The Crested Butte Academy here in Mt. Crested Butte keeps getting stronger. Their program has grown in leaps and bounds this past year with new facilities, nationally recognized coaching and a growing enrollment of tomorrow’s ski and snowboard rock stars.
Andrew Cesati, the Academy’s alpine director, just hired Carter Casner and Sean McKenna to round out the alpine coaching staff. Recent graduates of Bates College, both Casner and McKenna come from a strong racing and coaching background.
“Casner and McKenna both raced with much success on the tough Eastern FIS U tour,” said Andrew Cesati, CBA’s alpine director. The FIS U tour is the race series that pits Dartmouth, UVM, UNH and many other NCAA Division 1 ski programs against one another. In recent years, it has not only been a proving ground for collegiate teams, but also has served as a feeder system for the U.S. national teams. “These boys were skiing among the top skiers in the country and consistently bringing home points for their school,” Cesati said. Both Casner and McKenna also have some great coaching experience. “Throughout their years in college, they spent a lot of time working for Mount Hood summer ski camps and getting their coaching chops down too,” Cesati added. Casner began coaching on Oct. 22 and McKenna is slated to join the CBA coaching ranks Nov. 2.
“They are young, motivated and successful racers. I think they are going to be great role models and coaches our athletes will gravitate toward and look up to,” Cesati said. Cesati also expressed his excitement toward the rehiring of Tyler Johnson. “Tyler offers a strong sense of continuity to the program and has already demonstrated a great rapport with the athletes. He also brings a wealth of equipment knowledge to the program. Overall, we’re in a great spot right now with our staffing.”
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