Michael Savage, a veteran in the alpine coaching world, has been named the new alpine program director and U19 women’s FIS coach for WVBBTS (Waterville Valley Black and Blue Trail Smashers Snowsports Educational Foundation).
“I’m confident Mike will have an immediate impact on the BBTS program. Throughout his career, he has had tremendous success with the athletes he coaches,” said WVBBTS CEO and Executive Director Peter Stokloza. “We are very lucky to have him.”
Savage has traveled with the U.S. Ski Team women’s Europa Cup and World Cup circuits, led the Stratton Mountain School women’s team and directed alpine programs at Sage Ridge School and most recently at Carrabasset Valley Academy. During his time at CVA, he helped establish one of the top women’s alpine programs in the United States, coaching future Olympian Kirsten Clark.
“We are very excited to have Mike join the coaching staff. He brings enthusiasm, a deep knowledge of our sport and loads of energy! He has what it takes to make our athletes successful,” said BBTS Head Alpine U16 Coach and Director of Athletics Tom Barbeau.
In 2005, Savage started a private women’s alpine team, Team Savage Ski Racing, where he trained elite women from across the country to become the best they could be in alpine ski racing. Team Savage alumni were represented in NCAA programs across the country. He is looking forward to applying the knowledge he has acquired globally to WVBBTS/SEF.
“We welcome Mike to BBTS and look forward to the positive impact he will have on our athletes and the program,” added WVBBTS/Snowsports Educational Foundation Chairman Brad Benson.