Alpine

Brandenburg Named Western Region Development Coach

by
Megan Harrod
2017-06-12 14:24
 

PARK CITY, UT (June 12, 2017) — U.S. Ski and Snowboard has announced U.S. Ski Team alumnus Will Brandenburg will assume the role of western region development coach.

Brandenburg, who officially retired from the U.S. Ski Team with one final lap at the U.S. Alpine Championships at Sun Valley, Idaho in 2016, will be responsible for delivering programs and projects in the western region, and supporting national development initiatives for U.S. Ski and Snowboard.

Following an eight-year career with the U.S. Ski Team, Brandenburg relocated to Sun Valley, serving as U16 Head Coach at the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF). While at SVSEF, he was involved with the implementation of a slalom progression program, focusing on a detailed, step-by-step teaching advancement for U16 athletes.


Will Brandenburg's athletes cheer him on at the U.S. Alpine Championships at Sun Valley in 2016.

“After years of U.S. Ski Team experience at the highest level, we are thrilled to bring Will back to U.S. Ski & Snowboard as the western region coach,” said Alpine Development Director Chip Knight. “He has recently been imparting his knowledge and enthusiasm to young athletes at the local level in Sun Valley, and is now excited to have an expanded impact in his new role.”

Hailing from Ski Bluewood outside of Dayton, Washington before he began racing with Schweitzer Alpine Racing School, Brandenburg takes great pride in having grown up in the western region, and credits its strong community and collaboration between clubs to his success at the elite level. He hopes to bring his vast knowledge and passion for the sport to the new role, and looks forward to recreating this strong sense of community and collaboration.

“This is an opportunity to continue my evolution as a coach and point my passion in a direction that will elevate athletic development across the region,” noted Brandenburg.

Brandenburg’s official start date is August 1, 2017.

QUOTES

Chip Knight, Alpine Development Director
After years of U.S. Ski Team experience at the highest level, we are thrilled to bring Will back to U.S. Ski & Snowboard as the western region coach. He has recently been imparting his knowledge and enthusiasm to young athletes at the local level in Sun Valley, and is now excited to have an expanded impact in his new role. As Will tells it himself, he is a product of the western region, and he believes that athletes benefit most from collaborative exposure to the best training environments. I look forward to seeing him take the region forward in the years ahead!

Will Brandenburg
I grew up ski racing in a time when there was a strong and united western region. A big reason why I was able to pursue my dreams in this sport was because of excellent regional programming and strong collaboration between the clubs. Just like athletes, clubs must work together and push each other to become greater. At one point in time, the western region was really good at cultivating this sense of community and it's now my goal to regain the unity that makes our clubs and this region so great. I have so much respect for the people that have held this position before me and feel honored to be the next person in line to carry this torch. I will put everything I have into this and see what comes. I try to live my life everyday with honesty and passion. This is an opportunity to continue my evolution as a coach and point my passion in a direction that will elevate athletic development across the region.