A new post-graduate alpine program at Killington Mountain School for racers competing in FIS-sanctioned events is designed to bridge the gap between high school and NCAA Division 1 competition.
Pavel Stastny, PaedDr., has been appointed head coach for the new PG program. Stastny is a former coach for Canadian and Czech alpine national teams with deep experience in readying athletes for Europa Cup and World Cup events.
"He (Pavel) has a great track record moving athletes and his recent experience at the World Cup will benefit the whole program,” Alpine Director Tom Sell says. “Pavel has incredible energy and his passion for the sport is infectious.” Stastny is no stranger to Vermont. He was head alpine coach at Stratton Mountain School prior to his Canadian coaching stint.
All athletes in the program will take two college-level courses that will be delivered online with additional support from the KMS teaching faculty. Students may take the courses through KMS, enroll as part-time students at Castleton College, and receive college credit or audit the courses. The options allow student-athletes to continue pursuing academic work while continuing to train and compete at an elite level.
KMS is a an independent school that specializes in alpine, snowboard, freestyle, freeskiing, and cycling training and academics.
Photo: KMS Coach Pavel Stastny (talentcentrum.eu)