U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Alpine Director Jesse Hunt is leaving the organization to take over leadership of the Park City Ski Team, a USSA club program, according to USSA Vice President, Athletics, Luke Bodensteiner. Hunt is a former national team member who has worked for the USSA as a coach and program director for 16 years.
Hunt, a Burlington, VT native who was twice named Ski Racing Magazine's Junior Alpine Skier of the Year, began coaching with the U.S. Ski Team in the 1993-94 season and was named men's head slalom and giant slalom coach in 1998. He took over leadership of the overall alpine program at the USSA after the 2002 Olympics.
Hunt will be taking over as general manager and program director of the Park City Ski Education Foundation, where he coached for three years in the early '90s before moving to the U.S. Ski Team.
"Jesse has done a remarkable job in developing a pipeline from grassroots to the Olympic podium while shepherding the U.S. Alpine Ski Team through one of its most successful periods in history," said USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt. "As an athlete, Jesse came up through USSA programs to become a member of the national team. As a coach, he started again at the grassroots level and worked his way up to lead one of the world's best alpine programs. I know he is excited and enthusiastic to bring his expertise to lead aspiring athletes in a strong grassroots program."
"Jesse has made a big difference for our alpine programs at every level through his leadership," said Bodensteiner. "He did it by building a strong staff and working closely with the alpine community."
"As alpine director I was most proud of hiring great people and building a great team," said Hunt. "The scope of the program is so large and there are so many moving parts that success requires the energy and expertise of many. We were able to build momentum through these past seven years and achieve individual athlete and team success that had not been achieved in many years."
During his tenure as program director, alpine athletes won 18 World Championship medals. In addition, American skiers Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn each won two World Cup overall titles. At the same time, his leadership in developing a strong athletic pipeline saw winners at every level.
"Jesse has made a special point of keeping focused on development," said Bodensteiner. "His staff team and clubs have worked together to build a very strong pipeline and Jesse has continually pushed senior leadership on the vital need to support development programs."
Hunt's tenure as a coach produced many memories, notably Miller's two Olympic silver medals in 2002.
"Working in an era with tremendously talented athletes has been a fantastic opportunity for me," said Hunt. "Now, I'm looking forward to bringing my international experience in skiing, leadership and management to continue to build on the legacy of a strong community program like the one in Park City."
Hunt will remain with the USSA through its USSA Congress and FIS Calendar Conference meetings. He will also continue in his role on the FIS Alpine Executive Committee.