MEET THE COACHES
Over the course of his career, Chris Knight (CK) has been highly successful coaching World Cup and Olympic skiers. He coached Lindsey Vonn for 3 seasons (2015 -2018) during which she became the best female alpine skier in history and the first female athlete to win 20 crystal globes. She also accumulated 15 World Cup wins, 24 World Cup podiums, and a bronze medal in downhill at the 2018 Olympics. While coaching on the U.S Ski Team, CK worked privately with both Lindsey Vonn (2015-2018) and Julia Mancuso (2006-2012). He also held various positions with the team, including Head Coach of the women’s combi team (2013-2014), Assistant Coach of the women’s speed team (2009-2012, 2014), Head Coach of the women’s tech team (2006-2008), and Assistant Coach of the women’s tech team (2003-2005). Prior to joining the U.S. Ski Team in 2003, CK coached Great Britain's Chemmy Alcott and Australia's Zali Steggall. While coaching Steggall, she won an Olympic slalom bronze medal in 1998 and a World Champs gold medal in slalom in 1999. CK is a level 500 coach and has a Masters Degree in Sports Science.
Jeff Fergus (Ferg) coached Lindsey Vonn for the 3 years during the height of her career on the World Cup circuit. During Ferg’s second year working with Lindsey (2011-12) she ended the season with the highest FIS point total in the history of women’s World Cup racing. Lindsey won 26 World Cups and podiumed in 39 World Cups while Ferg was her coach. During his time with the U.S. Ski Team, Ferg was Head Coach for Lindsey (2010-2014), Assistant Coach of the women’s combi team (2013-2014), Assistant Coach of the women’s World Cup speed team (2010-2014), Head Coach of the women’s Europa Cup team (2009-2010), Assistant Coach of the women’s Europa Cup team (2007-2008), and Assistant Coach of the women’s development team (2006). Ferg’s coaching career began in Park City, where he worked with World Cup athletes, including Ted Ligety, Steve Nyman, Megan McJames, Hailey Duke, and TJ Lanning, during their development years. Before founding International Ski Racing Academy, Ferg worked at Burke Mountain Academy where he was Head FIS women’s coach and the PG Men’s coach. Ferg is a level 500 coach and has a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology.
Randa Teschner returns to ISRA again this season. Prior to working with ISRA, Randa Teschner coached NCO’s FIS team in Canada (2017-2018). Randa also worked at Burke Mountain Academy where she was an assistant coach for the FIS women’s team (2016-2017). Randa grew up ski racing in Ontario and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Athletic Training. During her university career, Randa was a three-time All American. Some of Randa’s personal career highlights include: representing Canada at World Juniors, placing top 10 in a NorAm, and winning a College Carnival GS race with no goggles.
Johanna Tikkanen hails from Helsinki where she was a member of the Finland National Team (2008-2012). After recently retiring from ski racing, she began her career in coaching. This past season, Johanna worked with World Ski Connection, where she coached U14s and U16s competing in International Children’s races. Previously, Johanna coached with the Alpine Training Center, the Cardrona Alpine Ski Team, the Hugo Nindl Austria Racing Camp, and the Mount Buller Race Club. After leaving the national team, she went on to ski for Sierra Nevada College where she was the team captain for a season and a three-time All American. Johanna graduated with a degree in Business Administration. Some of Johanna’s career highlights include: being the Youngest FIS Ski Racing Event Winner in history, winning the Topolino GS in 2007, and achieving individual Junior National Championship victories in GS, SG and DH.
Our newest addition to the coaching staff is Marie-Eve Boulianne, a former coach of the Canadian National Team. During her time with the national team, she was an assistant coach for the Canadian Women’s Development Team and the Canadian World Cup Combi Team (2016-2018). This past season, Marie-Eve was the assistant FIS coach for the Banff Alpine Racers. Prior to heading West, Marie-Eve coached the Quebec Women’s Team (2016-2017). Her other previous coaching positions include: head coach of the Nakiska U14 Ski Team, program director for Le Massif de Charlevoix Ski Club, coach for Prattski International, Club de Ski Mont Ste-Anne, and Club Alpin du Mont Castor. Marie-Eve attended Laval University in Quebec, Canada where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sports Science and Coaching. When she isn’t skiing, Marie-Eve also enjoys biking, trail running and golf.