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New Speed Team Coaches For The US Women's Team

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They booted 2 of the women's speed team coaches, mid season, with Worlds just around the corner, and appointed two new guys.  One of which is Mike Rogan.  

 

Any thoughts on the move?

post #2 of 9

They must have had their reasons. I was a little surprised though, Stacy Cook seems to be doing well.

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A few thoughts from a racing coach here:

 

1. The only reason you do such a sudden move mid-season is due to criminal activity. I've heard a few unconfirmed reasons about why the two coaches were fired, but don't want to spread 'em any further (not even by PM - until things are confirmed, no reason to spread rumors).

 

2. The choice of Mike Rogan makes zero sense to me. The guy is a PSIA guy who doesn't have much (any?) experience coaching high-level FIS speed skiing. At the elite level, coaches need to be top-notch and experienced in the disciplines they work. Rogan has some experience with coaching the junior levels and in certifying instructors, but elite level speed skiing? I'm left speechless (as are quite a few other coaches I've spoken to about this move).

 

3. Moving Pfieffer away from Shiffrin seems weird, given her success under him. While I know that there were some alignment issues earlier this year (due to a switch to a newer Atomic boot model), the Roland-and-Mikaela show worked really well and brought results. At least the results have come back after the holiday break and the change back to what looks like the older model of boot. If anything, this shows that Mikaela has her mental game dialed in.

 

4. Hiring Dyksterhouse to head the women's technical team was a smart move. He's got a good mind and eye for technique and generating speed at the elite level, and his Ski Club Vail association means he's coached (or at least seen a lot of) the USST tech racers. That said, the two most successful female tech skiers from the U.S. this season are Shiffrin (known to be independently strong) and Stiegler (racing independently this year and a seasoned, mature racer who isn't fazed by personnel changes). As for the younger racers, hopefully they'll work well with Dyksterhouse. We shall see...

 

Just my $0.02 as a race coach who had his "WTF?" moments with this move.

post #4 of 9

On Dyksterhouse:

 

"He went on to collegiate coaching, working on the staff of the Univ. of New Mexico Lobos, winning an NCAA title in 2004. He went on to coach at the Green Mountain Valley School in Vermont, later coaching in Canada before returning to the USA to help lead the Front Range Ski Club in Colorado. He is now in his second season as athletic director for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, which won the USSA’s Club of the Year honors in 2014."

 

http://alpine.usskiteam.com/news/vail-coach-join-us-ski-team

 

So this is their "interim" move.

 

After the first American sweep by the women, Bishop and Hasler are dumped--that's irony for you.

 

It all seems incredibly risky prior to the WC. However, ice skaters and gymnasts seem to pull it off quite frequently.

post #5 of 9
Have to agree on Rogan. Makes little sense. Has he ever even raced speed events? Not that a coach needs to have skied at a wcup level, but in speed some experience has to matter.
post #6 of 9

I have no idea if Rogan has raced DH or SG at any level, but it wouldn't surprise me if he has.  I do know that he has coached the ladies speed team during Spring camps at Mammoth more than once.  From what I have heard, these camps were very successful & I would speculate that said camps were part of his initial consideration for the coaching position. 

I don't know his USSCA coaches level but I know that he has been involved in their certification process in some capacity. 

To say that Rogan has NO experience is maybe not the whole story.  It will be interesting to see how it goes & if they create more depth in the team as well as improved results.

My Jury is still out...

post #7 of 9
Hopefully some news will make it to press after the alpine championships.
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post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by songfta View Post
 

A few thoughts from a racing coach here:

 

1. The only reason you do such a sudden move mid-season is due to criminal activity. I've heard a few unconfirmed reasons about why the two coaches were fired, but don't want to spread 'em any further (not even by PM - until things are confirmed, no reason to spread rumors).

 

2. The choice of Mike Rogan makes zero sense to me. The guy is a PSIA guy who doesn't have much (any?) experience coaching high-level FIS speed skiing. At the elite level, coaches need to be top-notch and experienced in the disciplines they work. Rogan has some experience with coaching the junior levels and in certifying instructors, but elite level speed skiing? I'm left speechless (as are quite a few other coaches I've spoken to about this move).

 

3. Moving Pfieffer away from Shiffrin seems weird, given her success under him. While I know that there were some alignment issues earlier this year (due to a switch to a newer Atomic boot model), the Roland-and-Mikaela show worked really well and brought results. At least the results have come back after the holiday break and the change back to what looks like the older model of boot. If anything, this shows that Mikaela has her mental game dialed in.

 

4. Hiring Dyksterhouse to head the women's technical team was a smart move. He's got a good mind and eye for technique and generating speed at the elite level, and his Ski Club Vail association means he's coached (or at least seen a lot of) the USST tech racers. That said, the two most successful female tech skiers from the U.S. this season are Shiffrin (known to be independently strong) and Stiegler (racing independently this year and a seasoned, mature racer who isn't fazed by personnel changes). As for the younger racers, hopefully they'll work well with Dyksterhouse. We shall see...

 

Just my $0.02 as a race coach who had his "WTF?" moments with this move.


Yup, 100% agree Songfta on all points.    Rating the Rogan decision as zero sense seems to be over-rating it.  :)  Maybe he has some hidden speed skills and experience we don't know about.....

 

The Dykster appointment is a great move though, one of the best coaches around.  While they may have frozen him out from the USST as a racer, finally they are bringing him on board

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