Carrabassett Valley Academy (CVA) announced today that Mike Mallon will be the schools new Snowboard Program Manager. Mallon has an extensive background in the business working both as a coach and a program director. CVA headmaster John Ritzo displayed his confidence in Mallon in a statement released to the public.

"In the world of snowboard coaching Mike's credentials are unequaled. He has placed numerous athletes on National Teams, he was named Domestic Coach of the Year and three times his snowboard programs were recognized as Program of the Year by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association. The CVA board of trustees, faculty and staff are excited to integrate Mike's experience and talent as a program manager and coach with the Academy's long history of producing world-class snowboarding athletes the likes of two-time Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott and eight time Big Mountain Rider of the Year Jeremy Jones."

Mike Mallon speaks on CVA's rich history.

"I am really excited to be heading to CVA. When I was competing they always had the strongest program. The legacy that former CVA students like Jeremy Jones, Mark Fawcett, and Seth Wescott, to name a few, left behind has very deep roots in the Carrabassett Valley." says Mallon. "I am honored to have the opportunity to take this program to the next level and continue CVA's long-standing tradition of excellence."

Additional honors bestowed on Mallon include the Westhaven Award 2009 given to the outstanding FIS/USSA technical delegate and the Anna McIntyre Citation 2010 given for distinguished achievement in snowboarding. A leader in the development and management of competitive snowboarding Mallon served as Chairman of the US Snowboard Executive Sport Committee, served on the USSA and USASA Board of Directors, and FIS Snowboard Technical Delegate.

Seth Wescott, current CVA board member and decorated snowboarder, commented on Mallon's appointment, "I am really looking forward to supporting Mike as he brings his coaching and program management skills to CVA. Mike's credentials and awards speak to the devotion and dedication that he has placed on developing his athletes."