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.

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About Sarah Wry

Sarah Wry

What have you learned from your sport?
What haven't I?! Sports have taught me everything I know in every aspect of life. Motivation and time management have probably been the biggest though!

Competitive Sports Background-
Played field hockey, lacrosse, and ski raced throughout high school, and continue now with Field Hockey at St. Lawrence University.

Years at ELITEAM: 8
As a camper- 5
As a counselor- 3
As a coach- 2015 is my first year as a coach!

Other sports/activities you like-
I tried to play ice hockey one time, and when I'm feeling ambitious I dabble in golf (never goes well). I'm really open for anything!

Coaching experience-
Coach U10's at GMVS ski club

When I'm not coaching at ELITEAM, I'm...
Spending time with friends and family, playing with my doggie, being active, or eating (everything healthy of course!).

Unusual talents?
I'm scary good at finding four leaf clovers.

Favorite "power" food/fuel-
Peanut Butter

What I love most about ELITEAM-
Getting to know all of the new kids as well as spending time with old friends.

Advice to young athletes-
Too many... If you make it to the top, remember what it was like to be at the bottom.

About Conor Austin

Conor Austin

Your motto in life- There is no clear and quick path to success, you have to work for it and earn it.

Unusual talent- I can only do handstands with my ski boots on.

Nickname- Big C

Years at ELITEAM- 2 as a camper, 3 as a Counselor, 1st year as a Coach!

Competitive Sports Background- varsity football, lacrosse, and alpine skiing on USSA and FIS levels

What have you learned from your sport? Its all about the preparation, staying focused, and playing within yourself.

Other sports/activities I enjoy- Sailing, soccer, biking, and powder skiing

Coaching experience- Boys youth lacrosse and some youth ski racing

Personal fitness goals for 2015- Earning a starting spot on the Skidmore Lacrosse Team. Making the Irish Lacrosse National Team. Completing a half marathon. Being active every day.

When I'm not coaching at ELITEAM, I'm... Working to improve my lacrosse game, hanging out and sailing with family and friends on Cape Cod, skiing deep powder lines, or stuck in a classroom.

Favorite ELITEAM dance move- Gotta be the Meat Grinder

Favorite "power" food/fuel- A nice steak with broccoli the night before a competition is all I need to get going!

What I love most about ELITEAM- The campers who make everything so fun and exciting to do.

Most memorable ELITEAM moment- Doing the sandpit slalom every year, most competitive moment of camp for me.

Advice to young athletes- Every sport you play should be fun, and if they aren't, ask yourself if they are the right sports for you.

About Natasha Gilbert

Natasha Gilbert

Nickname: Tasha

What have you learned from your sport: The sports I have competed in over the years have taught me many important lessons. The most important lesson to me is that it takes more than one person to succeed. A good coach and raw talent alone will not foster success. It takes dedication and hard work; it takes getting up when you have fallen 20 times already. Effort is the key to reaching one’s full potential both as an athlete and as a person.

Years at ELITEAM: 4 years as camper and 1 as a Counselor. 2015 will be my first year as a Coach!

Competitive Sports Background: I started skiing when I was five years old; racing at age 11. I raced for Deep Creek Wisp and attended Waterville Valley for two years. I am continuing to race through college. My high school sports included soccer, tennis, track and field (pole-vault, long jump, high jump, javelin), and Rifle Team.

What other sport/activities do you like: I love to read anything from fantasy to murder mysteries. Also, whenever I have a chunk of free time I make it a point to do a craft from my Pinterest!

Coaching experience: I have been coaching ski racing for two years at Deep Creek Wisp, where I coach racers ages 5-9.

Personal Fitness goals for 2015: To utilize the awesome facilities at my college by working out five days a week.

When I'm not coaching at ELITEAM, I'm… Outside hiking, playing pickup soccer games with my friends, and working at Ken Grill Pool as a lifeguard.

Unusual Talents- I can sew my own clothing, and over half my wardrobe is clothing I have made.

What you love most about ELITEAM: What I love most about Eliteam is that it allowed me to be pushed out of my comfort zone. All the ropes courses and mountain bike rides at Eliteam have given me the opportunity to have new experiences and to expand my outlook every time I push my limits. I would have never pushed through my comfort zone had it not been for Eliteam.

Favorite Eliteam Dance Move: Meat Grinder

Favorite Energy boost Fuel: Strawberry granola smoothies

Most memorable ELITEAM moment: My most memorable moment was my first flawless (so I thought) run around the Bergundtal. My first year at Eliteam I lacked the confidence to practice in front of all the other campers. Once I found the courage to practice I was able to hone my skiing skills and it became natural.

Advice to young athletes: My advice to young athletes is not to let fears run your life. I find that when I let my fear take over, my performance is hindered, both in skiing and in life. Face your fears and look past them to the rewards that lie ahead.

Motto in Life: The taller the mountain, The harder the climb, The better the view, From the finish line.

 

About AJ Ginnis

AJ Ginnis

AJ is a current member of the USST. He had a very successful season this winter, racing his first World Cup and winning bronze in the World Junior Championships in Norway. Congrats AJ!

AJ was born in Greece, trained in Austria as a youngster, then moved to VT and attended the Green Mountain Valley School.
He coached for us in Park City last year. This year he'll be joining us in VT!

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About Colby Jordan

Colby Jordan

What have you learned from your sport? Always make it fun. Resilience. Work Ethic.

Personal fitness goals for 2015- Core!

What I love most about ELITEAM- Testing your limits

Years at ELITEAM- 9
As a camper- 6
As a counselor- 3
As a coach- 2015 will be my first year as a coach!

Competitive Sports Background- Alpine Ski Racer and Soccer Player

Other sports/activities I like- General sports, hockey, volleyball, biking, sailing.

When I'm not coaching at ELITEAM, I'm... A student, launch driver at Lake Champlain Yacht Club and athlete.

Unusual talents? Hand whistling?

Favorite ELITEAM dance move- Meat Grinder

Favorite "power" food/fuel- All fruits

Most memorable ELITEAM moment- Winning the jello drop and getting forced to run the very last morning of camp because we got busted for staying up late.

Advice to young athletes- Never lose the fun in whatever it is you do.

Your motto in life- The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do.

   

About Tayler Kent

Tayler Kent

What I love most about ELITEAM-
I love how much fun it is. You are enjoying yourself so much that you have no idea you just pushed yourself harder than you ever have!

Advice to young athletes-
Have fun! That's the best part in everything you do.

Nickname- T

Years at ELITEAM: 7
As a camper- 5
As a counselor- 2
As a coach- First year!

Competitive Sports Background-
I started skiing at age 2, and began ski racing at age 6. I started playing lacrosse at 10 years old, and am continuing lacrosse at St. Lawrence University next year.

What have you learned from your sport?
You are never going to get any better unless you push yourself that one more time.

Other sports/activities I like-
Paddle boarding, wake boarding, tennis, anything outside!

Coaching experience-
I coach U12 and U16 ski racers at Attitash Mountain in New Hampshire. I also coach 6th grade lacrosse players at Duxbury High School.

Personal fitness goals for 2015-
Be as fit as possible before going into the fall!

When I'm not coaching at ELITEAM, I'm...
Practicing the Jello Drop with Devon.

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
Meat grinder

Favorite "power" food/fuel-
Spoon full of peanut butter.

Most memorable ELITEAM moment-
Andrews Crazy Relays, every year!

My motto in life-
"Be the change you wish to see in the world."

About Foreste Peterson

Foreste Peterson

This will be Foreste's first year at ELITEAM. Welcome to the ELITEAM family Foreste!

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About Christian Rouleau

Christian Rouleau

Advice to young athletes-
You get out what you put in. Never give up.

Most memorable ELITEAM moment-
River walk during Sufferfest in the pouring rain.

Nickname Years at ELITEAM: 9
As a camper- 7
As a counselor- 2
As a coach- First year!

Competitive Sports Background-
Highschool Varsity Soccer, Lacrosse, Ski Racing, Hockey

What have you learned from your sport?
No matter how athletic you are, mental strength is an athletes most important strength.

Other sports/activities you like-
Fishing, biking, swimming.

Coaching experience-
Coaching middle school soccer and lacrosse.

Personal fitness goals for 2015-
Make UVM Varsity Soccer Team.

When I'm not coaching at ELITEAM, I'm...
Playing soccer, hiking, fishing, skiing, working out.

Unusual talents?
I am the Batman.

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
Pencil Sharpener.

Favorite "power" food/fuel-
Peanut butter and a banana.

What you love most about ELITEAM-
The food, specifically chicken patties.

Your motto in life-
The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win.

About Devon Laidman

Devon Laidman

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 today.

Nickname- Devo

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

Years at ELITEAM: 7
Camper-  4
Counselor- 2
Coach- 1

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- 
Staying in shape over summer for college fall ball! Lots of sprints, running, circuits, and wall ball!

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam, I’m… 
Running around on the lacrosse field and traveling to tournament, or practicing for the jello drop!

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

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
ELITEAM black bean brownies

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

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

 

About Lucy Lincoln

Lucy Lincoln

What have you learned from your sport?
Confidence is key!
Unusual talent-
I can do the "bamboo pretzel" contortion trick at ELITEAM.

8 Years at ELITEAM-

As a camper- 3
As a counselor- 2
As a coach-3

Education- Currently a student at the University of Vermont- Majoring in Exercise and Movement Science with a Nutrition minor.

Competitive Sports Background-
I was on the varsity field hockey, gymnastics and track and field teams during high school. I play for the club field team at UVM now.

Other sports/activities I like-
Hiking, running, biking.

Coaching experience-

I am an assistant coach for the Essex High School Gymnastics team and coach several other younger gymnastics teams.

Personal fitness goals-
I ran my first half marathon in May and will be training for another one that takes place in October. I also recently became involved with CrossFit and am exited about making many personal gains this year.

When I'm not coaching at ELITEAM, I'm...
Scooping ice cream at my town's local Creemee stand!

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
The Sprinkler!

Favorite "power" food/fuel-
A handful of dry roasted peanuts.

What I love most about ELITEAM-
I love that I am able to push myself while encouraging others to push themselves. And I'm always having fun!

Most memorable ELITEAM moment-
Performing the Dangle Duo in the ELITEAM Olympics when I was a camper!

Advice to young athletes-
Never stop believing in yourself.

My motto in life-
Go get it!

About Ali Spencer

Ali Spencer

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 

Years @ ELITEAM- 4
3 years as a camper way back when. 2015 will be my second year as ELITEAM's Athletic Trainer.

Competitive sports background- 
Competitive ski racer for 15 years. Raced at GMVS, and then went 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 2015-
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

Sarah Ladouceur

What I love most about ELITEAM-
Definitely the people!

Advice to young athletes-
Always try one more time, no matter how tired you are.

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
Avocado! 

Education-
Williams College '18

Years ELITEAM: 5
Camper- 1
Counselor- 2
Coach- 2

Competitive sports background-
National level figure skater for 12 years.  Varsity squash and lacrosse in high school. Collegiate Field Hockey player.

What have I’ve learned from my sport-
Anything is possible.

Other sports/activities I like-
Dance, photography, yoga, cooking, reading.

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2015-
Get my flexibility back!

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam, I’m…
College student. 

Unusual talents-
I can tie a cherry stem into a knot with my tongue.

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
The sprinkler! 

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-
Dig Deep :)

About JT Olson

JT Olson

What I’ve learned from my sport-
Some of the most important lessons that I've 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 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 also coached my crew team for a year after I graduated.

Personal/Fitness goals:
I want to complete a 360 on my surf board. 

When I’m not coaching at ELITEAM, I’m…
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-
Clif bars and water.

What I love most about ELITEAM-
The high ropes course in the woods and rock climbing.  

Most memorable ELITEAM moment-
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

Morgan Koenig

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-
Running a half marathon.

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

Ben Reetz-

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-
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

Jessica Jortberg

Advice to young athletes-
Keep everything in perspective! Sometimes racing/competing can get tough, but always remember that skiing is SO much fun and at the end of the day, results aren't all that matter.

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 

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!

Other sports/activities I like-
Love to run, especially compete in running races! Climbing 14ers in Colorado, biking, kayaking, snowshoeing, you name it! Anything outdoorsy and I'm there.

Coaching experience-
This is my 2nd year at ELITEAM as a coach. Also coaching/teaching clinics in the winter for cross-country skiing at Devil's Thumb Ranch.

Unusual talents-
I can touch my tongue to my nose.

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2015-
Compete in the US Mtn Running National Championship in Bend, Oregon this summer! Also continue with my quest to climb all fifty-four 14,000 ft peaks in Colorado! (I'm at 13.)

What I love most about ELITEAM-
l love seeing how goofy yet motivated the kids are to have fun but improve physically and psychologically at the same time.

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
I love smoothies! Especially with chia seeds, almond milk, and a lot of fruit.

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-

The Shopping Cart. Last year, one creative camper added the "Shop Lifter" to it, which was absolutely hilarious!

Most memorable ELITEAM moment-
Andrew's crazy relays. Hilarious!

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam, I’m…
Running! Or hiking 14,000 ft mountains in Colorado, reading a good book in a hammock, and traveling.

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

About Zack Wilkins

Zack Wilkins

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 when the moment comes.

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
Meat lasagna.

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 sandpit slalom. Head to head competition down the gnarliest sandpit course in the world!

Competitive sports background-
Killington ski racer from age 7 to 14. Played Lacrosse for 10 years. Currently playing college football. (DIII)

Other sports/activities I like-
Mountain biking, hiking, fishing, lifting. Being outdoors.

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2014-
Break the split jerk and power clean lifting records at my school. Beat my brother in the Manchester Road Race on Thanksgiving. (I've lost to him for the past two years by 3 seconds or less.)

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam, I’m…
At Plymouth State University working towards my degree in Environmental Science & Policy. If it's summer time, I'm painting houses.

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
Flight Attendant

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

Advice to young athletes-
Don't be afraid to try new things because you never know if you'll like it or not. Something I wish I had done more often when I was younger.

My “Motto” in life-
Don’t hold back.

 

About Makenzie Brown

Makenzie Brown

2015 Newsflash-
Makenzie is designing our top secret
ELITEAM camper t-shirt this year!

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-
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

Demi Feder

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've 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 3 years
Club Soccer (Albany Alleycats) Assistant Coach for 1 year

Personal/ Fitness goals-
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.

Fun 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 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:
Continue with Crossfit training and to work on my flexibility.

About Will Frascella

Will Frascella

 

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-
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 MacLeod

What I’ve learned from sports-
Perseverance, heart, and courage will take you a long way.
My “Motto” in life-
"Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching." C.S. Lewis.
Annndddd.... "DIG DEEP!"

Nickname-
Molls, MoMo, Magical Molly
When I’m not coaching at Eliteam…
Skiing, hiking, biking, running, and hanging with my family and friends!

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

Years @ ELITEAM-
6 years coaching at ELITEAM!

Competitive sports background-
Enthusiastic soccer player since elementary school. Competitive alpine ski racer for 13 years. Soccer, soft ball, XC and alpine ski racing throughout High School. Ski racing 4 years at Colby-Sawyer College.

Other sports/activities I like-
Running, mountain biking, hockey, baseball, hiking, making friendship bracelets, reading, kayaking, rock climbing, decorating my ELITEAM rock. :-)

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-
2014.

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2014-
I would to mountain bike at least once a week through the summer and fall. Also to run in the Reach the Top of VT. Perhaps a 1/2 marathon!!

Unusual talents-
I am really good at cartwheels!

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-
I LOVE Sufferfest! The River Walk is the best!!! I also LOVE sandpit slalom, popsicles, and ropes courses!!! The relays are the BEST!

Most memorable moment at camp-
Chicken Walk with Andrew Whiteford.

Advice to young athletes-
Give it your all, in whatever you do.

 

About Dan Bell



Dan Bell

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 push their limits and being surprised by what they can accomplish when the step outside of their comfort zone.

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

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

7 Years at Eliteam:
Camper- 1
Counselor- 1
Coach- 5

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

Other Sports/Activities I like:
Hiking, mountain biking, jumping off tall things into water, and anything else that is adventurous and gives you an adrenaline rush!

Coaching Experience:
This is my 5th year coaching for ELITEAM, experiencing both the Vermont and Park City camps. I've coached numerous GMVS race camps in the past, and have coached for Gould Academy's Competition Program for the past two Winters.

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 2015:
Stay healthy, run a Tough Mudder, start yoga, and learn how to alpine tour this winter.

When I'm not coaching at Eliteam, I'm...
Practicing for the ELITEAM Jello Drop, skiing with coach Molly MacLeod at Gould, and watching (ELITEAM coach) Andrew Whiteford ski videos!

Memorable ELITEAM moment:
Winning the Jello Drop as a camper without 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, challenge yourself, and remember to have fun. 

My motto:
Cool. Composed. Confident.

About Lauren Ayotte

Lauren Ayotte

 

 

What I love most about ELITEAM-
The energy!! The athletes have such positive, willing to try anything, in your face, wholehearted energy!

 

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

 

Education-
Plymouth State

 

Competitive sports background-
I started skiing when I was 2. Loved the speed! Started racing when I was in kindergarten and was hooked. I continued racing through college at Plymouth State. 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!  

 

What have you learned from your sport?
Never give up and remember to have some fun!

 

Other sports/activities I like-
Skiing, lacrosse, soccer, biking, hiking, morning jogs and fetch with my yellow lab!

 

Coaching experience-
GMVS girls lacrosse, U10 GMVS ski club coach, and 5 years at ELITEAM.

 

Advice to young athletes-
Try something new every day!

 

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2015-
To master my tele turn!

 

When I’m not coaching at ELITEAM, I’m…
At GMVS running the Learning Services program or exploring the outdoors with my 4 legged running, biking and skinning partner.

 

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

 

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
The Sprinkler

 

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
Peanut butter.

 

Most memorable ELITEAM moment-
Sandpits: dirt, sun, bamboo, and conquering your fears.

 

My motto in life-
If it's not fun, why do it?

 

 

 

About Sara Kikut

Sara Kikut

What I love most about Eliteam: The cool, loving & energetic people.

Favorite quote: "Chew your food ten times." - Doug Lewis

Education: GMVS '11, Dartmouth College '16

Years at Eliteam: 4 - Camper 3, Counselor 1

Skiing Background: I started racing at the GMVS Ski Club when I was 8 years old. I have continued to do so ever since.

Other Sports/Activities I like: Track & Field (100m & 200m dash), Soccer.

As an Athlete, I am inspired by... my passionate coaches.

Coaching Experience: Have coached at Burlington Park and Rec Track & Field camp and at the GMVS ski club.

Favorite Eliteam Memory: Winning the Jello Drop and meeting my best friend Makenzie Brown

Favorite Eliteam workout: Sandpits!!!!!

Favorite Eliteam dance move: Meat Grinder

When I'm not coaching at Eliteam, I'm... Still doing the same thing... Having fun.

About Anna Kikut


 

Anna Kikut

Nickname: Anna Banana

Education: GMVS '11, Dartmouth College '16

Years at Eliteam: 4 - Camper 3, Counselor 1

As an athlete, I am inspired by... other athletes and my role models.

Skiing Background: I started skiing when I was six. I started racing at the GMVS ski club I was eight. I went to GMVS 7th-12th grade.

Other Sports/Activities I like: playing soccer & eating ice cream.

Favorite Eliteam memory/moment: Dancing for the parents and the ELITEAM Olympics

Favorite ELITEAM dance move: the Meat Grinder

What I love most about Eliteam: Working out with energetic and fun people.

 

 

About Doug Lewis

Doug Lewis

What I’ve learned from my sport-
I've 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.

Nickname- LEW

Education-
University of Vermont- Small Business Mgmt

23 Years @ ELITEAM

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

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. Since then I have coached athletes of all ages from U10 ripping around the mtn to 80 year-olds trying to carve perfect turns.

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2015-
Last year my goal was to run the Grand Canyon from Rim to Rim to Rim. I made it halfway, but then aborted the mission in order to save my IT band. So this year I am even more determined to return and achieve my full Goal.The date will be Oct 27th, 2015. Nothing can stop me now.

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam, I’m…
Planning challenging 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 powder, 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 followed so close that 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 Lewis

Kelley Lewis

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. It was an honor to be a "Crazy Canuck" for just one day! Later raced for the University of Vermont.

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. In the Fall, 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.

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 8 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:
1) Stay safe and healthy!
2) Push my own limits in skiing and biking. Enter a few mountain bike races.
3) Stretch more!