Burke headmaster to succeed Radamus
VAIL — Ski & Snowboard Club Vail announced on Thursday that it has named Kirk Dwyer to be the club’s next executive director. Dwyer will assume the role in June 2016, after serving out his 16th year as headmaster of Burke Mountain Academy in East Burke, Vermont.
“There are many outstanding qualities that position Kirk to lead Ski & Snowboard Club Vail through its next phase of development,” said Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Board of Trustees Chair Glenn Davis. “We are thrilled to have a person of Kirk’s experience and stature step in as the next leader of SSCV.”
Aldo Radamus will continue to serve as executive director throughout the upcoming season.
“Kirk is one of the most highly regarded professionals in ski racing,” Radamus said. “Whether at Green Mountain Valley School or now at Burke Mountain Academy, Kirk has spent his career helping young men and women reach for their dreams. I’m certain that Kirk will continue the more than 50-year legacy of excellence at SSCV and that the club and Vail Valley will be as supportive and provide as much fulfillment to he and his family as my family and I have been blessed with over the past 13 years. I look forward to welcoming Kirk and his family to Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, introducing him to our community and working together for a seamless transition of leadership.”
FUTURE LOOKS STRONG
Dwyer said he is honored to have been selected to be the next executive director Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.
“I have great personal respect for Aldo and all he has accomplished, the strength of the multiple core snow sports, and the outstanding people involved,” he said. “SSCV is recognized on a frequent basis by USSA for its excellence as a club and the individual sports.”
Dwyer has been watching Ski & Snowboard Club Vail closely in recent years, and says he sees great opportunities for the future.
“There are the excellent academic programs in place,” he said. “The Minturn Fitness Center, the resources provided by Vail Resorts and the planned expansion of Gold Peak will allow for pre-eminence in on-snow training fundamental to future growth and achievement.”
SHIFFRIN’S FORMER COACH
Dwyer has been the headmaster of Burke Mountain Academy for 15 years. During that time he led the school to become one of the premier snow sport academies in the country. In addition to ensuring that the academic and snow sport programs ran smoothly, Dwyer also coached athletes throughout his tenure, helping many of them attain the highest level of success in the sport. Notably, Dwyer was Eagle-Vail resident Mikaela Shiffrin’s primary coach during her time at Burke Mountain Academy.
Prior to arriving at Burke Mountain Academy, Dwyer served in several capacities at Green Mountain Valley School over his 25 years there as assistant headmaster, head women’s coach, head men’s coach, and head alpine coach as well as an English, humanities, and economics teacher.
Dwyer was recognized as the United States Ski and Snowboard Association Domestic Coach of the Year in 1989 and also holds an international coaches’ certification. Dwyer was also involved in the broader snow sports community as past chairman of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association Eastern Development Committee, National Development Committee, and Eastern Alpine Competition Committee. He is currently a member of the Vermont Alpine Racing Association Board and the Eastern Atlantic Coast Conference Executive Committee.
Dwyer and his wife, Robin, have a 17-year-old son, Chase, a senior at Burke Mountain Academy.
“We look forward to living in the Vail Valley and becoming part of the community,” he said.