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High Performance Staff

High Performance Director

Troy Taylor

Hometown - Bournemouth, UK

How did you come to be who you are?

A lot of trial and error, hopefully learning from some of the many mistakes I've made.

The best part of your job?

Working with incredible humans (both athletes and staff)

On weekends, you can usually find me......?

Summer = Hiking with family. Winter = Skiing with family.

What do you do with friends in your spare time?

Play golf (badly)

 

What do you think are the best skills you bring to the job?

More often than not, I've been good at hiring great people!

 

If you went to happy hour, what would you order?

An IPA at the start and an Old Fashioned at the end

 

Best piece of advice you have ever been given?

"What if they're right?" - Teaching me earlier in my career that I might not always have the right/correct answer/solution.

 

What is your morning routine?

Coffee, coffee and more coffee



















 

Athletic Development Coaches

 

Name - Calin Butterfield - High Performance Coordinator

 

Hometown - San Diego, CA and Jacksonville, OR

 

How did you come to be who you are?

I've always been curious about most things, and I think that my engine is fueled by learning. This is with unimportant stuff (physical shape of the universe, Thai curry recipes, who does the voice for that character in that one movie)...but sometimes, when I'm lucky, my curiosity aligns with my work/career.

 

Growing up on the west coast, I got used to being outside and in nature. In the formative years of my youth we had one television station (old school rabbit ears), so we were outside...a lot. I was exposed to "activity" more through manual labor (chores) and playing outside in the woods than I was through sport(s). As much as I hated bucking hay, replacing fences, cleaning irrigation ditches, laying cinder blocks, clearing undergrowth, chopping wood, weed-whacking, etc., it gave me plenty of time to be contemplative, a skill that has served me well. Eventually, I became really interested in the human machine and it's versatility - which led me to study it in college.

 

I am still amazed with the human machine, but my initial curiosity about the "machine" has grown to encapsulate the whole system - why and how we are the way we are; why and how we move the way we move; how can we "be" better; and how can we learn better? Having lived all over the country over the past decade and worked in many different environments (pro/elite sport, military, corporate wellness, youth development), I have more questions than answers.

 

Best part of your job

The freedom to explore and investigate things that I am passionate about, to take a crack at something and see how it turns out (spoiler: usually blowing up in a massive dumpster-bonfire), while being surrounded with a team of people who support and challenge you to be your best!

 

What are you happiest doing when you are not working?

Well, obviously, spending time with my beautiful wife and our geriatric dog, but secondary to that - lifting freaking weight. A few more things that make me happy are; reading, cooking and eating (and sometimes not eating...) food, investing and trading, playing video games, attempting to write fiction and poetry, and doing nothing, or very little at all.

 

What do you think are the best skills you bring to the job?

Compassion.

Open-mindedness.

Analysis.

Creativity.

Humility.

 

See what I did there...?

 

When I was 10, I was pretty sure I'd be (blank) when I grew up.

Taller…


 

Name - Tschana Schiller - Athletic Development Manager 

 

Hometown - Las Vegas, Nevada

 

How did you come to be who you are?

Most of my childhood was spent exploring the desert southwest and playing any sport I could try. I eventually found a love for the game of soccer and that shaped my path through college. Flagstaff, AZ became my next home while simultaneously earning a degree and chasing the soccer ball around for 4 more years. Flag and the surrounding areas continued to ignite my love of the outdoors, exploration, and adventure. Eventually, one of my coaches suggested I try out coaching as well, and thats where I found a love of human performance. In 2006, I took a chance and packed up my life to move to Park City, UT for an internship with US Ski and Snowboard and to race snowboards with the Park City Snowboard Team. I didn't quite make my goal of racing snowboards professionally, but after nearly 2 years of an applied internship at US Ski and Snowboard, I was offered a job and I was smart enough to not pass that up! So here I am, still working with some of the raddest athletes on Earth, as well as some of the most inspirational and bright colleagues in the game, and for that I am extremely grateful.

 

Best part of your job

I can honestly say that most days don't feel like 'work'. I get to collaborate, challenge, question, learn and laugh with some of my closest friends.  We have the opportunity to be creative, to try new things and think outside the box, to fail, and to try again.

It certainly doesn't hurt that many days our 'work' also involves hitting the trails, riding the slopes, or heading to the skate park with our athletes.

 

On weekends, you can usually find me......?

Exploring the outdoors with my husband and daughter, having many memorable 'misadventures'. Whether it’s breaking down on our moto's in the middle of the desert, trying to hang onto our dory on the wild rivers of Utah, backcountry skiing into some faraway yurt, or patching numerous mountain bike tires, the journey is always worth it. It's a blast watching my daughter grow and learn new skills in her environment. And all the misadventures make for some great stories to share around the campfire down the road!

 

What are some of the causes you care about?

Environment, climate, human rights

 

What is the next thing you want to accomplish on your bucket list?

Travel and 'road school' our daughter for a year.













 

Name - Bob Poehling - Athletic Development Coordinator - Womens Alpine

 

Hometown - La Crosse, WI

 

How did you come to be who you are?

Growing up and to this day, my family either watches or attends just about any Wisconsin sporting event possible. If we weren't going to the games, we would find random 5k races somewhere just before our own soccer games. I guess that's how you make kids tired so they sleep! Needless to say, my life has always revolved around sport. I've also always been fascinated with science and finding organization and answers. Unfortunately, after a BA in Biology and an MSc in Kinesiology, all I have figured out is that it's about quantifying uncertainty. So now I'm living my dream of using science to help sport performances in a small way.

 

Best part of your job

The constant problem-solving; whether it is balancing concurrent training demands in the gym, finding a bike wheel in Europe, or an excel formula that will help the ski coaches.

 

On weekends, you can usually find me......?

I've recently taken up carpentry and woodworking. As a new homeowner, I have a never-ending list of project ideas. My first pleasantly surprised my wife, so I think I'll be allowed a second.

 

Best piece of advice you have ever been given?

It is in giving that we receive - Saint Francis of Assisi

























 

High Performance Staff

 

Name - Gus Kaeding - Performance Data Manager

 

Hometown - Worcester, VT

 

How did you come to be who you are?

I grew up running around the backwoods of Vermont. We were a very active family, but our favorite activity was always cross country skiing. Though I skied in college and briefly as a professional, I found much more success as a coach, eventually coaching several U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes. But I always had a parallel interest in numbers, so after a few years of coaching I decided to return grad school in hopes of helping U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes on a more macro level. Luckily, after school I was able to find my way into our High Performance dept!

 

Best part of your job

The athletes of course! Watching an athlete accomplish one of their major goals and knowing that you were a (small) part of that is incredibly rewarding.

 

On weekends, you can usually find me......?

Out on the trails, whether they be snow or dirt!

 

What are some of the causes you care about?

Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusion

 

Best piece of advice you have ever been given?

If you want to advance quickly, find a problem that someone else has and solve it!























 

Name - Alexander Cohen - USOPC Senior Sport Psychologist

 

Hometown -Houston, TX

 

How did you come to be who you are? 

In my freshman year of college, my lacrosse coach told me that I'd be moved up to varsity as soon as I got out of my own way. I remember nodding in agreement, but I wasn't really sure what my coach meant...then I took a sport psychology class and realized not only what I needed to work on myself, but also that I wanted to create a career helping athletes with the psychological aspects of performance excellence.

 

Best part of your job

I'm grateful to honestly be able to say that I have the best career I can imagine. As a Senior Sport Psychologist with the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, my goal is to help athletes focus on the right thing, at the right time, every time. I'm fortunate to be able to support amazing athletes and coaches while working alongside interdisciplinary teams of dedicated sport scientists, athlete development/S&C coaches, sports medicine professionals, sport nutritionists, and high performance directors. As someone who identifies as a white male, I'm also keenly aware that injustice is the status quo in our culture. It's important that I use any privilege I might have to speak out against injustice, working to create equity and inclusion within systems and organizations across the Olympic and Paralympic movement.

 

On weekends, you can usually find me......?

Traveling with teams for camps/competitions, spending time with my wife and son, skiing, golfing, and running with our golden retriever.

 

What are you happiest doing when you are not working?

Watching my son crush moguls!

 

What are some of the causes you care about?

Social justice; Sustainable climate/environment (#ProtectOurWinters, @ProtectWinters)

 

What would be your personal motto?

1. "Performance Readiness is the ability to focus on the right thing, at the right time, every time."

2. "Measure twice, cut once."















 

Name -  Ricki Walker - Sport Psychologist

 

Hometown - Aurora, CO

 

How did you come to be who you are?

I believe sport played a large role in shaping the person I am today. Through sport I learned how to be accountable, resilient, trustworthy, and flexible.

 

Best part of your job

I love being able to be part of an athlete's growth and identity development that not only allows them to be successful in sport, but also successful in life

 

What are you happiest doing when you are not working?

Petting all the dogs

 

Best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Motivation starts with action, not the other way around












 

Name - Josh Bullock - Athletic Development Coach - Freestyle Moguls

 

Hometown - Salt Lake City

 

How did you come to be who you are? 

As a kid, I grew up playing every sport imaginable. That was formally trimmed to three in high school and eventually to one in college. In college, I sought to become a teacher and physical educator until the University hired a strength and conditioning coach. I immediately changed career paths, or so I thought. It wasn't until I entered the workforce that I realized I was, in fact, a teacher and physical educator. My career of 17 years has taken me to four states and I have fulfilled a myriad of roles - including director, manager, educator, advisor, coach, and friend.

 

In sum, I have had the great fortune of working with some truly inspiring people on some really challenging, enjoyable, and innovative projects. I have worked alongside, and become friends with, many influential and creative individuals along the way. I believe in the power of collaboration to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

 

Best part of your job

Far and away the best part of my job is working with trusted and highly motivated colleagues.

 

On weekends, you can usually find me......?

Playing in the literal or proverbial backyard that is Utah with my family.

 

What is your morning routine?

At 5 am I have my first cup of coffee and get some work done or workout. At 6:30 am, I begin the sprint to get my now 5 year old ready and out the door while we play, imagine, and debate if the clothing selection for the day has the right deets.






















 

Name - Matt Voss - Athletic Development Coach - Freeski/Snowboard

 

Hometown - Orlando, FL

 

How did you come to be who you are?

Growing up, athletics were always a big part of my identity. From youth city league to collegiate sports, it’s been my outlet and my favorite way to express myself. I started my career as a K-5 P.E. educator and fell in love with teaching movement. From there, I continued to receive opportunities to work with athletes at all different levels. Along the way, I was able to pick up two degrees from the University of Central Florida (2017 national champs) and a graduate degree from the University of Oregon. 10 years later, I now find myself as the Athletic Development Coach for the U.S. Snowboard and Freeski- Halfpipe, Slopestyle, and big air teams.

 

Best part of your job

Building relationships and unlimited pretzels

 

What are some of the causes you care about?

Creating space where people feel seen and valued, Empowering minoritized communities, and dismantling the patriarchy

 

What would be your personal motto?

Always say no to mayo



























 

Name - Chris Miller - Athletic Development Coach

 

Hometown - Mililani, HI

 

How did you come to be who you are?

I was an enthusiastic but fairly average track athlete. I loved the sport and even after my competitive career was over I knew I wanted to stay connected to athletics in some way so I volunteered with my former sprint coach. I found that I had a passion for the art and science of elite performance. I got my degree in kinesiology and sought opportunities to volunteer with high level practitioners at every level of sport. Because my career has been heavily track and field focused, I came to the US Ski & Snowboard to step out of my comfort zone and be a part of an awesome team in an entirely new sport.

 

Best part of your job

Coaching is teaching. In my role with the development teams I have a great opportunity to help young athletes grow as professionals through the process of physical preparation.

 

On weekends, you can usually find me......?

At the track, in the gym, or in the mountains.

 

What do you do with friends in your spare time?

Rock climb



























 

Name - Farzad Jalilvand

 

Hometown - Los Angeles

 

How did you come to be who you are?

I think a lot of it has to do with me being a former competitive soccer player. My drive of finding ways to separate myself from other players has really shaped my career and ultimately, how I ended up being involved with athletic development. After my career ended, I wanted to continue to be involved with training and helping other players to become better, and to avoid the training pitfalls that I experienced. In this pursuit, I ended up moving to the United States in 2004 for an education in kinesiology. I currently hold a bachelors degree in kinesiology and a masters degree in exercise physiology. I am also currently in pursuit of a professional doctoral degree in sport and exercise. Fast forwarding to the present day, the last decade has included countless of hours spent inside and outside the weight-room training athletes form the high-school, collegiate, and elite levels. I am grateful for these experiences as they have prepared me for my current role as an Athletic Development Coach for U.S Ski and Snowboard.

 

Best part of your job?

Being part of something bigger than myself, the collaborative environment, random banter with my colleagues, and of course being able to wear comfortable athletic gear year around as part of my work.


 

What would be your personal motto?

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity- Seneca 

 

What is the next thing you want to accomplish on your bucket list?

Become a beer Brewmaster