Our comprehensive Alpine Program has a highly qualified, full-time coaching team that allows athletes to compete in a variety of schedules—from state USSA races to international FIS events. Alpine skiers are members of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and compete at the U19, U16, and U14 levels.
Our Alpine Program prepares student-athletes to compete at the highest levels in each age group. We strike a balance of technical skills between free skiing and gate training at Sunday River Resort while offering the best opportunity for student-athletes to reach their potential.
Megan is a native of New Jersey, but spent every weekend of the winter commuting to Magic Mountain in Vermont to ski with her family. When she was eight, she started ski racing for the Magic Mountain Alpine race team and fell in love with the sport. She went to high school in New Jersey (Immaculate Heart Academy, a competitive all-girls Catholic High School) where she raced for their ski team during the week and commuted to Vermont to race and train for VARA on the weekends. She joined the FIS circuit as a “weekend warrior” in high school with the goal of racing competitively in college.
Upon graduating high school in 2016, she was recruited to ski for St. Michael’s College on the NCAA Division I circuit, where she double majored in Art and Economics. A few months after her virtual 2020 graduation, she joined Gould as a U14 Alpine Coach and has loved every minute of it. She has now moved forward in her education and career to this fellowship program, and is looking forward to gaining more experience and a masters degree at the end of these three years!
Megan holds a USSS Level 200 coaching certification.
Assistant U14 Alpine Coach, Boys JV Soccer Coach, Road Cycling & Gravel Racing Coach
John was born and raised in Nazareth PA just outside of Allentown. He grew up ski racing, playing soccer, and swimming on the swim team and participated in each of these sports through high school. While taking classes at Kutztown University and managing a local ski shop, he got into coaching at Blue Mountain Ski Area where he had raced growing up. It has now been collectively over 20 years working in the race department and coaching kids in U12 through U18 age groups. John recently received his level 300 coaching certification and looks to further advance his career in coaching. He is an avid cyclist and briefly raced at the Lehigh Valley Velodrome. Besides spending time with his family, he also love trying his hand at fly fishing and golf.
Kevin grew up in the Gould/Sunday River program, graduating in 1999, and attended Saint Michael’s College, earning a double-major BS in Computer Science and English Literature. He began coaching for Gould during college breaks, and then coached for Bolton Valley, Killington Mountain School and GMVS in Vermont and Silver Run Ski Team in Montana before returning to Gould. He's been coercing computers into behaving properly for even longer than he's been coaching, in both network administration/IT support and software engineering roles. He also enjoys spending time with his kids and his dog, earning turns, and looking for roads and trails that aren't on the map.
Kevin holds a USSS Level 200 coaching certification and is a USSS Technical Delegate.
Meghan grew up skiing here at Gould, graduating in 2011. She then went on to attend the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, while also working as the Lead Programme Coach & Head U16 Coach for Alpine Training Centre, a club based in Scotland. Here she had five athletes selected to the U16 Scottish National Team for the 2020-2021 season. After her time in Scotland, she joined the coaching staff at Waterville Valley Academy, taking on the role as Head Women’s FIS Coach. Most recently, she has been a U16 Alpine Coach at Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club in Aspen, Colorado. Here she had multiple athletes selected to U16 NPS Projects, International invitational competitions, U16 R/C Championships, and U16 Nationals. We are so excited to add her expertise to help our FIS Women get to the next level.
Liv grew up skiing at Sunday River, from skiing in the Gould weekend program to eventually attending Gould Academy, where he graduated from in 2018. When attending Gould, Liv raced alpine and was committed to USSS and FIS racing. After attending Gould Academy, Liv attended St. Lawrence University, where he studied Anthropology and Educational Studies. During winter breaks in university, Liv began coaching the weekend program at Gould working with U12s to U18s. This was when his interest in coaching grew alongside studying Education, leading him to coaching full-time at Gould starting in the winter of 2022. Some of Liv’s passions include music, cycling, and LGBTQIA+ education. At St. Lawrence University, he worked as a sound technician at SLU’s Java Barn, was on the electoral board for the cycling team and raced cyclocross, and was the president of Spectrum (the LGBTQIA+ club). Liv holds a USSS Level 100 coaching certification.
Marisa grew up locally and graduated from the University of Maine Farmington, where she earned a certificate for Alpine Operations. She has coached U8, U10, and U14s with the Carrabassett Valley Academy Weekend Program and worked as an Assistant Alpine Coach at Bates College. She also worked as competition program director & marketing team member at Camden Snow Bowl.
Marisa holds a USSS Level 100 coaching certification.
Jeff grew up skiing at Shawnee Peak and attended Gould, graduating in 2009. He graduated from Bates College, where he was a member of their NCAA Division I alpine ski team. Jeff started his first stint coaching at Gould in 2013, working with the U14 and U16 teams. Jeff served as Head Alpine Coach at Clarkson University and rejoined the Gould coaching staff in 2021, working with the U14 team.
Jeff holds a USSS Level 100 coaching certification.
Craig began teaching and coaching in the Franconia Ski School at Cannon Mountain in 1982. From there he moved to King Pine Ski Area, where he stayed for 28 years as their Ski School Director, Terrain Parks Supervisor, and Race Team Head Coach. During this time, King Pine Race Team became known as "small but mighty," producing numerous athletes who made post-season appearances at Eastern and Can-Am Championships, and even a National Championship event. Craig holds a PSIA Level 3 certification, USSS Level 200 coaching certification, USSS Technical Delegate, and is a former member of the PSIA Eastern Development Team and Education Staff.
Coach Niiler started on skis by the time he could walk and grew up alpine ski racing in the Mount Washington Valley. A graduate of Bates College, where he was a member of their NCAA Division I alpine ski team, Kurt has been working at Gould Academy since 2018 – first as Men’s FIS Coach, then as Head U16 Coach. Beyond his work in ski racing, Kurt is a fixture in the local backcountry skiing community and the author of Presidential Skiing: A Guide to Backcountry Skiing in New Hampshire's Presidential Range. He has made ski descents of peaks across North America, Europe, and New Zealand.
Kurt holds a USSS Level 300 coaching certification and is a USSS Technical Delegate.
Michael grew up in Southern California and started skiing as soon as he could walk. As a junior racer, he competed around the world and at the Nor-Am Cup level before attending Montana State University and racing for their NCAA Division I alpine ski team. At Montana State, he was team captain, earned NCAA All-American honors in 2012, and achieved a top-100 world rank in GS. Since graduating, he’s been skiing and coaching around the Western Region at Schweitzer, Big Sky and Arctic Valley, but is excited to get out East! When Michael isn’t skiing, he’s hiking and running in the mountains, riding his road bike, or spending time with his dog Bella and digging in the garden.
Michael holds a USSS Level 300 coaching certification.