Richard Smith has returned to Franconia Ski Club with over 27 years of ski race coaching experience. Rich started his coaching career at Holderness School back in1986 under current Head Coach Craig Antonides. At Holderness, Rich worked with athletes of all levels. In 2000 Rich joined FSC and worked with JV athletes, enabling him to understand the needs of younger athletes. Rich then moved to Head JIII Coach for FSC/Hold. Working with this age brought opportunities to attend national projects for USSA.
2007 marked a new chapter for Rich, as he was chosen to be the USSA East Assistant Regional Coach. This position created many opportunities to deepen his coaching knowledge and experience. A major highlight for him was being chosen as a guest Coach with the Women’s D-Team and a staff coach for World Juniors.
After a season with USSA, Rich was offered the Program Director position at Hailey Ski Team in Sun Valley, Idaho. In 2009 it was decided that NH was truly home for Rich and his family and they traveled back east where he stepped in as Head Men’s F.I.S Coach for BBTS/WVA.
In 2010, a call came from USSA asking him to return as Regional Coach/Education Coach working with athletes and coaches from JV to NorAm. In this job, Rich traveled extensively throughout the US and Canada. This position involved visits to ski clubs in the East to present education programs and assist athletes, coaches and parents.
Additionally, for the past few seasons Rich has had the honor to be a staff coach for the National Coaches Academy in Mammoth.
When not on the hill, Rich and his beautiful family resides in Thornton. Rich has two children, Maya age 13 and Jake age 6.