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The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) in Ketchum, Idaho has announced several staff changes ahead of the 2019-20 winter.

Chuck Harris is moving from Head USSA Coach to the FIS program where he will be SVSEF’s Western Region Contact Coach and PG Coordinator. In this position, Harris will strengthen SVSEF’s relationship with the Western Region and will support the program as its point of contact for Western Region projects and selections. Additionally, he will coordinate all logistics for the program’s PG athletes, from training space to travel to athletic progressions. Harris will be transitioning into this position over the summer months and will be on staff for the Western Region Chile project in August. 

Trevor Wagner is a seasoned coach who will also be joining the SVSEF ranks at the FIS level. Wagner has worked as a coach at the World Cup, Europa Cup, and Development Team levels, inclusing being on-staff for multiple World Championship and Olympic teams. Most recently, he has worked for U.S. Ski and Snowboard to prep World Cup and NorAm venues. Wagner will continue to prep the Copper Mountain and Beaver Creek venues in Colorado in October and November and will join SVSEF as a FIS Assistant Coach in early December. Wagner will still do hill prep for U.S. Ski and Snowboard at points throughout the winter and Dane Spencer will fill in during those times away.

Gladys Weidt will be filling the role of Head USSA Coach. Most recently, Gladys was the Head U16 Coach at Sugar Bowl Academy in California. Having grown up skiing in Minnesota and Colorado and later for the University of New Mexico, she brings great experience and perspective to SVSEF’s program. Her enthusiasm and knowledge of the sport is an ideal fit for the USSA program. Gladys will join SVSEF full time September 1. She will join SVSEF for their camp at Mt. Hood this month, and will stay on to coach the Western Region Camp as well.

Dane Spencer will be returning to SVSEF as a USSA assistant coach and will also develop and manage the equipment program for the two older age groups. He will mostly be stationed with the USSA team, but will fill in to support the FIS staff when Wagner is gone doing venue prep for U.S. Ski and Snowboard. Following his personal career as an athlete on the U.S. Ski Team, Spencer was brought back to work with the Development and Europa Cup teams as a coach. With his decorated career on the U.S. Ski Team and experience with equipment, SVSEF is excited to welcome Spencer back to our program and have him as a resource for our athletes and coaches.

Nate Schwing, James Tautkus, and Adele Savaria will remain as the head coaches of FIS, IMD, and North Series, respectively. Tor Jensen will be back with the Mini World Cup Team, but as an assistant coach so he can spend more time with his family in the winter. SVSEF is looking to hire a new head coach in the coming months.

Release courtesy of SVSEF.

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