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BBTS’s Shuffleton Named USSA Coach of the Year!

May 6, 2014

A number of Waterville Valley athletes made news earlier this year as they competed in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.  Waterville Valley is back in the news as Waterville Valley Academy/WVBBTS coach Dan Shuffleton has been named the 2014 Freeskiing Domestic Coach of the Year by USSA (U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association)!

The entire Waterville Valley community joins me in congratulating you, Shuff, on this much deserved honor.

Tiger Shaw, president and CEO of USSA sent the following letter to Shuff:

Dear Dan, 

 

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on having been selected to receive the 2014 U.S. Freeskiing Domestic Coach of the Year Award. USSA Coach of the Year Awards are made in each sport to a USSA staff or USSA Competition Club coach based on outstanding contribution to either the domestic program or international program, resulting in high-level performance of his or her athletes in domestic or international competition. Each respective USSA Sport Committee makes these selections. 

 

The Sport Committee wrote the following for your nomination. Dan Shuffleton has coached Freeskiing for the past 10 seasons at the Waterville Valley Academy and the WVBBTS/SEF. Dan is a career coach. He coaches year-round and was instrumental in helping to design Waterville Valley Academy’s summer training venues. Dan manages three coaches and 30 freeskiing athletes and is a Level 400 certified Aerial coach. He is also involved in Freeskiing coaches’ education. Dan has four Slopestyle athletes ranked in the top 25 in the US. Dan has many notable alumni from his team: Julia Krass, Jamie Crane-Mauzy, Annalisa Drew, Julia Marino, Jess Breda, Clayton Vila, Nick Martini, and Cam Riley. 

 

During the 2013-2014 season Dan’s Team’s accomplishments include: Four of Dan’s slopestyle athletes were rookies this season on the World Cup Tour (Tim Ryan, John Brown, Brent Whipple and Eddie Gildea). 

 

Four alumni from Dan’s team qualified for the Sochi Olympics (Devin Logan, USA, Slopestyle, Silver Medal. Julia Krass, USA, Slopestyle, 11th. Annalisa Drew, USA, Halfpipe, 9th. Julia Marino, Paraguay, Slopestyle, 17th.). 

 

Currently, five of Dan’s athletes are ranked in the top 100 in the world on the AFP list (Tim Ryan, Brent Whipple, Eddie Gildea, John Brown, and Matt Crowe – all are still teenagers). Tim Ryan qualified for Jr. World Championships in Slopestyle.

 

USASA NH Series Rankings: Top 4 Slopestyle men in the 10-12 age group, Top 2 Slopestyle women in the 10-12 age group, Winner of women’s Slopestyle in the 13-15 age group, Top eight Slopestyle men in the 13-15 age group, 7 of the top ten Slopestyle men in the 16-18 age group, Top 2 Open Class Slopestyle Men. 26 athletes qualified for USASA Nationals in Slopestyle. 

 

Finally, he has four of the top 10 Eastern Slopestyle skiers and three of the top 10 skiers in the Rev Tour Slopestyle rankings. 

 

I applaud your commitment and leadership and wish you continued success. 

 

Your award will be presented during the USSA Congress 2014 at our Chairman’s Awards Dinner, Friday at 6:30 p.m., May 16 at the Park City Marriott. 

 

Again, our congratulations!

 

Sincerely,

 

Tiger Shaw

President & CEO

Dan Shuffleton



Dear WVBBTS / SEF Members and Friends,

 

It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I share the news that our very own Dan Shuffleton has been named by USSA as their 2014 Freeskiing Domestic Coach of the Year.

 

     

 

Please see the letter below from Tiger Shaw, President & CEO of USSA:

 

 

 

Via e-mail: [email protected] 

 

 April 22, 2014 

 

Dan Shuffleton 

RE: U.S. Freeskiing Domestic Coach of the Year Award 

 

Dear Dan, 

 

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on having been selected to receive the 2014 U.S. Freeskiing Domestic Coach of the Year Award. USSA Coach of the Year Awards are made in each sport to a USSA staff or USSA Competition Club coach based on outstanding contribution to either the domestic program or international program, resulting in high-level performance of his or her athletes in domestic or international competition. Each respective USSA Sport Committee makes these selections. 

 

The Sport Committee wrote the following for your nomination. Dan Shuffleton has coached Freeskiing for the past 10 seasons at the Waterville Valley Academy and the WVBBTS/SEF. Dan is a career coach. He coaches year-round and was instrumental in helping to design Waterville Valley Academy’s summer training venues. Dan manages three coaches and 30 freeskiing athletes and is a Level 400 certified Aerial coach. He is also involved in Freeskiing coaches’ education. Dan has four Slopestyle athletes ranked in the top 25 in the US. Dan has many notable alumni from his team: Julia Krass, Jamie Crane-Mauzy, Annalisa Drew, Julia Marino, Jess Breda, Clayton Vila, Nick Martini, and Cam Riley. 

 

During the 2013-2014 season Dan’s Team’s accomplishments include: Four of Dan’s slopestyle athletes were rookies this season on the World Cup Tour (Tim Ryan, John Brown, Brent Whipple and Eddie Gildea). 

 

Four alumni from Dan’s team qualified for the Sochi Olympics (Devin Logan, USA, Slopestyle, Silver Medal. Julia Krass, USA, Slopestyle, 11th. Annalisa Drew, USA, Halfpipe, 9th. Julia Marino, Paraguay, Slopestyle, 17th.). 

 

Currently, five of Dan’s athletes are ranked in the top 100 in the world on the AFP list (Tim Ryan, Brent Whipple, Eddie Gildea, John Brown, and Matt Crowe – all are still teenagers). Tim Ryan qualified for Jr. World Championships in Slopestyle.

 

USASA NH Series Rankings: Top 4 Slopestyle men in the 10-12 age group, Top 2 Slopestyle women in the 10-12 age group, Winner of women’s Slopestyle in the 13-15 age group, Top eight Slopestyle men in the 13-15 age group, 7 of the top ten Slopestyle men in the 16-18 age group, Top 2 Open Class Slopestyle Men. 26 athletes qualified for USASA Nationals in Slopestyle. 

 

Finally, he has four of the top 10 Eastern Slopestyle skiers and three of the top 10 skiers in the Rev Tour Slopestyle rankings. 

 

I applaud your commitment and leadership and wish you continued success. 

 

Your award will be presented during the USSA Congress 2014 at our Chairman’s Awards Dinner, Friday at 6:30 p.m., May 16 at the Park City Marriott. 

 

Again, our congratulations!

 

Sincerely,

 

Tiger Shaw

President & CEO

 

As you can see, Dan’s accomplishments are high-level and extremely numerous. He is a valued member of our coaching staff and I know you will all join me in welcoming Dan into an elite group within WVBBTS / SEF.  Dan joins three other former USSA National Coach of the Year recipients as our latest star coach.

 

Several WVBBTS / SEF staff and Board will be attending the USSA Congress in Park City and will be cheering Dan on as he accepts this prestigious award.

 

Way to go Dan!

 

PS-updated head shot July 13 

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Peter D. Stokloza

WVBBTS & WVA CEO / Executive Director

603.236.4246 x 116

[email protected]

About Jan Stearns

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