Welcome (back) to the Whiteface – freeride team, Jake Roney! Jake will be working with our Moguls “B” group at Whiteface this season. Jake is from Wildwood, NJ and currently resides in Burlington, VT – finishing up his last semester at the University of Vermont (UVM). He is majoring in Finance with a minor in Photography so we are looking forward to some great action shots this year.
When discussing his interest in coaching, Jake said, “I connected with Nick Arnold (Moguls “A” Coach), my former coach, about coaching at Whiteface this season and from that discussion, the seed was planted.” Jake was a NYSEF athlete for 7 years. He started in the weekend program and was a part of our premier Winter Term Program for 3 years – which allows aspiring junior athletes to train with NYSEF, while continuing remotely in their school’s curriculum. When discussing his time in Winter Term, he said, “we had a small team which made for a tight – knit group. The opportunities to train for 6 days were beneficial during the competition season.”
Nick Arnold, Moguls A Coach at Whiteface said, “as an athlete, Jake was a pleasure to have on the team. His work ethic and drive to be better were always exemplary. He is very approachable, understanding, and a very technically gifted skier.”
Jake will fit perfectly with the team of coaches and the athletes.
Mike Kirchner, Freeride Program Director, commented on Jake’s hire, “it’s always gratifying to see former athletes choose to return and give back to the sport and community they grew up with. I know Jake will be a great asset to the younger kids and to the program in general given his work ethic and first hand competitive experience here at NYSEF.”
Although Jake is not doing any formal competitions, he continues to be active – skiing, playing soccer and surfing as much as he can. “NYSEF gave me so much and I am thrilled to come back as a coach, learn more and gain experience – I just love the sport and sports, in general,” he concluded.
Jake will join NYSEF in early December.