Head Cycling Coach
Miles arrived in Vail in 2013 from Yadkinville, North Carolina. He graduated in 2011 from Appalachian State with a degree in Exercise Science Strength & Conditioning. Miles has experience as a Strength & Conditioning Intern from Wake Forest University. Miles started his career with SSCV as a Strength & Conditioning Intern. After a year of training with John Cole, Miles joined the team as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach.
Over the years, Miles has specialized in endurance-based sports. He over sees all metabolic and cardio testing and programing on all SSCV athletes.
Miles also works with Vail Jr. Cycling Director Dan Weiland, as the Head Cycling Coach for the program. Miles coaches a group of 50+ youth cyclists that compete in the NICA high school league, and works with youth cyclists that race at the national level.
Miles is a Certified USA Cycling Level 2 Coach, CSCS, NICA Level 3 coach, Training Peaks Certified Level 2 & USA weight lifting coach.
Prep/Jr. Prep Head Coach & Cycling Coach
Parker McDonald, Nordic Head Prep Team Coach, is a SSCV alumni and VSSA graduate. Moving to Colorado at a young age, Parker remembers skiing since his arrival. He was officially hooked by the team and coaches at SSCV/VSSA as a 7th grade student and has never looked back. Parker attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where he studied sociology and skied for the Bobcat Nordic Team throughout his college years. As Parker begins his third year with SSCV, he is “looking to create team culture and experiences that athletes will carry with them the remainder of their lives. Nordic skiing is a very hard sport, finding enjoyment at a young age is a crucial part in the development of these athletes. I hope to keep practices fun and entertaining while always working hard. I am most looking forward to getting lost in the woods on adventure skis and playing sharks and minnows once the snow starts to fall.” Parker holds a USSA level 100 coaching certificate.
Mark Nesline is a ten-year veteran of the Vail Cycling coaching team. Mark grew up in Towson/Annapolis, Maryland and has fond memories of visiting the rockies for snowboarding trips in high school. A graduate of Elon University, where Mark played rugby, Mark moved west following college where he bought a mountain bike and fell in love. “I remember the first day I showed up to coach with VSSA. I was so slow and out of shape that all the kids beat me to the top of meadow mountain.” Mark has coached mountain biking with the Vail team since!
Mark has additional coaching experience with Vail MTB Camps. He is a certified NICA skills trainer with the Colorado HS MTB League, level 1 coach with USA cycling, and AASI certified snowboard instructor- Level 2, Children’s Lv.2, and Freestyle Lv1. Mark appreciated the skills learned from snowboard instruction and how they translate to cycling coaching.
Mark has extensive experience in racing himself and draws on these experiences to become a better coach. “I want to share my love and passion of cycling with as many kids as possible. Bikes have changed my life. I want to show kids that bikes are more than just racing, intervals and working hard and consistently at something. I want to show them the adventure, fun, community and so many things that bikes give to us. FUN! FUN! FUN! I truly care about the athlete’s success in sport, but more importantly I want them to leave the program with skills to be kind, compassionate, and hard-working young men and women.”
Sage Smith is a local artist/athlete/agrarian who continues to grow up in Eagle, Colorado. He is a lifelong cyclist who also enjoys Nordic skiing, swimming, and disc golf. Between 2010-2011 he managed and participated in a nationally successful club Nordic team at Western State University in Gunnison, Colorado. He majored in ecology and geology, with an emphasis on the Western Slope. Sage has been a naturalist, educator, and STEM instructor with Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon and taught K-8 gifted and talented in Garfield Re-2 School District. Sage is grateful to coach mountain biking, where he may inspire youth to appreciate health, mechanics, and individual ability in the setting of the southwest United States.
Nordic & Cycling Program Director
Born in Denver, Dan was transplanted to Vail where he has lived ever since. He attended Red Sandstone Elementary, Minturn Middle and graduated from Battle Mountain.
He began alpine skiing at the age of 4 and Nordic skiing around age 12. He spent most of his high school days competing in soccer, track and cross country skiing. He received all state ski honors all four years of high school. Was a Junior National Champion in 1991 (Anchorage), and an All-American in ‘91, ‘92 and ‘93. Senior year Dan was selected for all state soccer honors. He attended the University of Colorado and skied for them for 5 months. After college Dan returned to Vail and once again began racing, this time in off-road triathlons and adventure racing. Currently Dan races for Nike ACG as a professional adventure racer.
Soon after Dan’s return to Vail he began coaching. He was named Head Nordic Coach of VMS in 1998 and has coached there since. Coaching is a true passion of Dan’s; he enjoys teaching kids the valuable lessons that he has learned throughout his years of coaching and competing. Dan’s goal is to prepare young athletes for the next level of competition whether that is the National Team, Division 1 NCAA or beyond.
Dan has enjoyed his time with the club program (RMD) and seeing his kids excel to a level that has never been seen in this valley. The future for Nordic skiing is very bright in this community and it is great to have SSCV to nurture our goals.