Ski Racing - Girls' Varsity
The Taft ski team is a member of the highly competitive Brigham Ski League, which includes teams from Trinity-Pawling, Suffield Academy, Ethel Walker, Loomis Chaffee, Berkshire School, Salisbury School, The Gunnery, Forman School, and Miss Porter’s. It also competes in the New England Prep School Class B Alpine Ski Championships held at various ski areas in New England. The team practices at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT, and races at Ski Sundown, Butternut Basin in Great Barrington, MA, and Mohawk Mountain Ski Area in Cornwall, CT. The program emphasizes skiing and racing technique, with skiers competing in slalom and giant slalom. All of our incoming skiers are strong skiers and many have racing experience. Dry-land training begins in early November. We ski five days a week, between January 1 and March 1, training Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We race on Wednesdays. Coach Kurt Johnson is a professional Ski Instructor of America, level 3 certified, and has served as the assistant ski school director at Ski Sundown and for 15 years. Currently he is the race coordinator at Ski Sundown and works as a ski racing consultant for Rossingnol ski company. Coach LaCasse raced on a NCAA collegiate ski team and has coached in the Brigham Ski League for more than 10 years. Coach LaCasse teaches and is the assistant headmaster at Taft. He can be reached at email@example.com and 860-945-7718. Please let us know, if you have questions and we hope to see you out on the hill!
About Head Coach Jeremy LaCasse
Jeremy has an extensive background in boarding schools, having been a student, teacher, and administrator. After graduating from Berkshire School, Jeremy went to Bowdoin College to receive a Bachelor of Arts in history with a minor in economics. He received his master’s degree in educational administration from the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Jeremy is also the executive director at the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute at Fountain Valley School. Prior to Taft, Jeremy was acting assistant head of school for strategic initiatives at Cheshire Academy, the head of school at Kents Hill School, and the head of senior school at Shady Side Academy. He was also the dean of students at Fountain Valley School. Throughout his time as an administrator, Jeremy also taught various classes in history, including World Cultures, Social Theory and Global Impact, European, U.S., and Ancient and Medieval History. He has been an advisor, dormitory head, alpine skiing coach, crew coach, and outdoor instructor. Jeremy has been a speaker at numerous conferences of the National Association of Independent Schools and The Association of Boarding Schools. At Taft, Jeremy now serves as the assistant head of school, teaches history, coaches skiing, and lives on Academy Hill with his wife, Diana, and their three children.
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