U.S. Ski Team hires new coach
July 26, 2016
The U.S. Ski Team has announced that Mike Day, current head men's coach at Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS), will make a return to the U.S. Ski Team to serve as women's head coach, working specifically with Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin.
A coach in various capacities for more than 15 years, Day previously coached Ted Ligety (Park City), who became a world champion and won two World Cup giant slalom titles during Day's tenure with the men's technical team from 2010 to 2013.
The announcement was made by Alpine Director Patrick Riml.
"Mike Day is an experienced leader and great coach who has worked very successfully with the U.S. Ski Team in the past, as well as with GMVS, one of the leading academy programs in America," Riml said. "He made a difference for the Team in the past, especially with Ted Ligety. It will be great to have an American coach back in the system. We are thankful to Steve Utter and GMVS for the support as Mike transitions to our program to coach Mikaela Shiffrin in this important Olympic cycle."
GMVS has a tradition of excellence in staffing and a track record of success with their athletes. Earlier this month, former women's head technical coach Brandon Dyksterhouse, a GMVS alum and former GMVS head men's coach, resigned from his coaching role with the U.S. Ski Team. According to Riml, the U.S. Ski Team is looking forward to continuing its momentum with Day. He will join a staff that includes Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Jeff Lackie.
Day assumed his coaching position officially on July 18, and will join the team in New Zealand for the first on-snow training camp of the season at the end of the month. The U.S. Ski Team is still seeking an additional coach for their women's World Cup technical program.