03/07/2009 | by Onboard
Starting in September, the Park City Snowboard Academy (PCSA) will provide both full and winter term options for talented young riders who have dreams of becoming the best possible rider they can be. PCSA will provide elite world-class coaching along with college preparatory academics.
A DREAM TEAM
The PCSA staff will include Andy and Jack Coghlan, each of whom have over 27 years of riding and coaching experience in snowboarding. Andy is a six-time US Open Champion and has helped direct and develop snowboard programs at Stratton, Vail, Aspen and Stowe. “I really believe that when you combine the training facilities at the Park City Mountain Resort with the experience of our PCSA staff, you cannot offer any better chance for a rider to succeed” says Snowboard Director Andy Coghlan. Jack Coghlan has been a marketing fixture in the snowboard industry working for such companies as Burton, Ride, Atlantis, Type A and Flow and will serve as the Academy Director. Head Coach Tyler Emond was a member of the 2005 US Snowboard Team and finished second in the 2003 Junior World Championship Halfpipe. Still a top ranked freestyle rider, Tyler finished 17th in this past years US Open Superpipe. Tyler will provide a unique ability to instruct even the most elite riders. “When good snowboarders train with other good riders, on great facilities, it’s a recipe for success.” says Emond. Academic Director Courtney Coghlan has been a certified teacher for over 15 years in both private and public schools. She has taught at the prestigious Cathedral School for Boys in San Francisco and St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, California. Her experience will ensure that students complete a strong college preparatory curriculum.
NO BETTER FACILITY
PCSA is excited to be located at the best possible training center in the world as the Park City Mountain Resort provides the best park and superpipe all season long. Park City was home to the 2002 Olympics as well as home to the US Snowboard Team. Add to the mix an incredible snowboarding climate of champagne powder and the small town feel of Park City and students will be given best opportunity to have fun while achieving success.
PROVIDING FOR SNOWBOARDING’S YOUTH
PCSA is a non-profit academy that will be working to offer scholarships to the most talented young riders who have dreams ranging from achieving more success in their local competitions to one day making the Olympics. This season PCSA is proud to have the support of the “FRENDS” crew (Scotty Lago, Kevin Pearce. Danny Davis, Mason Aguirre, Keir Dillon, and Luke & Jack Mitrani) to provide scholarships on behalf of “FRENDS” to future snowboard stars. “I can’t think of a better place or people to be starting a snowboard academy. They understand what passion for snowboarding is. Students at PCSA are so lucky to have Tyler as their coach; along with being my best friend, he is an amazing snowboarder.” says Luke Mitrani.
PCSA is also excited about starting a working relationship with the Park City Snowboard Team. The two entities will work together with the Park City Mountain Resort to provide the best training on the best terrain in the world. Together they will be creating a clear path of development for tomorrow’s elite snowboarders. “With a combination of the success of the Park City Snowboard Team working alongside PCSA to help our riders balance academics with competition logistics, I see great things coming from our talented athlete pool next season.” says Jacob Levine, Executive Director and Head Coach of the Park City Snowboard Team.
PCSA is proud to be a snowboard-specific academy, a school created by snowboarders for snowboarders. PCSA will provide full term programs for grades 9-12 and a winter term option for grades 6-12. For more information and a chance to be a part of the limited enrollment for PCSA’s inaugural year contact Jack Coghlan at firstname.lastname@example.org