IMG_4835-X3The heart of NEDS stems from our ever-growing roster of highly skilled volunteer coaches, each bringing compassion, patience, and a wealth of teaching experience, who come from all walks of life and represent a variety of professions. It is through their dedication that our student-athletes are able to enjoy ‘breaking barriers’ in numerous outdoor sports year-round. Our coaches receive comprehensive training to work with students of all ages and abilities, encompassing and inclusive of all disabilities.

NEDS is committed to nurturing the development of its coaches through high-quality training and instruction. As part of our volunteer coaches’ seasonal commitment, and in addition to the rewarding experience of being a coach, each individual receives five days of training as well as many of the perks and benefits afforded to the staffs of the Loon Mountain and Bretton Woods Resorts.

All winter sports coaches come together in Lincoln each November for volunteer orientation, and later attend pre- and in-season clinics led by our roster of experienced and highly-certified trainers, covering every aspect of adaptive coaching. Clinics regularly offered include topics such as teaching students with intellectual disabilities, visually impaired guiding, assisting sit skiers, tethering stand-up skiers, disability awareness, teaching children, and specific topics requested by coaches aiming to improve their skills. All NEDS coaches are administered a basic ski skills test prior to appointment to the coaching staff.

Many NEDS coaches have attained even higher levels of credentials through Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and American Association of Snow Board Instructors (AASI) certification programs.The NEDS community of coaches are rewarded with wonderful life-long friendships with their students and other coaches, and the personal satisfaction of knowing, that as a coach, they have positively impacted lives, inspiring confidence and huge SMILES.

If you are interested in joining the adaptive coaching staffs at Loon Mountain or Bretton Woods, please inquire at (603) 745-9333, or send an email to info@nedisabledsports.org.