Alpine Coaches

Alpine Staff

AVSC coaches come from all over the world and a variety of racing backgrounds who embody our core values: commitment, teamwork and integrity. They are teachers, role models and mentors. Their dedication goes far beyond just on-hill coaching; they work hard for results but also know when to emphasize fun and skill development.  AVSC's legacy of athletic excellence is a testament to their excellence.

Johno McBride AVSC Alpine Director Johno McBride  |  Alpine Program Director 

Johno is excited to return home to AVSC and the Roaring Fork Valley after two years as the Men’s Head Speed Coach with the US Ski Team, including leading the team through the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games. Prior to that, he was the Alpine Director at AVSC for three years after a long stint on the World Cup with the US Ski Team (including coaching Bode to two overall World Cup titles) and the Canadian Ski Team. Johno is a native of the Roaring Fork Valley and an AVSC Alum. He earned his degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont.

Gill Hearn AVSCGill Hearn  |  Youth Programs Coordinator 

Gill has coached at AVSC for nearly 10 years. She was Head U14 Coach for many years before joining the U16 staff in 2020. She loves pushing athletes to improve their skiing in and out of the course. Gill is an Aspen native, and AVSC alumna who grew up on skis following her father, a ski patroller, around Aspen Mountain. A decorated racer while at the club, Gill took her talent to Montana State University and skied for the Varsity program in Bozeman for two years. When she's not at AVSC you can find Gill hiking, biking, and hanging out with her husband, Cody (AVSC's Venue Manager) and their two dogs, Teddy and Riv. 

Torey Greenwood AVSCTorey Greenwood  |  FIS Men's Head Coach 

This will be Torey's 12th season with AVSC, and 17th year coaching. He keeps coming back for the athletes - he loves helping hard-working athletes who are dedicated to becoming the best they can be. Originally hailing from the Midwest, Greenwood moved to Winter Park, CO where he developed as a FIS and NorAm level skier. Torey is a USSA level 300 coach. When the weather warms up, you can find Torey camping, travelling, mountain biking, and if he's back home, hanging on the lake.

Jaka Korencan AVSCJaka Korencan  |  FIS Women's Head Coach 

This is Jaka’s second season with AVSC. Jaka joins us from University of Utah where he was the Head Alpine Coach for 13 years. During his tenure at Utah, his athletes won 10 individual NCAA titles and 34 All-American awards, and the team won two NCAA titles (2017 and 2003). Two of his athletes were nominated to the US Ski Team after their time as a Ute. Jaka grew up in Slovenia, earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Utah in 2004, and earned his Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology in 2007.

Will McDonald  | Head U16 Coach Jaka Korencan AVSC 

Will is an Aspen native who grew up in the AVSC program, till the age of 15, when he was named to the US Ski team and moved to Park City, Utah to be part of that team. He went on to race NCAA for University of Utah to finish off his ski racing career.  He continued his education at Utah, getting his Master's in Environmental Science while coaching for the University of Utah ski team.  Rather than pursuing a career in his field of study he continued coaching. Coaching for Park City Ski team for 4 years, and now on his 4th season with AVSC.

Eric Colon AVSCEric Colon  |  Head U14 Coach 

This is Eric's 6th season with AVSC. He is excited to continue to spend time in the mountains, enjoying the outdoors and sharing his passion for the sport of ski racing with the next generation, including his two sons who are both ski racers! Eric grew up in Lake Placid, NY and raced with NYSEF before graduating from Carrabassett Valley Academy in Maine. He raced at Central Oregon Community College (Bend, OR) and recieved his college degree from Colorado State University. When he's not at AVSC, you can find Eric exploring on his mountain bike or in his raft with his family! Eric is a USSA Level 300 coach. 

Pat Callahan AVSCPat Callahan  |  Race Director 

Pat is an Aspen native and alumnus of both Aspen High School and AVSC. Pat graduated from Middlebury College after skiing on the team there for 4 years. Pat has coached at the NCAA level at St. Lawrence University, where he was the EISA Coach of the Year. Pat was also been recognized as the the USSA Domestic Coach of the Year after a stellar season in 2011. Pat loves working at AVSC because he values being part of the positive development of local kids, both as athletes and as people. Pat has ridden his bicycle through 49 of the 50 states! Next stop, Hawaii! Pat is a USSA Level 300 Coach; Level 4 Chief of Race, Referee; USSA Technical Delegate; Long time World Cup Chief of Course. He was the Chief of Race for the 2017 World Cup Final GS.