Executive Athletic Director
MMSC Executive Director Igor Vanovac brings an international love and appreciation for the sport of ski racing to MMSC. Igor was born in Sarajevo and grew up skiing in the Balkan mountains. At an early age, Igor devoted himself to the pursuit of competitive ski racing. As his career went on, he was able to race on the FIS circuit, traveling all over Europe and competing against the elite racers of the world as a member of the Yugoslav national ski team.
In 1992, war came to his country and forced him to cut his racing career short. He left the country for Monaco, France and began to work for the Monaco Ski Federation. From there, Igor moved to Australia and New Zealand where he continued to build up his coaching experience. Eventually Igor moved to the United States in 1999, where he became the race program director at Mount Snow. Igor led the alpine program, as well as the race department team, for three years. He then went to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to receive a BA in Sports Management and International Sports Development. At the same time, he worked as the head alpine coach of both the men and women ski racing teams, and led the UMASS women to the 2003 USCSA national title.
Igor joined MMSC as the Executive Director in 2004 and jumped quickly into the numerous responsibilities with his unrelenting energy and passion for the sport. Most recently, Igor oversaw the construction and completion of MMSC’s Clubhouse renovations and addition, as well as spearheaded efforts to make Main Street, MMSC’s racecourse and training hill, a FIS-certified course. Igor is dedicated to MMSC’s growth and vitality, and is known near and far for his boisterous enthusiasm, positive attitude, and genuine candor. Igor and Micheline Lemay, MMSC’s Head U12, U10 Alpine Coach, were married on the mountain in 2008 and when not coaching MMSC athletes, they can be found on the slopes with their two young children Sofija and Hugo.
U18, U21, PG Men’s Alpine Team
Head Men’s Alpine Coach
Director of Strength and Conditioning
Lorant was born in a small Romanian town located in Northern Transylvania alongside the Carpathian Mountains. Lorant started skiing with his father at a local Cochran’s-style ski slope close to their home. As a young racer, Lorant participated in the World Junior Championships and raced competitively around the world. After studying at the National Academy of Physical Education and Sports in Bucharest, Lorant moved to the United States in 2000 and joined MMSC in 2005. Lorant is well known for his active role advising ski racers via Dartfish video analysis techniques in addition to his work as the strength and conditioning coach. Lorant and his wife Nicoletta live in Stowe with their son Teo.
Men’s Alpine Coach
Scott “Mo” brings 34 years of coaching experience to MMSC. Having grown up in Stowe and raced as a junior for MMSC, Mo is devoted to the development and success of MMSC programs. He has coached with MMSC for over 30 years and earned the VARA Coach of the Year award in 2000, as well as Eastern Coach of the Year and U.S. Domestic Coach of the Year in 2000. Mo lives with his family in Stowe.
Men’s Alpine Coach
Jim joined the MMSC coaching staff in 2006. Prior to his current post at MMSC, Jim coached at GMVS, Suicide Six, and Quechee. He grew up in Windsor, Vt. and attended UVM. After tearing his ACL as a junior racer, he focused on baseball and became a UVM baseball standout athlete, where he is a member of the UVM Athletic Hall of Fame. His son Bobby currently attends UVM and is a member of the alpine ski team, and his other son Brad attends Saint Michael’s College. Jim’s wife Laura also works for MMSC as the head event organizer.
Men’s Alpine Coach
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U18, U21, PG Women’s Alpine Team
Head Women’s Alpine Coach
Topher is entering his 4th season as the MMSC Head Women’s Alpine Coach following three years of coaching J3s and the women’s alpine team. Topher, who grew up in North Conway, N.H., raced for Plymouth State University where he was a seven-time All-American. Prior to working at MMSC, he was the head alpine coach at Plymouth State. The Harlow family, including Topher’s brother Jamie who also coaches at MMSC’s, grew up skiing and racing together at Attitash Mountain in New Hampshire. Topher now stays put in Stowe where he recently bought a house and enjoys playing golf in the summertime.
U16 Alpine Team
U 16 Head Coach Alpine Coach
Garrett joined MMSC in the fall of 2012 after coaching for many years in New England. For the past five years, Garrett has been the head coach at Colby-Sawyer College. At CSC, he led the team to many regional titles, individual national titles, as well as a USCSA Men's National Championship in 2009. Prior to that, he worked as the J1 and J2 men and women's alpine coach at Waterville Valley Academy, and coached for two years at Carrabassett Valley Academy as the head J1 men's coach. Garrett grew up skiing at Sugarloaf with the Carrabassett Valley Academy, and skied for Plymouth State University where he was a two-year captain and two-time Panther Award winner. Garrett graduated from PSU in 2005 with a BS in Business Management, and he currently lives in Wilmot, NH.
U16 Alpine Coach
Mike is a dedicated MMSC coach with 23 years of experience coaching at the Club. He grew up skiing at Smugglers’ Notch, and went on to compete on the alpine ski team at UVM where he earned a BA in mathematics and MA in statistics. Mike was the VARA Volunteer of the Year for the 2004/2005 racing season. Mike and his wife Diane live in Stowe and have two daughters, Alexandra and Jordan who is a MMSC U12, U10 coach.
U14 Alpine Team
U14 Head Alpine Coach
Taylor grew up in Williston, Vt. and joined MMSC in 2002 as a sophomore at MMWA. He graduated from MMWA/Champlain Valley Union High School in 2005 and then attended Williams College where he majored in geology, ski raced, and played baseball. The winter of 2012/13 will be his fourth season living back in Stowe as a coach at MMSC and a science teacher at MMWA.
U14 Alpine Coach
With over 30 years of coaching experience, Bruce brings a rich amount of experience to the MMSC coaching staff. Bruce has been the head U14 coach at MMSC since 2010, and started working with MMSC in 2009. He is a certified coach, as well as a licensed TD and referee after working for almost ten years at Stratton Mountain’s Training Center. Bruce also served multiple terms as the Vermont state representative to the Alpine Competition Committee. Bruce graduated from the University of Vermont in 1980 and has been coaching alpine ski racing ever since.
U14 Alpine Coach
Matt is starting his second year as a coach at MMSC and is excited to be more involved with ski racing and the Club after coaching masters and collegiate racers at the Stowe Mountain Race Department for nine years. He has been racing for the last 25 years in the Ski Bum races and other local racing events around Vermont and New Hampshire, and feels a strong connection to the local race community. Matt received a degree in Civil Engineering from the Vermont Technical College and helps run his family business in the granite industry, the Granite Corporation of Barre. Matt, his wife Hillary, and his two sons Nick and Mateo live in Waterbury Center and are also family members of the Club.
U12, U10, U8 Alpine Team
Alpine Coaches: Matt Moore, Jordan Leach,
Alex Bacon, Ashley Grove, Lori Furrer, Ross Evans, Rick Krawiec
U12, U10, U8 Head Alpine Coach
Micheline began coaching for MMSC in 2002 and has directed the U12, U10 program for over eight years. Micheline grew up racing at the Gunstock Ski Club in Gilford, N.H. and raced for the alpine team at the University of New Hampshire. She graduated with a B.S. in outdoor education from UNH and also has a M.Ed. from Johnson State College. Micheline started a day camp called Rugged Adventures that she directs in the summer months in the local area. Micheline and her husband, MMSC Director Igor Vanovac, live in Stowe just a stone’s throw from the MMSC Clubhouse. They have two children, Sofija and Hugo, and a sweet yellow lab named Mala.
U12, U10, U8 Assistant Coach
Matty Moore has been coaching for MMSC for ten years after being hired by MMWA Director and MMSC weekend coach Lori Furrer. In addition to being a skier and having taught skiing at Stowe, the Yellowstone Club, and Taos, Matty is an artist and teaches pottery at Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy. He received a BFA in Sculpture from the College of Sante Fe, and currently lives in Stowe where he can be found playing soccer, swimming, fishing, and creating art of any sort.
U12, U10, U8 Weekend Program Alpine Coach
Born and raised in Saint George, Vermont. I spent my winters chasing my father through these mountains, valleys and waters. He instilled a deep love for skiing and the outdoors I will never lose and will always share. When I was 13 I discovered the race course, from that moment on I was hooked. When I am not skiing I like to fish, sail, swim, surf, mountain bike, hike and just about anything else you can do out doors! Except rock climbing, heights scare me, but I’ll hangout and watch! While attending the University of Vermont I spent four years coaching the South Burlington High School Ski Team until graduating from UVM class of ’08 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In the fall of ’08 I traveled to Wyoming and fell in love with her. The following six years I spent my winters there exploring the Tetons, returning to Vermont for the summer. I spent four years coaching for the Teton Valley Ski Education Foundation at Grand Targhee, Wyoming, working as head coach for two years. The following two years I worked coaching U14s for the Jackson Hole Ski Club. Ben has his Level 200 USSA certification. I am excited to have returned to Vermont to stay and very much looking forward to this season with MMSC.
Dustin grew up in Stowe, VT and went through the MMSC junior program. Once he was of age he attended the Mount Mansfield Winter Academy. Dustin went on to attend St. Lawrence University and raced Division 1 on their Alpine racing team, where he was the captain for 2 years. During his collegiate years he attended US National Championships and NCAA national championships. We are really excited to have Dustin join our team this year!
U10, U8 Sunday Alpine Team
Alpine Coaches: Katie Bryant, Sydney Copp, Seth Morse
U10, U8 Head Alpine Coach
Micheline began coaching for MMSC in 2002 and has directed this age group for over eight years. Micheline grew up racing at the Gunstock Ski Club in Gilford, N.H. and raced for the alpine team at the University of New Hampshire. She graduated with a B.S. in outdoor education from UNH and also has a M.Ed. from Johnson State College. Micheline started a day camp called Rugged Adventures that she directs in the summer months in the local area. Micheline and her husband, MMSC Director Igor Vanovac, live in Stowe just a stone’s throw from the MMSC Clubhouse. They have two children, Sofija and Hugo, and a sweet yellow lab named Mala.
Sunday U8 Coach
Katie Bryant joined MMSC in 2009 as a U8 weekend coach. Katie is a language arts teacher at the Barre Town Middle School, and has a BA in Psychology from Trinity College and a M.Ed from UVM. She grew up in Concord, MA with Sydney Copp--a fellow weekend coach and friend who convinced her to bring her teaching experiences from the classroom to the ski hill. Katie now lives in Stowe with her Siberian husky named Sable, and besides teaching, skiing, and coaching she enjoys doing anything outdoors in any season.
U10, U8 Sunday Program Coach
Syd worked at Stowe as a ski instructor and as a teacher at Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy for many years before being asked to join MMSC as a coach by Mila Lonetto, who was running the Sunday program at the time. Syd is now in her sixth season of coaching for MMSC, and is also a full-time middle school teacher. She has a BA in Religion from Middlebury College and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from UVM. Originally from Concord, Mass., Syd now lives in Stowe where she is a regular in the Ski Bum race series, as well singing and playing her guitar during local open mike nights.
Gordon van den Noort
Ski Bum Race Series Timer