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 Megan

Megan Andrews
Megan Andrews

Name: Megan Andrews

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

Years at Eliteam:  10! ... Four as a camper, two as a counselor, and four as a coach.

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: 6yrs 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.

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!

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 F

Will F
Will Frascella

Name:  Will Frascella

Nickname: Lil' Will

Education: GMVS Alumn, St. Lawrence University '10.

Years at ELITEAM: 9 (six years as a Camper, Counselor once, Coach twice)

Skiing background: GMVS weekend program to GMVS academy. Best achievement J2 Nationals

Other sports/activities I enjoy: Sledding (Mad River Rockets) & Biking

Coaching Experience: Eliteam & College ski racing camps

Favorite ELITEAM memories as a camper: Sand pits in Williston

Favorite ELITEAM moments as a Coach: Capture the flag in the rain

Favorite ELITEAM workout: Backwards Tucks uphill

Favorite ELITEAM dance move: The Sprinkler

Special talents: Computers

When I'm not coaching at ELITEAM: Manager of Smalldog Electronics in Manchester, NH.

Personal Goals for this year: Complete back flip on sled

About Molly

Molly McLeod-
Molly MacLeod

Name: Molly MacLeod

Nickname: Magical Molly

Education: Colby-Sawyer College 2010, Exercise Science

Years at Eliteam: 2 AWESOME years at ELITEAM- 1 as an intern and 1 as a Coach

Skiing Background: Been on skis since 2 years old, Ski racing at 10 years old, Skimeister in 2005, Captain of the Colby-Sawyer Women's Alpine Team for two years.

Coaching Experience: Assistant alpine ski coach at Saint Michael's College 2010-2011

Other Sports/Activities I like: Hiking, soccer, swimming, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, wake-boarding, water skiing, and capture the flag.

As an athlete, I am inspired by... seeing other athletes strive to become better athletes by putting in the time and 100% of their effort so that they can achieve greatness in a sport or activity they truly love to do.

Favorite Eliteam experience: sand pit slalom wipe-outs!

Favorite Eliteam workout: The obstacle courses

Favorite Eliteam dance move: The swimmer.

Unusual Talent: An avid hula hooper.

Goals for this year: I would like to run a half marathon. I'd also like to finish in the top 5 in my age group for the Top Notch Triathlon Iron Woman.

When I'm not coaching at Eliteam, I'm... Working or hanging with friends and family...and dreaming of skiing!

About Dan Bell

Dan Bell
Dan Bell

Name: Dan Bell

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.

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

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

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

Other Sports/Activities: 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.

Interesting Eliteam story: 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 for workouts & competition: Banana and peanut butter

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.

Important lessons learned: 90% of success is due to mental strength and toughness.

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

My motto: Cool. Composed. Confident.

About Lauren

Lauren Germano
Lauren as a Hawaiian Superhero!

Name: Lauren Germano

Education: Plymouth State University 2010

Years at ELITEAM: First year! So psyched!!!

Skiing background: Started skiing when I was 2. Racing when I was 6 at Okemo in Hopefuls. Yup, that's what they called J6/7's!!! Continued racing for Okemo through high school. Raced at Plymouth State for 4 years. Now, trying to keep up with J6's during the weekends on Tumbler or Semi-Tough.

Other sports and activities I like: Lacrosse, soccer, hiking, kayaking, sailing, attempting to surf, and biking.

Coaching/Teaching Experience: English teacher & Learning Enrichment teacher at the Green Mtn Valley School. Also GMVS girls' lacrosse coach and Dorm Parent. J6 coach at the GMVS Ski Club on weekends in the Winter.

Unusual Talents: I am a semi-professional Tour Guide at Ben & Jerry's during the Summer.

Normal Talents I Do Not Have: Whistling, snapping my fingers and rolling my tongue into the hotdog.

Personal Goals for 2011: Get to the point where I can bike to work at the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, work an entire day, and bike home. Also, this needs to be quick enough so my three free pints don't melt!!!

 

 

About Doug Lewis

Doug Lewis — Co-Founder of Eliteam
Doug Lewis- Founder

Name: Doug Lewis

Nickname: LEW

Education: 1982 GMVS Grad, 1992 UVM Bachelor's Degree/ Small Business Management

Years at ELITEAM: Created ELITEAM in 1990 with good friend and fellow USST Alum Kraig Sourbeer. Been at the helm ever since.

Skiing background: '84 & '88 Olympian, World Championship Bronze medalist '85. GMVS Graduate; Jr Olympic Champion '80; Ran first World Cup in 1981; Retired from USST in 1988; Won JEEP King of the Mountain Professional Downhill Race in 1994; Won Mad River Glen Vertical Challenge; National Pacesetter for Nastar since 2002. Still loves to ski!

Other sports/activities I enjoy: EVERYTHING! Especially trail running, biking, hiking out my back door.

As an athlete, I'm inspired by... any athlete, Olympian to J5, who pushes their limits to do something extraordinary.

Coaching Experience: Started coaching junior ski racing in 1990. Then added ELITEAM in the summer. I love coaching all levels, but especially young athletes.

Favorite ELITEAM memory: There are too many. However, coaching Warren Colomb on the World Cup traverse was pretty life-changing. Another great memory was when a young athlete named Max spilled a huge bucket of red Gatorade on the kitchen floor. I remember watching it flow down through the feet of our cook Sandy, who was facing in the opposite direction. Then watching Sandy look down. That was memorable. Lastly, assembling in the Gazebo for morning runs is always a favorite part of my ELITEAM day.

Unusual/Interesting talents: I like physical pain. Nowadays I like to push myself in long distance running and hiking events. In the last few years I have participated in a 12 hour adventure "death" race and three 50K trail running races. They have pushed me physically and mentally.

Favorite ELITEAM workout: Leg Routines! Definitely.

Favorite ELITEAM dance move: Mine is for sure "Pulp Fiction". How cool is that move. The "Pencil Sharpener" is my honorable mention.

Interesting ELITEAM story... For me, running into ELITEAM graduates in their 20s & 30's is very satisfying. They always will talk about their experiences at ELITEAM and how something clicked and changed their lives. Whether it was morning run, the ropes course, a leg routine, or a particular coach, ELITEAM changed their lives for the better and that is what it is all about.

When I'm not coaching at ELITEAM: Alpine Analyst on Universal Sports covering the World Cup circuit. Coaching athletes (both young and old!) on how to ski better, faster, safer.

Personal/Fitness Goals for this year: Racing in a 50 mile trail running race.

My Favorite Quote: Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, an hour, a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. - Lance Armstrong

About Maddy

Maddy Lewis
Maddy Lewis

Name: Maddy Lewis

Nickname: Maddy Maddog

Education: Two weeks of Obedience training and many years of ELITEAM camps.

Years at ELITEAM: since 2003!

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 other faster dogs, but I am a Ball strategist and take it very seriously. And I LOVE swimming!!!

Coaching Experience: Still trying to pass my Level I.

Favorite ELITEAM moments as a camper: Every day when the kids throw the ball for me. I also like to help wake up the kids at 6:30am. I jump on their beds and lick their face.

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

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

Unusual talent: I am THE BEST at finding a muddy waterhole and laying in it before anybody else!

Personal Goals for this year: Try not to get too muddy during camp and to stretch more.

About Kelley

Kelley Lewis — Co-Founder of Eliteam
Kelley Lewis

Name: Kelley Lewis

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

Years at Eliteam: 18

Skiing Background: Strapped on my first pair of skis at age 3. Started racing at 7. Raced in Canada until I was 14, then moved to Vermont to continue my ski racing career. Raced in a World Cup DH in '91 as part of the Canadian National Development Team. Later raced for UVM. And now? Occasionally run Nastar and Ski Bum races at Sugarbush.

Other Sports/Activities I like: Anything involving the outdoors and fresh air... early morning skinning adventures on the mountain are my new favorites in the Winter. Also like hiking, road biking, mtn biking, and snowshoeing.

As an athlete, I'm inspired by: 20 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 getting out there inspires and encourages a positive attitude, hard work and goal-setting. It feels good to be strong and healthy.

Coaching Experience: Coached the GMVS J5 weekend program in the 90's and recently hopped on-board that weekend train again. Great to be back! Have also coached plenty of "older kids"... masters, ski bums, college camps & women's clinics.

Favorite Eliteam Moments as a Coach: Receiving letters from the kids and parents after camp is over... telling me how much they loved it, that the kids have made positive changes in how they eat, train, and think... and that they can hardly wait until next year!

Favorite Eliteam workout: Circuits in the gym... the entire camp together, legs burning, music blaring... awesome!

Favorite Eliteam dance move: "007" & flight attendant

Personal/Fitness Goals for this year: For me- more strength & agility training, and going for 6" on the Eliteam flexibility board test. For Eliteam- Make sure every camper leaves with a smile!

Lessons Learned: Eat well, get lots of sleep, make a list, and always pack the night before.

My Motto: Make it happen Captain!

About Andrew

 

Andrew Whiteford
Andrew Whiteford

Name: Andrew Whiteford

Nickname: Dub

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

Yrs at Eliteam:
This year will be my 14th! (camper 2, counselor 2, coach 10)

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 4 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.

Coaching Experience: This is my 10th year chasing after Eliteam campers!

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!

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