Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club names Worrell coach
Ex-US Ski Team trainer to lead Alpine programs
April 17, 2009
Budget cuts by the U.S. Ski Team have given the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club a rare opportunity to bring a top-level Alpine coach into the fold.
On Thursday, Deb Armstrong, the Winter Sports Club’s Alpine competitive director, announced that the club has hired Rob Worrell as head coach of the Alpine age class program.
“Rob’s new role will encompass annual planning and oversight for the J3 program through the J5 program,” Armstrong said.
Worrell has been living in the Willow Creek Pass area but working as the U.S. Ski Team’s Rocky/Central development coach under the team’s regional director, Terry DelliQuadri, of Steamboat Springs.
But this spring, financial pressures have forced the U.S. Ski Team to trim its budget, and Worrell’s position was eliminated by cuts.
“For me, it’s a huge loss,” DelliQuadri said. “I’m really happy to see Rob land back with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. He did an awesome job for the U.S. team, and I know the experience and things he brought to the team will be a huge asset for Steamboat Springs and the club.”
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Luke Brosterhous, who was the Winter Sports Club’s head J4 and J5 coach last season, will continue in that position. Armstrong said the addition of Worrell will allow the club to have year-round oversight of athletes and take its operations to a new level in the future.
“Rob will be an instant force in our already strong staff,” she said. “Rob will oversee the summer dry-land and Breakfast Club activities, he will be involved in the summer camp operations and influence the general tone and programming decisions within the Alpine competitive program.”
Worrell said he knew his position with the U.S. Ski Team was unstable at best. His salary was cut last winter, and when he learned Wednesday that he had been laid off, the news wasn’t a big surprise.
“I knew the team was struggling, so I was making some other plans,” Worrell said. “The U.S Ski Team was a good and valuable experience for me. Now, I’m looking forward to working with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and improving its already strong programs.”
DelliQuadri said this is a chance for a top-level coach to work with younger athletes – which has been a trend in other sports and other countries.
“In places like Austria, the top coaches almost always work with the younger athletes,” DelliQuadri said. “It’s proven that’s where a coach can have the biggest impact.”
Worrell thinks he can bring a more competitive attitude and drive to the Winter Sports Club’s younger programs, and he thinks he can help coaches with some basic fundamentals that will make Steamboat athletes faster and more competitive at elite levels.
Worrell said he will use his experience with the U.S. Ski Team, as well as the experience he gained with Summit County, Crested Butte and Steamboat Springs in the past, to make Steamboat even more competitive.
“I’ve worked with some great programs and under some great people in the past,” Worrell said. “I think this is another great opportunity in Steamboat.”