The Eliteam Camp Staff of Vermont

Doug and Kelley consider the coaching staff to be a critical part of ELITEAM’s success. The staff is handpicked for their experience, education and positive energy. Over 80% have been ELITEAM campers themselves. Every coach has a passion for athletics and a desire to help each athlete achieve their best. Every staff member believes in the ELITEAM philosophy of the "complete" athlete, and is Red Cross First Aid & CPR certified.

About Devon Laidman

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Advice to young athletes-
Don't be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone. You'll never get where you want to go if you don't push your limits.

What I love most about ELITEAM- 
I love that Eliteam is as much about working out as it is about learning. I use a lot of those lessons in my sports.

Nickname- Devo

Education- 
Dover-Sherborn High School '14,
Ithaca College '18

7 Years @ ELITEAM-
Camper-  4
Counselor- 2
Coach- 2014 was my first year!

Competitive sports background- 
Skiing: started skiing at age 2, racing at 8, raced for MWV and high school team. Started lacrosse in third grade, played club and high school, and continuing to play in college. 

What I’ve learned from sports
I've learned that any extra work you put in helps. I always try to do wall ball or shoot around before or after practice. Sometimes the coaches notice, but that's not as important as knowing it will help improve your skills all the time.

Other sports/activities I like-
Standup paddle-boarding, hiking, knee-boarding, basically anything that gets the blood pumping and the muscles working!

Coaching experience-
Coaching lots of girls youth lacrosse!

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2014- 
Getting in shape for college fall ball! Lots of sprints, running, circuits, and wall ball!

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam, I’m… 
Ripping twine on the lacrosse field, or practicing for the jello drop!

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
CPR is my go-to move!

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
Does that include ELITEAM’s black bean brownies? Because those are the best!

Most memorable ELITEAM moment-
So many memories! I'd have to say running down the sand pits in PC, those were intense!

My motto in life- 
"A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there"

 

About Ali Spencer

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What I’ve learned from my sport-
I’ve learned how hard work and patience pay off. Everything in life takes dedication. If you have the drive and desire to succeed, and if you dedicate yourself to it, and take the time out to work as hard as you can, then you will become successful in whatever you choose. 

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam...
I’m the Athletic Trainer at GMVS and dorm parent to 20 students.

Education- 
GMVS Graduate 2010, Castleton State College 

4 Years @ ELITEAM-
3 years as a camper way back when, First year as ATC

Competitive sports background- 
Competitive ski racer for 15 years, racing at GMVS, and then going on to become captain of the Castleton Ski team, making two national appearances with Castleton and helping the team to an all time best of 5
th place nationally.

Other sports/activities I like-
I enjoy hiking, biking, as well as waterskiing.

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2014-
Have fun and ski lots.

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
The Sprinkler!

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
Bacon, egg and cheese!

What I love most about ELITEAM-
Sand pits!

Advice to young athletes-
Work hard and good things will happen.

My “Motto” in life-
Go big or go home.

About Sarah Ladouceur

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What I love most about ELITEAM-
Definitely the people! So many wonderful coaches, counselors and campers!

Advice to young athletes-
When you are ready to give up, try one more time.

Education-
Just finished 13 years at The Brearley School and am headed off to Williams College in the Fall.

4 Years @ ELITEAM-
Camper- 1
Counselor- 2
Coach- 1

Competitive sports background-
I was a figure skater for 11 years and competed at the national level.  I stopped due to a back injury and picked up field hockey in High School. Since then I have been selected for the US National tournament twice and recruited to play in college.  

What have I’ve learned from my sport-
To never give up on your dreams, because if you put in everything you have, then anything is possible.  

Other sports/activities I like-
I love to dance (both seriously and ELITEAM style), read books, listen to music, sing, take photos, travel, be outside exploring and spending time with my family and friends.

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2014-
Be a starting player for the Williams Field Hockey team.  Play two varsity sports in college.  Complete the 30 day Bikram Yoga challange,

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam, I’m…
Playing lots of field hockey and going to school. I travel to Princeton NJ for practices, which takes up a lot of my time.  Other than that, I spend time with my family and friends, and like to run and play squash. 

Unusual talents-
I can tie a cherry stem into a knot with my tongue and do the dance move "the worm".

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
The sprinkler! 

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
I adore any and all fruit.  I eat avocados all the time in any form; guac, on toast or plain! I really love to make smoothies as well.   

Most memorable moment at camp-
The first time I got to the top of the Vertical Playpen.  I was so excited! 

My “Motto” in life-
Anything is possible.

About JT Olson

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What I’ve learned from my sport-
Some of the most important lessons that I have learned in sports have been teamwork, commitment, mental toughness, and how to apply these lessons to my life. 

My motto in life-
Dream big!!

Education:
2014- currently attending the University of Rhode Island 

8 Years @ ELITEAM
Camper- 4
Counselor- 2
Coach- 2

Competitive sports background-
I skied competitively for 12 years and rowed crew for 4 years in high school, I played tennis for a year in college and I am on the surf team.

Other sports/activities I like-
I enjoy running, playing frisbee, slack lining, hiking, and swimming. 

Coaching experience-
I coached the sundown ski team for 2 years and I also coached my crew team for a year after I graduated.

Personal/Fitness goals:
For 2014 I wanted to be able to run in the half marathon in my town and I did!! I also want to be able to complete a 360 on my surf board. 

When I’m not coaching at ELITEAM, I’m…
When I'm not coaching at ELITEAM I'm usually outside running, slack lining, or hanging out with friends.

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
My favorite dance move is the sprinkler!!

Favorite power food/fuel-
For energy food I love to eat cliff bars and then I usually drink water.

What I love most about ELITEAM-
My favorite part about Eliteam is the high ropes course in the woods and rock climbing.  

Most memorable ELITEAM moment-
My most memorable moment would be the first time I completed the dangle duo blindfolded, it felt so good to be the first one to do it as a camper.

Advice to young athletes-
My advice would be to always push your limits because you can achieve much more than you think is possible.

About Morgan Koenig

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Advice to young athletes-
Never give up, keep pushing your limits and HAVE FUN.

What I love most about ELITEAM-
The positive energy that every camper, counselor, and coach brings to camp.

Education-
High School: Proctor Academy
College: Elon University 

7 Years @ ELITEAM-
Camper-  2
Counselor- 3
Coach- 2

What I’ve learned from my sport?
I have learned how important teamwork is and to have fun while working hard.

Sports/activities I like-
Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Tennis, Swimming 

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2014-
Running a half marathon in the Fall of 2014

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam, I’m…
Working at Spring Ledge Farm and nannying.

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
The Sprinkler 

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
Peanut butter.

Most memorable ELITEAM moment-
Mountain biking in the pouring rain as a camper.

 

About Ben Reetz

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Most memorable ELITEAM moment-
Whenever I see a camper reach a goal, or overcome an obstacle that they didn’t think was possible. That is always something that sticks with me.

What I’ve learned from my sport-
The hard work you put in when no one is watching is what makes the biggest difference.

Education-
Currently a junior at the University of Vermont- majoring in Bio, minoring in Chem

7 Years @ ELITEAM-
Camper- 2
Counselor- 3
Coach- 2

Competitive sports background-
Varsity skiing and soccer

Other sports/activities I like-
Sweet single track mountain bike riding and powder days

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2014-
I’m trying to do something active everyday. Whether that be going to the gym, going on a ride, or playing pick up soccer. So far it’s been going splendidly.

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam, I’m…
During the school year I tend to be in school… probably a good thing, but during the summer I work at a bike and ski shop.

Unusual talents-
I used to be pretty good at the Chinese yoyo but I’ve taken an extended hiatus from it.

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
The meat grinder.

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
My dad’s energy bars.

What I love most about ELITEAM-
The staff and the campers. You guys are the ones that make it so fun!

Advice to young athletes-
All of you can be widely successful in many ways including athletics. It all comes down to determination and putting in the time and extra effort.

My “Motto” in life-
Carpe Diem 

 

About Jessica Jortberg

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What I’ve learned from sports-
I have learned from skiing that it so important to always smile and have fun. My best races always occurred when I was relaxed and confident. Once you have put in all the hours and hard work, the only thing you can do on the start line is breathe and remember that skiing should always be fun! 

Nickname- Jess

Education-
BA in environmental science and psychology from the University of Denver.

Competitive sports background-
4 year D1 athlete at DU for Nordic skiing
Member of the 2014 NCAA national championship team
7 time all American at junior nationals
North American biathlon champion in 2010
Member of the J1 Scandinavian cup team
Also played competitive soccer my whole life, 4 year MVP 

Other sports/activities I like-
Love to run, especially compete in running races! Hiking, biking, and watching hockey. 

Coaching experience-
I have coached a few technique clinics over the years through DU.
2014 was my first year coaching at ELITEAM!

Unusual talents-
Not sure if this counts but... My elbows are double jointed! 

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2014-
I am hoping to start professionally running this year, either trail running or 10kms, and also complete a few marathons. 

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
I love smoothies! I get pretty nervous/ sick to my stomach before races and a power smoothie with yummy fruit and some granola on top is always a good way to get the appropriate nutrients down easily. 

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam, I’m…
Running, watching hockey, or working in a PT clinic! 

My “Motto” in life-
Work hard, play hard, smile always.

About Zack Wilkins

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What I’ve learned from my sport-
You get out what you put in. You need to prepare for every possible situation so you are ready for whatever comes your way.

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
I love meat lasagna the night before a big workout or competition.

Nickname-
Wilk or Wilks

Education-
Junior at Plymouth State University

10 Years @ ELITEAM-
Camper- 5
Counselor- 2
Coach- 3

What I love most about ELITEAM-
The sand pits, a chance for head to head competition where everyone lets it all out.

Competitive sports background-
Lacrosse, College Football, Ski Racing, Slopestyle

Other sports/activities I like-
Mountain biking, hiking, fishing, lifting. Anything involving the outdoors.

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2014-
Complete the Manchester Road Race (4.7 mi.) under 35 mins.
Not be out of breath after I skin up Tenney MT.
Power Clean 300 Lbs.
Back-squat 400 Lbs.
Split-Jerk 350+ Lbs.

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam, I’m…
Stuck painting houses or in school wishing I was skiing instead.

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
Flight Attendant

Most memorable ELITEAM moment-
Winning the Jello drop one year as a camper. I was so stoked.

Advice to young athletes-
Try everything at least once, you never know if you like it or not if you don’t try. Something I wish I did more when I was younger.

My “Motto” in life-
Don’t hold anything back.

 

About Makenzie Brown

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Advice to young athletes-
Do it for yourself, no one else.

What I love most about ELITEAM-
The dance, and watching Doug teach the dance.

Nickname-
Kenz

Education-
Burke Mountain Academy, Middlebury College, California College of the Arts

10 Years @ ELITEAM-
Camper- 5
Counselor- 2
Coach- 3

Competitive sports background-
Alpine Ski Racing, Road bike racing

What I’ve learned from my sport-
Trying to be the best at a sport can translate into good work habits in any avenue of your life.

Other sports/activities I like-
Mtn biking, kite boarding, surfing, yoga.

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2014-
Do more yoga and breathe.

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam, I’m…
making art.

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
Shopping cart.

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
Nut butters of any kind. Especially with bananas.

Most memorable ELITEAM moment-
Park City sandpits.

My “Motto” in life-
Just do it. Actually I think someone already uses that.

 

 

 

About Demi Feder

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What I love most about ELITEAM-
I love the atmosphere of being surrounded by so many enthusiastic athletes for an entire week. Whether it's Doug's enthusiasm to push campers' limits in the ropes courses or the campers' determination to win relay races on the first night, I find the energy contagious. I always feel like I've grown as a person at the end of a week at ELITEAM, which I absolutely love. 

Advice to young athletes-
Let yourself be consumed by your aspirations and do what makes you happy. Learn your limits so that you can push yourself beyond them.

Nickname-
Demitha, D-Mac

Education-
Ballston Spa High School, Class of 2013,
Bowdoin College, Class of 2017

7 Years @ ELITEAM-
camper- 3
counselor- 2
coach- 2

Competitive sports background-
I ski raced competitively for Stratton Training Center for 7 years and then for Ballston Spa High School my sophomore and junior year. I’ve played soccer since I was 4 years old and am now playing at Bowdoin College. I also ran Outdoor Track for 3 years in high school and am now running Indoor and Outdoor Track at Bowdoin College. 

What I’ve learned from my sport-
Through various sports I have learned what it means to push myself outside of my comfort zone, what it means to work for a team, and to be part of something bigger than myself. I have also learned what a difference it makes to surround yourself with the right people.

Other sports/activities I like-
I like trying to play almost any sport I can get my hands on—particularly volleyball, tennis and tether ball. I really enjoy watching professional tennis and college or professional hockey. I love being with my family, but I also love being at Bowdoin where I’m surrounded by great people, in the great state of Maine. 

Coaching experience-
Eliteam Coach for 2 years
Club Soccer (Albany Alleycats) Assistant Coach for 1 year

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2014-
Have a competitive, fun soccer season.
Be confident with my [soccer] touch by the end of the summer and by the end of the fall season.
Be able to play a full 90 min soccer game.
Drop 6 seconds on my 800 time.
Always be able to do at least 7 chin-ups.

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam, I’m…
Either enjoying my time at Bowdoin with my classmates and teammates or spending time at home with my family. I like to be busy so you'll find me in the midst of training for soccer or track almost anytime of the year--except when I'm free skiing on breaks.

Unusual talents-
I can kind of draw...and I can do a back flip on a trampoline. Interesting Fact: I have a tooth that is spun 180 degrees.

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
The Meat Grinder has always been a classic ELITEAM dance move that I've enjoyed.

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter--anytime all the time, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Most memorable at camp-
My most memorable moment as a camper was almost crying on the World Cup ropes course, but then conquering it with laughter and the support of my friends.

My “Motto” in life-
Do what you love and love what you do.

 

About Carter Lincoln

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What I’ve learned from sports-
Hard work pays off.

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam, I’m…
Playing soccer, going to the gym, and enjoying the outdoors of Vermont.

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
The shopping cart!

Education-
Senior at University of Vermont- Majoring in Community and International Development, with a minor in Coaching.

4 Years @ ELITEAM-
Camper- 2
Coach-2

Competitive sports background-
Currently playing for soccer for UVM and have played for the PDL team, Vermont Voltage.

Other sports/activities I like-
Skiing, swimming, mountain biking

Coaching experience-
Coach U10 and U12 boys soccer teams.
Coach UVM soccer camps in the summer.

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2014-
Get a 23 on the beep test during pre season camp at UVM.

Unusual talent-
I’m good at running backwards.

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
Bananas.

What I love most about ELITEAM-
The slalom course at the sandpits.    

Most memorable ELITEAM moment-
As a camper, the long and fun bike rides with Andrew Whiteford.

Advice to young athletes-
Pursue your dreams!

My motto in life-
Failing to prepare, is preparing to fail.

About Megan Andrews

Megan Andrews

What I love most about Eliteam:
I love the excitement I get every year in the weeks leading up to camp and the first day meeting everyone. I love everything about camp which is why I keep coming back!

Education:
BS- Movement Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges '10, Doctorate of Physical Therapy- Sacred Heart University '14.

13 Years at Eliteam
Camper- 4
Counselor- 2
Coach- 7

Skiing Background:
Strapped on skis at the age of 3. Raced for Stratton Training Center for 6yrs. Just recently moved home from Utah where I got to experience some amazing big mountain skiing.

Other sports/activities I enjoy:
Anything outdoors! Always trying new sports to keep things fresh.  I enjoy lacrosse, field hockey, rock climbing, running, and playing with my dog outside!

As an Athlete, I am inspired by... my friends. We encourage each other to get out and try new things. I have a tendency to surround myself with people who push me to my limits and help me to grow as an athlete. We're there to support each other and have fun!

Coaching Experience:
6 yrs coaching the freestyle team at Stratton Mountain and many years coaching various camps for kids from Eliteam to summer field hockey and lacrosse camps.

Favorite Eliteam Memory:
As a camper…Finally catching the trapeze (I was a bit of a head case and always psyched myself out, but finally caught it!)
As a coach...when a camper accomplishes something they didn’t think that they could do. I love their look of shock and excitement that they actually did it!

Favorite Eliteam dance move:
All of them!!! The dance is one of my favorite parts of camp :)

Favorite Eliteam workout:
Circuits! I love the energy in the room and everyone working so hard to push themselves and then walking out drenched in sweat.

Unusual Talent:
The Eliteam pretzel. It requires a bamboo pole, balance, coordination and flexibility.

Personal/Fitness Goals:
My fitness goal this year is to continue with Crossfit training and to work on my flexibility.

About Will Frascella

Will F

What I’ve learned from my sport-
Dedication, mental focus, and determination are needed to ensure success. Just showing up doesn’t count.

Most memorable ELITEAM moment-
Sand pits, every year!

Nickname-
Willi Fresh, Wilma

Education-
Green Mountain Valley School ’06, St. Lawrence ’10

13 Years @ ELITEAM-
Camper- 6
Counselor- 2
Coach- 5

Competitive sports background-
Raced for GMVS Weekend/Academy through high school. Avid mountain biker, raced a little.

Other sports/activities I like-
Biking, hiking, kayaking, fishing, sledding (mad river rockets), skiing, soccer, Swedish dodgeball, generally anything carzy!

Coaching experience-
Eliteam, GMVS weekend program, and retail manager (that counts believe me).

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2014-
Stay fit. Working full time I fall behind, so my goal is simply to watch what I eat, workout everyday, and maintain my weight.

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam, I’m…
Product manager at Small Dog Electronics, nights at the Mad River Barn.

Special Talents-
Computers

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
Shopping cart

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
Eggs!

What I love most about ELITEAM-
As a camper, biking with Andrew. As a coach, sharing my life experience with campers to reinforce that what we’re teaching them works… be it at school, work, or sports.

Advice to young athletes-
It’s all mental. If your head isn’t in it, then it won’t work.

My “Motto” in life-
Think, Dream, then Commit.

 

About Molly MacLeod

Molly McLeod-
 

What I’ve learned from sports-
Never give up, dig deep, breathe, love what you do, and charge. 

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam…
I’m a full-time coach at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. You can find me on the hills of Maine, out in Mt. Hood, or the high peaks of Chile. Also look on the soccer pitch, anywhere in Maine or New Hampshire in the fall!

Nickname-
Magical Molly

Education-
Profile High School 2005, Colby-Sawyer College 2010

Years @ ELITEAM-
5 years coaching at ELITEAM!!

Competitive sports background-
Enthusiastic soccer player since elementary school. Competitive alpine ski racer for 13 years.
Other sports/activities I like-
Dabbled in softball, cross country skiing, half marathons, triathlons, golfing, hot dog eating contests, Trekking Across Maine, and hula-hoop contests.

Coaching experience-
Assistant Coach for Alpine Skiing at Saint Michael's College, 2010-2012.
Head Women's Alpine Skiing Coach at Gould Academy, 2012-Present. Women's Varsity Soccer Coach at Gould Academy 2012-Present


Personal/ Fitness goals for 2014-
Run a half marathon in the Fall. Mountain bike and hike more often. To get a six pack :-)

Unusual talents-
I can play the spoons & maracas like a champ!

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
The Meat Grinder

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
LOVE bananas. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches!! YUM!

What I love most about ELITEAM-
Conquering my fears, and of course, the JELLO DROP!

Most memorable moment at camp-
Winning the ELITEAM Olympics by just one point! Those jelly beans tasted oh-so-good!!

Advice to young athletes-
Love what you do, with a passion, and do what you love. And of course, always lean back more than you think to line up for the Jell-O drop!

My “Motto” in life-
"Every little thing is gonna be alright." ~ Bob Marley

 

About Dan Bell



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What I've learned from my Sport:
Where's there's a will, there's a way. 90% of success is due to mental strength and toughness.

What I love most about Eliteam:
Seeing campers who push their limits and step outside of their comfort zone, and then surprise themselves by what they can accomplish.

Nickname:
Dan-o. Dan Beeze. Show stopper.

Education:
Graduate of the Green Mountain Valley School. Will be a senior at Bates College this Fall 2014.

6 Years at Eliteam:
Camper- 1
Counselor- 1
Coach- 4

Competitive Sports Background:
Ski racer at GMVS. Lacrosse goalie at Bates College.

Other Sports/Activities I like:
I love hiking, rock climbing, and anything that is adventurous and gets your adrenaline pumping.  I am also a highly competitive intramural softball player.

Coaching Experience:
I have been a coach at Eliteam for the past 4 summers, I have coached numerous GMVS race camps, and I am currently a ski coach for Gould Academy's Competition Program.

Favorite Eliteam workout:
Hiking Mad River!

Favorite Eliteam memory as a camper:
Dancing to Born to be Wild at the end of camp.

Favorite Dance Move:
Meat Grinder. No question.

Personal/Fitness Goals for 2014:
50 Pulls. Hold a plank for 5 minutes. Run my first marathon!

When I'm not coaching at Eliteam, I'm...
training for the Eliteam leg routines, hanging out with my friends or playing fetch with my dog.

Memorable ELITEAM moment:
Winning the jello-drop as a camper with out dropping a single piece of jello.

Unusual Talent:
I can wiggle my ears.

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
Banana and peanut butter.

Advice to young athletes:
Stay positive and remember to have fun. 

My motto:
Cool. Composed. Confident.

About Lauren Germano

Lauren Germano

What I love most about ELITEAM-
The energy and excitement of all the campers- it’s contagious!!!

 

What I’ve learned from my sport-
Success takes hard work, determination and time.

 

Education-
Plymouth State

 

Competitive sports background-
I’ve been skiing since I was 2, started racing when I was in kindergarten and have been hooked ever since! Soccer and lacrosse helped get my beans out in the off-season! I’m up for any sport with a finish line or final score. The competition drives me to push my limits!  

 

Other sports/activities I like-
Hiking, kayaking, surfing, hiking, biking and morning jogs!

 

Coaching experience-
GMVS girls lacrosse, U10 GMVS club coach, and 4 years at ELITEAM.

 

Advice to young athletes-
Try something new every day!

 

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2014-
To grow a tomato plant this summer! And to practice my swimming strokes so I can enter a sprint triathlon.

 

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam, I’m…
GMVS weekend program coach, Special Education teacher and Dorm Parent at GMVS, hiking with my yellow lab!

 

Unusual talents-
Falling asleep in less than 5 minutes on a plane!

 

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
Lawn mower or Goin’ Fishing

 

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
Ants on a log.

 

Most memorable ELITEAM moment-
Burpee Sufferfest!

 

My motto in life-
“One telephone pole at a time” or more commonly known as, “Rome wasn’t build in a day.”

 

 

 

About Doug Lewis

Doug Lewis — Co-Founder of Eliteam

Nickname- LEW

Education-
UVM Degree in Small Business Mgmt

23 Years @ ELITEAM

Competitive sports background-
1984 & 1988 Olympian
1985 World Championship Bronze Medalist
Two-time National DH Champion

What I’ve learned from my sport-
I have learned that it starts with setting a goal and committing to it. After that, it is purely hard work and education that separates the people who reach their goals, and those who give up. No matter how far you make it in a sport, you can feel proud if you worked as hard as you could and gave it your all.

Other sports/activities I like-
Love all sports, but my latest love is long distance trail running. I like the feeling of pushing my body past my perceived limits.

Coaching experience-
I started coaching for GMVS as a 19 year-old while still on the US Ski Team. I have never really stopped.

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2014-
My goal is to run the “Rim to Rim to Rim” at the Grand Canyon on Oct 28th, 2014. It will definitely push my limits.

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam, I’m…
Planning hard and fun activities for next year’s ELITEAM.

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
Pencil Sharpener

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
Smoothies that Kelley makes me with Bananas, protein, peanut butter and all sorts of healthy green stuff.

What I love most about ELITEAM-
The campers - they all come to push their limits and have fun.

Most memorable ELITEAM moment-
Our very first SUFFERFEST - we had no idea how hard and how fun it would be. It was raining, it was hot, it was full of suffering - IT WAS AWESOME.

Advice to young athletes-
Play all different sports as long as you can before concentrating on one.

My “Motto” in life-
Push your limits.

About Maddy Lewis

Maddy Lewis

Nickname:
Maddy Maddog

Favorite ELITEAM workout:
Chasing the kids when they do Andrew's Crazy Relays

Education:
Two weeks of Obedience training and 10 years at ELITEAM!

Skiing background:
I once followed my mom down the Nastar Course. I cut all my paws on her super sharp edges.

Other sports/ activities I like:
Chasing balls is my game. There may be faster dogs, but I am a ball strategist and take it very seriously. I also LOVE swimming!!!

Coaching Experience:
Still trying to pass my Level I.

Favorite ELITEAM moment-
I like to help wake up the campers at 6:30am. I jump on their bed and lick their face.

Favorite ELITEAM dance move:
The Sprinkler... I love water.

Unusual talent:
I am always the first one to find a muddy waterhole.

Personal Goals for this year:
More stretching and napping.

About Kelley

Kelley Lewis — Co-Founder of Eliteam
 
 
 

Favorite Eliteam Moment:
Receiving letters from the kids and parents after camp. The campers tell me how much they loved camp and say they can't wait until next year. The parents report their kids have made so many positive changes in how they eat, train, and think. Hearing that inspires us to keep coming back year after year.

Favorite Eliteam workout:
Sandpits, always exciting! And circuits in the gym... the entire camp together, legs burning, music blaring... awesome!

Education:
Burke Mtn Academy '88,
Green Mtn Valley School PG '89-'91,
University of Vermont- BA Psychology '95.

Years at Eliteam: 23

Competitive background:
Junior racer in Canada, then moved to Vermont to live the ski academy life. Raced in a World Cup DH in '91 as part of the Canadian National Development Team. Later raced for UVM.

Other Sports/Activities I like:
Love biking, road or mountain. Gap rides are a favorite. Early morning skinning adventures on the mountain in the Winter. Fall foliage hikes in VT. Hiking up the mountain during peak foliage and then taking the lift down is always a treat.

As an athlete, I'm inspired by:
Thirty years ago I would have answered differently, but now it's simply... "The Great Outdoors". The mountains, country roads, sunrises, and fresh air inspire me to get out there and enjoy it. The simple act of being active outside encourages a positive attitude, hard work and goal-setting. It feels good to be strong and healthy.

Coaching Experience:
GMVS weekend program in VT, Rowmark Ski Academy in UT. Have also coached plenty of "older kids"... masters, ski bums, college camps & women's clinics.

Favorite Power food/fuel:
Banana and almond butter smoothie.

Favorite Eliteam dance move:
"007" & flight attendant.

Personal/Fitness Goals:
STRETCH.

Lessons Learned:
There are no guarantees, but get out there and give it your best shot! No regrets.

My Motto:
Make it happen Cap'n!

About Andrew Whiteford

Andrew Whiteford

What I love about Eliteam:
That is hard to pin down... but I love transferring my knowledge to the campers and having their enthusiasm fuel my whole week!

Important lesson learned:
As I learned from Lewie at Eliteam: "Chew your food!"

Nickname: Dub

Education:

Longmeadow High School, Class of 2001.
University of Vermont, Business Major.

17 yrs at Eliteam:
Camper- 2
Counselor- 2
Coach- 13

Skiing background:
I started in middle school with interclub racing, and continued racing through high school. Since then, I've focused on big mountain skiing. This led me to Jackson Hole, WY where I have lived and skied for 7 years.  I'm currently a sponsored skier living the dream! Click here to see Andrew in-action!

Other sports and activities I like:
Mountain biking, hiking, running, rock climbing, swimming.

Favorite Eliteam memories:
As a camper…Optional mountain bike rides on the trails around Waitsfield. Amazing!
As a coach... Getting to lead the mountain bike rides!

Favorite Eliteam workout:
Leg routine on the hill!

Favorite Eliteam Dance move:

Wow, tough call. I think I'm going back to the good 'ol "Pencil Sharpener."

Unusual talent:

I can catch, in my mouth, a piece of jello tossed over 100 feet.

Interesting Eliteam story:
I once lay completely still, face down in the grass, for 45 straight minutes during an intense "Sit Still and Stay Quiet Contest" with some campers.  Yes, I was victorious.

Personal/Fitness Goals this year:
1) Stay safe and healthy!
2) Push my own limits in skiing and biking. Enter a few mountain bike races.
3) Stretch more!