From US Ski Team
ARE, Sweden (March 17) - John "Johno" McBride is retiring from World Cup coaching after 10 years with the U.S. Ski Team, including the last four as downhill and super G head coach, Alpine Director Jesse Hunt said.
McBride and Pete Bosinger, a men's World Cup downhill/SG coach since the 2003 season, will be retiring after this season, according to Hunt, who made the announcement at World Cup Finals in Are. Their replacements are expected to be named this spring "in the routine course of things," he said.
"Things change and we'll roll with these decision," Hunt said. "It's too bad because these two guys - and that whole staff, including Chris (Brigham, who plans to continue coaching), is so special in the way it works and deals with everything. We'll miss Johno's leadership and the way he's worked with athletes, and Pete's done such a tremendous job from a technical standpoint, providing such good feedback to the athletes.
"They leave big shoes to fill in each case as we look for their replacement. But continuity is such a big contribution, I think, to our success, too, and Chris - who's been such a stable force over these 12 years as the speed team kept moving forward - is staying, and we want to keep that continuity going as we keep growing the Team." He said he has no timeline in terms of replacement but will be conferring with men's Head Coach Phil McNichol before making any final decisions.
McBride, a native of Aspen, Colo., who was a racer through his college career at the University of Vermont, came to the U.S. Ski Team with the 1997 season. After graduating from college, he turned quickly to coaching and was with the Aspen Ski Team (now the Aspen Ski and snowboard Team) from the late Eighties until joining the U.S. staff. He and his wife Sunni live in Aspen Snowmass and have two young daughters.
"It's been a great ride, but it's time for my family. My girls are bringing me home for good," McBride said. He declined to pick a single highlight in his decade with the Ski Team, and coaching at three Olympics, "but nothing's more important, more valuable than my relationships with the athletes and the staff, and the people we've dealt with all these years. You get to know and trust and respect people, not just with the Ski Team but all the people we work with. It's very special...and those relationships stand out more than any race."
Bosinger, a Canadian, joined the U.S. coaching staff in the summer if 2002 after nine seasons with the Canadian downhill team. He's single and lives in Canmore, Alberta.