Former U.S. Snowboarding athlete and now coach Rick Bower is the Snowboarding International Coach of the Year. Under Bower’s guidance, Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO) became an X Games gold medalist, Louie Vito (Columbus, OH) had podiums at three major events and became the Chevy U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix champion and Greg Bretz (Mammoth Lakes, CA) had three World Cup and two Grand Prix podiums. It is for his lengthy commitment and strong dedication to the sport that has earned Bower, a former World Champion himself, the award.
Ben Boyd, the snowboarding program director at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail is the Snowboarding Domestic Coach of the Year. Boyd, who was asked to start the snowboarding program at the club six years ago, has driven the program from the ground up and had his first athlete named to U.S. Snowboarding with Broc Waring (Edwards, CO) last season. The program experienced numerous other successes with athletes winning in the Revolutions Tour, making two of the final heats in the Chevy U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix and competing on the World Cup level.