Coaching Staff 2020-21

Brad Wall ’97
Athletic Director, Head U14 Coach
802.274.8962 | bwall@burkemtnacademy.org
B.A. in Psychology, Dartmouth College, Australia Ski Team 1997-2006
Brad represented Australia in two Olympic Winter Games, and three World Championships. During his time at Dartmouth he won an individual NCAA SL title and was runner up in the GS in the same year. Following his athletic career, he returned to BMA where he coached FIS boys from 2006-2009. Brad then returned to Australia and took up the position of Alpine Director for Ski and Snowboard Australia which he held for 7 years. During that time he was the Alpine Performance Manager for the Australian Olympic Committee at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Brad also led the Australian Team for three FIS World Ski Championships campaigns. Brad returns for his 4th year as Athletic Director at BMA and after two years leading the U16 men’s group, will move to Head U14 coach.

Felix McGrath
Sport Director
802.274.5649 | fmcgrath@burkemtnacademy.org
U.S. Ski Team 1983-1991
Felix, a Vermont native, has a long and distinguished career in alpine ski racing dating to his time as a US Ski Team and World Cup competitor who was named to six World Championship or Olympic teams. He is one of a very small group of Americans who succeeded in reaching the World Cup podium in Slalom and in 1988 he finished third in the World Cup overall Slalom standings. Following a successful amateur career, he competed successfully as the top American on the U.S. Pro Tour for several seasons. He began his coaching career at the University of Vermont where he was the Head Alpine Coach from 1999-2005 helping scores of UVM skiers win individual NCAA championships and All-American honors. In 2003, Felix relocated to Oslo, Norway with his wife and children and coached the Norwegian Women’s World Cup team for two years. In 2007 he started as a coach and in 2011 became the General Manager of Baerums Ski Club (BSK) which is one of the largest most highly regarded ski clubs in the country. In 2015, he was appointed General Manager of the affiliated Donski Ski Academy and has held the General Manager titles for both BSK and Donski joining BMA. There are currently a significant number of Norwegian National Team members and, notably, a large number of Norwegians racing for NCAA Division 1 teams who have come through the club and academy systems that McGrath directed.

Darrell Gray
High Performance Director
802.427.8025  |  dgray@burkemtnacademy.org 
B.S. Appalachian State University, Graduate Studies North Carolina University
The U.S. Ski Team Domestic Coach of the Year in 2006, Darrell has his Level 400 coaches’ certification and also runs the strength and conditioning program at BMA. He is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and also has his USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Certification. One of Darrell’s favorite quotes is, “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life!” Darrell and his wife Lisa came to BMA in 1996 and are dorm parents in Willoughby House. They have three children: Haley, Zach, and Kate.

Thomas Erhard ’84
Head U16 Coach
435.776.6531 |  terhard@burkemtnacademy.org
B.A. in Psychology, University of Vermont
Thomas returns to BMA after having attended the school in the early eighties and as a staff member in the nineties. He is a veteran coach of 30 years with deep experience working with athletes ranging from junior level through World Cup including World Championships, Junior World Championships, and Olympic levels of alpine skiing. Most recently, Thomas coached at Dønski Toppidrett, Gjettum, in Norway. Thomas’ time with the U.S. Ski Team was spent with some of the sport’s most recognizable names including Ted Ligety, Andrew Weibrecht, and Steven Nyman. He coached for the team at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. Thomas is an Ironman USA National Championship finisher and enjoys running, cycling, mountain sports, sailing, history, and exploring foreign cultures. He and his wife Trina have two teenaged daughters.

Chad Wolk ’94
FIS Men’s Lead Coach
435.513.6524 |  cwolk@burkemtnacademy.org   
B.A. University of Colorado, U.S. Ski Team 1997
Chad is a 2 time NCAA Team Champion and recieved multiple All-American honors. He has coached at Buck Hill, BMA, the Park City Ski Team,  the US National Training Group (NTG),  and the US Ski Team Europa Cup group and is a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Level 300 certified coach and PSIA level 3 certified instructor. Growing up in the small town of Dresbach, Minnesota Chad started skiing at MT. LaCrosse where he learned to love every part of skiing and racing.  It was this love that allowed him to work hard and have success that led him to BMA, the U.S. Ski Team and the University of Colorado as an athlete.  As a coach he loves to help athletes learn, grow, and develop as athletes, students, and people.  He loves golf, his family, and is looking forward to what comes next.

Kyle Darling
Head FIS Women’s Coach
603.726.6571|  kdarling@burkemtnacademy.org
B.S. Excercise Science, University of Utah
Kyle is a USSA Level 300 and PSIA Level 3 certified coach. He has been coaching ski racing since 2007 after graduating from the University of Utah where he was a member of the ski team. Kyle’s coaching experience includes the US SKI TEAM Men’s Europa Cup group, the 2014 Sochi Olympic Team, Eastern Regional Coach for USSA, Snowbird Ski Team, Stratton Mountain School, and BMA. Kyle grew up in Vermont where he developed his love for skiing and racing on the slopes of Stowe with the Mount Mansfield Ski Club. He is passionate about all things outdoors, especially mountain biking and hiking. He lives close to campus with his wife, Steph, and their Siberian Husky, Kona.

Diann Roffe ’85
Junior Program Director
717.579.6604 |  droffe@burkemtnacademy.org
U.S. Ski Team 1983-1994
Diann grew up ski racing in upstate NY at the 240′ Brantling Ski Slopes. While attending BMA, Diann became the youngest ever World Champion in Giant Slalom and won her first World Cup. Diann is an Olympic Gold Medalist in Super G and an Olympic Silver medalist in Giant Slalom. After graduating and retiring from the World Cup tour, Diann became the Head Women’s coach at NYSEF,  and volunteered as a USST Women’s Development Team Coach. She subsequently settled in central Pennsylvania where she met her husband Art Pursel and became Program Director for Ski Roundtop Race Club. Returning to Burke, Diann brings elite Olympic experience combined with the true grassroots experience to run the BMA Junior Program.

Steve Berlack
FIS Men’s Coach
603.387.8748  |  sberlack@burkemtnacademy.org 
B.A. University of New Hampshire
Steve, a USSA Level 400 certified coach, has worked with the BMA men’s and women’s FIS and U16 teams for over a decade, even serving as alpine program director for a year. Prior to Burke, he coached with the Europa Cup and World Cup groups for Poland. He is a former trustee and treasurer of the school. Steve and his wife Cindy (former BMA Junior Program Coach), and their daughter, Carolyn, live in Franconia, NH. Tragically, their son, Ronnie (BMA ‘12 – USST 2014, 2015), was killed in Soelden, Austria January 2015.

Christine Booker
U16 Coach
970.623.1581  |  cbooker@burkemtnacademy.org 
Bachelor of Education McGill University
Christine grew up in the Laurentians near a small ski area North of the Vermont border. She started ski racing when she was 12 and went on to compete at the National and international level as a member of the Quebec ski team. While pursuing a physical education degree at McGill University, Christine started her coaching career at the club level on weekends as well as completing CSCF level 3 and level 4 CSIA certifications. Upon graduation, she became a fulltime alpine ski coach. Her coaching experience ranges between U12 club level, ski academies, private post graduate and collegiate programs. Some career highlights are guiding the Dartmouth Alpine Women’s team to a four consecutive Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships, winning the national title in 2007 and being inducted in the Dartmouth’s Wearers of the Green.

Jake Fisher
FIS Men’s Coach
603.748.9605  |  jfisher@burkemtnacademy.org
B.A. in English, University of New Hampshire
Growing up in Lyme, NH Jake skied at the Dartmouth Skiway and Whaleback with the Ford Sayre Program in his youth. Jake began his coaching career at the University of New Hampshire where he was both an athlete and assistant coach to the UNH Ski Team. Following graduation, he moved to Stowe, VT where he worked with FIS men at MMSC for three years. In 2008 Jake moved to BMA and coached FIS men for five years. In 2013 he took a position as Head Alpine Ski Coach at Colby-Sawyer College. During that time he served on the NHARA Board of Directors. After five years of coaching on the EISA circuit, Jake returned to BMA in 2018 and has worked with both the U16 and FIS programs. He lives on campus with his wife Jenny (01’), daughters Melina and Etta and their Great Dane Gretl. In his free time, Jake can be found adventuring with his kids or occasionally riding his bike.

Christian Herzog
U16 Coach
603.254.6066  | cherzog@burkemtnacademy.org
B.A. in Ski and Snowboard Business, Colorado Mountain College
Christian is a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Level 300 certified coach entering his 12th year in the profession. Prior to coaching, Christian raced at the college level. In the last five years, he has acted as assistant coach at Stratton Mountain School working with U16 Women for three years and then coaching the U19 Women for two years. At Stratton, Christian also assumed the role of Head Equipment Manager for the Alpine program. Prior to his time at Stratton, he held head coaching positions for Team Summit Colorado and Loon Race Team in New Hampshire.

Jamie Marshall
FIS Men’s Coach
207.446.1482  | jmarshall@burkemtnacademy.org
B.S. Business Administration Colby-Sawyer College
Jamie Marshall is entering his second year at BMA as a FIS Men’s Coach. Jamie is a graduate of Colby-Sawyer College where he skied for their EISA team for four years and served as Captain in his senior year. He grew up in Carrabassett Valley, skiing at Sugarloaf and eventually having the academy experience at Carrabassett Valley Academy. It was around Sugarloaf where he gained an appreciation of Golf, The Outdoors, Motorcycles, and Aviation.

Adam Perreault
Head Athletic Trainer
802.427.8010 | aperreault@burkemtnacademy.org
B.S. in Kinesiology, University of New Hampshire, Master’s in Athletic Training, University of Virginia
Adam joined BMA in 2014. Previously, Adam traveled extensively on the World Cup Circuit with the U.S. Ski Team as a part of the High Performance Department at US Ski and Snowboard. He traveled with the Nordic and Men’s Alpine programs, and was fortunate enough to work in two Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver and Sochi. Adam began his career in the ski industry working ski patrol in Southern Vermont at Mount Snow. Originally from New Hampshire, Adam now lives in Kirby with his wife Alexandra, daughter Mabel, and son Bo.

Garrett Quimby
U14 Coach and Business Manager
802.427.8011 |  gmquimby@burkemtnacademy.org
B.S. in Accounting, Plymouth State University
Garrett was born and raised in New Hampshire where he started skiing and developed a passion for the sport. Navigating the slopes of Waterville Valley, NH, he entered the BBTS club program and worked all the way through his high school and post graduate years at Waterville Valley Academy. He continued his time in that area as he studied accounting & business management at Plymouth State University, also skiing for their EISA team in his four collegiate years. Upon graduating, Garrett found home at BMA after the graduation of his sister Gigi Quimby in 2017, where he accepted the role of bookkeeper and now works as the Business Manager. After working with the U12/U14 groups on a semi-regular basis through his first year at Burke, he took to the U14 group in full during the last two seasons. Through his many athletic experiences, Garrett has gained a passion for most outdoor hobbies mainly including golf, road and mountain biking.

Ashley Sargent
U14 Junior Program Coach
802.626.5607 |  asargent@burkemtnacademy.org
B.A. University of Denver, US Ski Team 1993-1997
Ashley grew up in a ski racing family out of NH. She attended GMVS, and skied on the U.S. Women’s World Cup Speed Team, attending two World Jr. Championships and taking many Nor-am titles home in her young career. She began coaching U12’s at Mount Mansfield Ski Club in Stowe, VT and has been at BMA coaching U12’s and U14’s for five years. She currently has three children at BMA, Sophie, Poppy, and Harper. Besides having a true passion for ski racing, she can often be found free skiing Dippers, fat tire biking, Nordic skiing, skating, and skinning. “The most gratifying part of my involvement in ski racing has by far, been coaching U12’s and U14’s. I am continuously learning, progressing as a coach, and love seeing the athletes find the true love for ski racing”.

Jeff Sirjane
FIS Men’s Lead Coach
802.291.0441 |  jsirjane@burkemtnacademy.org 
Jeff has a long history at Burke: he served as a coach and equipment technician at BMA from 1980-84 and continued coaching in the BMA Junior Program for many years after leaving his full-time role at Burke. Jeff then worked in a variety of race department positions at Salomon, providing World Cup Service from 1984-1996. In 1996 he joined the staff at World Cup Supply working in sales and providing safety installations for World Cup Events, U.S. Alpine Championships, X-Games, and several Red Bull Projects. Jeff and his wife Penny (BMA ’81) live in East Burke, Vermont; they have two daughters.

Kraig Sourbeer ’83
FIS Women’s Coach
802.535.9539 |  ksourbeer@burkemtnacademy.org   
B.S. in Education University of Vermont, US Ski Team 1984-1987
Kraig is a level 500 USSA Alpine coach entering into his 10th year at BMA where he has coached boys and girls in the FIS and U16 programs. Previously, Kraig spent six years coaching with the US Ski Team and for two years was the Head Women’s Europa Cup Coach. His over 25 years of coaching experience include five years as the Executive Director of the Smugglers’ Notch Ski & Snowboard Club, one year as the Head Women’s Coach for BMA and one year as Program Director for CVA, and four years as the Head Coach of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Kraig strives to bring his lessons learned and philosophy to BMA. As an athlete, Kraig went straight from BMA to the U.S. Ski Team where he raced the World Cup and Europa Cup circuits 1984-1987. Currently, Kraig enjoys mountain and road biking while raising his two young boys Lucas and Crosby.

Jimmy Whiteley
FIS Women’s Coach
314.808.2615 |  jwhiteley@burkemtnacademy.org   
B.S. in Global Business, University of Redlands 
Jimmy is a USSA Level 300 and PSIA Level 3 certified coach. After graduating from college in 2009, he started teaching skiing to the military in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Jimmy’s coaching and teaching background also includes Cardrona Alpine Resort (NZ), Mammoth Mountain Ski Team, PSIA- Western Technical Team, and experience in mountain biking, strength and conditioning, and wilderness first aid. When Jimmy isn’t coaching at BMA, it’s likely you will find him outdoors. Skiing, mountain biking, running, hiking, and an occasional fun with logs workout are typical. Jimmy lives close to campus with his fiancé, Katie, and their lovely dog Khali.