Coaching Staff

The Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club has a team of committed and experienced coaches leading its many programs. Read on to learn more.


Pepa Miloucheva

Director of Competitive Skiing; Head Coach of the Craftsbury Green Racing Project

Bulgarian Sports University (Masters in Sport Science: Physiology/Biomechanics)

Goverdartsi, Sofiya, Bulgaria

Mother Republic Bulgaria Club

Pepa has headed the Craftsbury ski programs for many years since coming to Craftsbury at the beginning of 1998. In Bulgaria she competed for the national team for many years in ski orienteering where she won gold at the World Championships in 1994. At the Outdoor Center she has also worked as a massage therapist and fleet manager. When the Center was reorganized as non-profit in 2008, she took over head coaching responsibilities of the Green Racing Project as her full-time responsibility. Ski racing aside, Pepa enjoys burnt meat, bones, chocolate, and caffeine.


Anna Schulz

Head Junior/BKL Coach

Harvard University (BA in Government); University of Vermont (Masters in Public Administration)

Johnson, VT

Craftsbury

Anna grew up skiing in Vermont and was part of Pepa’s junior program at the Outdoor Center. She went on to compete at the collegiate level for Harvard, where she met her future husband and co-coach Ollie. After graduation, Anna worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer on local food initiatives with the Outdoor Center, Sterling College, and Craftsbury Academy. In 2011, she moved to Bend, Oregon where she coached for two years at the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation before coming home to Vermont to attend graduate school. She earned a Master's degree in Public Administration at UVM in 2015, where she researched how to adapt transportation infrastructure to the impacts of climate change. While at UVM, Anna coached with the Mansfield Nordic Club, which reminded her how much more she loved coaching skiing than researching transportation. She returned to Craftsbury in 2015 to lead the junior and BKL ski programs. When not at the Center, Anna can often be found riding her bike, baking stuff, or gardening. 

Certifications:
USSA L200
SafeSport
Wilderness First Aid
IMBA Level 1
CPR and First Aid, AED


Jake Barton

Assistant Junior/BKL Coach

Colby College (BA in Art History and Studio Art)

Elmore, VT

Craftsbury

Jake is from Elmore, VT, and grew up skiing at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center under Pepa's watchful eye. After a highly successful high school skiing career, Jake went on to ski for Colby College, where he was twice named MVP. He also skied in NCAA Championships in both 2011 and 2012. Upon graduating in 2013 with a double-major degree in art history and studio art, Jake returned to Vermont to ski for the Craftsbury Green Racing Project. During his two years in Craftsbury, Jake undertook a variety of projects ranging from fine woodworking to landscaping to organizing ski camps. After wrapping up his competitive ski career in 2015, Jake worked at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center instructing skiing, managing the shop, and generally being a jack-of-all-trades. He returned to Craftsbury in 2016 to coach the junior and BKL programs. Jake likes chips, riding his mountain bike, playing lawn games, and casually curating fantastic gym playlists.

Certifications:
USSA L200 
SafeSport 
Wilderness First Aid
CPR and First Aid, AED


Audrey Mangan

Assistant Junior/BKL Coach

Harvard University (BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy)

Honeoye Falls, NY

Honeoye Falls-Lima High School

Audrey hails from Honeoye Falls, NY, where she both skied and ran competitively through high school. She continued competing successfully in cross country running, skiing, and track at Harvard University. Audrey graduated in 2010 with a degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy, then headed west to Boulder, CO. There, she helped coach the Boulder Nordic Junior Race Team before starting a two-year job as an associate editor for FasterSkier. In 2013, Audrey came back east to be the assistant coach for the Harvard Nordic ski team, a position she held for three seasons while guiding the team to growth and success. During her time at Harvard, she also worked as an administrative fellow for the Department of Athletics. Audrey decided to move to Vermont in 2015 to coach the Craftsbury junior/BKL programs and live the country life. In her free time Audrey likes running, mountain biking, making cookies, and drinking coffee.

Certifications:
USSA L200
SafeSport
Wilderness First Aid
CPR and First Aid, AED


Ollie Burruss

Masters Ski Coach; Mountain Bike Program Director; Nordic Race Director; Assistant Junior/BKL Coach

Harvard University (BA in History)

Sherborn, MA

Cambridge Sports Union

Ollie came to skiing as a high schooler, competing at Harvard during his college career before being named to the Craftsbury Green Racing Project. After two years of competing for the Green, he moved to Bend and joined XC Oregon as a post-grad athlete. He competed another two years for XC Oregon before moving back east with Anna. While in Burlington, he worked for Ursa Major in marketing and coached with the Mansfield Nordic Club as well. Ollie was thrilled to move back to Craftsbury, where he can ski and mountain bike right out his door. When he's not planning races, he helps out with junior and BKL practices and works as a ski tech for the club and the GRP. Ollie loves mountain biking, trivia, fried chicken, geeking out about ski wax, and Anna.

Certifications:
USSA L100
SafeSport
CPR and First Aid, AED
Wilderness First Aid
IMBA Level 1


Sam Dougherty

Head Biathlon Coach

Montana State University (BA in Business Management)

Anchorage, AK

Alaska Winter Stars

Originally from Anchorage, AK, Sam spent his undergraduate years at Montana State University, where he was a member of the Division I Nordic Ski Team before managing the team in 2015. Sam competed as a member of the US Junior Biathlon team, and has coached biathlon at all levels from youth to Masters, and from beginners to the National team. After serving as a Coaching Intern for the US National Biathlon Team, Sam joined Craftsbury as the GRP biathlon coach in the fall of 2015. Sam’s primary responsibility with the GRP is to assist athletes in their shooting and biathlon-specific training. You’ll also see Sam coaching the Outdoor Center’s many junior/BKL skiers.


Nick Brown

Wax Technician; Assistant GRP Coach

University of New Hampshire '04/Humboldt State University (BS in Computer Science)

Alstead, NH

Putney Ski Club

Nick spent his undergraduate years at the University of New Hampshire, where he was a member of the Nordic Ski Team. He graduated in 2004, and continued his schooling at Humboldt State University in California. Nick came to the NEK from the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, CO. At CRMS Nick taught math and coached the Nordic team. He has always been interested in skis and ski preparation, and has also worked as a sports and outdoor photographer. Nick's primary responsibility is selecting, managing, testing, waxing and maintaining team equipment for the GRP skiers, but he works with the junior programs as well. When not in Craftsbury or on the road with the GRP, Nick lives with his partner Sara in Carbondale.  


Ethan Dreissigacker

Assistant Biathlon Coach

Dartmouth College (BS in Engineering)

Morrisville, VT

Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club

Ethan grew up ski racing for Craftsbury Nordic, claiming several top finishes at Junior Nationals before heading to Dartmouth College. At age 12 he started doing biathlon and went on to race in five World Junior Biathlon Championships from 2008-2012. Ethan joined the GRP in 2013 and, in addition to training, worked on a variety of engineering projects including snowmaking waste heat recovery and infrastructure design. In the spring of 2017, Ethan decided to shift his focus to coaching and working on projects for Lost Nation Research & Development, a small machine shop and design lab that he started in Craftsbury. Ethan's other interests include hunting, fishing, and tinkering.

 

Certifications:
SafeSport
CPR and First Aid
Wilderness First Aid


Amy Schulz

Catamounts Head Coach

Mt. Holyoke College (BS); University of VT (MS in Plant & Soil Science)

Guildford, CT

Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club

Amy, who grew up in southern New England, learned to ski while spending time with her grandparents in Johnson, VT. She moved to the Green Mountain State in the early 1980s for graduate school, then she and her husband Eric built a home on the family land in Johnson. There, they raised three children (Lucas, Anna, and Alex), all of whom learned to ski not long after they learned to walk. Amy and Eric both worked for many years at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT, where all members of the Schulz family continued to develop their love of skiing. Amy also ran Cunningham Flower Farm, a wedding flower design business, with her sister Pam, until around 2015. When Amy came to work at Craftsbury, she transitioned into working with the Outdoor Center's vegetable production gardens, doing farm and garden programming at Hosmer Point, working in the Touring Center, and, of course, running the Catamounts program. In her free time, Amy likes to whip the Grey Racing Project members into shape, paddle kayaks with Eric, dote on her herd of golden retrievers, work in her many gardens, and make all sorts of crafts and tasty treats. 

Certifications:
SafeSport 
Wilderness First Aid
CPR and First Aid, AED