Located at Lake Tahoe, California, Sugar Bowl Academy is a fully accredited college preparatory high school for competitive skiers. It's a world-class ski academy for Alpine, Nordic and Freeride athletes.

We're dedicated to the dedicated.

Our faculty, coaches and staff are arguably some of the finest in the country. We're committed to retaining and attracting the highest caliber people since we know that a ski academy is only as good as its people.


A four-year alpine team member at Northern Michigan, Andrew graduated with a degree in Sport Science in 2012. He also served as president of the ski team and attended USCSA Nationals in both 2011 and 2012. Immediately after graduation, Andrew began work at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, first as a human performance intern in 2012, as a U16 coach from 2012-17 and as a U19 Men’s Coach last season. 

The experience Andrew brings to the table as a former collegiate athlete and as ski coach at one of the top ski clubs in the world would have been enough to know that he is ready to lead a group of U16 young men. However, combined with overwhelming endorsements from Scott Houser, Brandy Barna and SSCV COO John Hale, it’s clear that his impact on our program will be significant and immediate.


Sean Carey grew up skiing at Bogus Basin in Idaho. He moved to Tahoe to pursue competitive freestyle skiing. He coached for Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy early in his career before moving to Squaw to coach for Squaw Free. We are excited to have Sean Carey back with SBSTA directing our Freeride programs! Send Sean an email at scarey@sbacademy.org.


Nick comes to us from China Peak, where he was most recently Director of Marketing for the resort after a very long and successful career in ski racing. Nick grew up skiing right here in Tahoe chasing his dream to ski at the World Cup level. He attended the University of Utah where he was a two time All-American and a team captain from 2010-2012. After his time at the U, Nick pursued his World Cup dreams with increased focus and intensity skiing with two private teams in Colorado culminating in a start at the Soelden World Cup opener in 2015. 

Nick continues to be a fitness enthusiast and is an avid mountain biker looking forward to settling back in Tahoe. His passion and unique experience both in and out of the sport make him a great leader for the group of young men at SBA chasing their own ski racing dreams. 


Craig started skiing for the Sugar Bowl Ski Team when he was six.  He skied for Sugar Bowl till the age of 13 when he moved to Canada for high school. After returning to Tahoe to attend the University of Nevada, Reno, he returned to Sugar Bowl to start his coaching career.  He has moved from mighty mites through the age groups where he has found a home as the U14 Head Coach.  As well as his coaching duties, Craig is heavily involved with Residential Life as the Head Residential Life Staff.  He spends his summers ski coaching and rowing a raft on the Rogue River in Oregon. Send Craig an email at ccombs@sbacademy.org.


Jamey Conley is joining SBSTA as Head of Strength and Conditioning. Jamey has a BS in Athletic Training from Springfield College, where he played on the Men’s Lacrosse Team. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with experience working in collegiate and professional sports settings, as well as in the private setting working with middle school, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. He was most recently a Performance Coach for Altis Performance and for U.S. Ski & Snowboard High Performance.


Nicole Cordingley is joining SBSTA as Head Women’s U16 Coach. Nicole grew up skiing with the Franconia Ski Club at Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire. She was a Division 1 NCAA skier at St. Michael’s College, where she earned a degree in Accounting and Business Administration, concentrated in marketing. She has spent the last two seasons as a U16 coach at Park City Ski & Snowboard, which sent nine athletes to the U16 Nationals this past season.

Sarah joined the Sugar Bowl Academy community from Salt Lake City, Utah, where she was the Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the University of Utah Ski Team. She earned a B.S. in Kinesiology with the Athletic Training option from California State University, Fresno in 2007 and an M.S. in Sport Psychology from the University of Utah in 2009. She has been nationally certified as an athletic trainer since 2007. Sarah enjoys working with children and adults of all ages to prevent, treat and rehabilitate sports related injuries. Send Sarah an email at sgley@sbacademy.org.


Eric Harlow, former USSA Eastern Region Development Director, joins the Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy (SBSTA) in a new role as the Director of Alpine Programs. Harlow joins SBSTA with an extensive background in alpine ski racing having worked for several programs around the country. Harlow grew up in New Hampshire playing baseball, golfing, and skiing before focusing full-time on ski racing at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. Recently married, he and his wife Catherine are looking forward to getting acquainted with the Lake Tahoe area. Send Eric an email at eharlow@sbacademy.org.

This may sound like hyperbole, but after over 20 years in ski racing, I can assure you that it isn’t. If you asked experienced coaches across the country to make lists of the best coaches in the US, most of those lists would include Brad Saxe. His experience coaching at the club level, all the way up to the World Cup and everywhere in between is marked with plenty of success along the way. He has been responsible for moving athletes from the USST Europa Cup team to the World Cup team, from both the Western Region Team and the club to the USST.

Of additional value to a program like ours is Brad’s ability to mentor our younger staff while also acting as a sounding board from even our most experienced. He will make a significant impact on our program at every level. By teaming Nick and Brad together, we have formed a staff that will challenge and support the U19 men’s group as they move through the year.


Will is a native of Auburn, Maine, and most recently spent 15 years at the Maine Winter Sports Center in Caribou, Maine as the Community Development Director, Head Cross-Country Coach and Director of Competition. Prior to that he served as the head coach for the Gap Year Program at Mountain Lakes Nordic. He has also coached at Carrabassett Valley Academy, Bates College, Jackson Hole Ski Club and the Auburn Middle School. He has worked as trip leader for the NENSA Junior National Team on three occasions, served as wax technician for both the US Ski Team and the US Biathlon Team, and personally coached five athletes to Olympic Winter Games teams. 

Will graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in English and Creative Writing and is a past Maine State Arts Fellow in Fiction. He spends most of his time off campus with his daughter Aesklyn, his wife Sarah Dominick, and their two springer spaniels, Castor and Pollux. He hopes to find enough time each week to write again. Send Will an email at wsweetser@sbacademy.org.

Entering his third year with SBA, Geordie doesn’t need much of an introduction. In 2016-17, Geordie worked as a winter-term, full-time coach with the U16 group and this past season, he coached with the U19 Men. Along the way, Geordie has spent time with some of our best and has also proven to be able to successfully adjust his approach to both the level and the gender of the athlete. He’s been to multiple NPS Projects and to U16 Nationals as a coach with the Western Region, where he’s built strong relationships with the USSA staff. Gladys and I are excited to see how Geordie’s experience and engaging personality will impact the U16 women’s group which returns 3 athletes who qualified for 2018 U16 Nationals.

Kris Thomas joins Sugar Bowl Academy as Head Freeride Coach and Mountain BIke Team Director. Born and raised in Littleton, Colorado, Kris’ parents instilled their love for the mountains at a young age. Kris found that passion and spent his youth skiing and mountain biking in the front range of the rockies. After graduating with a B.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado, Kris moved to California in 2002 to chase his dreams on snow. After years of teaching kids at Squaw Valley, competing on the IFSA tour and searching the sierra for untracked runs, Kris is excited to help inspire our athletes to achieve their dreams on snow and off.

Mike, a Tahoe native and known to many of our coaches, athletes and families. His love of skiing is infectious and rooted in growing up at Squaw Valley Resort with the likes of Marco Sullivan and Julia Mancuso. As a coach, he was most recently US Ski and Snowboard’s Western Region Development Coach, but has also coached at Squaw Valley (4 years) and with the USST Women’s Development and Europa Cup teams (5 years). Mike’s energetic personality and vast experience will make an immediate impact on the program. He lives on Donner Lake with his wife, Chelsea, and his two daughters, Amina and Sierra.  


Mamie will start her second year at SBSTA and hails from the northwoods of New Hampshire, Gorham specifically. She grew up skiing at Wildcat Mountain and came to us with experience coaching at Mount Snow Academy, a ski academy in southern Vermont. Year one was a huge success for Mamie and she built strong relationships with the girls in the U19 group and across the staff. 



Born and raised in New Hampshire, Nate grew up skiing, and exploring the outdoors of the Northeast. At Union College, he received a BS in physics, and minor in astrophysics. For the past two years, he has taught physics at The Churchill School in New York. Nate has spent most of his summers in the woods of New Hampshire, at the Y’s Camp Takodah, where he has served as an instructor for outdoor education programs, worked with leaders in training, and helped develop the new North Camp program. He is excited to be working at SBA, where he can share his love of science of skiing with like-minded people. Send Nate an email at ncalabro@sbacademy.org.


Genny is a graduate of Middlebury College, where she indulged her passion for literature and earned her BA in English. From there she moved west, first to acquire a MA in secondary education from the University of Colorado at Boulder and then to pursue her career in the Vail Valley. She enjoyed 12 years of teaching English Language Arts and Social Studies for Eagle County Schools before relocating with her family to the Tahoe region. Most recently, she served as a middle school Humanities teacher and crew leader at the Tahoe Expedition Academy here in Truckee. Between parenting her two children and continuing her own education, she devotes her time to telemark skiing, road and mountain biking, and reading as much as is humanly possible. Send Genny an email at gcoffey@sbacademy.org.


I grew up in Massachusetts in a small city north of Boston called Woburn. Seeking the best athletic experience--being in New England that meant hockey--and the best academic experience available, I went to the Belmont Hill School, an independent school that produces Olympians and thought leaders. By the end of my time at Belmont Hill, my hockey career was ending, but I was excited about the idea of playing lacrosse at Division III powerhouse Ohio Wesleyan University. An injury ended my collegiate career before it began, and I staunched the wound by redoubling my efforts in the classroom. I was learning to appreciate the twists and turns that make life rich and rewarding.

I was eager to return to New England for graduate school and attended Boston University. There, I met the love of my life while playing summer evening intramural softball for the English department in a league hosted by the BU athletic department. While studying on Commonwealth Ave, I also reignited my competitive fires on the BU cycling team. I raced on the road in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference and as a category 3 USCF racer while pursuing my PhD, teaching survey courses in the English department at BU, earning writing and teaching fellowships in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of General Studies, and working at Upward Bound and The Steppingstone Foundation, organizations that help underrepresented populations in the city of Boston access higher ed. I knew a return to the independent school world was inevitable and left BU for a full time teaching position after completing my oral exams thinking that I would finish the PhD on nights, weekends, and summer breaks. Life has taken me elsewhere.

I married Emily Dolan in Rochester, NY the July before we both began teaching English at Canterbury School in New Milford, CT. While coaching sometimes as many as 3 varsity sports and running a dorm of 50 freshman and sophomore boys, I rose through the ranks at Canterbury to the level of department chair and served on various committees including a strategic planning committee on faculty life, a 21st century skills committee, and a committee I founded and led on global education. Our time at Canterbury was busy and fulfilling. In 2012, we were awarded the Duffy Family Travel grant which funded a trip to Athens, Delphi, the Peloponnese, and Crete and gave us the opportunity to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary in Nafplio a world away from the chairlift at Killington where I proposed to her! We made lifelong friends and left in 2015 with two children who were born in New Milford, Buzz (9) and Jane (7), a rescue dog, and two rescue cats.

I have enjoyed three lovely years at Miss Porter’s School, which have opened up new and unexpected paths to leadership culminating in the exciting opportunity I am embarking on this summer as I join the SBA community. In my time at Porter’s, I developed a nationally recognized faculty growth program, which I presented on at the 2016 National Association of Independent Schools annual conference and have led innovative initiatives in experiential learning in the work I have done directing the senior January term team. This winter, I placed

seniors in internships in New York and Washington, D.C. including places like the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at NYU, Tiger Foundation, the National Organization for Women, the Veteran’s Administration, and the White House to name a few. In 2016, Emily and I were recognized with the Craven’s Family Travel grant, which funded summer travel to Stockholm, Prague, Budapest, and Split and Dubrovnik, Croatia. At Porter’s, I have made countless memories and, to be sure, have derived the most satisfaction from my work with the students. In 2017, Emily and I were honored to receive the yearbook dedication in just our second year on the faculty. I have little doubt that when I look back on my career, I will view this as one of my most rewarding achievements.


Andy holds a BS in Biology from SUNY Buffalo and an MS in Zoology from Washington State University where he studied evolutionary dynamics in salamander populations. Arriving to SBA in 2006, Andy teaches Biology, Chemistry, AP Environmental Science and Digital Photography. He asks students to “think like a scientist” by developing their confidence and independence. His focus in the classroom is to develop big picture scientific thinking through questioning, experimentation and inquiry. In addition to classroom teaching, Andy chairs the science department, is a member of the Residential Life staff, a co-chair of the XeD committee and SBA’s resident photographer. Andy also serves as the Board President of Headwaters Science Institute: a non-profit devoted to providing excellent science instruction to students and teachers. Andy lives in Truckee with his wife Kristen, daughter Izzy, and their three dogs. He loves backpacking, skiing, fly fishing, mountain biking, high alpine lakes and is a passionate outdoor photographer. Andy's photography can be viewed at http://andygiordano.photoshelter.com. Send Andy an email at agiordano@sbacademy.org.


Sam holds a BA in both Spanish and International Studies from Colby College. He has an MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Sam has been instructing Spanish since 2009. His most recent teaching experience was at Squaw Valley Academy where he also coached the soccer team, started the Outdoor Club and managed the iPad technology program. Before that, Sam attended graduate school while working for the Natural Resources Defense Council's Latin America Project, advocating for environmental protections in Chile, Peru, and Mexico. Sam started his educational career at Gould Academy, in Bethel, Maine, where he taught Spanish for four years. Sam loves skiing, hiking, and exploring the Tahoe area with his wife and dog. Send Sam an email at shoyle@sbacademy.org.

While Colin hails originally from the Boston area, he has lived most recently in Idaho, western North Carolina, and Maine. He graduated with a B.A. in history from Colby College, where he led outdoor trips for the outing club and the orientation program and studied abroad in Spain. After college, he worked for an outdoor leadership program called Adventure Treks, where he led 25 to 30-day expeditions in Alaska, Washington, Colorado, and western North Carolina that were focused on backpacking and mountaineering. For the past two-and-a-half years, he has been teaching high school history and Spanish courses for the Alzar school in the mountains of Idaho. Beyond regular academic classes, the Alzar School focused on whitewater kayaking expeditions and cultural exchange in Idaho and Chilean Patagonia. Colin is excited to teach within the history department and join the residential life team. He enjoys whitewater kayaking, skiing, trail running, and getting lost in foreign countries. Colin looks forward to relocating to the Tahoe area and joining the Sugar Bowl community for the next academic year.


My name is Andrew Jensen and I'm very excited to be joining the faculty next year to teach math. After half a lifetime away, my wife and I are thrilled to be moving back home to Truckee to raise our toddler (who we named after a high alpine pass that is not the name of one of your classrooms).

For the past four years, I've had the pleasure to teach math at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. That was a big change for me. Previously, I worked for four years each at two mega-sized financial firms (BlackRock and State Street) in portfolio management, consultant relations, and mutual fund accounting. I hold a BS in math from UC Davis and a teaching credential from SF State University, and am a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder. I've run courses in geometry, precalculus, algebra 2, combined algebra 2 and precalculus, and AP statistics.

I love backpacking, road biking, and alpine skiing (and telemarking, but I'm oh so rusty), and am looking forward to taking up Nordic skiing and mountain biking.


Kate grew up in Glens Falls, New York, where she attended Glens Falls High School. She earned her B.A. in Political Science and English from St. Lawrence University and minored in Peace Studies. At St. Lawrence, she was a 4-year member and captain of the Nordic ski team.

After St. Lawrence, Kate attended Vermont Law School. During the summers, she worked as a legal intern for the Family Resource Center in Truckee, CA, the Law Offices of Fred V. Peet in South Burlington, VT, a law clerk for the Environmental Division of the Superior Court in Burlington, VT, and participated in the Montana Public Lands course. Throughout law school Kate also worked with Mansfield Nordic Club in Jericho, VT as a coach, wax tech, and support member for Eastern Cups and competitive races around New England.

Upon graduating law school, she practiced as a land use attorney in Vermont before locating to Truckee in 2019. Currently, Kate coaches with the Auburn Ski Club. In her free time, Kate enjoys skiing, trail running, and writing.


Karen grew up in upstate NY and attended college in Rochester where she earned her BA in Psychology as a Division 3 athlete. Seeking more sun, she moved south to attend North Carolina State University where she earned her Masters degree in School Counseling and became an avid Wolfpack and ACC fan. She has been a school counselor in a large public school, a co-director of college counseling in a highly academic private school and is thrilled to have landed at SBA where she can focus on college counseling for competitive skiers. This is her 17th year in education, she has spoken at national conferences and is an application reader for the University of California college system. Karen also leads the search for prospective students as the Director of Admissions. When not spreading college knowledge or looking for the ideal student for SBA, she can be found paddle boarding, hiking, running with Ranger her Aussie, and waiting for the next El Nino to hit the slopes. Send Karen an email at krowe@sbacademy.org.


Ambrose has been teaching English at Sugar Bowl Academy since 2006 and coaching with the Nordic team since its inception in 2009. His current classes include AP English Language and Composition (for seniors), World Literature (for seniors), and Foundational Literature (for freshmen). On the athletic side, he has coached for the Far West Nordic division at the past three Junior Nationals competitions, as well as at the Soldier Hollow Super JNQ series, and for SBA at the Western Club Championships in Sun Valley and at Sugar Bowl. Ambrose and his wife have two children, Griffin and Marian, and live on Donner Summit in a home that they spent three years and countless hours to complete. He holds a B.S. in Biology and English (2001) from Davidson College. In addition to Nordic skiing, he enjoys trail running, backpacking, and whitewater kayaking. He has also been editor-in-chief of the American Whitewater Journal since 2002. Send Ambrose an email at atuscano@sbacademy.org.

Hannah grew up in Woodstock, Vermont.  Her first memories are of skiing the slopes of Killington with her three siblings and ski-instructor-mom. Hannah has lived in Costa Rica, Chile, and Peru. She graduated from St. Lawrence University with a B.A. in Hispanic Studies. Hannah has been fortunate to spend her career teaching at three independent schools in New England; The Chestnut Hill School, Friends Academy and Beaver Country Day School. She has spent summers leading young adults on Putney Student Travel trips, combining her love for Spanish, teaching, adventure and travel. When not teaching, Hannah spends her time petting dogs and exploring the outdoors.


I am a graduate from UC Davis with a degree in Design and Visual Communications. Five years later, I obtained my teaching credential from Sierra Nevada College. I have been teaching in the Tahoe-Truckee area for the past thirteen years, mostly third through sixth grade. I was raised in Menlo Park, CA and made frequent family ski trips to Tahoe. While at Davis, I raced on the alpine ski team's A-squad for four seasons, and upon graduation, moved to Truckee. I have been coaching with the Sugar Bowl Ski Team since 2001 and have been the Head Development Coach for a decade. I enjoy teaching the fundamentals of skiing and love for the sport of skiing, while opening athletes' eyes as to what is possible, which is also the approach I use in the classroom. When not teaching, I enjoy skiing, mountain biking, and sketching.

Mike has his elementary school teaching license (K-8) from Sierra Nevada College and has over 13 years of teaching experience. Most recently, Mike was the 6th grade teacher at Tahoe Expedition Academy. Many of you may already know Mike through our Ski Team, where he has worked since 2001. He has just completed his 10th year as Head Development Coach.



Teresa joined SBSTA during the memorable winter of 2016/2017. She currently supports our organization as the Accounting Assistant in the business office. Her education is in Business at California State University, Sacramento and Accounting at Sierra College. She considers herself a lifelong student and is currently working towards her degrees at CSU. Her professional experience includes the Resort at Squaw Creek and bookkeeping for several local businesses. Her passion is working for a nonprofit (she has worked for Project MANA) and continues to work with the Truckee Downtown Merchant Association through Truckee Thursdays. Teresa and her husband look forward to watching their son, Dominic, continue to be a part of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team! Send Teresa an email at tbourdeau@sbst.org.



Starting her twelfth year at Sugar Bowl Academy as the Dean of Student-Athlete Life, Kristen has worn many hats at SBA including math and science teacher, chef, and residential staff member. Kristen grew up in California and Washington State before receiving a B.S. and M.S. in Microbiology from Washington State University. She strives to guide and facilitate a balanced experience for student-athletes though co-curricular programing and a support structure designed around the unique environment of SBA.  Kristen lives in Truckee and enjoys spending time outside and cooking with her husband Andy, their daughter Izzy, and their three dogs. Send Kristen an email at kgiordano@sbacademy.org.


John Horsch is a native of Chicago, where he developed a passion for competitive sailing. He has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the captain of the Sailing Team. After college, he pursued an Olympic campaign in the Soling class, and was named to the US Sailing Team in 1998. John's work experience includes positions with several education technology companies and a position with Artemis Racing, the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup. John's extensive volunteer experience includes positions on the boards of Aim High, Escuela Bilingüe Internacional, and SBSTA. Send John an email at jhorsch@sbacademy.org


Mark spent the first 20 years of his career as an engineer and manager at Hitachi.  He grew up working with his father in the garage, woodworking and fixing just about anything.  When he and his family moved to California in 2010, he elected to homeschool his daughter Aspen, now an SBA student, and work full time on his woodworking art.  When she started 7th grade at SBA, he took a job at Mountain Forge to learn the art of metalworking to add to his artistic repertoire.  Mark loves spending time with his wife, kids, and grandkids, but is also passionate about mountains, snow, skiing, wood and metal working arts, and making his family's home and the SBA "home" a beautiful and safe place for all of us.  


Lisa joins Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy after taking time off to stay home with her children, two of which are on the ski team. Lisa graduated from Radford University with a degree in Business and worked in the banking industry for many years. She moved out west in the late 1990's with the goal to introduce her children to the love of skiing. One of her favorite aspects of working for the organization is seeing the love of skiing instilled in the kids every day. Send Lisa an email at lomar@sbst.org.


Ursula returned full circle to the Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy in 2015. Her career path started with five years in the hospitality industry at the Four Season Hotels in Newport Beach and New York City.  She returned to school at the University of Nevada, Reno for a Journalism degree with an emphasis on advertising and marketing. She previously worked for the Sugar Bowl Ski Team from 2003-2007 assisting with strategic planning and managing the business office.  She continued to hone her skills as Director of Administration for an estate management company in the North Tahoe area, and oversaw the accounting, human resources and customer service channels.  

After eight years she crossed paths with the Sugar Bowl Academy administrative team and rejoined the SBSTA community in her current role. Watching the little 2007 Mighty Mites graduate as Seniors was the highlight of her first year back.  She is grateful to bring her expertise back to the team and watch the next generation of skiers at SBSTA!

Ursula and her family have lived in Truckee, CA since 1996.  She moved here to snowboard and stayed to raise a family in this amazing community.  Always trying to find a way to get into the Bikram yoga studio, she is also an avid movie-goer and stays busy with various community organizations including Board of Directors of the Friends of the Truckee Library. Send Ursula an email at uriina@sbacademy.org.


Savannah grew up in Lander, Wyoming where her love for the outdoors began. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2015 with a degree in Accounting. After graduating she worked for Goldman Sachs, focusing on account reconciliations and audit.

She then worked for Kuhl Clothing as Key Accounts Manager for two years. Outside of work you can find her mountain biking and spending time with her dog.


A long time resident of Donner Summit, Scott has tremendous experience in the restaurant, catering and private chef industries. He has worked for local haunts including Ice Lakes Lodge, Dragonfly and Red Truck. A proponent of using fresh, local, sustainable, seasonal foods, Scott creates healthy and tasty meals for students, athletes, faculty and staff. After earning his BA from the University of California, Davis, Scott moved to San Francisco, traveled the world and now resides in Soda Springs, CA, enjoying all of the outdoor activities the Sierras have to offer. Send Scott an email at swhite@sbacademy.org.