WVBBTS/SEF just announced the promotion of Wesley Preston and Dan Shuffleton as Co-Directors of the Freestyle/Freeskiing program. BBTS’s rich history and legendary Freestyle program will now be led by two career-coaches who are also both recipients of USSA’s prestigious Coach of the Year Awards – Wes in 2013 and Dan in 2014.
Wes, a 10-year veteran and 400 level coach, will head up the Freestyle/Freeskiing Development “Devo” program for BBTS and Waterville Valley Academy (WVA) athletes age 14 and under. He will also take the leadership role in Mogul, Aerial and Freeskiing devo programs. This includes daily management of “A” level Mogul and Aerial skiers. Wes will be in charge of all programming for athletes 14 & under, and those of any age who desire to follow a traditional Freestyle path (Moguls, Dual Moguls and Aerials) in the winter, off-season, and FS camps. Wes, son of Nick Preston, is a BBTS and WVA alum.
Dan “Shuff” Shuffleton will take over the BBTS Eastern and Elite Freeskiing programs at BBTS and WVA for athletes 14 and over. Dan has coached Freeskiing for over a decade at WVBBTS/SEF, is a 400 level certified Aerial coach and helped design the club’s summer training venues. Dan has coached and mentored Slopestyle athletes ranked in the top 25 in the US, and athletes ranked in the top 100 in the world. Among his notable alumni are: Julia Krass, Jamie Crane-Mauzy, Annalisa Drew, Julia Marino, Jess Breda, Clayton Vila, Nick Martini, and Cam Riley. 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, and Julia Marino, Paraguay, Slopestyle, 17th.
Wes and Dan will be supported by Paige Wallis, Coordinator for Freeskiing, Freestyle, and Snowboard, as well as additional coaches working with the programs. The Co-Directors will report to Tom Barbeau, Director of Athletics and to Adam Chadbourne, Director of Athletic Performance.