Waterville Valley’s BBTS Freestyle B Program Director, Wesley Preston, has been named the U. S. Ski Association’s Domestic Coach of the Year for 2013. This annual award was announced at the US National Championships banquet on March 31 at Heavenly Valley, California and will be presented to Wesley at the USSA Congress in Park City, Utah in May.
A coach nomination process takes many possible recipients and reduces them to a final four. A vote by the members of USSA’s freestyle coaches ultimately determines the winner. The acknowledgment of Wesley by his peer professionals makes this award an especially esteemed honor.
Wes Preston has been involved in freestyle skiing his entire life. As a young athlete, Wes competed in moguls, aerials, and ballet winning the Junior National Championships in Ballet, Aerials, and Combined over his career. Wes made the US Aerial Team by winning the 2002 FIS Selection. He competed in domestic World Cups, and in 2004 Wes earned the Bronze at the US Aerial Championships. After retiring from competitive skiing, Wes coached for FLY Freestyle, Freestyle America, and the Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex Aerial Program, before taking a full-time position with WVBBTS in 2010.
Wes’s coaching accomplishments include contributing nine of the 15 aerialists on the 2013 US Ski Team, where the men he coached recently swept the US Championships podium. He also served as Hannah Kearney’s air coach leading up to her gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics.
Wes is currently the Program Director and Head Coach of the WVBBTS “B” Program for athletes age 8 to 14. In three years, he has grown the program from 16 athletes to 55. The trampoline programs and technical ski progressions designed by Wes have produced a dominant WVBBTS Freestyle Team, accumulating overall and age-class podiums during the 2012-2013 ski season. In 2012 and again in 2013, the WVBBTS “B” team won the coveted 1st place team award at the East Coast Junior Freestyle Championships.
Wes is a coach for every athlete, no matter their age or ability level. Adept at all levels of coaching from spread eagles to double twisting double flips, Wes’s professionalism and in-depth knowledge of freestyle skiing and acrobatics has been of tremendous benefit to the WVBBTS athletes.
As a USSA Level 400 coach, Wes contributes to USSA and Eastern Freestyle by conducting Coaches Education Clinics and is an active member of the USSA Aerial Sub-Committee.