The philosophy of WVA’s alpine program is to offer a safe, high-quality alpine training and race experience embedded in an individualized program of athlete management. The alpine program serves the individual needs of each athlete by providing first-rate coaching, personal attention, and a supportive environment for competitive alpine skiing development, physical conditioning and mental well-being. We believe that individual success on the ski hill leads to success in life.
Our coaching staff focuses on developing a strong and sound fundamental base for ski racing, including directed free skiing and drill progressions throughout the season so that students become accomplished skiers on their way to achieving race success.
WVA offers alpine training programs for U12, U14, U16, U19/U21 and post-graduate athletes. Waterville Valley Resort, located right in WVA’s backyard, offers numerous world-class training venues. These venues, combined with experienced and professional coaching, enable our athletes to reach the highest level of athletic excellence.
Andrew Gannon // Director of FIS programs
Growing up in Bennington NH, Andrew skied for Ted Sutton at Crotched Mountain. After leaving the US Army in 1995 he began his coaching career at UMass Amherst, while finishing a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, and skiing for the team. From 1997-2003 Andrew was the Head Coach at Colby-Sawyer College, and from 2003-2010 served as the head coach for the Alyeska Ski Club/Glacier Valley Ski Ed Foundation. While in Alaska, Andrew served as a Western Region project coach and hosted three US National Championships. He then went on to lead the charge as the Head Coach for Plymouth State University. In the 2011-12 season, Andrew moved the Panthers into the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA). The program has seen great success, qualifying athletes annually to the NCAA Skiing Championships. Andrew was named the EISA Alpine Coach of the Year in 2016.
Tom Barbeau // WVA Director of Human Performance & U16 Coach
Tom is a graduate of McGill University with a degree in Ergo Physiology. Before coming to WVBBTS he spent several years working with the Canadian National Ski Team. Tom has coached at three Olympic Games. He has a Master’s Certification in the Burdenko Method and oversees the condition program for all alpine athletes. He is a Level 500 internationally certified coach.
Jason Guilbert // Head Coach U16
Jason is a WVBBTS and WVA Alumni. He attended the University of New Hampshire, where he was a four-year member of their alpine ski team. Jason began coaching in 1999 and has held several positions, including Head Alpine Coach & Program Director at The New Hampton School. Jason is a Level 300 coach and was WVA’s Head Men’s FIS Coach from 2009 to 2017.
Justin Sperry // Head U14 Coach & Youth Programs Director
Justin is coming to WVBBTS after serving as the Head Coach at Colby-Sawyer College for the last two years, before which he held the head coaching role at Clarkson University. Justin is a New Hampshire native, having grown up racing for the Gunstock Ski Club before skiing for Colby College where he graduated with a degree in Geology. Justin has served as the assistant director of the Stowe Summer Dryland camp, where he has spent summers working with athletes from grade 3 through grade 10. Justin is eager to begin working with the WVA Middle School students, and in his role as Youth Program Director, he will also lead the hiring and athletic programming of all WVBBTS’s Alpine Weekend Youth staff (U14 through Mitey Mites).
Tom Sell// Head FIS Men’s Coach
Tom Sell comes to WVBBTS with over 30 years of coaching experience including most recently as the Alpine Director at Killington Mountain School where he oversaw all aspects of the alpine program. Before taking the position at KMS, Sell was a coach for the US Ski Team from 2005 to 2009. His coaching roles with the US Ski Team included the Head Men’s Europa Cup Tech Coach developing future World Cup racers. Sell has also been the chair of the US Ski & Snowboard Eastern region development committee for the last four years, which aims to create a system that will help Eastern athletes be competitive at the national and international levels.
Meghan Costello // Head FIS Women’s Coach
Meghan comes to WVA after coaching in Europe for four years. Meghan has been the Head U16 coach with the Alpine Training Centre, a Scotland based team that placed five athletes onto the National teams of the UK and Scotland over the 2019-20 season. Meghan’s experience includes running camps across Europe for all ATC programs, from FIS to U10s, including a summer base in Norway. Meghan is American, originally from Bethel, Maine, and is an avid hiker, mountaineer, and traveler. She through-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2018 and had planned to spend the summer of 2020 through-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Meghan is completing her degree in Religious Studies and International Relations from the University of Aberdeen.
Fred Turton// Middle School Alpine Coach
Fred Turton will be returning to WVBBTS after working for several years as the Youth Education Coordinator for NHARA. Fred will serve as a seasonal full-time U14 coach. He is looking forward to working with Justin in coaching the WVA Middle School student-athletes and our weekend program U14s. Fred has extensive knowledge of youth ski racing after years of coaching at every level.