PARK CITY, Utah – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has named George ‘Jory’ Macomber Head of School for the USSA TEAM Academy and Vice President, Athlete Career and Education. Macomber joins the USSA with extensive experience at Burke Mountain Academy and a 25-year career at New Hampshire’s Holderness School. He will lead the USSA TEAM Academy’s further evolution as the leading academic solution for young athletes competing at the world class level while still in high school, while also working with staff to create other opportunities for athletes pursuing educational and professional goals. USSA TEAM Academy was founded in 2012 and successfully pioneered by Head of School Dan Kemp.
“Dan Kemp’s vision and dedication has propelled the USSA TEAM Academy into a leading model that will be emulated and replicated by other sports in the Olympic family. While Dan is leaving to pursue new projects, we commend his vision and drive that got the Academy to where it is today,” said President and CEO Tiger Shaw. “Jory Macomber brings to the USSA a tremendous background in academics and athletics that will help him take our budding model to new levels. Our elite athletes today have extraordinary opportunities coupled with extraordinary challenges. Olympic success can mean financial success, but preparing to get to the Olympics can include nearly impossible time and academic management challenges. Meeting these challenges successfully as an organization will keep the USSA and its programs Best in the World.”
Macomber, an NCAA All-American and alumnus of the Dartmouth Ski Team, comes from a family steeped in ski racing tradition. His father, George, was named to the 1948 Olympic team but did not compete due to injury, though he was inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 1973 as a result of his vast contributions to the sport.
“With the addition of Jory Macomber at a senior level we are investing in the futures of our athletes. Education and career planning has become a vital part of our athletic success. The pioneering work Dan Kemp has done in the Academy, together with the career counseling and planning Lauren Loberg continues to do with our elite athletes, is helping them become even better athletes and far better prepared for life after the team. I’m grateful for Dan’s support as we’ve pioneered this very successful new concept that has enabled many young athletes to pursue their dreams, which have already included the Olympics,” remarked Luke Bodensteiner.
Macomber is an alumnus of Burke Mountain Academy and captained the alpine ski team at Dartmouth, later obtaining an M.A.T. at Brown University and an M.Ed. in Independent School Leadership at Columbia University. Macomber has worked at Holderness in varying capacities, as a teacher, ski coach, and administrator, on and off since the fall of 1985, most recently in a long-running appointment which started in 1992 and included the roles of assistant, acting, and associate head of school.
“I totally believe in the USSA’s vision that strong athlete education, career development and life skills enhance an athlete’s competitive performance. I look forward to working with many people to further design, create and fulfill this vision,” said Macomber.
Release courtesy of USSA