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Team Summit names Troy Watts new alpine director

Team Summit names Troy Watts new alpine director

Team Summit Colorado recently named longtime coach Troy Watts as alpine director and head coach for the upcoming winter season.

Watts, a former member of the U.S. Ski Team, competed at all levels of alpine racing and possesses both domestic and international coaching experience. He replaces his friend and colleague, Greg Needell, who died unexpectedly on June 7 during summer training at Mammoth Mountain. Needell served a single season as alpine director before passing.

"I am honored and grateful to have the opportunity to continue Greg's legacy of building a world- class organization," Watts said. "Greg and I shared the belief that Team Summit Colorado and the community in which it resides have all of the necessary ingredients to develop into a world-class organization, one that both Summit County and the skiing community can truly be proud of. After having worked with him over the years, and especially so closely last season, I can honestly say that Greg's vision for TSC was deeply shared and will continue to guide us going forward."

Most recently, Watts served as head U-16 coach for Team Summit. In addition to his duties as alpine director, Troy will coach the team's U-19 FIS program.

Previously, Watts was a member of the U.S. Ski Team, competing on the World Cup Circuit for six years. He qualified for the 1987 and 1989 World Championships and possessed a top-30 world ranking in giant slalom. He competed on the U.S. Pro Tour and won the South American Pro Tour as a rookie.

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Watts has deep roots in Summit County, where he began his ski career with the Breckenridge Ski Club, spending many days on the Carter Park rope tow while attending elementary, junior and high school. His extensive coaching experience includes: program director at New Hampshire's Loon Race Team, and head FIS coach at both Loveland Race Club and Waterville Valley in Vermont.

Watts graduated from Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont and received his undergraduate degree from University of Colorado-Boulder. He practiced law in New Hampshire for nearly a decade before returning to the ski club world.