The Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Race Team hired Ron Kipp to the newly created position of Ski Team Coaches Education and Development Manager.
Kipp will be working with the Ski Team coaches to continue to develop, augment and enhance their coaching skills. He comes to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows from the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) where he was the Alpine Sport Education Manager and presided over all aspects of alpine coach education and certification.
“Establishing this position says a lot about the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Ski Team,” said Kipp. “The staff and Team commitment to athletic excellence, along with their ability to adapt to the needs of the athletes was a major draw for me. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows already has an incredible history and I look forward to building on that legacy,” Kipp continued.
Kipp completed his Ph.D. work in sport science with an emphasis in motor control at the University of Utah prior to working with the U.S. Ski Team’s Sport Science Department, where he was Director of Athlete Preparation. He has also coached, and was the Head Physiologist, with the U.S. Ski Team’s Men’s Alpine World Cup Team, and was Assistant Director of Coaches Education for USSA. He worked with the Norwegian Men’s Alpine National Team as an on-hill coach and sport science consultant. For five years he was the Education Manager for PSIA-I (Professional Ski Instructors of America). Kipp has also written two books, authored or co-authored over 40 scientific published papers, and has given over 100 presentations nationally and internationally on skiing.
While working for USSA, Kipp added two levels of education and certification (300 and 400 levels) to the U.S. Coaches Education program. Meanwhile, the previous 100 and 200 levels were modified and adjusted to bring them in line with current teaching techniques.