he said. “I was on the road up to 225 days a year. It will be nice to coach locally. Summit County has some of the best resources in the world for training.” According to Critz, Woods’ exodus was in no way related to the sudden departure of former Team Summit alpine director Rob Worrell. Worrell’s contract was not renewed last spring largely because of a personality clash with the board of trustees.”Chip was very instrumental in helping us identify who was available (to replace him),” said Critz. “He and Frank are friends, and we hope to have Chip back as a guest coach. There’s nothing awkward or uncomfortable about it.” Kelble’s qualifications include certification as a Level 4 international coach. He is also a clinician and examiner for the United States Ski and Snowboard Association’s (USSA) Coaches Education Program. Other changes
In addition to Kelble’s hiring, Team Summit announced several other changes in its coaching structure. Tim Seeling, also a veteran of the U.S. Ski Team coaching staff, comes on board as the Junior Programs Director and J4 head coach. To go with his six years on the national staff, Seeling brings with him three years of experience as head coach for the Summit Ski Education Foundation and seven years as head coach with the Breckenridge Ski Club, one of Team Summit’s predecessors. Seeling is a USSA Level 3 technical delegate, and has his Level 4 international coaching certificate. Sean Ramsden, who has been with Team Summit since 2002, is taking on new responsibilities as the J3 head coach.
“We just kind of shifted him into a new position,” Critz said. During his days as a skier at the University of Colorado, Ramsden was twice named an NCAA all-American and in 1993 won the NCAA giant slalom championship. These days, he complements his time as coach by tearing up the local business league racing circuit.Team Summit’s new head development (“devo”) coach is Paula Parker. Parker is a former executive director of Summit County Winter Sports Club and the Copper Mountain Ski Team, which merged with the Breckenridge Ski Club in 2000 to form Team Summit. A Level 3 national coach, Parker will be responsible for hiring the development staff, communicating with parents, coaching a primary group at Copper Mountain and organizing the Summit Cup races. Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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