APRIL 24, 2012
NENSA Announces 2012 New England Coach of the Year
Posted by: Janice Sibilia
NENSA is pleased to announce Justin Beckwith as our 2012 New England Coach of the Year!
has been quietly managing the Green Mountain Valley School Nordic Program for
several years now. He has coached GMVS athletes through successful junior
careers and instills a love of skiing and outdoor adventure into them as well.
A world class athlete himself, he knows what it takes to be a student of the
sport and his program ensures that there is enough of a challenge intermixed
with plenty of fun! Justin wrote via email: "I've been
really lucky to work with an impressive group of skiers over the past six years
here in Waitsfield. My goal as a coach is to make all around skiers and
expose kids to adventures that create a passion for sport and
competition. Pursuing your dreams as a ski racer is an ultimate adventure
and it is inspiring to help kids follow that path. It has been awesome to
watch our alums continue to ski and improve in college and beyond.
We've had five Junior National Champs and three athletes placed on the J1 Team since I've been at the Green Mountain Valley School. We are really excited about our summer training programs with athletes like Tim Reynolds, David Sinclair, Dylan Grald and Heidi Halvorsen leading guests from throughout New England."
Justin has been coaching at GMVS for 6 years, was J1 Scando trip leader in 2009, World Junior Coach in 2012 and the New England Team Wax Tech 2009-2012. For four straight years in a row, Justin has also managed the production of 55- 65 pairs of skis per race at Junior Nationals- this is no easy feat to keep the New England train rolling! His calmness through the inevitable storms of wax testing and making the right calls, consistently put out the best skis on the best skiers day in and day out during a busy week.
Through all of this he stresses the team effort to make New England such a
great ski community. In true spirit, Justin recaps his season on a recent blog
"Thanks for helping make this winter a success for New England-- the enthusiasm of the Nordic Community in our region overshadowed any lack of snow. It was a huge year of successes for Eastern Skiers from the BKL level, at Junior Nationals and NCAA's. I'm proud to be a part of this energy and I look forward to collaborating with many of you in the future."
We congratulate Justin and wish him much success as he continues to educate and challenge his skiers to even more success in the future.
Coach of the year award history
2012 - Justin Beckwith
2011 - Sverre Caldwell
2010 - Pepa Milochoeva
2009 - Matt Boobar
2008 - Eileen Carey
2007 - Rob Bradlee