The Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy bolstered its all-star lineup of coaches with the hiring of Seth McCadam as head U16 coach and director of alpine athlete development.
McCadam spent the last 10 years coaching the nation’s top alpine racers for the U.S. Ski Team.
“It is a testament to our entire community that Seth chose Sugar Bowl over the other opportunities available to someone with his talent and experience,” said Bill Hudson, director of athletic programs at the Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy (SBSTA).
“Seth’s knowledge and science-based coaching methodologies will certainly enable Sugar Bowl to reach the goal of becoming a model program worldwide for longterm athlete development.”
A native of Auburn, McCadam skied at Sugar Bowl as a youth. He coached at Sugar Bowl for two years while obtaining a degree in physical education from the University of Nevada, Reno.
He then spent seven years coaching at the Jackson Hole Ski Club, serving as alpine program director in his final year there.
McCadam was hired by the U.S. Ski Team as an assistant women’s World Cup coach in 2005 and continued in that position through 2010 as a coach for the U.S. Olympic Team. For the past four years, he has been head coach for the women’s development team.
“It’s really an opportunity for my wife and me to slow things down and get off the road a bit, to help lead young athletes and refine the programs already in place at Sugar Bowl,” McCadam said, adding, “I’ll be the third generation (in my family) to work at Sugar Bowl.”
Although McCadam’s primary position at Sugar Bowl will be head U16 coach, all programs will see the benefits from his role as director of alpine athlete development, as he will help implement a strategy for a comprehensive continued education program for all alpine coaches.
The U.S. Ski Team has not yet announced a replacement for McCadam on the women’s World Cup staff.
“Seth has been a dedicated coach across various levels for nearly 10 years,” said U.S. Ski Team Alpine Program Director Patrick Riml. “It will be sad to see him move on, but also encouraging to know that his coaching experience will help young athletes within a USSA club program.”
Also new to Sugar Bowl and the U16 staff is Karen Lundgren, former head coach of the Snow Summit Race Team.
In addition to her coaching experience, Lundgren was an NCAA racer and assistant director of human resources for San Bernardino County Schools. A top adventure racer, she climbed the highest peaks on each of the seven continents in 2008.
Spaces remain open at the Sugar Bowl Ski Team this winter, and the Sugar Bowl Academy is accepting applications.