I am welcoming myself to the blogosphere for the first time!

My name is JC and I am the Human Performance Director for SSCV. My title puts me in charge of Strength and Conditioning, Sport Psychology, Nutrition and Injury Management and Return-to-Sport Programming for your athletes. Additionally, I am also the Director at our new facility, the Minturn Fitness Center.

I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS*D) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). This is a best practices “Gold Standard” certification, which puts me amongst leading industry professionals. The distinction (or *D) means I have completed no less than 100+ hours of continuing education in a 4 year period to lead, present and learn from my fellow professionals in the performance training world. I also have a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach Certification (RSCC), which are given to minimum 10 year industry professionals with accredited references.

Born on the coast of Maine, I came from the Ski Racing world where I was a Division 1 NCAA athlete at New England College in Henniker, N.H. I moved to Vail in 1992 and began working for SSCV as an assistant J3 Coach and quickly rose to coach the Women’s FIS Team before moving on to a job with the US Paralympic Team and the USOC in 2002. After winning the accolade of 2005 USSA Paralympic Coach of the Year, I retuned to the club in 2005 and with Aldo’s guidance and support, began to build the club’s first dedicated Strength and Conditioning Program.

It’s hard to believe how the SSCV Strength and Conditioning Program has grown from a small but successful program with only about 6-10 athletes in year one, to an all encompassing Human Performance Program with a staff of 6 that supplies programming to over 60 coaches that supervise over 180 full time athletes in 5 different disciplines!

The SSCV Human Performance Program is an industry-leading, all-encompassing program that provides an exceptional level of support for the athletes and coaching staff. Our program has been and continues to be analyzed by other clubs and academies around the US and the World. We are proud to collaborate with other programs such as Steamboat, Aspen, GMVS, CVA, Gould Academy and the Stams Academy in Austria and freely share information on best practices and programming for athletic success in Snow Sports.

We also are proud to list our research and performance partners in USSA Sport Science, The Steadman-Philippon Research Institute, Howard Head Sports Medicine, Axis Sports Medicine, the NSCA, AP/EXOS Performance Institute and the Functional Movement Screening Group to name a few. These entities are our collaborative partners and we share information on new concepts and ideas in performance programming to make our systems for your athletes industry-leading in every way.

In the coming weeks, I very much look forward to sharing information with you about our systems, our research studies results, programming ideas and the positive and exciting challenges we face to keep SSCV the number one Snow Sports Club in the World. Human Performance is my passion and I often say that I have the best job in the world! I love working with your athletes and our coaches and feel fortunate and blessed for the opportunity that Aldo and SSCV has provided to me and my staff to better ourselves through education, research and practical application of knowledge.

Learning is a never-ending process and you can remain confident that our staff has no shortage of excitement to take good-to-great and continue to take SSCV Human Performance, “To the Next Level!”