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 reside in Thornton. Rich and his wife Christine have two children, Maya age 10 and Jake age 3.
Chet has been involved with organized skiing since the mid 1960s as an officer and Director of the Eastern Inter-Club Ski League of Boston. The Inter-Club was the host organization for the 1967 World Cup and the 1969 Eastern Championships held at Cannon Mountain. When Chet’s daughters Becky and Sarah started skiing with the Franconia Ski Club in the early 1980s it was natural to become involved as a parent volunteer, director and officer. Chet served as Vice President under Presidents Dave Lodding and Richard MacLeod. After the girl’s went off to college, both racing for the Plymouth State Ski Team, Chet and his wife, Sue continued to serve the Club as Alpine Officials and volunteer race workers. When Chet retired from the printing business and moved to Franconia full time in 1998 he took on the job of Race Secretary for FSC. As the club continued to grow, so did the responsibilities and the need for a year round administrator to assist the Head Coach became apparent. Chet has been honored as a Lifetime Member of FSC.
Assistant Race Administrator
Tina joined the staff of FSC in November 2007 as race coordinator and “Chet’s unofficial little assistant.” The need for another “organizer” became apparent as the Club grew and FSC took on bigger race events.
Tina and her family started skiing with FSC in 1979. Son Tim and daughter Amy went through the program developing their love of the sport. Tim came back after college and a seven year hiatus in Crested Butte to coach for FSC. He is now on the “sub list” as he has a real job working on a tugboat in NY Harbor. Amy coached after college too, but teaching school, marriage and raising a family has taken priority. Amy’s husband, George, has also filled in as an FSC coach.
Tina, and her husband, Karl have been very involved in FSC since joining. Both have served on the Board of Directors with Tina as a current member. Karl works with Chet as part of FSC’s race engineering crew. Because of their dedication to FSC, they became Lifetime Members, an honor they appreciate.