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Midwest Masters Board Members
Board Members are voted in by membership and serve at least 3 years. Many have served for much longer. We appreciate all the work these people put into the program!
|Name||Photo||Initially Voted in||Months Served||Role(s)||Bio|
|Joe Dalman||11/1/2018||47||Officials||Joe started skiing at the High School age and racing at the High School Level and then went on to race in college at Rockmont College in Lakewood, CO. After completing college he got involved as a coach at Trollhaugen Ski Area in Dresser, WI and has coached there for 40 years working with their D-team and coaching young Athletes. As his son became involved with USSS and FIS races he became involved with his USSS official licenses and became a TD in 2019 along with several other USSS official licenses. He has also got his Level 200 USSS Coaching certification and continues to stay current with coaching principals with USSS as a level 200 coach. Joe has been working as Chief of Race at the NWSC High School conference in Minnesota and runs the 5 conference races along with running the Minnesota section 4 championship. Joe was one of the founding Board Members of Midwest Masters! He rejoined the board in 2018.|
|Greg Abel||5/11/2022||5||Interim President||Greg learned to ski in North Dakota while enrolled in college as part of a physical education requirement; after which he fell in love with skiing. Moving to Minneapolis in 1990 and with the lack of mountains he began actively ski racing in 1997. Greg was one of the founding
members of Midwest Masters in 1999 serving as the clubs Vice President. Greg has been racing and fully involved with Midwest Masters ever since, recently rejoining the Board of Directors in 2022. Greg acquired his USSS competition official license in 2003 and currently serves as Chief of Race. Two of his three children raced for Minneapolis Southwest High School while the third skied for Nybora Freestyle Ski Team. When not racing, Greg can be found at Hyland Hills coaching high school athletes who are part of the Minneapolis Alpine Ski Team (MAST).
|Jon Totushek||5/11/2022||5||Awards & Scoring|
|Jason Gergen||5/11/2022||5||Central Division Coordinator||Jason grew up in the shadows of Welch Village and began ski racing as a freshman in both high school and USSA. He was a member of the Hastings slalom ski team and helped the team finish 2nd and 3rd in the Minnesota state meet. Jason went on to coach at Hastings and Burnsville before taking some time away from the slopes. He returned to skiing, ski racing, and coaching in 2017. He is now the head coach at Hastings, D-team coach at Welch Village, and an avid masters racer. "Masters racing allows me to test ideas and drills that I can include in my high school and D-Team coaching." Jason joined the MWM board in 2022 with the goal of expanding participation and growing the greatest sport on snow.|
|Ryan Fuller||9/1/2007||181||Past President||
Ryan has skied his entire life but didn't start racing until age 15 with Team Gilboa where he quickly transitioned into being a FIS athlete. He also raced for Hopkins High School where he was named team captain, and went on to compete at the collegiate level in USCSA with the club team at the University of Minnesota. After college he took a 10 year ski racing hiatus, then stumbled upon Midwest Masters in 2004. He hasn't looked back since. After serving on the Board of Midwest Masters for over 15 years, Ryan is now lending his talents at the National level as Vice Chairman of the National Alpine Masters Committee. Ryan is a current USSS TD and also officiates Junior races in the Central Division. He works in IT and Digital Marketing Consulting with his lovely wife Katie. Look out for their newly born daughter, Remington, who will be making her debut on the slopes some time very soon...
|OPEN POSITION||THIS COULD BE YOU!!!||Communications||Manages all email to MWM; composes and sends all Fast Times newsletters and other CC stuff (others help by contributing content)|
Our program has great relationships with many coaches all over the country. Below are the coaches Midwest Masters retains to help run our unique coaching program.
|Name||Photo||Initially Voted in||Months Served||Role(s)||Bio|
|Peter Maxwell||5/1/2020||29||Head Coach||
Peter believes in a strong foundation built upon the principles of Balance, Edging, Pressure, and Pole Plants. He also believes in the importance of strong starts, especially in the Midwest.
|Mike O'Connor||4/1/2012||126||Assistant Coach||Mike grew up in New England and started skiing eastern powder (i.e. ICE) when he was 8 years old. He began USSA racing in high school and then raced for two years on Brown's college team until the energy crisis of the early 1970's lead to the demise of the team. After graduation, he spent close to 3 yrs as a ski bum at Copper Mt in Colorado. It was at Copper that he picked up telemark skiing and began competing in early telemark racing. He moved back to Boston in 1979 to undertake PhD and postdoctoral studies in genetics at Tufts University and Harvard Medical School, respectively. During this time, he coached ski racing at a small hill outside of Boston (Blue Hill) and continued telemark racing on weekends in NH, VT. He was a member of the Eastern Telemark team that competed in the Vikin Fjord US Nationals in 1986 at Aspen (he crashed both runs!!). In 1987, he moved to southern California to become a faculty member in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department at the University of California Irvine. During this period, he only telemark skied sporadically in the local mountains outside of L.A. and occasionally at Mammoth Mt and Lake Tahoe areas. In 1997, Mike moved to Minnesota to take at position in the Genetics Department at the University of Minnesota. Although he had heard of Buck Hill from his USSA racing days, he was nevertheless totally flabbergasted upon seeing the hill as he drove into town on 35W on his first day in MN. How could such a DINKY hill produce world class racers? It was only after several years of racing with Midwest Masters starting in 1999 when he realized that the key was the ROPE TOW and the large number of laps that could be run in a short time! The MWM experience made him switch from telemark skiing back to Alpine skiing and racing. He served on the MWM board of directors for 10 years and during that time he also coached the Roseville high school alpine ski team. He is now excited to be working as a coach and ski racing official for the MWM program and hopes to see you all out on the hill.|
|David Walker||5/11/2022||5||Technology, Assistant Coach|